Meet Our Staff


Interim Priest

Rev. Noble F. Scheepers

The Reverend Noble F. Scheepers is a noted pastor, youth minister and leader in interfaith dialog and racial reconciliation.

Fr. Noble begins this calling as an interim priest after thirty years of experience as a parish priest. He has worked as a rector in Massachusetts parishes for the last ten years, and led a mission trip to the Anglican Diocese of False Bay, South Africa. He is a talented liturgist, weaving Taize and South African traditions in worship. Father Noble always ends his sermons by asking the congregation to reflect while he sings and plays the guitar.

As Co-chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Racial Justice Commission, Father Noble encourages renewal of our baptismal covenant - justice and peace among all people, and respect for the dignity of every human being. He has served as the Deputy Chair of the Diocese’s Global Mission Commission, and spearheaded the Diocese’s fundraising for the Masakane Trust in the Anglican Diocese of the Highveldt, Johannesburg. Father Noble has led Indaba workshops for the parishes and the Diocesan Council. Father Noble has volunteered as a chaplain at the Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center summer camp.

Father Noble was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. After ordination, he ensured that the voice of young people and children were heard. In recognition of his talent, Archbishop Tutu assigned him as Youth Chaplain for the entire Anglican Province of Southern Africa - including Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Father Noble was dedicated to fighting apartheid and preparing for the new South Africa, and was further distinguished when President Nelson Mandela visited his parish in 1995.

Father Noble is a graduate of Federal Theological Seminary of South Africa and the Episcopal Divinity School. He is currently writing an autobiography of growing up under apartheid.  |  Tel: 781-329-2442



Chris Beukman

The Venerable Christiaan (Chris) Beukman has been Archdeacon for Deployment and Pastoral Care in the Diocese of Massachusetts since 2019. His ministry for the Diocese involves  coordinating site placements for deacons' ministries, including preparing sites for diaconal ministry, letters of agreement and other site issues. 


Beukman is a native of the Netherlands who moved to the Boston area in 1981 after meeting his wife, Lucy, in Jerusalem.  He attended Harvard Divinity School and Andover-Newton Theological School, and was the Protestant chaplain and diversity specialist at Carney Hospital in Dorchester for 14 years. Since 2004, he has been the pastoral ministries manager of Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham.  He was ordained a deacon in 2009 and has served parishes in Quincy, Walpole and Franklin and now in Westwood .


He loves travel and adventure, riding his bike and playing the recorder. Chris has been married to Lucy for almost 40 years and has two adult children living close, Jonah and Rebecca. 

St. John's Vestry



Robert Murphy, Senior Warden

Tom Kelleher, Junior Warden

Alan Macdonald, Treasurer

Leslie Davie, Clerk

Vestry Members:

Tom Viti

Casey Murphy

Jamie Harper

Sharon Ricci

Betsy Gaddis

Randa Istfan

MaryAnn Wattendorf

Vic Kingsley

Fernando Martinez


Children's and Youth Minister

Emily Sugg

Emily has been a long-time parishioner at St. John's, and was a classsroom teacher before she decided to go to seminary. She established our current middle and high school education & outreach programs after joining the staff in a professional capacity as Children's and Youth Minister in 2001. She also runs our Christian Formation program for grades K - 5,  and is excited to be introducing the Love First program this year! 


Emily holds a B.A. in French from Connecticut College; an M.A. in French from Middlebury College; and an M.A.R.E. (Religious Education) from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton MA. 

 |  Tel: 781-461-1178


Organist & Choir Director

Jack Peterson

Jack joined us at St. John's in November 2010. Previously, he served, for nine years, as Music Director at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Braintree, MA. He had also been Organist & Pianist at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Quincy, and Organist and Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rockland. 


Jack holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he majored in Theory, with a concentration in piano. He holds a Diploma in Church Music, awarded by the Standing Commission on Music of the Episcopal Church to those completing the Leadership Program for Musicians serving small congregations.


Jack has studied at the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and at the Church Music Institute at Shenandoah University, Winchester VA. He also has sung in several area choirs, including the Masterworks Chorale, Lexington, MA, and the choir of Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA.  

Jack invites all who are interested in learning more about singing in the choir at St. John's to contact him, either by phone at 781-329-2442, or via email at


Nursery Care-giver

Imelda Brierly

Our Nursery is staffed on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., mid-September through mid-June.  Imelda has lots of experience working with children and is a parishioner of St. John's. She loves working with pre-school children and will provide a nurturing and safe environment for our little ones!


Parish Administrator

Shelley Goes

Shelley is a native of Millis, MA.  She brings with her a very strong background in both customer service and administrative assistance.  She's looking forward to meeting everyone.  If you'd like to contact Shelley, please email to, or call 781-329-2442.

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