There are many opportunities for involvement at Saint Ann’s. Several committees within the parish serve to coordinate activities.
The Stewardship Committee:
The Stewardship Committee is composed of a diverse group of parishioners whose task is to inspire within the congregation a more vibrant sense of what Christian stewardship means in the midst of today’s cultural and economic climate. Theologically, stewardship is the intentional blending of gratitude and responsibility, giving and funding, worship and ethics. From this grounding, the Stewardship Committee directs the annual pledge appeal and it organizes ad hoc supplemental programs throughout the year. Each year a stewardship mailing goes out to the congregation.
Contact: Linda Bertelsen
The Finance Committee advises the Vestry regarding the church’s investments. It works in conjunction with the investment manager overseeing Saint Ann’s portfolio, and meets quarterly.
Contact: Carl Igelbrink
The mission of the Concert Committee is to bring performers from a variety of backgrounds to the larger Lyme / Old Lyme community.
Contact: Alden Rockwell Murphy
The mission of the Fellowship Committee is to plan and oversee a variety of Parish events.
Contact: Nina Peck
The Vestry is the principle governing board of the parish. It determines the annual budget and oversees all programs, organizations, activities, committees, and staff. The Vestry is comprised of four officers (Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Clerk) and seven members who serve as liaisons to parish committees. All vestry members are elected by vote of the parish’s members at the Annual Meeting. The Vestry meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are open to all parishioners. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry please speak with one of the clergy or one of the officers.
Sr Warden: Alden Rockwell Murphy
Alden has been a vestry member since 2012, first serving as Clerk, then as Junior Warden and now as Senior Warden. Alden is also active in the choir and the Concert Committee and she loved being a storyteller in Godly Play. Alden went to NYU and Columbia (MA in Art History). She worked in publishing in NYC, spending her final stint there at the Metropolitan Museum Special Publications Dept. Since earning an MA in Music Therapy in 2009 she has been on the staff at CT Hospice where she works as a music therapist. She also is a member of The Anglican Singer and she is President of Musical Masterworks chamber music series. Alden is delighted that all of her passions involve music in one way or another.
Junior Warden: Kathy Kronholm
Kathy has been a member of Saint Ann’s Parish for over 40 years. Current involvement in ministries include Godly Play Story Teller, the Essex Soup Kitchen and mission outreach to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She has three children and seven grandchildren living in California and South Carolina.
Treasurer: Ted Mundy
Ted has been active in Saint Ann’s affairs for nearly 10 years, as a parishioner, Head Usher, a member of the Vestry and now as Treasurer. A graduate of Yale (’67) and Columbia Business School (’72), he served as a supply officer in the US Navy between college and business school. He was employed by Citigroup for 33 years in various marketing and credit roles before retiring to Old Lyme in 2006. Ted remains involved with a college group and local entities, including the Old Lyme Land Trust.
Clerk: Tia Smith
Tia and her husband Seymour have been members of Saint Ann’s for three years. She often is an usher, works at the Soup Kitchens and has helped refresh the Memorial Garden. Tia has a custom note card business and also creates mixed media pet portraits for her customers. She volunteers at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, in the Essex Elementary School System, and has done volunteer design work for the Essex Library, Ivoryton Playhouse, and the Essex Land Trust. She lives in Essex with Seymour and their dog, Amy.
Class of 2017:
(2017) Liaison for Mission/Inreach
After graduating high school in Branford, CT, Andrea went on to graduate from Brown Beauty Academy, New Haven, CT; Rittners Floral Design School, Boston, Mass; and Mitchell College, New London, CT. She has been a member of Saint Ann’s Parish for 4 years and is a member of the Altar Guild, community garden and hospitality committees. Her 4 children have blessed her with 10 grandchildren, 2 of whom come to Godly play when possible.
(2017) Liaison for Worship
When Jeffrey and Judy moved to Essex in 1972, they found their church home at Saint Ann’s with Charles Griswold and George Nordstrom. Their children, Jeff Jr. and Leah, enjoyed attending Sunday School and singing in the children’s choir. Judy has spent her life in the non-profit world, as an active volunteer, board member and board president for several groups. Judy was the first Executive Director of High Hopes and was Director of Development and Community Relations for Child & Family Agency of SE CT, two valuable community service organizations. With their far-flung family: son, Jeff and Marisol, Mauricio (15), Ailin (9) and Benjamin (2.5) in Asuncion, Paraguay and daughter, Leah in San Francisco, and their love of skiing and salt water, retirement has given her flexibility to travel for longer periods. Being a member of the vestry is an honor, which she holds dear to her heart. She enjoyed running the Harvest Festival and is the vestry liaison to the Worship Ministries.
Class of 2018:
(2018) Liaison for Communication
Laura Lee joined Saint Ann’s Parish in 2012 when she and her husband, Brian, decided to be married in the Episcopal Church. Since that time, Lyme has become home to this marketing executive who spent over 30 years in the fast paced New York City cosmetic and fashion industries. Today, the founder of BrandSolutions, Laura Lee brings her creative vision and marketing experience to developing licensing projects for fashion designers. Laura Lee has served on the Board of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts for a decade and is active as a business mentor in the Cosmetic Executive Women’s Mentoring program. She is a dedicated yogi and enjoys decorating, reading, golf, travel and theater. Laura Lee currently serves as the Communications Liaison on the Saint Ann’s Vestry.
(2018) Liaison for Finance
Dan and his wife Susan have been Saint Ann’s Members for two years. However, they’ve been visiting the Lyme & Old Lyme area for the past 25 years to visit with Susan’s parents (Bob & Nancy Wood). They have three children and two grand-daughters and their daughter Katie was married at Saint Ann’s in 2015. Dan serves on the Vestry, the Stewardship Committee and is the head of our Ushering team. Susan has been in the Choir and active on the Fellowship Committee. Susan also serves on the Board of the Lyme Land Trust. Dan serves on the Boards of the Lyme Ambulance Association, SE Ct World Affairs Council, the Chamber of Commerce and is the Publisher of the new “Lyme & Old Lyme Neighbors” community magazine.
(2018) Liaison for Christian Formation
Will is the vestry liaison for Christian Formation. He and his wife, Diana, and their daughters Sarah and Hannah live in Lyme near the Chester / Hadlyme Ferry and Gillette Castle. They moved here just over two years ago from Simsbury, where they lived for 24 years. When he is not enjoying the beauty of Lyme, or the wonderful community of Saint Ann’s, Will is a litigation attorney in Hartford.
Class of 2019:
Mac (Margaret) Mummert has been a member at Saint Ann’s for over 18 years. She has served on many different committees at the church & been an active volunteer. She was on the vestry previously for 6 years & now on the Pastoral Care team. Both of her children attended religious education at Saint Ann’s and her daughter Anya was both baptized & confirmed here. Mac and her husband Earl are both veterinarians still in active practice. She is very involved at High Hopes and currently serves on their board as secretary. During her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, travel & cooking.
A member of the Saint Ann’s family for 3+ years, Carol is a lifetime Episcopalian. She retired from the insurance industry as a technology manager. Married to her husband Dick for 46 years, they have two married sons and four grandchildren. She has volunteered in Saint Ann’s office and has been an active participant in the sewing mission and Seamen’s Church Institute, primarily as a knitter.
Roles within the Parish
If you would like more information about any of these ministries feel free to call or email the appropriate contact person noted below: