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.
Luis Enrique Hernández Rivas
Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministry
lhernandez@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 28

Luis Enrique was born in Santa Clara, Cuba. Raised as Roman Catholic, he spent five years in religious life as a Salesian and a Franciscan. The mission of the Salesians is "to be in the Church, signs and bearers of the love of God for young people, especially those who are poor." During that time earned his Bachelors in Philosophy in the Pontifical Catholic University in Santo Domingo. He has also undergone further study in the area of education and has almost 10 years of experience in different areas of youth ministry in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. He was received into the Episcopal Church in May of 2014.

Luis’s last experiences in ministry include working as a volunteer translator for the Dominican Development Group, the Communications Office of the Dominican Episcopal Diocese, and the care of the Youth Group of the bilingual congregation of Epiphany Cathedral, in Santo Domingo. He is currently a Postulant in the Order of Saint Francis, a contemporary expression of the Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion. He lives in Grand Haven with his partner, Kenneth, who is an architect.
Jessica Cole Robinson
Parish Intern
intern@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 21

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 Brown
Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@stjohnsepiscopal.com, ext 23
Dave Swanson
Sexton
sexton@stjohnsepiscopal.com