Our Pastor

10553587 10153280520898321_7907203414784659117_n

      Why on earth do you want to be a priest?  I was asked that a lot when I first began to discern a call to ordained ministry.  Perhaps a better question might have been what do you have to offer the church?  The short answer to both questions is that God has been my companion on my journey all my life.  That companionship is manifest in the fire that burns inside of me.  It is a passion for loving God and serving neighbor that gives me joy and hope and a sense of acceptance and love that I am compelled to share.        

      I want to tell you a little about my history and how I ended up in Massachusetts. I am originally from Gilbert, Louisiana. My church roots are Southern Baptist and Methodist. I attended high school at All Saints’, an Episcopal prep school in Vicksburg, MS. At All Saints, I fell in love with the Episcopal Church, became something of a “Sacristy Rat”, and was confirmed by Bishop Noland of Louisiana. I was graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana and then trained in Houston as a Medical Technologist. I received my Master’s in Clinical Chemistry from Mississippi State. During those early years, I was busy raising a family and working in California and in Jackson, MS while my husband attended graduate school. During the 80s and 90s, I worked predominately as a hospital department director covering everything from credentialing to radiology to laboratory. After moving to Massachusetts in 1984, my family and I lived in Georgetown. As life for us changed, Bill and I decided to separate in 2001. We have three grown children and two grandchildren.      
        I began discernment in the early 90s, but did not enter the ordination process until 1996. I was ordained deacon in 2001. As deacon, I served in a large urban parish (St Stephen’s, Lynn). There I led the parish in various outreach and advocacy projects, and served as chaplain in the morgue at both the WTC in New York and in New Orleans after Katrina. During my time as deacon, I discerned a call to the priesthood and after 3 years of seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, I was ordained priest in June of 2006. Since then I have served parishes in Massachusetts and in Mississippi.  I was sent to Mississippi from Massachusetts to support the rebuilding after Katrina.  In 2009 I was called to serve at Trinity in Haverhill and was installed as rector in 2012.  Here at Trinity, I am working with committed parishioners  to build strong relationship both within the parish and in the larger community.
    Outreach is a passion of mine and so during my first year at Trinity we began to reach out to the community through our "Shoe Project"  and through our music program for local children.  I like to think of myself as a "visiting priest"!  Possibly my favorite part of parish ministry is visiting those who are homebound or ill.  It is always a joy for me to sit and enjoy a cup of tea while we remember, celebrate and imagine the wonders of God's Kingdom right here.  I have been amazed and humbled by the support the parish has given me and the work of Trinity.  As we embark on a new phase with increased attention to music, art, and theater in our expanded after-school there will be many changes.  But we are committed to the work of building God’s Kingdom.  

       God has blessed me richly in calling me to be your rector. Pray for me as I continue to serve you as shepherd and teacher, just as I pray for you and your ministries. May all our work be for the glory of God and the building up of God’s Kingdom.

Contact me at priest@trinityhaverhill.org.">priest@trinityhaverhill.org.">priest@trinityhaverhill.org. I am also on Facebook and would love for you to be my “Facebook Friend”.  I blog at www.trinityhaverhill.blogspot.com.

            God’s Peace be with you all,

            Jane+

© 2017 Trinity Episcopal Church
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community