CHT STAFF

Staff:

Priest-In-Charge
Rev. Mary Barnett

Mary Barnett is a life-long student, an older mother, an engaged writer, a former dancer and a new pastor in love with the possibilities of ministry in 2020; pandemic or no pandemic.

“I am always searching for new ways to embody the Good News: in words, in worship and in our witness in Middletown. Where do you find living water?”

Minister of Music
(vacant)

Parish Administrator
Emily Saska

Emily started as our Parish Admin in the summer of 2021. She grew up in CT and after spending nearly a decade in the Lowcountry (Summerville-Charleston area) of beautiful South Carolina, she moved back to CT with her husband Dave and their two border collies, Lucy & Chunk, in the spring of 2021. She loves to cook, bake, test, and swap delicious recipes, so you might stop in the office to find some homemade treats from time to time. She hopes to someday own a business with her sister that will fulfill their passions in the kitchen and feeding people.

Her younger fur-baby, Chunk, is the sweetest unofficial mascot and office greeter you’ll see here at the church from time to time.

Br. Thomas

Benedictine Monk
Brother Thomas Anthony Goddard, OSB

Brother Thomas Goddard is a member of the Companions of St. Luke, a non-residential Benedictine religious community following the Rule of St. Benedict, and fully recognized by the Episcopal Church. Each day begins with reciting Morning Prayer, followed later with Noon Day Prayer, Evening Prayer, and ending with Compline.  Each of the Offices provides time to pray for others, particularly those with special needs within the Parish. This is the core of what I do, following the command of St. Benedict: “Ora et Labora,” Pray and Work. And also as St. Paul bids us to “pray without ceasing.”

“My home, my community, and my parish are my cloister, where I live and serve God in whatever way He calls.”

Organist
Dr. Stuart Paul Duncan

Stuart Duncan, originally from the South-East of England, has been playing organ and conducting choirs for over two decades. He holds a Doctorate in music composition from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University, focused on the music of Benjamin Britten. Stuart has just completed a book on Music Education in Prisons entitled Music-Making in U.S. Prisons: Listening to Incarcerated Voices. Having worked previously as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Stuart now works at UConn’s Graduate School as their Director of Programming and Diversity Recruitment. But most importantly, he is a father to a wonderfully plump 20-month old boy called Emerson.

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Sexton
Mary Godbout