Clergy

Mary and EmilyMary Lindquist, Rector

Mary grew up in western New York State. She received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Masters in Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary. During these years she also had the opportunity to live and study in Southeast Asia and Germany.

Mary was ordained in 2000 and served three years as an associate rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware. She was then called to be the Vicar of the Episcopal Church on West Kauai, Hawaii, where she served for seven years.

In the summer of 2011, Mary became St. Michael’s 25th Rector. She was attracted to St. Michael’s radical openness, deep prayerfulness, and authentic sense of community. Mary’s particular passions include emerging models of ministry, contemplative Christian practices, and ministry with children. Mary and her husband Kurt Johnson have three children, Jonah, Nathaniel, and Beatrice, as well as a dog, Gertie. Email Mary or call (802) 254-6048, x102.

Thaddeus A. Bennett, Priest Associate

In 2010 Thad took the CPG 55/30 Early Retirement Option after serving for 10 years as the part-time Canon for Transition Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and as part-time Rector of St. Mary’s-in-the-Mountains Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Vermont. Prior to his move to rural Vermont, he was the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Thad is one of the authors of and a trainer for the Episcopal Church’s Fresh Start resource; serves as a consultant for Episcopal elections, for the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s Blessings Project, for the Episcopal Church’s New Dreams New Vision initiative, and for projects with the Episcopal Church Foundation; and serves as a vocational faculty member for CREDO. He helped found three HIV/AIDS organizations, including the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC), and co-authored a number of resources for HIV/AIDS education and ministry. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the General Theological Seminary. He lives in Newfane, Vermont, with his partner and studies the spirituality of dry stone-wall building in his spare time. Email Thad.

Alfred A Cramer, Priest Associate

Al Cramer was born, raised, and educated in the Boston area. He has been an ordained priest for 50 years. He has served in ministry in Seattle, Iowa, Illinois, and Vermont. In addition to being a priest, Al is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Father Al is canonically resident in the Diocese of Vermont and lives in Brattleboro with his wife, Janet. Email Al.

Jean Smith, Priest Associate

Jean served as a priest at Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey, for ten years. In 1990 she joined the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) of New York and New Jersey, where she held multiple leadership positions before being named President and Executive Director. She and her husband Peter retired in 2007 and moved to Brattleboro, where Jean serves on the board of CHABHA and as a Companion in the Diocese of Vermont. Email Jean.

Phillip Wilson, Priest Associate

Phillip and his wife Susan retired to Putney in 2009. For the previous 22 years he was Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, a self-defined “liberation community” creating a new model for what it means to be a Christian and Episcopal church. Phillip is chair of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont. Email Philip.