The Reverend Dr. E. Bevan Stanley, Rector
The Reverend Dr. E. Bevan Stanley is now serving as St. Michael’s 26th Rector. Bevan has spent most of his adult life in Connecticut. He studied for his M.Div. at Yale Divinity School, and was ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984.
Reverend Stanley has extensive experience in growing a parish as well as being a trainer and consultant in all dimensions of parish development, teaching the diocesan Parish Development Course for a number of years. He also was trained in community organizing by the Industrial Areas Foundation and was active in working for change in New Haven. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary in 2003, with a thesis on training lay leaders.
Please read more here about Reverend Stanley and his wife Alinda.
Dr. Marguerite Mullée, Music Director
A graduate of Columbia University where she earned a doctorate in Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy, Dr. Mullee is also professor of liturgical music at Holy Apostles College and Seminary (Cromwell CT) and music consultant for Our Lady of Grace Monastery (Guilford CT).
She has conducted many ensembles, including the Kent Singers (CT), Naugatuck Community Choir (CT), Joyful Noise (founder, NY), Random Choristers (NY), Millennium Orchestra (NY), sacred music choir at Trinity College (CT) and church choirs in New York and Connecticut. In 2008, she received a Statement of Recognition for Musical Excellence in CT from Governor M. Jodi Rell.
In demand as a workshop presenter and lecturer, Dr. Mullee offers pre-performance lectures regularly for the Metropolitan HD Opera series in Torrington CT. She has presented pre-concert lectures for her own concerts and those of others, including the Waterbury Symphony (CT) and Caramoor (NY). She has given chant workshops and master classes in voice in schools (Portsmouth RI, Dover NY, Kent CT), in monasteries (NY, NJ, MA, CT, RI) and at Adelynrood Retreat Center (MA), Wisdom House (CT) and Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (NY). In addition, she presents chant workshops for the community at St. Michael’s and holds chant workshops in Tuscany, Italy. Dr. Mullee has been a guest lecturer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario (2014) and had the honor presenting the annual Thomas Aquinas lecture in Sacred Music at UConn Storrs (2014).
Originally from Virginia, Mr. Bush is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Harvard Law School. While at William and Mary, Mr. Bush studied organ with James S. Darling, organist and choirmaster of the renowned Bruton Parish Church in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. Since then he has performed and served as organist at churches in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.
Sarah Adams,Church School Director
Sarah has been a member of St. Michael’s Parish since the age of five. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching secondary English from Tufts University and taught church school at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, for four years before moving back to Litchfield in 2015. Sarah has taught business writing classes at United Technologies in Hartford and is a freelance writer for the Boston Globe. She and her husband, Josh, have two young boys.
Karen Ackerman, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper
Karen Ackerman has lived in Kent for 30 years, as wife and mother of 3 girls. She has worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business for over 20 years and as a Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant for 4 years. Karen is currently bookkeeping for St. Michael’s in Litchfield, St. John’s in New Milford, as well as her husband’s business, and is also working as the Asst. Tax Collector for the Town of Kent.
The Reverend Amy Reichman,
Amy Reichman is one of about fifty Permanent Deacons in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Ordained in 2005, Amy has served several Churches in the Northwest Region of our Diocese, including Saint Andrew’s in Kent and Saint John’s in New Milford. Permanent Deacons strive to both embody and enable servant ministry, focusing on connecting the Church with the world.
Amy’s individual servant ministry is at the intersection of mental health with spirituality. She has worked in both the psychiatric and counseling worlds, including Green Chimneys Children and Family Services, Brewster, NY; and internships at New York Hospital, Jacobi Hospital, and High Watch Recovery Center, Kent, CT.
Amy is a Licensed Master in Social Work (LMSW), Hunter College, NYC; Board Certified Assoc. Pastoral Counselor (BCAPC); and has earned an MA in Religious Studies (Christian and Interfaith Spirituality) from Hartford Seminary. Amy enjoys helping faith communities and individuals with their collaborative and unique calling to servant ministry in the world. Her spiritual life is nurtured by personal work in pastoral care and counseling.
Before her new vocation in the helping ministries, Amy was a commercial-advertising photographer in the big city (NYC) for twenty years. Amy lives in Sharon, CT with her life partner of 40 plus years and spouse, Connie, and their pet rabbit, Rosita. When not serving the Church or those in need, she can be found fixing-up their small 1830’s farm house, on her tractor, digging in the dirt, or writing in the attic.