Clergy & Staff

The Reverend Michelle M. Meech, Rector

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Michelle is the recently called Rector of St. John’s, having arrived here in March of 2016 with her dog Bella.  As a priest she sees her primary role as teacher and encourager; one who reminds, supports, and invites others to know and live into the love that is already written on our hearts.  It was through her work as an Enneagram teacher that Michelle heard her call to the priesthood.  She comes to us after having served on diocesan and seminary staffs, and as an associate priest at St. Alban’s in Albany, CA.  She graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2010 and was ordained to the priesthood later that year by Bishop Nedi Rivera of Eastern Oregon.  Michelle is looking forward to experiencing all that the Mid-Hudson region has to offer – hiking, kayaking, arts, and the intimacy of small towns.  And she’s thrilled to join St. John’s in ministry to serve Kingston.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Deacon Susan L. Bonsteel

DSC_0487 - CopyIn 1998, Sue Bonsteel was ordained to the diaconate by the Rt. Rev. Richard Grein of the Diocese of New York. A former elementary school teacher and longtime volunteer in the community and in the church, Sue has served St. John’s and 2 other parishes in the region. She has been involved with Angel Food East since its early days and now serves on the board of directors. Sue has served as co-convener of the Mid-Hudson Episcopal Peace Fellowship as well as an Ulster Literacy volunteer in the Ulster County Jail. As a regional Deacon for Jail and Prison Ministry, Sue helps connect individuals and parishes with programs that serve those behind bars. She is an advocate for an end to the death penalty and has been corresponding with a Pennsylvania death row inmate for the past 11 years. Married for 45 years, Sue and Roger have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Puetz, Parish Administrator

CindyPuetzwalletCindy has worked as Parish Administrator at St. John’s for the past 20 years. Before coming to St. John’s she worked in a local bank for many years, retiring from the bank as a branch manager. Cindy supplies volunteer secretarial support for Angel Food East as needed. Cindy and her husband Joe, both native Kingstonians have been married for 42 years and have an adult son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Boothe Earles, Choirmaster & Organist

Terry Earles began his new ministry at St. John’s on Sunday, March 12th.  He holds degrees in Music Theory, Concert Voice, Composition and Concert Organ.  He began his professional career in 1958.  He has done post graduate work with John Rose, Trinity College, Hartford, Ct., Craig Williams, head of  the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College and organist of the Cadet Chapel at West Point Military Academy, Alec Wyton and David Pizzaro, both past organists at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.  These mentors were themselves students of Marcel Dupre, Virgil Fox  and Harold Gleeson.

His choral work includes studies with Lt. Col. Robert B. Kuzminski, retired director of the Air Force Singing Sergeants and the Air Force Bands of Europe and the Philippines.  Terry’s choirs have toured the East Coast and have sung in such locations as the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.