The Reverend Edwin D. Johnson, Rector-Elect
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 Latin, Brazilian and African Dance 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, his wife Susan Lenn Johnson and their son Francisco. Susan is a teacher of theology at Matignon High School, a creative liturgist and a lover of winter sports and the outdoors. Francisco brings smiles to all each and every week and is already pulling his weight by helping out around the altar! Edwin and Susan are excited to call St. Mary’s home and hope to do so for years to come.
You can reach Edwin at rector [at] stmarysdorchester.org.
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.
The Reverend Arrington Chambliss, Associate Priest
Arrington is currently the director of Episcopal City Mission. Arrington was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Life Together. Ordained to Episcopal Priesthood in 2004, she served five years as Assistant/Associate Rector with the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, MA. Prior to ordination, she founded No Ordinary Time, an organization that worked primarily with young activists, artists and faith-based leaders to integrate faith, spirituality and reflective practice into their social justice work. Past work includes the National Community Service field for Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), a campus organizing project; and Project Leadership Education Employment Opportunities (LEEO), an organization aimed at channeling the leadership skills of gang-affiliated young men. She is particularly interested in the intersection between the inner work of contemplative prayer, reflection and healing and the outer work of nonviolent action, reconciliatory dialogue, and community organizing to bring about social change and with God’s help, grow the kingdom of God on earth.
Arrington was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her partner and seven-year old daughter.
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.
Phoebe Whitwell, Micah Fellow
Phoebe grew up in New York and North Carolina and came to Boston in 2011 to attend MIT. After graduating, she worked for Generations Incorporated, a local literacy-focused organization that partners with the Boston Public Schools. She was searching for a program that would allow her to both explore her faith and engage directly with people working towards community-building and social change, and those dual hopes led her to Life Together, and to St. Mary’s.
You can reach Phoebe at fellow [at] stmarysdorchester.org.
Edmund Fosu, Sexton