The Rev. Canon Mark K. J. Robinson, Rector
Our sixth Rector, The Rev Canon Mark K.J. Robinson, was raised in the Diocese of Ohio. He came east to High School before returning to Ohio to attend Kenyon College after which he worked in independent schools as a history teacher and assistant to the School Minister. It was after teaching Mark felt the call to the ordained ministry and became a catechist with the Anglican Church in Canada serving on the northern tip of Newfoundland-Labrador in the Parish of St. Anthony in 1984. After a year on the ‘rock’, Mark attended The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While in seminary Mark met Eleanor who was working as Public relations director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. They were married in 1987. The Robinson’s have three daughters, Sewell, Kenyon ’12, Frances, St. Lawrence ’13, and Ren, Colby College ’17.
Mark was ordained in 1988 in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. He began his ordained life at St. John’s, Lafayette Square “Church of the Presidents”, Washington, D.C. before moving to school ministry as school minister for St. Andrew’s School in Bethesda, Maryland. While serving at St. Andrews Episcopal School, Mark developed a relationships with a school in the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras , and then developed an exchange with Bishop’s School, the Diocese of Cape Town where his family lived in 1993. He served concurrently as Assistant Rector at St. Francis Parish in Potomac, Maryland. Mark was called to serve as Rector at Calvary Church in Stonington, Connecticut where he assisted in the rebuilding of the physical plant, started Calvary Nursery School and Calvary Music School and served for 16 years as Rector. Mark served as Dean of the Seabury Deanery, served on Committee One, and four years on the standing committee before becoming its President. Mark was called to serve as Canon for Mission, the Diocese of Ohio in 2009 before coming to Old Lyme as Rector in 2011.
Since coming to Old Lyme, Mark has been an avid supporter in working together with the other churches in our region to create constructive responses to regional challenges. He is serving on Project Hope’s Board of directors, supporting affordable housing for our region, is a founder of (MCCD), and is active on his bike, on courts, and seen walking his dogs about town.
In summary, over the years Mark has served as a school Chaplain, assistant rector, pastoral care associate, rector and Canon for Mission on a Diocesan Bishop’s staff. He is thankful for all the opportunities God has provided.
The Reverend Patricia Hames (Pat), Temporary Assistant Rector
The Reverend Patricia Hames (Pat) joined Saint Ann’s clergy as the Temporary Assistant Rector during the time which The Rector Mark Robinson has been out on Short Term Disability. ‘Mother Hames’ Pat originally comes from England and first came to the USA with her late husband Bob. She has two grown children – Bo and Julie, and with their spouses now has six grandchildren with a seventh due in March. She keeps close contact with her family in the UK. She enjoys spending time and traveling with family, as well as dancing, reading – and watching Downton Abbey. She received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and since ordination in 1989 has served parishes in Connecticut. For over twenty years she was the rector of St. Mark’s Church in New Britain until her recent retirement. Since retirement her prayer had been to pay attention as to what and where the Spirit of God was leading her. And so she now glad to be serving Saint Ann’s and assisting the parish during our rector’s time of short term disability and healing.
Kathy Rowe, Parish Administrator
Kathy is a cradle Episcopalian and has been employed at Saint Ann’s since 1996. Prior to Saint Ann’s, Kathy attended Bryant University in Rhode Island and worked at Turbo Products in Ivoryton, CT as Secretary to the Sales Department until the birth of her first child. While the children were growing up, Kathy worked with Scholes Insurance Agency on a part-time basis.
A passion for Kathy is dancing. Although her husband doesn’t share an interest in this sport, she and Jeff enjoy an active lifestyle. Fitness, prayer and good nutrition are major components in leading a healthy, balanced life.
