Meet our new Priest-in-Charge
On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, with unanimous vestry affirmation, The Reverend Gregory Perez was officially called by Bishop Alan Gates to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s beginning in September
Bio of The Rev’d Gregory G. Perez
The Rev’d Gregory Gerard Perez, a native Texan, attended college seminary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Philosophy from the College of Santa Fe. He has a Master of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology, a seminary operated by the Benedictine Monks of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on July 19, 1986 and worked in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin until December of 1998. Greg was received into the Anglican Communion on November 3, 2000, and moved to New Jersey in the summer of 2003, where he first worked as the Executive Director of the AIDS Resource Center, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. On December 15, 2005, The Rt. Reverend John Croneberger received Reverend Perez’s Holy Orders into the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion and his first cure as an Episcopal priest was to serve as Assisting Priest of Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City.
On March 1, 2007, Greg was hired as the Director of Staff and Human Resources for the Windmill Alliance, Inc, a non-profit ministry of Trinity Parish in Bergen Point, where he also served as an Associate Priest. In 2009, Greg became Priest in Charge of Trinity and he also assumed the position of President and CEO of the Windmill Alliance, Inc. On November 2011, Rev’d Perez became the Rector of Trinity Parish in Bergen Point.
Greg lives with his husband of 21 years, Douglas Flores, and they enjoy the company of their two furry animal-companions, Sweet Pea and Charlie.
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.
For more information, call 781-599-4220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org