vestry & delegate candidate nominations

at St. John’s Episcopal Church



Three Vestry members-at-large are elected each year, and serve three-year terms. Those elected at this Annual Meeting will serve until the Annual Meeting in 2025.

There is also a one-year partial-term available this year and they will serve on the Vestry until the Annual meeting in 2024. 

Dan Taylor-Stypa
Senior warden

1-Year Term

Dan was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. He came East for his higher education. Dan completed 2 Masters Degrees at Boston College and graduated with a Doctorate in Ministry with concentrations in Feminist Liberation Theologies and Theological Ethics at The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He is currently retired as a GIP hospice chaplain with Hartford Healthcare. He continues to facilitate an Expressive Arts Bereavement Program for HHC. Dan has attended St. John’s for the past 43 years with his spouse David. Dan has also served on many committees and held various board memberships in the community. Dan is Fleet Chaplain for the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club. At St. John’s he has served on the World Mission Committee, has facilitated the Education for Ministry Program, is a Core Member of the St. John’s Bible Team, and has been a vestry member. This past year Dan served as Junior Warden on the vestry.

Scott Konrad
junior warden

1-Year Term

Scott and his family have been members of St. John’s since moving to Essex in 1997. He first served the congregation as warden during the interim culminating in The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Folts’ 2004 call as rector, and he has twice led the parish’s annual stewardship campaign, twice served as a vestry member-at-large, and has been a diocesan delegate. He is a familiar face in the choir stalls as bass section leader, lector, and intercessor.


A graduate of Colgate University with professional certification from the University of Cambridge (UK) in Risk Management for Churches & Schools, Scott is an internationally-recognized insurance industry veteran and leads a North American Nonprofit specialty practice for HUB International (, a Top 5 global insurance brokerage and risk advisory firm. He was previously associated with the Episcopal Church’s denominational insurance facility and has served on the diocesan insurance board for over a decade. He is a charter member of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center’s Corporate Advisory Council.

Anne littlefield

1-Year Term

Anne has served on the Vestry as Clerk for many years. Anne holds a Bachelors of Arts from Boston College and went to Harvard University for a Masters of Theological Studies. She is a graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law and is currently a partner and general counsel for Shipman and Goodwin LLP in Hartford, CT.

David Rogers

1-Year Term

Dave and his wife Martha recently joined St. John’s in September of this year. They moved from the Diocese of Iowa in February 2020 and immediately went into lock-down quarantine due to the pandemic. It is just now that they are starting to learn their way around Connecticut and have found a home at St. John’s.


Dave currently is employed as the Director of Engineering for Contech Engineered Solutions., responsible for the design of steel bridges around the country. He is also the Treasurer of his HOA and Treasurer of the New London Area Food Pantry.


Dave and Martha have a Son whose family lives in Essex (three grandchildren) and a daughter whose family lives in Las Vegas (two grandchildren). Dave is excited about furthering his ministry beyond being in the St. John’s Choir and becoming the Treasurer for the church.

Stephanie Patterson
Vestry member

3-Year Term

Stephanie became a member of St. John’s in 2012, moving from  Holy Advent Church in Clinton. She has two children, Chelsea and Christopher who are starting families of their own. Her parents are buried in the Memorial Garden. Stephanie is the leader of Altar Guild and has served on several vestries. She earned a BA at Boston University and a JD at University of New Hampshire. She is nearing the end of her career as an educator, serving as as a high school librarian after teaching Language Arts in middle school and previously practiced law with her father in Madison.

Patti Pickering
Vestry Member

3-Year Term

Patti and her husband, Tim, joined St John’s in 2009 following their move from Killingworth to Essex. Patti has served the church in several capacities over the years that include ushering, flower delivery, Shoreline Soup Kitchen and rummage sale.  Four of Tim and Patti’s grandchildren were baptized at St John’s. 


Patti retired last summer after a rewarding career as a dietitian and Director of Operations in the hospital and long term care setting. She received her BS degrees from UCONN and her MBA from RPI.

Nat Eddy
Vestry Member

3-Year Term

Nat and his wife Christine Woodside have been members of St. John’s since 1987.  He is a Chalicist and has served on the Vestry, most recently as Clerk. He has been on two Search Committees, many Every Member Canvasses, and the Buildings and Grounds Committee.  


Nat and Chris go to the 10:15 service and Chris is in the Choir.  He has many opinions about hymns and service music.  And the need for Coffee Hour.


They live in Deep River and have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Annie.  Nat works in R&D and as a prototyper for Birk Manufacturing in East Lyme, which makes flexible heating elements and sensors.

James Myslik
Vestry Member

1-Year Term

Jim joined St. John’s in 2000, when he and his wife Karen Kaestle moved to Chester. They have two sons, Andrew and Patrick, who were brought up in the church. Jim sings third tenor in the choir and has been active in outreach efforts, particularly Mozambique, Haiti and, most recently, Witness Stones. He has been a parish delegate to the ECCT convention and served a 3-year term on the standing committee of the diocese. Jim holds a BS in Biochemistry from SUNY Binghamton and a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton. He currently works in pharmaceutical research for Arvinas, a New Haven biotech.

convention delegates

A two-year rotation cycle for those representing St. John’s at the Annual Diocesan Convention.

In the first year, those elected serve as Alternates. In their second year, they serve as Delegates.

Kirsten Wendell
Convention Delegate

2-Year Term

Kirsten grew up in Denmark and originally came to the United States as a 28-year-old employee of the Danish Foreign Ministry in 1974, working for 15 years, first at The Danish Mission to the United Nations and then at The Danish Consulate General of New York. Her husband, George, grew up in New Jersey and married in 1976. They have four children and their families, including six wonderful grandchildren. They live in Maryland, California, and luckily one daughter lives close by, Katherine with her family in New Canaan CT, where they lived for 25 years. 

Kirsten and George retired to Essex in 2012 and are so happy to have found a wonderful welcoming community at St. John’s Church. They love living here and participating in the broader Essex community via the Essex Land Trust, Essex Historical Society, and the Essex Garden Club activities. At St. John’s, she currently serves on the Altar Guild.

Her extended family: brothers and sisters and their families still live in Denmark, and both George and her love visiting and spending time in Denmark again.

Mark Hedge-Terreri
Convention Delegate

2-Year Term
Mark resides in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where he lives with his husband, Brian, and two children, Lucas (14) and Sadie (12). The family has been active at St. John’s for almost ten years. Together with his family, Mark has participated in regular worship, children’s education program, and numerous community outreach activities and served a short term on the Vestry. Both children have served as acolytes. 
Mark has worked as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families for 23 years, most of his career in frontline investigations. He is passionate in his belief that we are called to protect those most vulnerable among us.  
In his spare time, Mark enjoys hosting dinner parties in his home with friends and family, walking the family dog Fenway, as well as quiet times and bonfires on his neighborhood beach. Mark is a classically trained vocalist who someday hopes to carve out time to join the church choir.

annual meeting

Packet Information Available

At this meeting, we will review the past year’s finances while also looking ahead to 2023. In addition, we elect new members to the vestry and delegates to the diocesan convention. Last but certainly not least, we celebrate the mission and ministry of the parish and the many people who contribute to the vitality of this congregation. This meeting is essential for those who are long-time members and those who are new and want to learn more.

Please join us for this very special meeting on Sunday, January 29, at 9:00 AM.

The packet will be available January 25th
Meeting Packet