Page Rogers joined the staff of Saint Ann’s in February 2014. She has served four other parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut, most recently as Rector of neighboring St. John’s in Niantic. She retired from full-time active ministry in April 2012. She has worked extensively with a variety of Diocesan committees over the years serving on the Executive Council, the Insurance Board, the Committee on Constitution and Canons, the Commission on Ministry (Chair) and the Social Concerns Committee. She makes her home in Niantic, with her old chihuahua mutt Bits. She is an internationally-known designer of saltwater flies for saltwater fly fishing, and enjoys demonstrating her skills at fly fishing trade shows and teaching fly tying to young and old alike. In addition to fly fishing she enjoys the opera, kayaking, photography, Bible study and art history. She brings almost 35 years of experience in parish ministry to Saint Ann’s, and is very happy and thankful to be here!
A native of Old Lyme village, Kendall has been a part of Saint Ann’s since 2014. With a masters degree in Education from Connecticut College, and Kendal has experience as a classroom teacher, museum educator, and as an adjunct professor at Three Rivers Community College in their early childhood education program. A freelance writer, she has written spiritually based curriculum, as well as lessons for McGraw Hill, Scholastic, and several in New England including the Ironsides in Massachusetts. She has worked as an environmental educator at Connecticut River Museum, and taught and crewed abroad the Mary E., a schooner based in Essex.
Kendall’s enthusiasms include creative writing, hiking, running, boating, and spending time with her two sons, Alden and Jacob.
Madhu joined the Saint Ann’s community as a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop in 2011 after her youngest of three children flew the nest. She quickly grew to love it and before too long, became the store’s manager. She loves her job because the store serves the community and promotes fellowship among the volunteers.
Madhu is an avid cook, knitter and volunteer and loves spending time with her family.
Dick joined Saint Ann’s officially, while on military leave, some sixty years ago. After leaving the army, he worked for a few years repairing auto tiers. Then he spent thirty years in the gauge lab at Electric Boat. Built his present home in South Lyme in 1970. He raised five sons there, all whom were part of Saint Ann’s,until leaving home as adults. Two of them serving their vestries in Mass. and Rhode Island.
He served the town as both a summer policeman and in the South End Fire Department for many years. Also worked part time at Wild Irish Rose Florist. He did a great deal of woodworking from toys to whirligig. Started working at Saint Ann’s to assist the Sexton who had a long term illness. When the sexton left he took over on a full time basis, seven years ago. (half paid, half volunteer work). Dick served as chairman of the Nearly New and on the Vestry. After one year he returned to The Vestry for building and grounds to fill the last two years. Dick enjoys watching basketball and auto racing, has tried to visit the Lower Shenandoah Valley the last fifteen years, making many friends and sharing in the activities of the small churches there.
He began his work at Saint Ann’s in September of 2013. Was born in Maine and moved to Lebanon, CT as a young Child. He attended Windham Tech. and studied machine tool. He went on to Thames Valley State and Eventually to Hartford State Technical. He worked 12 years at Colt Firearms in the research and development department as a Engineering test coordinator. He then went on to the Restaurant Business for a few years. He has a wonderful daughter named Katie who is in college and lives in Putnam, CT. He Enjoys the beach and hiking and looks forward to camping later this year. He is also a member of Saint James in New London where he just finished service on the Vestry. He continues to chair the Community Meal Program and co chairs the Lords Pantry each week.
Greetings! My name is Stephen Gamboa-Diaz, and I hail from the agricultural community of Oxnard, California. I began my formal musical studies as a trumpeter in seventh grade band at Rio Del Valle Junior High and quickly found myself in the choir at my local parish, Santa Clara RCC. My inability to practice trumpet all day and my time spent marveling at the organ in the choir loft led me to take up the piano. Then, a chance encounter with some recordings of harpsichord music steered me in yet another direction.
After focusing on harpsichord as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley (and enjoying an unforgettable college marching band career), I headed to Stony Brook University, where I completed my master’s doctoral studies in harpsichord. It was during my time at Stony Brook that I took up my first music director position at North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River. After heading to the Yale School of Music for further study, I began serving as Director of Music Ministry at United Methodist Church of Hartford. This coming July 10 I am delighted to serve as the Choir Director and Organist at Saint Ann’s.