The Rev. Steve Hayward
Steve has agreed to be our interim priest. He knows us well not only as a member of the congregation, but also as our priest during Rev. Claudia’s sabbatical several years ago, and he has served us often in the past few years. For those of you who are new, Rev. Steve served in the Washington, D.C. Diocese for many years as Rector of St. Peter’s Parish in Poolesville, Maryland followed by two Interim Rector positions, so he is highly experienced and capable to help St. Francis through our transition. We are honored and grateful that he is willing to serve at St. Francis.
The Rev. Carlton and Lorna Russell
A church organist since 1965, Lorna served at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wrentham, Massachusetts, from 1972-2005. A graduate of Wheaton College and Harvard University, she taught high school French for 34 years. Lorna also plays the bass viola da gamba in The Somerset Consort with Carlton (harpsichord) and her sister, Diana Brookes Brown (flute). She is president of The Sandy Point Water Company and serves on the Stockton Springs Parks Committee.
Carlton is Professor of Music and College Organist, Emeritus at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Amherst College, Princeton University, and Episcopal Divinity School, he was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1985. For over 40 years, Dr. Russell played recitals on historic organs in the Penobscot region. He is a past dean of the Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a director of the St. John’s Organ Society, Bangor. Several of his sacred choral compositions have been published, primarily by St. James Music Press.
The Vestry is a committee of nine parishioners. The group works closely with the Rector to manage the affairs of the parish. They act as a board of directors, with the Rector as the chairperson. Members generally serve for three years. The Vestry has three main responsibilities:
1) Care of the parish finances
2) Care of buildings and grounds
3) Filling parish leadership positions
The Vestry is responsible, with the guidance from a search committee, to call a new rector if needed. They are also responsible for filling other positions in the parish, thus ensuring that appropriate programs, policies, duties and committees have been developed and are followed. The Senior Warden is often referred to as the Rector’s warden and the Junior Warden is known as the People’s Warden.
Bob Publicover, Senior Warden (Vestry Term ends: 2020)
Ellie Neuhauser, Jr. Warden (Vestry Term ends: 2020)
Mary Crawford (Term ends: 2019)
Sarah Everdell (Term ends: 8/2019)
Prudy Heilner (Term ends: 2021)
Kevin Hunt, Treasurer, Vestry term ends 2019
Milissa LaLonde (Term ends: 2021)
Katie MacLeod (Term ends: 2020)
Teri Stephens (Term ends: 2021)