Guest Celebrants and Organists

During our transition to new leadership, we are delighted to welcome a diverse set of people to help celebrate our services. Take a moment to read more about them below!

Celebrants

Rev. Mo Peitler-Lederman

Rev. Maureen Peitler-Lederman is a native Nutmegger, a graduate of Providence College with a BA in Theology, and holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Mo has served as the Associate Rector and Chaplain of the Day School at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, and Rector of St. John’s Guilford. Currently, Mo is a diocesan consultant, working with newly ordained clergy.

She leads retreats for parish groups and vestries and recently worked with the Ekklesia Ballet Company on their work, Body and Land.  Through Trytank, alongside the Rev. Rachel Field, she leads an online support group for newly ordained clergy throughout the National Episcopal Church.

Currently, Mo is pursuing a Certificate in Communications and Digital Media through the Center for New Media at Middlesex College. When not serving parishes or taking classes Mo enjoys spending time with family, baking, singing in a community choir, and blending and drinking tea.

Rev. Andrea Hoslett

Rev. Andrea Hoslett served Our Savior Lutheran Church in Faulkton, South Dakota for seven years and Bethany Lutheran in Orange MA for eight years, after working as a librarian for 14 years. She has been attending St. Peter’s since she retired 13 years ago.

These days she can be found as a supply minister at several churches in the area.

Rev. Michael Carroll

The Rev. Michael Carroll is a retired episcopal priest who currently serves as supply clergy, especially to bi-lingual communities. He has served as Hispano-Latino Missioner Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA., St. James Episcopal Church, New London, St. Mark’s New Britain, and St. John’s Waterbury, CT.

When not doing supply work, Rev Carroll has been known to join us in the pews of St. Peter’s.

Alan Blume

 Alan and Martha, who are both life-long Lutherans, have been part of the St. Peter’s community since they and their daughters Phoebe and Margaret moved to Cheshire in 2003.

As a member of the St. Peter’s community, Alan has served in several different roles, including coordinating the acolytes since 2010, co-leading two Rite 13 classes, and a YAC group that made a pilgrimage focused on food justice to Washington D.C. He has also served as a member of Vestry and for several years as one of St. Peter’s delegates to the Diocesan Convention.

Before coming to St. Peter’s, Alan was active in the Lutheran congregations he and Martha were members of, including teaching confirmation, serving as a lay worship assistant, preaching, and being a member of the congregational council (Lutheran equivalent of vestry). Since retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2007, Alan has conducted marine accident investigations involving large ocean-going ships.

 

Charles Wm. Dimmick

Dr. Charles Wm. Dimmick has been an active member of St. Peter’s Church since August of 1972, holding the offices of Junior Warden, Senior Warden and many other committee chairs. A retired Professor of Geology, he is also a Licensed Lay Minister and Chaplain of the Connecticut State Grange.

Charles was born in New Jersey, grew up in Florida, and has geology degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Florida, and Tulane University. He is active in several organizations related to wetlands, agriculture, and agricultural fairs.

Rev. Thom Peters

This Sunday we’ll welcome the Rev. Thom Peters, a longtime parishioner at St. Peter’s. Thom teaches in the History department at Hopkins School.  He’s also Priest-in-Charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in North Haven.

Thom and Kristin Peters have two grown children who both sang in the youth choir here at St. P’s.
 
Fun fact: Thom was Rev Sandy Stayner’s first Senior Warden!

Beryl Lyons

Beryl Lyons is a native of R. I. and has lived in CT for more than 50 years.  A graduate of Adelphi University, she worked for the State of CT DPUC for nearly 30 years as the agency ‘s public spokesperson before retiring in 2009.

A convert to Christianity, Beryl, a widow, has 2 children, three stepchildren and 7 grandchildren.  She volunteers both at St. Peter’s and at the Cheshire Senior Center.

Rev. Canon Ranjit K. Mathews

The Reverend Canon Ranjit K. Mathews began his role as Canon to the Ordinary (“C2O”) on October 1, 2023, after transitioning out of his role as ECCT’s Canon for Mission Advocacy, Racial Justice & Reconciliation in September 2023.

A statement below from the Rev. Mathews:

“Over the past year, Bishop Mello has done the hard work of listening and paying attention to the spiritual needs of our faith community. I believe in his unfolding vision of meeting our congregations, clergy, and lay leaders where they are; and encouraging them to engage the mission of God in their own context.  With a lens of justice and equity as the foundation of my ministry, I am excited to step into this role and support this faithful work.”

Rev. James G. (Jim) Bradley

The Rev. James G. (Jim) Bradley is a native of West Virginia who has been an Episcopal priest since 1975. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Virginia Theological Seminary, he has served as Rector of St. Paul’s Church in New Haven and Rector of St. John’s in Waterbury.

Rev. Bradley currently serves as Priest in Charge at Trinity Episcopal Church in Milton Ct. Prior to joining Trinity Church Rev. Bradley served as a supply priest for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

Organists

 

Stuart Duncan

Stuart Duncan, originally from the South-East of England, has been playing organ and conducting choirs for over two decades, of which four were here at St. Peter’s. He holds a Doctorate in music composition from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University.  

Stuart recently co-authored a book on Music in Prisons entitled “Music-Making in U.S. Prisons: Listening to Incarcerated Voices.” Stuart works at UConn’s Graduate School as their Director of Programming and Diversity Recruitment and at UCONN’s Neag School of Education.

Stuart and his partner Jen are happy to have joined our parish and look forward to watching their now three-year-old Emerson grow up at St. Peter’s.

 

Wayne Bailey

Wayne Bailey is an experienced organist and choirmaster. He served in this capacity at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Meriden for over 30 years.

Now retired, he is delighted to participate in services at St. Peter’s!

Kevin L. Mack

For over forty years, Dr. Kevin Mack has served Connecticut as a conductor, singer, and player of historical keyboard and woodwind instruments. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Kevin earned degrees in Conducting, Vocal Performance, and English-Philosophy from the Hartt School, the Juilliard School, Yale University, and the University of the Pacific.

He retired last year from Middletown’s South Congregational Church as Minister of Music and presently serves Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury as Cantorial Soloist/Music Director. Kevin also conducts the Connecticut Restoration Orchestra, Pratt & Whitney United Chorus, Glastonbury Chorus, Connecticut Z’mirah Chorale, and the Towers Chorus in New Haven.

Laura Richling

Laura Richling is primarily a professional musician, but also a movement and fitness professional.

 She holds B.M and M.M degrees in piano performance and musicology from Baylor University. She is in demand as a teacher, performer, accompanist, and adjudicator, both as faculty at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and as a freelance artist. She is a founding member of the piano quartet sFOURzando, which performs piano music for 4, 6, and 8 hands. She is pianist/organist at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel at Yale University.

 In her musical pursuits, she strives to develop healthy and well-rounded musicianship to allow successful, enjoyable music-making for a lifetime. In her fitness/dance pursuits, she is dedicated to helping people discover the thrill of good health through movement that is safe, effective, creative, and joyful.

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