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; and 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 6 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
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, she 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 the “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.”
Beth Folsom, Christian Formation Director
Beth grew up in nearby Framingham and studied history and Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College. After graduation, She moved to Washington, DC, for a yearlong internship at the National Archives, where she learned that historical research is fascinating, but that a career in archival work lacked the personal interaction that she was seeking. Beth stayed in Washington to attend graduate school, getting a Masters Degree in American history and worked toward a Doctorate in the same field. She moved back to Massachusetts in 2003, and has spent the past dozen years as a teacher, adjunct professor, and mom. She and her husband, Kelly, live in Framingham with their children, Maggie and Nate, two cats, and a dog. When she has time to herself she loves to make crafts of all kinds is a bookaholic who especially enjoys reading about American and Biblical history and archaeology.
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 she 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!