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
Peter Van Siclen

Peter Van Siclen has been with us since the spring of 2018. He studied music at Hamilton College and earned his Masters of Music in jazz composition at UMass Amherst. Since then he has taught grade 6-12 vocal & instrumental music in Springfield, MA, Washington DC, Hartford, CT and most recently through Wesleyan’s after-school program. He currently teaches flute, saxophone, trumpet, cello and guitar and is a member of our Praise Band. He lives with his wife, Mary Beth, and daughters, Annie and Cora, in Middletown.

Parish Administrator
Emily Saska

Emily started as our Parish Admin in the summer of 2021. After spending nearly a decade in the Lowcountry (Summerville-Charleston area) of beautiful South Carolina, she moved back to CT in the spring of 2021. She loves to cook, bake, test out, and swap delicious recipes! Emily lives with her husband, Dave, and their two border collies, Lucy and Chunk (who’s the sweetest office greeter occasionally).

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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
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