The Reverend Edwin D. Johnson, Priest-In-Charge
Rev. Johnson is the newly hired Priest in Charge of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He comes to us from St. James’s Episcopal Church, Cambridge where he was assistant rector for the past three years. Rev. Johnson is a graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA where he received his Masters of Divinity, and was awarded the Fran Toy prize for Multicultural Ministry. He also received his B.A. in Anthropology and Comparative Religion from Tufts University, Boston, MA.
At St. James, Rev. Johnson actively participated in evangelism, social justice, preaching and pastoral counsel. He also oversaw Christian Education, Outreach, Young Adult and Fellowship programing. During his career, he was also involved or worked with several other programs and institutes, such as, working with Barbara Harris Camp, CDSP Godly Play Program, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Oakland and Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe in San Jose, CA.
Rev. Johnson, of Costa Rican and Montserratian heritage, is fluent in Spanish and has a deep love and passion for the music, dance, and cuisine of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is an avid salsa dancer and teaches and performs Zouk-Lambada with Moves and Vibes dance company. He also enjoys training and participates in weightlifting and fitness competitions. Rev. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for Breakthrough Greater Boston, an Academic Enrichment program that has recently expanded to Dorchester after over twenty years service in Cambridge. He spends the rest of his time with friends, family and his wife Susan Lenn Johnson. Susan is a teacher of theology at Matignon High School, a creative liturgist and a lover of winter sports and the outdoors. They are excited for how their lives and ministries will grow and change with the community of St. Mary’s!
The Reverend John H. Finley IV, Associate Priest
A graduate of Groton School and Harvard College, the Rev. John H. Finley IV is the co-founder and head of Epiphany School, a tuition-free, independent Episcopal middle school for economically-disadvantaged children and children who have been abused and neglected (www.epiphanyschool.com). Fr. Finley has helped launch several other schools inspired by Epiphany’s example and has also been involved in other initiatives in education including the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, the Nativity Schools Educational Network, Codman Academy Public Charter School, Esperanza Academy in Lawrence (MA), Urban Achievers, and Boston Scholars.
He serves on several boards including the Harvard College Overseers’ Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, the Bethany House of Prayer in Belmont (MA), the Open Gate Foundation at Harvard, and Harvard’s Signet Society well as on the Advisory Board of Forward Movement Publications. He is also a trustee of the Stephen Phillips Scholarship Fund, which awards several million dollars a year in college scholarships. In his vocation as an Episcopal priest, he serves at St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester (MA), and he is also affiliated with the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill (MA). He lives in downtown Boston with his husband, Stan McGee.
Kana Dehara, Organist and Pianist
Born in Osaka, Japan, Kana started to play piano at the age of three. She enrolled at KC College in Japan as a classical performance major when she was eighteen years old. She graduated KC College at the top of her class in 2004. After she received substantial scholarship from Berklee College of Music, she was able to begin her studies in the Jazz field in September of 2005.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music as a “Dean’s List” student in December 2008, Kana’s professional career has been defined by performing and composing in musical styles such as Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae and World music.
Savannah Hauge, Micah Fellow
Savannah grew up in rural Wisconsin and then moved out near Boston to attend Wellesley College, graduating in May of 2016. They grew up Quaker in a tight-knit, potluck-centered community, and deepened their connection to Quakerism through food- and faith-filled trips to El Salvador to spend time with evangelical Quakers there. College provided the opportunity to community organize for environmental and economic justice. Those two sources of joy in their life, intentional spiritual community and social justice work, led Savannah to Life Together and eventually St Mary’s.
Savannah hopes to dive deeply into the vibrant and nourishing St Mary’s community and learn from the amazing people who hold it together. They are thrilled to make St Mary’s a spiritual home this coming year.