What We Believe
We are a Christian community built upon four commandments that undergird our common life. We imagine these commandments as arrows pointing outward, in the four cardinal directions, carrying our faith to the ends of the earth. And we imagine them pointing inward, toward the center of our being, toward the center of the Cross.
As a community of faith we rely on the following individuals to guide us as we seek to live out our faith.
The Rev. Stacey Kohl
Pastor Stacey began her journey with the community of St. PJs in September 2022 after previously serving at parishes in Norwich and Mystic as well as on the staff of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She loves to share stories from Scripture and beyond, in creative and engaging ways as well as hear other's stories. She also enjoys baking, and can often be found in her kitchen, mixing up a special treat for family and friends to share.
Pastoral Care Minister
I graduated with a BA in religion and a BS in nursing from 2 different universities. While raising three children with my husband David, I taught Sunday School, all ages, for many years. I volunteered with The Gathering Place, a non-profit, interfaith organization in Hartford, CT, where I waited tables in their restaurant and organized an educational program called Beat the Odds (founded by Marian Wright Edelman). I also worked at a large ecumenical church library in West Hartford, providing a variety of resources for any individual and/or group in New England. Our inventory was large, especially geared towards religious and secular educational materials.
David & I lived in St Albans, England for a decade, where I studied church architecture, history and art in order to become a regular guide at the medieval Abbey and Cathedral Church. At the same time, I worked at a local goat farm, where I appreciated the physical challenge of manual labor. Returning to CT seven years ago, we settled in the New Haven area, and I became involved with New Haven Reads, Common Ground gardens and St PJs.
When I am not reading, home cooking, or walking, I enjoy FaceTiming with my grandchildren who live in London and Santa Barbara, CA. We sing a lot and read books together!
Director of Music
Will Cleary is a saxophonist and director of the St. PJ's Jazz Ensemble. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and his Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music. He performs regularly in the area and NYC with a saxophone quartet, and in international jazz festivals. Will has been the Director of Music since 2015.
Crystal Gooding, Parish Administrator
Samuel Rodriguez, Sexton
The Rev. Steven Crowson, Priest Associate
Claire Cody, Warden
Brian Fillmore, Warden
David Hill, Treasurer
Maggie King, Clerk
Nate Solberg, Agatha Zichichi-Evans, Maggie King
Lynne Severance, David Tate,
Marilyn Bergen, Bill Evans, Vanessa Gonzalez