Leadership

Rev. Josh Messick, Priest

Rev. Jane O’Leary, Deacon

Jane came to St. John’s during the pandemic in 2020, after serving as Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.  Jane was ordained in 1989 in the Diocese of Connecticut, coming to MD in 2002.  She has served several parishes in both dioceses, most recently in Baltimore City.  Jane is a licensed social worker and is retired after 50 years leading human service organizations in support of low income and vulnerable people.  Jane and her husband Bill Mundy live in Baltimore County and have a blended family of 6 adult children and 7 grandchildren.

Patricia Hopkins, Senior Warden

Pat has been a member of St. John’s Havre de Grace for eleven years with her husband, David. She is the mother of three wonderful children and grandmother of four spectacular grandchildren. Pat is active on the ECW, leading some projects, and volunteers for St. John’s Cupboard. She was Junior Warden from 2016 – 2019 and Treasurer from 2019 to the present.

Pat Hopkins

Irmgarde Brown, Senior Warden

Irmgarde Brown is an author, a semi-retired librarian/manager from Harford County Public Library, a long-time blogger, a photographer, a playwright and director, an active volunteer in the Havre de Grace arts community, and a friend to the Village of Hope, Zambia. Irmgarde has attended St. John’s since the Fall of 2019 and has lived in Havrre de Grace since 1985. In July 2023, she completed a two-year commitment to the Living School of Action and Contemplation (online) out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a widow, the mother of three adoptees from Eastern Europe (now grown), and a grandmother of three. Her first novel, Sister Jane, launched in June 2021. A companion novella to this book, Sister Jane’s Lenten Journal, was released in 2022. In December, her third book, Children in the City of Czars: A Novel will be released. She is also the co-author of the memoir, Evidence Now Seen: How God Used One Couple to Touch the Lives of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Zambia. 

Ray Mastnjak, Junior Warden

Sheila McCutcheon, Church Admin

Sheila has been a member of St. John’s Havre de Grace since childhood. She was baptized and confirmed here, as were her children and six grandchildren. She has been married for 52 years and was a foster parent for 33 years. She blessed us by becoming our Parish Administrator after 22 years working at APG and several years working at Havre de Grace Elementary. She also serves as Co-chair of St. John’s Cupboard with Lori Gengenbach.

Lori Gengenbach, Vestry Member

Lori Gengenbach and family moved to Havre de Grace in 1993. Lori’s husband, Mark spent 20 years active duty Air Force which took them to Loring AFB, Maine; Andersen AFB, Guam and Aberdeen Proving Ground. Lori and Mark have three adult children. Daughter Sarah, son Chris and life partner Scott, and son Matthew and wife Danielle along with grandchildren. Lori has served as Church Administrator, Junior Warden, Buildings and Grounds, Vestry, Altar Guild, Prayer Ministry Team, Grace Place, Co-chair of St. John’s Food Cupboard.

Lori Gengenbach

Keith Butler, Vestry Member

What a rewarding honor the past few years it has been to serve on Saint John’s vestry. As a vestry member, I’ve been able to experience the revitalization of not only our mission but of our facilities. The church has developed and sustained a food program and continues to serve Friday lunches during the covid pandemic.

I have enjoyed working with the public since high school. As a freshman at Delaware State University, I worked as a youth counselor at a Wilmington community center. After my freshman year, I had the unique opportunity to be part of a grocery store start-up and publish a weekly community newspaper.
I served in the U.S. Army as a weather technician in the Vietnam conflict obtaining the rank of Specialist 4 class.

I returned to school at the University, of Delaware after my military duty but wasn’t able to complete my studies.

I am the father of three lovely adult children. Sadly my oldest transitioned a few years back.
I am retired from the E. I. DuPont company where I worked as Research Technician in polymer products.
I was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and lived there until relocating to Havre De Grace in 2008. I’ve also lived in Brooklyn, NY; Jackson, Mississippi; and California.

In Wilmington, I was a member of Saints Andrew and Matthew Episcopal Church where I participated in a Sunday morning breakfast program and help to provide a Sunday morning church service for the homeless. I am involved locally with 12-step programs. I consider myself very lucky to be part of Saint John’s.

Cary Chabalowski, Vestry Member

Cary was born in Chicago but grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee. He received a Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the University of Kansas, where he met and married his very patient wife, Molly. Early in his career he spent one year as a research professor at Johns Hopkins University, which was their introduction to Maryland.  Cary and Molly enjoyed living on the East Coast, so in 1986 they moved from the Chicago area to Bel Air after getting a position at the US Army Ballistics Research Laboratory (now Army Research Lab.), APG. In 2003 Cary transferred to the DC area as a research administrator for the US Army, continuing until retirement in 2012.  Upon retirement, Cary and Molly moved to their small lake home in Wisconsin, which they sold in August, 2021, and moved to Havre de Grace to be closer to their kids and old friends.  Cary and Molly have two adult children who grew up in Bel Air and still reside in the area.  Molly is a retired elementary school music teacher who taught in Harford and Fairfax Counties. Cary’s church experience includes serving on several vestries and trying his best to support other church activities as needed.

