Clergy and Staff

the Rev. Dr. Robert Leopold - Interim Rector

I grew up down south, and I don't mean Brattleboro. I spent most of my younger years in coastal South Carolina and the mountains of East Tennessee. I enjoy music, strategy games, and storytelling. Much of my days are occupied with the care and feeding of our first child, I also serve at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Colchester, VT.

Rev. Beth Ann Maier - Regional Deacon

The Rev. Beth Ann Maier is a vocational deacon, assigned by the Bishop to serve both Christ Church in Montpelier, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre. The charge to the deacon particularly resonates and informs her diaconal work: “to make Christ and his redemptive love known” and “to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world” (BCP p.543). Beth Ann was ordained to the diaconate on Epiphany, 2009, toward the end of a 35 year career as a practicing pediatrician. She lives in Waterbury with her husband Bob Finucane and has three adult children and four amazing grandchildren. When not playing with the kids at Camp Agape (summer camp for children with a parent in prison), or testifying at the Statehouse on matters of economic justice, she can be found singing with several choral groups.

Lynnette Combs - Organist & Choirmaster

Lynnette grew up in Kentucky and received a B.A. In music from Swarthmore College. Since moving to Vermont in 1981, she has served in the Methodist Church of Middlebury, the Universalist Church in Barre, and First Baptist Church in Burlington. In addition to church jobs, Lynnette has been active in the music world of Vermont, performing with chamber ensembles, choral groups, orchestras and soloists. Lynnette lives in Montpelier and has three grown children. She works part-time at the Marshfield School of Weaving as a teacher and weaver. In addition, she enjoys gardening, libraries, and all aspects of living in Vermont (except long cold winters)!

Denise Womer - Youth and Families Ministry Team Director

Denise is currently a student at the Community College of Vermont, where she is pursuing a degree in Human Services. The mother of three children, Denise has diverse experience working as a Property manager in the Boston area, and as a supervisor at FEDEX Freight. After coming to the Episcopal Church from a Roman Catholic and being confirmed by Bishop Gene Robinson, Denise has devoted her life to the service of congregations at Saint Stephen’s, Pittsfield NH, Saint Mark's, Springfield VT, and Christ Church, Montpelier VT. Denise grew up in Arlington, MA and has lived in various location throughout New England. She and her husband Ron reside in West Berlin, VT with their dog, Baruch. Denise's passions are working with and serving children of all ages and enjoying the outdoors. In her life as a Christian, Denise believes in sharing God’s love with all those persons whom she is fortunate enough to come into contact.

The Rev. Steve Reynes - Vocational Deacon

Steve is an actively practicing attorney in Vermont specializing in land and use law. Steve has also served the people of Vermont by advocating for Vermonters in state government. Ordained a vocational deacon in 2015, Steve has a passion for serving United States veterans currently living in Vermont. Beyond his professional and vocational life, Steve enjoys hiking the mountains of Vermont and the Alps of Switzerland. Steve is an outdoors person who also enjoys skiing and actively participating in all the seasons that make Vermont such a special place. On Sundays during our Eucharistic celebrations, you will also see Steve preaching the gospel and serving at the Lord's Table.