St John's Staff
Margaret (Meg) Harper, Director of Music and Liturgy
Director of Music and Liturgy Margaret Harper has performed throughout the United States, in continental Europe, and in Southeast Asia. Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije writes, “The freezing cold of a January evening dominated the cathedral in Djakovo, but it could not diminish the richness and warmth of sound brought out of the cathedral organ by Margaret Harper.” In addition to her work at St. John’s and her performance career, Meg is also completing a Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies Organ with David Higgs. Previous degrees are from Eastman and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Meg was a finalist and stipendiate at the 2012 Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition. In the same year, she was the inaugural recipient of Eastman’s James B. Cochran Prize, which is awarded annually for the best Organ degree recital. In 2014, Margaret was a semi-finalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. At the 2012 conference of the American Bach Society, she presented a paper on the intersection of theology and composition in J.S. Bach’s Clavierübung, Part III. In the summer of 2014, she presented a paper on the influence of globalization and foreign policy on the organ music of Jean-Louis Florentz at the National Convention of the AGO in Boston.
Meg grew up in the Philippines, and has also lived in MA, IL, NY, TX, and Croatia. She has spent three summers in Germany, and loves to travel to new places. In her spare time, Meg enjoys biking and baking, though not simultaneously.
Ashley Wade, Director of Children's Music and Ministries
Lizzie Bristow, Director of Youth Ministries
I have lived on the Seacoast for 10 years and been a part-time parishioner of St. John’s during this time. My parents have been active members of St. John’s for nearly a decade, and it is through their relationship that I have been blessed to get to truly know this community.
I have a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, with a part-time private psychotherapy practice on The Hill in Portsmouth. My work these past months with the Rite 13 group has served as a reminder of the importance of faith and a sense of spirituality in people’s resiliency and ability to hold on to a sense of hope. In a world filled with much chaos and noise, both literal and figurative, I feel endowing our children and youth with the significance of the sacred, and a place for reverence and contemplation is incredibly important. This being said, I think just the name “Sunday School” can fill a middle and high schooler with dread — if anything, the youth program at St. John’s is meant to be a place where we don’t take ourselves too seriously, get to have some fun, while experiencing the support and love of being a part of a faith community.
I live in Rye with my husband Shawn, and 13 year old daughter, Hannah.
Joanne Ferguson, Office Administrator
I have been working as the Office Administrator since July of 2009. Over that time I have realized that the main responsibility of this office is communication. It is my goal to create, maintain and continually update our means of staying connected to each other, to the community at large and to potential new members. An exciting and very rewarding challenge.
Prior to St. John’s I worked at Strawbery Banke Museum in the fundraising department, managed the Fair Tide Thrift Store in Kittery, partnered with my sister in our consulting business working with smaller nonprofits, and was the administrative assistant at an early intervention center. Seems I’m a pushover for the nonprofit world.
On the side I am an inventor (which is more like no profit). I have been developing several products to bring to market. A very slow process but extremely satisfying.
Contact Joanne: (603) 436-8283 x151, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lory Pratt, Bookkeeper
Lory joined St. John’s in March 2011 to help us determine our bookkeeping needs and develop a staff position that would allow us to meet those needs.
Lory’s background includes custom picture framing, desktop publishing, event planning, retail sales, office/operations support and bookkeeping. In addition to working for St. John’s, she divides the rest of her time at Krempels Center, other bookkeeping clients and D. Pratt Framer. Originally from El Paso, Lory and her husband live in Kittery, ME. She loves knitting, gardening, and cooking.
Contact Lory: 603-436-8283 x153, email@example.com
Andy Ritzo, Sexton
Andy is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia with an extensive background in art object conservation and collections management. He has contributed to a wide range of building preservation projects, treating architectural details and cultural artifacts for many well known historic churches.