Rector: The Rev’d Jay MacLeod
A 1979 graduate of Kearsarge Regional High School, Jay came home in 2013 after twenty years of ordained ministry in England. He received a Rhodes Scholarship to study in England where he met his British wife Sally Asher. They have three children: Asher, Kate and Toby. Jay has degrees from Harvard and Oxford Universities and is the author of Ain’t No Makin’ It, a sociology textbook on urban poverty. Before ordination he worked as a community organizer and oral historian in rural Mississippi. He trained for the priesthood at Lincoln Theological College and served parishes in English mining and mill towns before becoming parish priest for ten years of Britain's most culturally diverse neighborhood in Bedford. He was also Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop and Diocese of St. Albans from 2003 - 2013. Jay loves being back in the Kearsarge area with his parents just down the road. He enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes but during the winter is even happier to meet church members at the base of the North Peak Chairlift at 9 am on a weekday!
Missioner of Sunapee:
The Rev’d Kelly Sundberg Seaman
Kelly Sundberg Seaman grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was ordained to the priesthood here at St Andrew’s on December 21, 2015, the Feast of St Thomas.
Kelly is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia. Her preparation for ordination included the Anglican Studies program at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California. Prior to ordination, Kelly worked as a writer and editor, most recently at Dartmouth. She is mother to two daughters and a son, and is married to David Seaman.
As Missioner of Sunapee, Kelly serves St Andrew's and the Church of the Epiphany in Newport. She loves being out in the woods on foot or on skis, and can’t wait to get her kayak (depicted on the stole given by St Andrew’s at her ordination) back in the water.
Director of Music and Organist: David Almond
Born in a Methodist parsonage in Kansas, David Almond took his first job as organist-choir director in a small Congregational Church at the age of 16. Since then he has served Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian-Universalist, Episcopal, and Baptist churches in Kansas, Connecticut, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
David has extensive experience as a teacher, lecturer, baritone soloist, and collaborative pianist. Inspired by Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, David has distilled the work and witness of this Christian martyr into musical meditations.
Director of Youth Music: Nicole Densmore
Nicole Densmore has performed on flute since the day she pulled her family friend’s flute from underneath a bed to play unknown notes right away. She teaches music in the Kearsarge Regional School District, where she is known for her caring and engaging style of teaching. She is also an adjunct flute instructor at Colby-Sawyer College.
Nicole has studied the tambin (three-holed African flute) with Dave Kobrenski and plays the drums in his Landaya West African rhythm ensemble. During the summer, Nicole performs with “Folk Fusion”, her all-woman band, on the classical flute, pennywhistle, and djembe drum, or in the classical duo “Silver and Cedar”, a guitar and flute combination. In 2014, Nicole won the New Hampshire State Owl Award for Best Solo and Chamber Music Concert, with William Ogmundson.
Verger: Anne Hall
Anne Hall grew up in her family homestead, Obisquahassit, dating back to 1645 in southern New Jersey. She graduated from Colby-Sawyer College, retired from Verizon after 36 years, and has volunteered for both church and college for nearly 50 years. As Verger Anne works with the clergy preparing services, schedules ushers, lay readers, chalice bearers and the acolytes, and fills in for the Parish Administrator when needed. She also works in the Bishop’s office. She is a member of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council for Colby-Sawyer College; in 2015 she received that college’s Town Award for valued service. Anne lives in New London with Maria, a rescued dog from Alabama and Annie & Tela, sister “tortoise” cats.
Parish Administrator: Shelly Boucher
Shelly is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a BS degree in Business. She and her husband Peter have been in the Kearsarge area for 25 years and live in Sutton with their sons, Tanner & Shane and beloved Abby, the Labrador. She started at St. Andrew’s Church in 2000 as the part-time bookkeeper and became the parish administrator in 2005. You will find the Bouchers on the slopes of Mt. Sunapee in the winter and hanging out on Lake Sunapee with family in the summer.