Mr. Brett Randall Johnson has been a member of Epiphany since 2012, and will preach at both services on 30 July. Brett is currently an “inquirer” for ordination to the priesthood in our diocese. Brett grew up throughout Pennsylvania and Virginia and moved to Boston to attend Boston University. After thirty years as professional church musicians, he and his husband, David McSweeney, sought out a church home that would feed their own spiritual lives. They have been active at Epiphany in various ways—primarily, Brett in the prayer list ministry and Dave on the vestry. Brett has been firmly established in the musical world of Boston for over thirty years. He is a respected teacher of voice and a composer of a cappella works for chorus. He maintains a studio for teaching out of their home in North Reading. His students include several members of Epiphany! As part of the unfolding call of God in his life, last academic year Brett completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. He will be returning there to accomplish the remaining units (3 & 4) at the end of August. He is feeling a strong calling towards chaplaincy.
The Reverend Canon Ran Chase will serve as acting associate rector, effective 6 September, and Ran will be with us several Sundays between now and Rally Day, including 20 August. Ran served as interim rector at the Parish of the Epiphany in the early '90s. and has since served as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Rhode Island, before serving at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Ran lives in Barnstable when he's not preaching, or caring for retired Bishop Suffragan, Barbara C. Harris. Ran’s two adult sons, Andrew and Peter, live in Florida, which is Ran’s “home state.”
The Reverend Heidi Fieldston is a retired priest who lives in Dedham. Heidi will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, 27 August. Heidi is retired after working in the Episcopal Church (she was longtime associate rector at St. Paul’s Church in Dedham), for Massport, on the railroad, and as a humanitarian bureaucrat. Heidi lives in Dedham, at least when she's not traveling. She looks forward to meeting folks at Epiphany on 27 August.
The Very Reverend Kenneth Poppe will preach and preside on Sunday, 3 September. Ken lives on Plum Island with his wife Margaret (Peggy). They worship regularly at the Monastery of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge. Before his retirement in 2012, Ken Poppe served as Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont. He also served parishes in Shaker Heights, Ohio; several parishes in New Jersey: Kinnelon, Ridgewood, Lincoln Park, and Short Hills, as well as in Greenville, Delaware. Margaret Sussman Poppe has a public health consulting business and is currently working on projects with the state health department in Vermont. They have two grown children: Kimberly, who teaches buddhist meditation and contemplative photography in Amsterdam, NL; and Justin, who is a mural artist and graphic designer in Washington, DC.
Brian Jones is emeritus director of music at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, where he served from 1984—2004. He has performed as an organ soloist in many parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, England and Bermuda. In his time at Trinity he built the Trinity Choir into a group which has been praised as “one of America’s finest choirs,” and his recordings with the group have been widely-acclaimed. Since retiring from Trinity, he has held many interim positions, including the Cathedral Church of St John, Albuquerque; Harvard University Memorial Church, Cambridge, MA; Old South Church, Boston, to name a few. He is director of the Copley Singers, a Boston-based choir which has sung at the memorial services for the Boston bombing victims, in the presence of President & Mrs Obama, as well as for a 9/11 commemorative concert in 2011 at Trinity Church, Wall Street, which was glowingly reviewed in the New York Times. Brian was raised in Duxbury, and holds degrees from Oberlin and Boston University. He and his husband, Michael Rocha, recently moved to Concord, after having lived in the Back Bay for thirty years. In his spare time, Brian enjoys travel, gardening, sailing, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He has a daughter, Eliza, and son Nathaniel, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Caroline and Declan, all of whom he is very proud. Visit Brian's website www.brianjonesmusic.com.