Parish Staff & Clergy

Clergy

The Rev. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
Rector
rector@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 22

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 First Alternate Deputy to the next General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He also serves the Diocese as a Delegate to Province V Synod. Previously he has served as Dean of the Lakeshore Deanery, Convener of the Deans of the Diocese, and Chair of the Commission on Ministry. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, where he serves as Convener of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society, comprising all the dioceses in Michigan along with Northern Indiana and the Diocese of Huron in the Anglican Church of Canada. He has also written two books, 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, their daughter, Lucy, and their dog, Cappadocian. Bethany is a local therapist, running her own private practice, Daybreak Mental Wellness. Lucy's primary interest right now is being ridiculously cute. 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
Priest Associate
kmichnay@stjohnsepiscopal.com, 231-759-0451

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.

Lay Staff

Cindi Sanders
Parish Administrator & Executive Assistant to the Rector
csanders@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 21

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.
Nicholas Palmer
Director of Music
npalmer@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 27

Nick comes to us from Grand Rapids, where he has served for the past eight years as Director of Music for the Cathedral of St. Andrew in the Roman Catholic Church. He has nearly thirty years experience as a church musician and has also served as an adjunct professor in the Music Department at Aquinas College. In addition to his work as a church musician, he has significant skills as a composer. He had a composition in the 2017 Art Prize in Grand Rapids (you can experience a video of it online here). Several of his liturgical compositions have been published and he has also composed for the entertainment industry. You can find more about his other professional work on his website here. He is married to Jarek and the two live in the Grand Rapids area.
John G. Bryson
Organist Emeritus
jbryson@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 27

John is a renowned organist who has served several congregations througout Western Michigan. He served for six years as our Interim Director of Music and Fine Arts. Now retired, he has been named Organist Emeritus and he assists our Director of Music as needed throughout the year. He and his wife Claire live in Spring Lake.
Reyna Orellana Masko
Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministry
rmasko@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 28

Reyna was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and her family migrated to Houston, Texas in 1983 after a full-fledge civil war broke out that lasted for more than 12 years. The UN reports that more than 75,000 people were killed during the war. She lived in Houston with her family and in 1996 she married Paul Masko native of Grand Haven and moved to Grand Haven in July of 1998 to raise a family. Reyna started working for the Circuit Court Family Division in 1999 and graduated from Ferris State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and was then promoted to Friend of the Court Investigator.

Reyna's experiences include working as a volunteer interpreter for the Legal Self Help Center at the Ottawa County Courthouse, she currently chairs the Ottawa County Cultural Committee, is a board member of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) , is a member of LEDA North Initiative, member of Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress, the Latina Network of West Michigan, member of Professionals Lakeshore Latinas and volunteers at any event which advances diversity and inclusion in the community. She lives in Grand Haven with her husband, Paul who is a special education teacher, her daughter who is a freshman and plays softball for Kellogg Community and her son Mik who is currently in middle school.
Bob Vanderveen
Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 23

Bob Vanderveen was born, raised and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Calvin College and from Western Michigan University. He is a CPA and has held various positions in business, mostly in the financial area. He has been Christian since age 17 and attends a regularly attends a church in his home area. He recently spent 6 years living in Texas and sorely misses the Texas sunshine during the Michigan winters.
Connie Brown
Assistant Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@stjohnsepiscopal.com
Dave Swanson
Sexton
sexton@stjohnsepiscopal.com