St. John’s Episcopal Church
207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

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 Deanery, and as a member of the Kingston Interfaith Council. In 2022 she is serving the Diocese of New York as the secretary for the Committee to Elect a Bishop. Michelle is also an Enneagram teacher, offering workshops and spiritual direction. She’s a recently-converted avid gardener (you can follow her “Today in the Rectory Garden…” posts on Instagram at mmeech). When she has some time, she enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, movies, and exploring the world of metaphor through the arts. She lives in the Rectory with her beloved wife Ana where they are visited by all manner of God’s creatures who live in the surrounding woods and wetlands.

 

Terry Boothe Earles, Choirmaster & Organist

Terry 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.

 

Lydia Picknell, Kitchen/Office Administrator

Lydia has worked in various administrative positions for more than 15 years, mostly in health care and human resources. Now, she enjoys the opportunity and challenges of being the Kitchen/Office Administrator at St. John’s. As a graduate of SUNY Ulster in General Management, she is also proud to be a New Start for Women Program Awardee and continues to pursue her bachelor’s degree Business Administration through SUNY Empire State College. Lydia resides here in Kingston with her husband and six children. When she isn’t spending time with her family or helping to grow the Kitchen at St. John’s, you’ll find her riding her hot-pink motorcycle “Dolly” throughout Ulster County.

 

Patricia Allen, Bookkeeper

Pat was born in Kingston, married fellow Kingstonian Steven, and now have three grown children and three grandchildren. She went to school to learn how to teach English but worked in the healthcare field for most of her adult life. Currently she works as a Regional Provider Engagement Manager for Cigna Healthcare, managing education and training for seven states. Pat is a member of Old Dutch Church in Kingston where she serves as both an Elder and their Treasurer. When she’s not working or tending the books, she enjoys reading, cooking, learning, and traveling in their RV. But, mostly, she enjoys being with family and friends.