The Rev. Dr. Gale Davis, Interim Priest

Gale was ordained 1989 in San Jose, CA and  served churches in San Jose, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Acton, Andover, and Nantucket as well as several other communities for a shorter term.

Gale was Dean of the Concord River Deanery, President of the Standing Committee, served on Diocesan Council, and on the Budget Committee of the Diocese. She has served as Deputy or Alternate to General Convention for our Diocese and for the Diocese of Milwaukee for several different conventions. 

Gale is mother of four grown children, mother-in-law to two, and most blessedly, grandmother to six perfect grandchildren! She loves to read, do needlepoint, and swim regularly at Longfellow.  She and her husband, Ernie, love to travel and in the last four years have been on six continents. 

The Rev. Chris Visminas, Interim Pastoral Associate

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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.”

Julia Baker, Director of Parish Operations

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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

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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.

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