Cary Chabalowski

Frederick (Fred) Vesci, Vestry Member

Frederick (Fred) Vesci was born and raised in Philadelphia and brought up in the Catholic Faith, which included attending catholic elementary middle and high school. He graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He has been with the engineering firm HNTB since interning with them in college (nearly 25 years). Fred has worked on rail, bridge, and infrastructure projects for his company in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Charlotte…and now Baltimore. He and his wife plan to stay in this area until their children, Charlie and Adele, graduate from high school (or longer)!

His wife, Renee Vesci, was born and raised in the Methodist Church in North Carolina. After visiting various churches and services, they decided that the Episcopal was the best blend and fit. Renee and Fred went through confirmation together in All Saints Episcopal in Salt Lake City. They were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Virginia City, Montana.  Charlie was baptized at Saint Mary’s in Ardmore, PA and Adele was baptized at St. Alban’s in Davidson, NC.  Their family hopes to make St. John’s their home church for many years to come.

Bill Price, Vestry Member

William A. Price III is a consultant of entertainment technology and a free lance designer.
He has been active in the Entertainment industry for over 40 years. Most recently Bill
was the Vice President for AKT3 the Mid-Atlantic representative of lighting, rigging and
draperies for entertainment. He is also the Chair and Founder of the Havre de Grace Arts
Collective, the Immedate Past Chair of United States Instute of Theater Technology
Chesapeake Section, and former Chair of the USITT eSET Council an education
organization of the entertainment industry. He has directed several shows for area
theatres including re “A Few Good Men” for MST and Scrooge” for the Scottfield
company. He designed and installed lighting for The Newseum, The Studio Theatre and
Theatre J in Washington DC. As a free-lance Lighting and Set designer Bill has designed
for the Olney Theatre, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Phoenix Festival Theatre, the
Milburn Stone Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Bill received the 2013 and 2016
BroadwayWorld Baltimore Awards “Best Lighting Design” for “Spring Awakenings”
and “American Idiot”. He was Senior Warden of St John’s church for six years and
remains an active member of St John’s church. He holds a degree in Arts Management
from Johnson State College, Vermont and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design
from the University of Maryland. He resides in Havre de Grace Maryland with his wife
Gay Lynn.

Bill Price

Peter Murray, Vestry Member

Peter Murray was born outside of Philadelphia, but grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. His family moved to Harford County in 1987. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Psychology, and from Indiana University with an MA in Psychology. He and his wife, Nicole, married in 1999, and they moved to Havre de Grace in 2008, where they raised their son and daughter. Peter works for Firaxis Games, a video game developer in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Previously he was the Cubmaster for Pack 235 in Churchville and Scoutmaster for Troop 965 in Level/Webster. He has previously served on the Pastoral Council of St. Margaret’s Church in Bel Air.

Barbara Snyder, Vestry Member

Barbara have been a member of St. John’s for 40 years and has seen it thrive and struggle. She is excited to be a part of the team that brings St. John’s back to a healthy existence. Barbara was a founding member of our church’s food cupboard, and has watched the program grow from a table of donated groceries to the lunch program it has become. The community depends on us, and Barbara want to help guarantee that St. John’s will be here for a long time to help. She wants to help in finding a new rector and bringing St. John’s bank account to a working level. Barbara intend to be as actively involved as her seventy years will allow. 

Renee Vesci, Registrar

Renee Vesci was born and raised in North Carolina. After graduating from NC State University with a degree in Psychology, she moved to Charlotte and worked as a PA/Production Coordinator in the film community for over a decade.  In 2008, she made the cross-country move to Utah with her future husband…fellow Vestry member Fred Vesci.  While Fred worked on engineering projects, Renee went to graduate school at Westminster University and completed her MAT Degree in Teaching (K-12 License/Mild-Moderate Learning Disabilities along with a Reading Endorsement). In 2010, Methodist-raised Renee and Catholic-raised Fred were confirmed into the Episcopal Church at All Saints in Salt Lake City and were married at St. Paul’s in Virginia City, Montana (after serendipitously finding it during a trip to Yellowstone). At Saint John’s in Havre de Grace, Renee has enjoyed revamping the grounds with the Garden Committee, her son Charlie is an Acolyte, and her daughter Adele attends Sunday Children’s Time.