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.
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.
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 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.
Rebecca is in her third year at Yale Law School. She is a proud native of Chicagoland and plans to return upon graduation. She grew up in the Presbyterian Church, and was drawn to St. John’s by the liturgy, music, and deep community. Her focus is on financial regulation, and she loves thinking about the relationship between economics, law, and faith.
Bill and his wife, Rebecca, joined the St. John’s family in 2018. Prior to moving to New Haven, Bill taught philosophy and writing at University of Rochester, where he earned his PhD in Philosophy in 2016. Professionally, he specializes in epistemology, early modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion/philosophical theology – but likes to converse with anyone interested in matters at the intersection of faith and reason.
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Michèle Sigg has been a member of St. John’s since 2000. She grew up in France as a missionary kid where her dad worked as a pastor in the Reformed Evangelical Church. She taught French for several years at the university and high school level before moving to New Haven. There, unexpectedly, she found a job working on a research project called the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (www.DACB.org) at the Overseas Ministries Study Center. This led her to studying African and world Christianity at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya and later earning a Ph.D. in World Christianity and Missions from Boston University. She continues to work on the DACB project as Executive Director. She also works with the Rivendell Institute. She is married to Sam and they have three children, Johan, Annie, and Catherine.
Lenore Hammers has been at St. John’s parish since 1993. She worked with Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru) for ten years in the campus ministry, the last three of which were at Yale University. In 1999 she graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Masters in Social Work. She currently works as a liver transplant social worker at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Yale New Haven Transplant Center.
During her time at St. John’s she has served in various capacities. She is currently active in the welcome team ministry, altar guild, choir and the band, and generally pitching in where needed. In her free time she likes writing and has self-published a historical murder mystery called Measure of Faith: A Murder Mystery. She is also currently learning to play the fiddle.