St. John’s was pleased to officially welcome the Reverend Dave DeSalvo on Sun May 12th (Mother’s Day 2019) as St. John the Baptist’s new Priest-in-Charge.
DeSalvo grew up in the Episcopal Church, attended seminary at Sewanee, served ten years as a lay chaplain and was ordained in the Episcopal Church—to the Diaconate in 2003 and the Priesthood in 2005. Prior to StJB, Dave served 31 years at St Andrew’s, a private, Episcopal, co-ed boarding school in Middletown, Delaware. As school chaplain, Father Dave led student service trips to Honduras, South Africa, Nicaragua and New Orleans. He also taught math, coached baseball, and served the Delaware Diocese. Dave holds a BA in English (University of the South) and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics (UNH). He recently moved to Dover, NH with his wife, Mary Park DeSalvo, a retired teacher originally from NH. They have two adult sons, Andrew and Richard, and a grandson, Brayden. Dave and Mary enjoy reading, Bible study, the seashore and lakes, and walking in the woods with their dog Daisy.
A self-professed organized planner and healer, Father Dave offers good listening/counseling skills, a positive team approach, and plays a righteous guitar. He is magnetic with kids and teens. A natural, thought-provoking teacher with a kind and warm manner, Dave brings new ideas, insights and inspiration to St John’s. “I’m thrilled to serve St John’s, grow our flock through faith-based community programs, embrace the Jesus movement and live into the Way of Love,” exclaimed Dave. He also shared he is “fully committed to St John’s for the foreseeable future” and is as excited to be here as we are to have him, especially during StJB’s dynamic campus reconfiguration.
Music has always been an important part of worship at St. John the Baptist. We have a wonderful pipe organ and piano, both of which are used regularly. We also use percussion instruments played by our talented and enthusiastic volunteers regularly in the summertime and for special occasions during rest of the year. Variety in the styles of hymns and other music helps to make worship an uplifting and meaningful experience.
Linda Loucony, Pianist
judy gray, organist
Linda and I moved to NH from our life long home in CT in the summer of 2001. Two years later, after just one Sunday at St. John’s, we knew were home. After 3 months of sitting in the back pew, I moved to the organ bench in the front of the church and have been there ever since. Linda accompanied the choir until it disbanded a number of years ago and continues to add her special touch to the music and worship life of this church.
My love of church music began in the church of my childhood, a large Congregational and UCC church in New Haven with a magnificent pipe organ played by a succession of organists from the Yale School of Music. I can remember being thrilled by the beauty and power of church music at a very young age and I only wish I had known then that the organ was an instrument which could be learned just the same as the piano. As a young child, it seemed that the organist magically appeared on the organ bench each Sunday, never to be approached, and only listened to in awe.
In my 30’s, as I experienced a “bumpy patch” in my life, the minister of my church asked if there was “anything I’d always wanted to do.” My answer came from nowhere it seemed…. “I want to learn to play the pipe organ.” I was fortunate to live close to Connecticut College and was able to complete the requirements for my self designed major, “Music and Worship in the Christian Church” in 1982. Subsequently I have served as organist and choir director in UCC, American Baptist and Episcopal churches where I have learned to appreciate and love a wide variety of musical styles. In music there truly is no “One Size Fits All.”
Our life is filled with the goodness of family and friends including a wonderful daughter and son-in-law, their two beautiful children, and an amazing Irish Wolfhound. After a recent move to Maine we continue to travel to St. John’s as we love living near the ocean while still enjoying the pastoral beauty and peacefulness of the countryside here.
Linda and I love providing music for the worship services on both piano and organ. The fulfillment we find in the loving fellowship of St. John’s provides just the right finishing touch for our life in coastal Maine.
St. john the baptist vestry
The Vestry of an Episcopal Church is the governing authority for all temporal (non-spiritual) business of the parish: a bit like a Board of Directors. The Vestry is elected by members of the parish. Its primary responsibilities are to take care of the parish finances, care for and maintain parish facilities and choose parish leadership, including interviewing and calling the Rector, as required. The Vestry also assists the Rector in the nurture and extension of the church to serve its members and as Christ's hands and feet in the world.
Current members of the Vestry of St. John the Baptist:
Dave Giunta, Sr. Warden
David Tyler, Jr. Warden
Ann Elkins, Clerk
Jackie Keating, Treasurer
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The Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement