Ministry Team

Primary Ministers: The Congregation

  • Vicar: Eliot Moss – moss@cs.umass.edu
  • Assisting Priests: Jennifer Walters and Jill Rierdan
  • Senior Warden: Susan Todd – todd_susan[at]msn.com
  • Junior Warden:  David Bruffee  – dbruffee[at]crocker.com
  • Organist: Marilyn Berthelette – myberthelette[at]gmail.com
  • Church Secretary: Brook Batteau – stjohnsashfield@gmail.com
  • Financial Administrator: Amy Murray – amy[at]redgatefarm.org
  • Parish Nurse: Jane Wagener – janewagener[at]yahoo.com
  • Buildings and Grounds:  Jim Wagener – jwagener[at]netzero.net
  • Sexton: Ivy Tirrell
  • Clerk: Jane Wagener
  • Treasurer: Jim Wagener
  • Vestry Members: Mary Snow and Bryan Dufresne
  • Vestry Associates: Jim Wagener, Mariel Kinsey, Julie Meservey

Staff

Portrait of Vicar Eliot Moss

Portrait of Vicar Eliot Moss

The Rev. Eliot Moss is a bi-vocational Episcopal priest, ordained in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in 2005. He served as assisting priest at the Church of the Atonement, Westfield, prior to his appointment as vicar at St. John’s in 2008. His other vocation is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He grew up in the South, but has lived most of his adult life in Massachusetts, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT. He serves on the Diocesan Council and is a member of The Fellowship of the Way of the Cross.  He married his college sweetheart, Hannah Abbott, in 1976, and they have two daughters and one cat. He resides in Amherst and is a great film buff.

 The Rev. Dr. Jill Rierdan is a priest and artist. Past rector of a small Episcopal church, she is now Assisting Priest at St. John’s. In addition to serving as priest and preacher, she has started the Abundant Arts Ministry, combining arts and mission. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA, she has been trained as a labyrinth facilitator and will start a regional labyrinth program with a newly purchased portable labyrinth. Previously, she was a Professor of Psychology and had a private practice as a clinical Psychologist.

Marilyn Berthelette has been playing the organ professionally since she was fifteen.  She received her undergraduate degree in musicology from Brandeis University and studied at Boston University and the Westminster Choir College.  Marilyn sang with both the Chorus Pro Musica, the chorale arm of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  She has a degree in Needlery from the Nantucket School and loves to teach quilting, embroidery, as well as needlery.  She also teaches keyboard and voice.  Marilyn has been with St. John’s since October of 2008.  She has 2 sons, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Brook Batteau, our church secretary, is also the secretary at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls. He is also a professional singer and handyman.
Amy Murray. our financial administrator,  lives and works at Red Gate Farm.   She also works for a plant nursery specializing in woodland wildflowers.  She enjoys dancing with the local Hilltown Folk Rock Dance group, gardening, and spending time outside with her two children.
Jane Wagener, our Parish Nurse, has spent over 40 years in the nursing field.  She graduated from the Boston University School of Nursing, and has spent the bulk of her career in public health.  After working at the Boston Medical Center and at Georgetown doing clinical research she spent ten years in Alexandria, Virginia involved in all aspects of public health.  For twenty-five years Jane worked in Sacramento, California, where she focused primarily on maternal and child health, offering parenting classes, Well Child Clinics, and participation in the Nurse-Family Partnership, providing weekly care and support for at risk mothers from pregnancy through age two.  Jane lives with her husband in Buckland and has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.  Please be in touch with Jane (625-2111) if you have a question or would like a visit.