was called to St. John’s to be the Rector in the spring of 2011 – and as he describes it, coming to St. John’s was like “coming home.” As the priest in charge of the parish, Jered oversees the operations of the church, the staff, the finances, and fundraising, as well as the spiritual life and care of the congregation. Jered also preaches regularly, teaches, celebrates the Eucharist and presides at other worship along with our associate rector, does regular pastoral care, and chairs vestry, the lay governing board of the parish.
While Jered relishes all the opportunities that leading a congregation like St. John’s presents – setting a vision, connecting members to their own individual callings, and cultivating the mission of the church – his deepest passion is walking with people as they discover the depth of God’s love for them in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and helping them unlock how they can share that love and relationship with a hurting world. You might want to connect with Jered to talk about life transitions (weddings, funerals, baptisms, confirmations), to discuss your vocation or sense of calling, to confess or to receive pastoral counseling.
Before moving to Minnesota, Jered served at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, which is located close to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Previously, Jered also served at St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero and Trinity Wall Street in New York City. While in New York he received his Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary. Jered and his wife Erin were sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in western Washington, to serve as missionaries with the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corp in northern Taiwan.
Jered was born in Bemidji, Minnesota and moved when he was six to Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska where he would grow up and graduate from high school. Jered received his bachelor’s degree from Greenville College (Greenville, Illinois) where he studied Communication and Religion, ran track and cross-country, and (more importantly) met and married the love of his life, Erin Weber-Johnson. They have two very energetic and quickly growing boys Jude (b. 2009) and Simon (b. 2012).
is delighted to serve at St. John’s as the Associate Rector. Craig provides oversight of St. John’s Pastoral Care, Spiritual Life, Liturgical, and Faith Formation ministries, and shares in the responsibilities of preaching, teaching, as well as officiating and celebrating at our various liturgies.
Craig serves as the Volunteer Chaplain for Circle of the Beloved – the North Minneapolis chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps, and on the Board of Directors for the Episcopal House of Prayer. Craig holds a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Theology and the Arts from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and a Master of Music degree with a concentration in Music of the Baroque era from Indiana University.
Craig was born and raised in Zimbabwe, attended St. George’s College in Harare, and graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Prior to serving at St. John’s, Craig completed his Chaplaincy training at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and served as the Transitional Deacon and then as Curate of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Linden Hills, Minneapolis. Craig enjoys cultivating love, awe, gratitude, centering prayer, and singing as daily spiritual disciplines. He is fascinated by Intersectionality, Art Films, Sonata Form, and the Patristics; and looks forward to fulfilling his dream of visiting Florence, Italy and the island of Zanzibar someday.
is St. John’s Writer-in-Residence. She preaches each month, contributes regularly to the parish blog, Epistles and Epiphanies, and writes profiles of parishioners for The Evangelist bi-monthly magazine. She is also the coordinator of the OWLs luncheons (older, wiser laity) that are held three times a year.
Barbara has been a deacon in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota for more than 30 years and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her kids and grandchildren, attending theater productions, and watching films. She is the author of Finding Faith at the Movies (Morehouse, 2004).