The Rev. Ellendale Hoffman, D.Min, LMFT

Missional Priest

Canon Ellendale Hoffman earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 1978. She retired from Grace Episcopal Church, Old Saybrook, where she served over thirty years. She attended the Episcopal Divinity School and Manhattanville College and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977.

One of the first women to be ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, Ellendale has also served in bivocational ministry. She is licensed as a mental health clinician and has served as parish priest, clinical director in community mental health centers, clinical therapist in private practice, seminary teacher, and in transitional ministry. She has also been involved in local community outreach programs and mission trips to Africa and Paraguay.

The Rev. Charles hoffman, D.min

Missional Priest

The Rev. Chuck Hoffman earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 1979 and has served for fifty years as an ordained minister in parishes located in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In Connecticut, he was rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook for 25 years, and he retired in 2013. He has since served as interim rector and Sunday supply priest in various congregations in Connecticut

Before graduating from Andover Newton, Chuck earned degrees from the Episcopal Theological School and Trinity College. In addition to serving in parish ministry, he has been appointed to various diocesan and national church committees. In the local communities in which he served as pastor, he has served on town boards and many community outreach groups.

Paul Smith

Pastoral Associate

Originally trained in chemistry and physics at Harvard and Caltech, Paul left academia to pursue a call to ministry. He joined InnerChange (a Christian order among the poor), moved into a marginalized immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, and came alongside local leaders to help them transform their community. After many years in Los Angeles, Paul relocated to New Haven, where he works on InnerChange’s Staff Formation and Care Teams, tutors math and science, and serves as Pastoral Associate at St. John’s. 
Paul is a widower.  He enjoys birdwatching in Connecticut, across the U.S., and in far-reaching parts of the world.

Joseph Rose


Joe Rose, a third year MDiv student at Yale Divinity School who is in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, is the St. John’s seminarian-in-residence for the 2020-21 academic year. Joe is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a former investigative journalist who also serves as executive director of Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall while he attends seminary. He and his wife, Heidi, have been married for 27 years and have two daughters, Una and Eleanor. His plan for ordained ministry focuses on evangelism, creation care, and story-telling for the missional age. 

Michael Racine

Choir Director

Michael Racine was raised in God’s love in the very musical town of Traverse City, Michigan, where he sang from early childhood and began studying the guitar at age 11. After graduating from Brown University with a concentration in Religious Studies, he moved to Hunan, China, where he taught English for two years at a public middle school and led a small house church. Michael later directed English teaching and curriculum development for a college scholarship program in Haiti, then taught for a year in Spain before coming to New Haven to study at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. While singing in multiple ensembles and studying choral conducting with Marguerite L. Brooks, he earned his M.Div. from Yale in 2015. In addition to his roles at St. John’s, Michael serves Yale undergraduates as a Ministry Fellow with Christian Union.

Naomi Hoffman

Office Administrator

Naomi received her BA in Fine Arts from Pepperdine University and recently graduated with an MA in Art Theory from Regis University. She moved to New Haven in 2019 with her husband, Kevin, who is a PhD student at Yale. Naomi is passionate about the role of the arts in the work and life of the Church, the intersection between aesthetics and neuroscience, and the ethics of art.

Ken Ollison


Sexton: The words “sexton” and “sacristan” both derive from the Medieval Latin word sacristanus, meaning “custodian of sacred objects.” A sexton is a functionary of a church, charged with the maintenance of its building and surrounding grounds. Historically, they were responsible for the order and upkeep of the house of worship, including the care of the church buildings, its furnishings, and sacred relics, used in the liturgy and other public acts of worship.