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Parish Worker and Liturgical Leader – Paul Smith

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 Team, tutors math and science, and serves as parish worker and liturgical leader at St. John’s.


Parish Administrator – Jonathan Cranston

Jonathan Cranston grew up in as a missionary kid in the Philippines. He is currently studying for his certification to teach ESL at Southern Connecticut State University. He is married to Marie Hause, an M.Div. candidate at Yale Divinity School


Sexton – Angel Acevedo

Angel Acevedo recently joined the staff of St. John’s as sexton in June of 2018. He has previously served several Episcopal churches in the area as Sexton. Welcome, Angel!

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.

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