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Rector - The Rev. Johanna Barrett


The Rev. Johanna Barrett - After 14 years sharing ministry with the community at Trinity Church, the Rev. Jo Barrett is retiring in November 2019. We will be celebrating her transition and ours on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 4 p.m. with a worship service followed by a reception. All are warmly welcome and invited. The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts will be present to lead our worship.

Priesthood is both my vocation and my profession …
Immediately before coming to Trinity, I was Associate Rector at St. Thomas’ in Rochester, NY, where I had been for seven years. In addition to my work in the parish, I was also a consultant for congregational development - working with nearly 30 parishes over the ten years I was in the Diocese of Rochester. I am a national trainer with the Church Development Institute and work with the Healthy Congregations and Bridgebuilders programs.

I have lived and worked rural and urban areas ... in the U.S. and abroad…

I was born in Utica, New York, and grew up in Clinton, a village about 10 miles away. My undergraduate degree is in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Mount Holyoke College. After college, I moved to Washington, DC, to work with an international educational exchange program between the Middle East/ North Africa and the USA. I also spent two years with the Peace Corps in Yemen. (I remember a little of my Arabic, but not much!)

I am happily into my third career …
My first graduate degree (leading to my second career!) is a Master’s in Organizational Development from American University and NTL (National Training Laboratories). I worked for several years as a free-lance consultant and trainer in business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

Ordained ministry is work that draws on everything I have done before …
My second graduate degree is an M.Div. from the Virginia Seminary. I was ordained to the deaconate in June of 1994 and to the priesthood later that same year. My first year as an ordained person was part-time on the staff of the Episcopal High School as theology teacher and assistant chaplain and part-time at Church of the Resurrection. Teaching Bible to high school sophomores was great fun – and I learned a great deal - but I have been in full-time parish ministry ever since. I moved from Virginia to Corning, NY, where I served as Assistant Rector at Christ Church for three years and then on to Rochester, NY.

My life outside the parish includes …

I live with my two dogs, Pete and Popcorn, who come to work with me every day. I enjoy gardening, sewing, reading mystery stories, spending time with family and friends, and going for walks. I am learning about wood working (I had no idea how much fun power tools could be!) and about this area. I like to travel – to be with my family as well as to visit new places.

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