The Rev. Dr. William Kondrath, Bridge Priest
Bill earned his M. Div. and M.A. degrees at the University of Toronto. Ordained as a Roman Catholic, he worked as a parish priest and campus minister for four years in Clemson, SC. He came to Boston to co-lead the Paulist Leadership and Renewal Project. After leaving the Paulists, Bill married Christina Robb and was received as an Episcopal priest by Bishop John Coburn. He worked at All Saints Church (Belmont) and as chaplain at McLean Hospital while earning his D. Min. in church leadership at Andover Newton Theological School. Bill was rector at St. Mark’s (Foxboro) for 6 ½ years. He then took his twenty years of ministerial experience to Episcopal Divinity School where he directed pastoral training for seminarians. As the William Lawrence Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Theological Field Education at Episcopal Divinity School, Bill also taught courses in collaborative ministerial leadership; leading congregational change; creativity, change and conflict; emotional competence for leadership; and preaching.
In his own consulting practice, Bill has worked in more than 130 Christian and Jewish faith communities on transitions and the role of feelings in valuing and working across differences. Bill is also a Lead Consultant with VISIONS, Inc. (www.Visions-inc.org) doing multicultural training and consulting primarily with universities and non-profits. He is the author of three books on church leadership, and was the President of the Academy of Religious Leadership (2013-14) and Co-editor of the Journal of Religious Leadership (2015-17). He currently serves on the JRL board.
The Rev. Chris Visminas, Interim Pastoral Associate
Ordained for over thirty years as an Episcopal priest, the Reverend Christine Visminas holds a B. A. in theology from Duquesne University and an M. A. in theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For 20 years she ran C. E. Visminas Co., Ltd., which sold bulletin covers, stationery and children's books based on traditional Christian images, including icons. After selling the company to Morehouse Publishing, she worked part-time as a conservation agent for the Town of Framingham, a position that included law enforcement, wetlands identification, and inspection.
For the last decade, Chris has served as a Christian adult education consultant and has created classes on a variety of subjects, including the History of Marriage and The Meaning of the Dead Christ. Frequently her courses involve museum visits which is how she became involved with the Museum of Russian Icons and curated “Pondering Mary: Her Story Through Icons” exhibit which ran in the Spring of 2017.
Chris has been married for over forty years to Steven Clark, a software engineer. She has two sons, both of whom work in the computer field. The eldest is married and has two lovely daughters. Her hobbies include gardening, needlework, and geology.
Ellen F. Oak, Interim Music Minister
Ellen most recently served as the Director of Liturgy, Music and the Arts as a member of the faculty at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She has a masters in Choral Conducting from Yale and a BA, with distinction, as a music Major, Religion Minor at Swarthmore College in PA.
Ellen describes herself as follows: “Core values of artistic excellence, intellectual acuity, spiritual imagination and cultural courage animate my work. I creatively connect liturgical celebration, engagement with the arts, academic inquiry, and social outreach to foster insight, meaning and growth far beyond the sum of the parts. Joyfully exercising the full range of my gifts, while collaborating closely with colleagues, I help drive the mission of the diverse, innovative and faithful community.”
Katy Denning, Interim Director of Children’s and Family Ministry
Katy joined the St. Paul’s staff in September
Julia Baker, Director of Parish Operations
Julia joined our staff in November 2017 after enjoying several years of independent consulting work with an artist in the Needham area. Originally from the Midwest, Julia, her husband and their daughter moved to Needham in 1995. Following years of active volunteering in the schools and the Episcopal Church Julia returned to the working world as Parish Administrator for Christ Church, Needham. In her free time she enjoys needlepointing, reading, golf and playing with their two dogs - Gracie and Doc!
Dave Fazekas, Interim Custodian
Dave is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he majored in History and minored in economics. He will be with us as out Interim Custodian until shipping out to join the United States Navy in December. In his free time he enjoys hiking with his dog, Molly.