The Rev. Tom Barrington, Interim Priest
The Rev. Tom Barrington became the Interim Priest in November, 2017. As an Interim, he sees his role as supporting the lay leadership and members of the congregation in their ministries, community building and worship while they explore their identity in Christ, imagine the future, and seek a new Rector. As an Interim Priest, he is not a candidate for Rector. He reports that he enjoys this special ministry of walking with God’s people through a time of transition and change.
Throughout his careers, Tom has focused on the centrality of the Church being the Body of Christ in this world. This leads to collectively and individually joining God in God’s mission of reconciling all creation into God’s self. He has a passion for ministry with children, youth and families, anti-racism work, global mission, and building connections within the church and in the community.
Tom comes with 30 years of experience in a variety of settings. Most recently he was the Bridge Priest/Interim at Bristol Trinity Church in Easton, MA. Before that he was a supervisor at a homeless shelter in Lowell for 3 1⁄2 years. He was Rector of All Saints’ Church, Chelmsford for 12 years. He began his ordained ministry in Syracuse, New York: four years at the downtown Cathedral and seven years at two small parishes, Emmanuel Church, East Syracuse and Church of the Good Shepherd among the Onondaga on the Onondaga Nation.
He lives with his wife, Linda, in Chelmsford, MA, outside of Lowell, and reports that it is not too bad of a commute. He has two grown children. Douglas lives in Baltimore with his wife and two grandchildren, ages 5 and 2. His daughter, Jennifer, lives in Lowell.
Brandi Walker, Office Administrator
I was born and raised in Lynn and LOVE this beautiful community. I’m a single mother of Tyler Lee Brown. He is my most precious blessing. I’ve been a member of Zion Baptist Church for 10 years in Lynn. I’m involved in several ministries at Zion, just to mention a few Love in Action, Women’s Ministry, Bible Study. I look forwarding to getting to know each of you. I would like to thank everyone at St. Stephen’s for the warm and open welcome. It has been a blessing to work for St. Stephen’s. Although, I don’t have an Episcopal background, during this short time I’ve learned so much. This would not have been possible without Rev. Tom Barrington. Thank you for your guidance and wisdom.
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.
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.
Shannon Morrissey, KIC Director
I am a Lynn native with over 15 years of experience working with children from toddler to teen. I am a keen believer in high child welfare. I come from a large family and understand the need for children to have influential and supportive role models. In my spare time I enjoy walking Lynn Woods with my dog and painting. My goal is to help provide a solid foundation for the children of today so that they may grow into the strong and confident adults of tomorrow. As the Kids in Community (KIC) Program Director, I’m extremely excited for the start of the KIC summer program were kids will receive hands on learning while keeping all the fun and silliness you’d expect from a traditional summer camp. KIC also helps to connect with their communities through local field trips and presentations from special guests or program specialist.