The Rev. Tom Barrington, Interim Priest
I come to you having just served at as the Bridge Priest and Interim at Bristol Trinity Church in Easton, MA. Before that I was a supervisor at a homeless shelter in Lowell for 3 1⁄2 years. This was a break from 23 years of parish ministry. I was Rector of All Saints’ Church, Chelmsford for 12 years. For the 11 years before that I was in Syracuse, New York: four years at the downtown Cathedral and the rest at two small part time parishes, Emmanuel Church, East Syracuse and Church of the Good Shepherd among the Onondaga on the Onondaga Nation.
I live with my wife, Linda, in Chelmsford, MA, outside of Lowell. It is not too bad of a commute. We have two grown children, Douglas lives in Baltimore with his wife and our two grandchildren, ages 4 and 1. Our daughter Jennifer is a student at UMass-Lowell.
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.