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Ministry Leaders

Wendy Coy — Service Planning Committee, Worship Coordinator

Wendy Coy and her husband Phil have been at St. John’s for four years. Together, they are the founders and directors of innerACTS, a ministry training lay persons in listening and healing prayer. Wendy has also authored two books, is a musician, and serves as a vestry member at St. John’s.


Phil Coy — Service Planning Committee

Phil Coy has been a member of St. John’s since 2013. By day, Phil runs a consulting practice focused on large, complex manufacturing companies. By night, he loves to lead small groups and to pray for people.  He has been in small groups longer than he can remember and has taught prayer ministry across the country and internationally. He is also the vestry treasurer at St. John’s.


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

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.


Ben Northrup —  Property Committee Chair

Ben Northrup is a longtime member of St. John’s and an architect at Stuart Lathars and Associates firm in New Haven. He manages the Property Committee at St. John’s, and can often be seen spotted around the St. John’s grounds working on a new project.

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