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.
Mark Johnson, Music Director
Mark’s choral leadership experience goes back to 1976. He led the music program at Grace Church in Providence, RI, from 1989 to 2014. During that time, he also worked with community choirs to help build a variety of new music programs. After leaving Providence, he and his wife Jennifer found work with smaller, remote churches to semi-retire, but he was still sought after in New England.
Pictured here is Mark, his wife Jennifer, and their two dogs.
Amy Vinisko, Organist
Amy Vinisko is a versatile musician, frequently performing as pianist, organist, accompanist or musical director. Ms. Vinisko earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Hastings College (Hastings, NE), an experience which began in her home state of Nebraska and culminated in a tour of Japan. Continued study led her to the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO), the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (New Haven, CT), the Taubman Institute (New York, NY), Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO) and the Britten-Pears Music Festival (Aldeburgh, England).
Working with Artistic Director, Alecia Evans, Ms. Vinisko is the principal accompanist and collaborative arranger for Sing Out! CT, a premiere glee choir for ages 8-18 that performs regularly. She was a member of the Canterbury School (New Milford, CT) Music Faculty for 12 years and has directed music programs at several churches throughout the region. She is currently the Organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (Litchfield, CT).
Ms. Vinisko is passionate about educating the next generation of musicians and currently offers private and group piano classes at her home studio in Bantam, CT. Find out more at viniskopianostudio.com.
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.
The Reverend Paul Christopherson
We welcome the Rev. Paul Christopherson, our priest during Bevan’s sabbatical
Paul Christopherson is a native Minnesotan. He was ordained priest for the Bishop of Minnesota in 1972 by the Bishop of New York, where he served as assistant to the Rector of St. Thomas Church.
Since then Paul, who also answers to “Chris”, has had a dual career in business and the church. In the church he has served as supply priest in New Jersey, particularly at Christ Church in Short Hills, and St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville. He has been a board member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, and of General Theological Seminary, where he was on the executive committee and chaired the investment committee.
In business Paul had a long career in Wall Street, as an equity research analyst, first at Kidder, Peabody, and then Bear Stearns. In 1992, he started New Vernon Associates, an institutional equity research firm he sold in 2008. In 2010 he published his book, “Pants on Fire: Cutting Through the Biggest Lies of 21st Century American Plutocracy”.
Paul and his wife Ellen (“Dede”) were married at St James in New York in 2012, and moved to Litchfield in January 2016. By a previous marriage, Paul has a daughter, Katharine Calderwood, and three grandchildren. He has a BA from Williams; MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School; and MBA from Columbia.
In 2016, Paul was licensed in the Diocese of Connecticut. During 2017-18, he was priest on about sixty Sundays at nine parishes, including Trinity Church, Milton; St Paul’s, Woodbury; St. John’s, Washington; St John’s, Salisbury; and St Michael’s, Litchfield. He has also done pastoral work at several of these.