Irene Axelrod was born in Belmont, MA and was raised Roman Catholic. In 1989, she was received in the Episcopal Church. She has served on the Vestry for several reasons; a great interest in the history of the church as a whole, a fascination with the business aspects of running a church, but especially to give back a little of the spiritual enrichment she has received over the years.
Jesse Timothy Potter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where as a youth he played the piano and organ in his mother’s church. She was the first Black woman Ordained in the Methodist Church. JT/Tim went to Lincoln Univ. MO. He played some semi-pro basketball. He graduated from Butler University. Tim has worked in radio and television as news reporter in multiple cities including Boston.
Tim’s wife Deborah serves as a Lay Eucharist minister. They have 3 children & 9 grandchildren.
Heather Collis Puro is a Handwork Teacher at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Heather and her husband Dan came to St. Stephen’s when they moved to Lynn in 1999. Heather first served as Parish Treasurer from 2002 until 2009. A lifelong Episcopalian, Heather was raised in St. Matthews’ Parish in Pennington, NJ. Heather has a daughter, Arden.
I was born in Lynn, MA, and have lived here most of my life. I was confirmed by Bishop Tom in 2002, and have been actively involved in the Episcopal Church these many years. I was fortunate enough to find St. Stephen’s in 2015, and have been extremely happy here. My husband Jay has also been an active church member, and we both look forward to contributing to our new parish home. I worked at GE Aircraft Engines for 33 years in Marketing, and have a strong background in graphic/web design. Jay and I have been doing foster care for six years now.
Teka Hazel Lumumba-Nkrumuh
Kevin Neil is a recent graduate of Gordon College, having received a B.S. in Mathematics. Being both the youngest member on the Vestry, and the newest to St. Stephen’s, Kevin is excited to engage more deeply with the community, in new and (sometimes intimidating) ways.
His passions include engaging in conversations around, and generally advocating for, especially difficult topics, particularly racial inequality, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration reform, and women’s rights.
Kevin is currently discerning a call to the priesthood, and will be formally going through the discernment process while doing the Episcopal Service Corps this upcoming year.