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Ministry Leaders


Paul Smith — Service Planning Committee, Pastoral Care

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.


Michèle Sigg — Children and Family Ministries, ESOL Program

Michèle Sigg has been a member of St. John’s since 2000.  She is currently doing a Ph.D. in World Christianity and Missions at 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 is also on the St. John’s vestry.


Lenore Hammers — Welcome and Hospitality, Altar Guild

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.


Lize Bickley— Property Committee Chair



Michael Racine — Morning Prayer Coordinator

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.


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