The Rev. Jane Soyster Gould, Rector
The Rev. Jane Soyster Gould has served as Rector at St. Stephen’s since December 2000. A graduate of Stanford University and Episcopal Divinity School, she has worked in urban, suburban, and campus ministry in the Diocese of Massachusetts since her ordination in 1986. Passionate about congregational ministry and committed to God’s work of Justice, St. Stephen’s proves a perfect fit for her interests and inclinations. In addition to caring for the people of St. Stephen’s, she serves the Diocese as Dean of the North Shore Deanery. In addition, she is President of the Lynn Community Health Center Board, and a member of the Boards of ECCO, MCAN, and PICO—our local, state, and national faith-based organizing entities. She lives in Lynn with her husband John, who writes and teaches writing at Bennington College. They have two sons—Gardner who lives in LA and Sam who lives in Cambridge.
The Rev. Sarah van Gulden, Urban Resident
Sarah grew up in southern Massachusetts attending St. John’s Episcopal Church in Duxbury. She earned her undergraduate degree at Connecticut College followed by a Master’s in Divinity at the Episcopal Divinity School. After completing her studies she served for three years as the Associate for Multigenerational Ministries at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington. Sarah has also worked for five years as a special education aid in public elementary schools. Recently ordained to the transitional diaconate, she is excited to be a part of the St. Stephen’s community. Sarah lives with her husband, the Rev. Derek van Gulden, along with three spoiled pets.
Jason Cruz, Youth Ministries
Jason was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida with his family at the age of five. He graduated from Jacksonville University specializing in studio art, photography, and film. Jason went on to earn his Masters degree from Lesley College in Expressive Art Therapy, where he received the Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award given by the faculty and the student body, and is now a registered Art Therapist.
Jason has presented lectures and workshops on art education, behavioral issues, learning differences, race and culture and young men’s issues at venues including the NYC Art therapy conference, International Art therapy conference, Endicott College, Harvard University, and Lesley College. In 2005, Jason received the Isaac Monroe Award for Service to Youth in recognition of his dedication to the at-risk youth of Lynn.
Rachel Pfost, Office Manager
Rachel is originally from southeastern Massachusetts, and received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard University in 2014. She focused her studies on the history and literature of medieval Europe, primarily that of the early Christian church. She was baptized and confirmed into the Episcopal Church in spring 2014 at Christ Church in Cambridge, having spent many years exploring various faith traditions and ultimately finding a home with the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard. Rachel also serves as the Godly Play teacher at St. John’s in Charlestown, MA, and since graduation she has worked in nonprofit arts administration and retail management. Rachel lives in Waltham with her husband, and she is thrilled to be part of the St. Stephen’s community.
The Rev. Joseph Ngotho, Kiswahili Pastor
Rev. Joseph Ngotho is an Anglican priest ordained in the Dioceses of mt Kenya South. He obtain his undergraduate degree at Saint Paul’s University Limuru Kenya. He graduated with a MATh at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He served various parishes before coming to America. He has served as a pastor to the immigrant community at St. Stephen’s Lynn for over 10 years. He is married to Emily and they are blessed with three children. All his service is for the glory of God.
Bruce Meredith Beecroft, Organist & Choir Master
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Bruce studied piano with Albion Metcalf, Head of the Piano Department at Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA, and studied the organ with Douglas Rafter, Park Street Church, Boston. He also studied organ with Norman Blake at St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH and the organ & voice at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
Bruce joined St. Stephen’s in 1982 as Organist and Choir Master.
Mark Gendreau, Sexton
Hello, my name is Mark Gendreau. I am your sexton (janitor). I am happy to be here. My parish is St. Peter’s Lithuanian Church in South Boston. I also help out at the food pantry at St. Stephen’s. I am a tour guide at Fort Independence, Castle Island in South Boston. My motto is “clean church is a happy church.”