Louise Forrest graduated from Episcopal Divinity School in 1980 and was ordained priest in the Diocese of Maine in 1983. Her ministry began as Director of the Old West Soup Kitchen in Boston. Once ordained she began as the second priest at St. Paul's in Natick, MA. Since then she has served various sized parishes in Massachusetts from PIC at St. David's in Halifax to Associate Priest at St. Paul's Cathedral Church in Boston. She is married to Leslie Horst who expects to spend a couple of days a week in Falmouth and join in church one Sunday a month until her own choir season ends. At home in Watertown, they have a beautiful garden and two cats, Smokey and Bandit. When Louise is not working, she enjoys painting, water aerobics, attending theater, and spending time outdoors. Call her Reverend Forrest or Reverend Louise, but as you get to know her, Louise is fine.
Matthew Potts is our Theologian-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. He is originally from Michigan and was ordained priest there in 2008. He took his PhD at Harvard and has teaching interests in sacramental and liturgical theology, preaching and contemporary literature.He was with us as assistant rector before being invited to join Harvard's faculty in 2013. He has been published in various journals and his first book, Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament: Literature, Theology, and the Moral of Stories was published by Bloomsbury Press. He and his wife Colette, along with their children Millie, Sam, and Danny, live on the St. Barnabas campus in Creighton House.
Director of Children's Ministries
We are thrilled to have Colette with us directing the Sunday school and family ministries programs. An avid gardener and scholar, she just earned a second master's degree and is a family therapist. She and the Rev. Matthew Potts have three children, Millie, Sam and Danny who attend church here and keep her on her toes. Come meet her and learn more about our program.
Deborah Gemma is our Music Director. Originally from Massachusetts, she moved to Connecticut where she earned the Bachelor of Music degree at the Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford and Master of Music in Organ at the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music. She has served as a church musician continuously since 1979. Deb has a passion for liturgy and music and enjoys interacting with parishioners of all ages, including those who don’t sing in choir! She and her husband Glenn have an adult daughter Jeannine, and a dog, Bailey.
Administrator, Hospitality Minister
Margaret does just about everything that needs to be done at St Barnabas! You can find her in the church office where she will greet you with a smile and be happy to try to answer any questions you may have. Margaret is a whiz at marketing and helps design all our publications and well as planning activities for new members. Come into the office and introduce yourself - she will be glad to welcome you.
508-548-3863 ext 10
Dave works with us Tuesday through Thursday mornings. In his spare time, he enjoys bird watching and sampling of of Scotland's exports. He can help you with any question about your pledge. Talk to him about any money worries or just come in and chat - you'll enjoy it!
John Dooley began as sexton with us in the fall of 2015 and we are lucky to have him. He has worked at Otis Air Force Base for 30 years and lives with his family in Marston Mills. An avid runner, John enjoys working outdoors and is getting to know the church well. We are happy to have you with us, John!
508-548-3863 Ext. 10