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John Hare — Warden

John Hare is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University.  He has also worked for Tyndale Biscoe Memorial High School, Srinagar, Kashmir, India (as high school teacher), Fellowship of Universities and Schools (as teacher and counselor), Lehigh University (as assistant professor), Medical College of Pennsylvania (as teacher), House Foreign Affairs Committee (as staff), Calvin College (as associate professor), and he is a published composer of church music.

 

Karen Mahan — Warden

Growing up in Indonesia as a daughter of missionaries, Karen has always been fascinated by international cultures. She studied in Freiburg, Germany, before obtaining a B.A. in political science at U.C. Riverside and after a stint on Capitol Hill with the Ways and Means Committee, worked as a campus minister at Dartmouth College and subsequently at Yale. Karen has helped to coordinate student ministries in the Republic of Georgia and Cambridge, England, and she currently works with women in the Yale graduate community. She has a passion for helping people to integrate Scripture with their daily lives. In keeping with her international interests, Karen has enjoyed teaching ESL Bible classes for Yale-connected women, interacting with Yale World Fellows and working with refugees in New Haven area. She is married to David Mahan and they have three grown children.

 

David Baugham — Vestry Treasurer

David Baugham is a master’s candidate at the Yale School of Public Health, where he focuses on healthcare management in partnership with the Yale School of Management. He is a 2018 graduate of Wright State University and a guitar teacher and performer. In 2019, he interned in operations at the Cleveland Clinic, where he plans to return after graduating from Yale in 2020.

 

Abbie Storch — Vestry Clerk

Abbie Storch is a graduate of Yale Divinity and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she earned her master’s in religion and literature. She works as an editorial assistant for the religion and world literature lists at Yale University Press, and loves reading and thinking about how God is manifest in the narratives and “spots of time” of human experience.

 

Elizabeth Bickley — Vestry Member/Building and Grounds Committee

Elizabeth formed a lifelong connection with urban public places as a young girl when she did cartwheels in downtown parks, marched in holiday parades, and imagined histories of aged buildings. She serves St. John’s by implementing building improvements, maintaining and beautifying the grounds, and convening congregants to care for shared spaces. She is a 2016 graduate of Yale Divinity and the Institute of Sacred Music, where she earned a master’s in religion and material culture, and she works as Special Projects Manager at the Town Green District.

 

Michèle Sigg — Vestry Member

Michèle Sigg has been a member of St. John’s since 2000.  She holds a Ph.D. in World Christianity and Missions from Boston University. She grew up in France as a missionary kid where her dad worked as a pastor in the Reformed Evangelical Church. She is married to Sam and they have three children. She leads the Children and Family Ministries Committee and the ESOL program at St. John’s.

 

Awet Andemicael — Vestry Member

Awet Andemicael is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Yale. If you speak with her for more than two minutes, she cannot help mentioning the glory of God, the transformation of humanity, and/or St. Irenaeus of Lyons, the subjects of her dissertation. Awet is also a classically-trained singer.

 

Meghan Bathgate — Vestry Member

Meghan Bathgate is the Associate Director of Educational Program Assessment at Yale, where her work promotes student inclusion and persistence in education. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, with her research focusing on motivation and learning theories. The kindness and music she found in St. John’s drew her into this community. She loves to hear the voices of St. John’s members echo to the rooftops during services.

 

Tanya Walker — Vestry Member

Tanya Walker is an Associate Fellow with the Rivendell Center for Theology and the Arts (RCTA). Her research interests include the relationship between human and aesthetic mortalities and immortalities, ephemeral art (including the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Andy Goldsworthy) and frameworks of loss and permanence. She holds a Ph.D. in Divinity and an M.Litt. in Theology, Imagination and the Arts from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a B.A. in French and English from Albion College, USA.

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