|The Very Rev. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
Father Cramer was raised in the Churches of Christ, and worked in several ministry positions in that tradition before moving into the Episcopal Church while completing his Master of Divinity at the Graduate School of Theology of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He then received his Anglican training through the completion of a Master of Sacred Theology at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He is nearing completion of a Doctor of Ministry degree, also at Sewanee's School of Theology. He served his first cure as a priest in the Lilly-endowed Foundations for Spiritual Leadership Program at Christ Church in Alexandria, VA. After two years there, our parish, with the Bishop's consent, called him to come to St. John's to serve as our Rector
Father Cramer is active in the Episcopal Church at many levels. He is the Dean of the Lakeshore Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. He also serves the Diocese as Chair of the Commission on Ministry, as a Delegate to Province V Synod, and as an Alternate Deputy to the 2015 General Convention. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, where he serves on the Provincial Council. He has also written two book, Safeguarded by Glory: Michael Ramsey's Ecclesiology and the Struggles of Contemporary Anglicanism and Scribere Orare Erat: To Write Was to Pray, both available on Amazon.com.
He resides in Grand Haven with his wife, Bethany, and their dog, Cappadocian. Bethany is a local therapist, running her own private practice, Daybreak Mental Wellness. Cappadocian, focuses on keeping the backyard clear of squirrels.
Father Cramer's reflections can be found on his personal blog, Care with the Cure of Souls.
|The Rev. Kenneth Michnay
Kenneth Michnay was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 1, 1941. He was graduated from Parma Senior High School in 1959 and from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1963, with an interdepartmental major in English, History, and Religion. He was graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1966 and was ordained to the Holy Office of the Ministry on June 1, 1966, in the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). His first Call was to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Stafford Springs, Connecticut, where he served as Pastor from June, 1966, to March, 1976. His second Call was to Dr. Martin Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church, Muskegon, Michigan, where he served as Pastor from March, 1976, to August, 2001. His third Call was from the Division for Global Mission of the ELCA. He served as a Missionary in Bratislava, Slovakia, teaching English at the Evanjelicka bohoslovecka fakulta, Univerzita Komenskeho v Bratislave (Evangelical Theological School, Comenius University, Bratislava) and in the Foreign Relations Department in the office of the General Bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia. He returned to the United States in 2005 and retired at the end of that year.
Pastor Michnay's main avocation has been music, singing in choirs throughout his years in secondary school, university, and seminary, as well as the Camerata Singers, the Bratislava City Choir and now, once again, in the Muskegon Chamber Choir. He is a past Dean of the Muskegon-Lakeshore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
He is grateful for being able to serve St. John's Parish as Priest Associate. This is possible because of an ecumenical agreement between the Episcopal Church and the ELCA which provides for a shared ministry between our churches and for eucharistic fellowship.
Parish Administrator & Executive Assistant to the Rector
Cindi has been a member of St. John's since 1989. In the spring of 1996 she became the Parish Secretary. Before that she served as Church School Director and Youth Group Co-Leader. In 2010 her position transitioned into Parish Administrator and Executive Assistant to the Rector.
She lives in Grand Haven with her husband, Dave. She is also active in P.E.O. (Women's Philanthropic Educational Organization), currently serving as the President of the local chapter.
|John G. Bryson
Interim Director of Music of Music & Fine Arts
John is a renowned organist who has served several congregations througout Western Michigan. Now retired and a member of our parish, he has graciously been playing for us while our parish undergoes a search process for a new Director of Music. After serving in this supply role for several months, he was named Interim Director of Music. He now oversees the entire music program at St. John's during this interim period. He and his wife Claire live in Spring Lake.
Church School Director
Leslie was born and raised in New Jersey. After earning her B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University, Leslie became the Art Director at Med Publishing, a publisher of medical journals and brochures, in Princeton, NJ. In 1987, Leslie and husband Michael moved to Ann Arbor with their daughter Elizabeth and soon to be born Madeline. During that time they relocated to the E.S. George Reserve, a biological field station, where Leslie kept busy with the kids and freelanced as a U of M research assistant in the "Evolution of Human Behavior Program." Leslie has co-authored two published papers that resulted from that research. In 1991 the Lombardo family moved to West Michigan and began attending St. John's Episcopal Church in 1993 when they moved to Grand Haven. In Grand Haven she has volunteered for the public schools and has been a substitute teacher.
Leslie has worked at St. John's for over sixteen years as the Sunday School Director and over six years as the Youth Group Director. She is a member of the Women's Study Group, Women's Devotional Group, and past member of the St. John's Bell Choir.
Michael & Leslie have been married since 1983 and live in Grand Haven.
Radha was born in Miami, Florida to Hare Krishna parents, hence the Hindu name. She started attending St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Florida at the age of seven and was baptized a year later on All Saints Day. During high school she served as an acolyte, joined the youth group leadership team, and was involved in the Episcopal peer-led youth retreat Happening, including serving as the Rector of Happening #111. After graduation she worked at Camp Weed Episcopal Summer Camp in the Diocese of Florida for five summers as a cabin counselor and as the Worship Director.
She is a 2012 Hope College graduate with a major in Classical Studies and minors in Dance and Philosophy. While at Hope she participated in the Sacred Dance Ministry and worked as lighting and sound technician. She also completed Education for Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher. She is currently discerning a call to priestly ministry in the Diocese of Western Michigan, hoping to attend seminary in the fall of 2015. Radha married her husband, Matt, on June 13, 2015, here at St. John's.
|Jessica Cole Robinson
Jessica was born and raised in Grand Haven. She studied Religion and Psychology at Hope College. After graduating she has spent the last 10 years in the social work and education fields and has participated in ministry since she became a believer at the age of 17. She is attending Western Theological Seminary in Holland where she is studying to obtain her Masters of Divinity and Masters of Social Work degrees. Jessica has ancestry ties to St. John's and is excited for the opportunity to direct her energies towards the SJE community.
Connie was born and raised in Chicago. After earning a B.A. in Accounting from Robert Morris College in Chicago Connie began what has now become 25 years of accounting experience in the Real Estate Management and Development field with the last 10 years as Controller for a mid-sized family owned Real Estate Development Company in downtown Chicago. She recently relocated to the Grand Haven area with her husband Christopher and son Ethan for an improved living environment and schools for Ethan as well as to be closer to her in laws. Along with her relocation she decided to change her career focus into the non-profit sector, in addition to taking on the task of Bookkeeper for St. John’s she also currently works part time as an accountant for Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity in Holland.