The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phillips

 Jennifer is living in the rectory at #97 Deerfield Ave. where her office is situated- feel free to ring the doorbell between 8am and 9pm or call her cell #401-484-3766 (anytime for emergencies). Her usual day off will be Fridays. 

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer M. Phillips, an Episcopal priest, came as  rector to St. John’s, Westwood, after eleven years as Rector of St. Augustine’s Church, Kingston, Rhode Island, and 3 as rector of Rector to St. Francis Church, Rio Rancho, NM.  Her previous ministries include Rector of Trinity Church, St. Louis, Rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Boston, hospital chaplaincy (including Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and gave a decade of front-lines AIDS ministry and education. She has M.Div. and D.Min degrees from Andover-Newton Theological School; she also studied at King’s College, London, and Wellesley College.

 Jennifer has authored a variety of publications. She has published poetry in many poetry journals. Her articles on social justice, AIDS, and liturgics have appeared in Christianity and Crisis, The Witness, Episcopal Life, The Living Church, and Anglican Theological Review. She is the author of the books Simple Prayers for Complicated Lives, and Prayers for Penitents from Church Publishing Inc., and  Preaching Creation, from Cowley Publications, and is a major contributor to collections of prayers and liturgies now in use in the Episcopal Church: Enriching Our Worship 2, 3,4 and 5, and Gleanings: Essays on Expansive Language with Prayers for Various Occasions, and her latest book is  Ambassadors for God: Envisioning Reconciliation Rites for the 21st century, a set of essays,  from Church Publishing. 

 Her great love is parish ministry and – to use a lovely if old-fashioned term – the care  (and feeding) of souls, and the gathering and formation of community. She likes to paint with pastels, cook curries, garden, read science just for fun, watch old Star Trek episodes, and enjoy time with friends - many up and down the East Coast. She has served for 25 years on a series of Institutional Review Boards that approve and monitor human subjects research in medical and academic settings.

Jack Peterson,
Organist & Choir Director 

Jack joined us at St. John's in November 2010. Previously, he served, for nine years, as Music Director at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Braintree, MA. He had also been Organist & Pianist at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Quincy, and Organist and Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rockland. 

Jack holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he majored in Theory, with a concentration in pianoHe holds a Diploma in Church Music, awarded by the Standing Commission on Music of the Episcopal Church to those completing the Leadership Program for Musicians serving small congregations.

Jack has studied at the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and at the Church Music Institute at Shenandoah University, Winchester VA. He also has sung in several area choirs, including the Masterworks Chorale, Lexington, MA, and the choir of Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA.  

Jack invites all who are interested in learning more about singing in the choir at St. John's to contact him, either by phone at 781-329-2442, or via email at

Emily Stimson Sugg,   
Minister of Children & Youth

Emily is a long-time parishioner at St. John's. She organized and established our current middle and high school education & outreach programs after joining the staff in a professional capacity as Minister of Children and Youth in 2001. She holds a B.A. in French from Connecticut College; an M.A. in French from Middlebury College; and an M.A.R.E. (Religious Education) from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton MA.

 She may be contacted by phone:
781-461-1178 or 781-264-2099.

Ellen Stryer,
Nursery Care-giver

Our Nursery is staffed on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., September through June. Ellen has many years experience working with pre-school children and provides a nurturing and safe environment for our little ones.

Vestry Officers and Members, through Jan. 2019:

Robert Murphy, Senior Warden

Tom Kelleher, Junior Warden

Alan Macdonald, Treasurer

Elizabeth Mathew, Clerk


Tom Viti

MaryAnne Carty

Andy Onderdonk

Vic Kingsley

Juanita Allen Kingsley 

Lynne Kozlowski

Alan MacDonald

Ray Bligh