Clergy and Staff
The Very Rev. Michelle Meech, Rector
Michelle joined St. John’s in ministry as the Rector in 2016. As a priest, she sees her primary role as teacher and encourager; one who reminds, supports, and invites us to know and live into the love that God has already written on our hearts. She has served on diocesan and seminary staffs and graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2010. Michelle serves on the board for Angel Food East (the feeding ministry of St. John’s), on the Mid-Hudson Board of Managers, as the Dean of the Ulster Clericus, and as a member of the Kingston Interfaith Council. In 2022 she will serve the Diocese of New York as a deputy to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Baltimore, MD. Michelle is also an Enneagram teacher, offering workshops and spiritual direction. She’s a recently-converted avid gardener and enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and exploring the world of metaphor through the arts. She lives in the Rectory with her beloved wife Ana.
The Rev. Deacon Susan L. Bonsteel
In 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 two 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 two adult children and four grandchildren.
Terry Boothe Earles, Choirmaster & Organist
Terry Earles began his ministry at St. John’s in 2017. 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.