Sue Poulin, Rector


The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist is in transition after a call of our Rector of eleven years, Sue Poulin, to serve another parish starting in March 2018. 

We are pleased to have the support of clergy from the Diocese of New Hampshire to continue our regular schedule of worship services as we prepare to call a new Rector.  You can find our worship schedule in "Events", on the "Calendar" or "What's Happening" pages.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Priests whose support we will depend on include:

The Rev. Canon Randy Dales.  Randy Dales is a retired priest living in Wolfeboro.  For many years, while the Rector of All Saints, he came to St. John's for Mothering Sunday services.  He has been in the diocese since 1969, as priest in Exeter, Meredith, Holderness School, and Wolfeboro.  He was the bishop's Canon to the Ordinary during the transition from Bishop Robinson to Bishop Hirschfeld.  He most recently was the interim in Plymouth and Ashland.  Randy is a trustee of the Diocese and of Holderness School and currently serves as Chaplain to the Retired Clergy and Spouses of New Hampshire.  He will be at St. John's on March 4, 18, Maundy Thursday and Easter.

The Rev. Fred Reynolds.  The Rev. Frederic W. Reynolds has served as a priest in the Episcopal Church since his ordination in 1978, is now retired and a resident of Portsmouth.  Fred describes himself as a lover of Jesus who helps people grow their hearts and souls.  

For the first part of his priesthood, Fred served/churches in Kennebunk Maine; Bay Shore Long Island, NY; Sackets Harbor/Watertown, NY; and as Chaplain/Teacher at the White Mountain School here in NH.  From 1995-2014 Fred served as Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a metropolitan 1,000-member parish, in Rochester, NY.  In addition to his formal theological training, Fred holds certificates in Celery Leadership Training, Interim Ministry and has been a Co-facilitator for a weekly clergy coaching program through the Clergy Leadership Institute.  Fred will be at St. John's on March 11.

The Rev. Canon Gail Avery. Gail Avery is the newly-appointed Canon for Transition and Community Engagement in The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire. 

Gail earned her M.Div. at the Episcopal Divinity School with special competency in Anglican, Global and Ecumenical Studies.  Subsequently, she spent sevens years as maritime chaplain, bringing her face-to face with the daily struggles of seafarers far from home who frequent our New England ports. Gail has served three parishes in New Hampshire and spent the past three years as interim rector at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Dover.  Since 2008 she has acted as the Diocesan-appointed clergy delegate to Province One.  She also chairs the Reconciliation Commission for statewide social outreach and the Angola Committee for parish partnering with on-the-ground global need within the diverse Anglican Community.  She was elected to the 2018 General Convention clergy deputation and serves as president of the board for William Lawrence Camp in Center Tuftonboro, NH.   Gail will be at St. John's on Palm Sunday.

The Rev. Anne (Annie) Ryder.  

The Rev. Anne (Annie) Ryder has recently retired from the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and moved to Raymond, NH, to be closer to her daughter and her family, who live in Portsmouth.

Annie has served parishes in Carmel, CA, Pagosa Springs, CO, and Sheffield, MA.  Before her ordination in 1996, Annie worked as an account manager in a Boston-based consulting firm and in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Since 2010, she has traveled many times to Ghana in West Africa, where she volunteers at the Mampong Babies Home.  Annie loves to sing, read, travel, and walk her dog.  She can reached on email at Annie will be with us at St. John's in April. 


 Make a Joyful Noise

music staff

Music has always been an important part of worship at St. John’ the Baptist. We have a wonderful pipe organ, a piano and choir. Most of all we have dedicated music loving volunteers to help out with the services.
 Judy Gray, Organist

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:

Julia Stackpole

Carole Connors

Pat Chumack

David Guinta

Tina Firicano, Warden

Mickey Mallory, Warden

Ann Elkins, Clerk

Jane Daniell, Treasurer

Infinite respect for one another...radical hospitality for the world.