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Father Jesse grew up in Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in Psychology and Religion at the University of Cambridge in England. He subsequently attended seminary at the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee) and was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Northern Indiana.

Following seminary, Fr. Jesse served for three years as the Associate Rector of St. Francis In-The-Fields Episcopal Church in Zionsville, Indiana. In addition to his parish duties there, he served as the Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for the Diocese of Indianapolis and has been involved with the national church’s Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare and the Episcopal Network for Science, Technology, and Faith. Before coming to Massachusetts, Fr. Jesse lived briefly in Omaha, Nebraska, where he did hospital chaplaincy work. He is also a founding member of the North American province of the Society of Catholic Priests, a society for collegiality and mutual support among clergy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.

In addition to his duties as rector here, Fr. Jesse serves on the Diocese of Western Massachusetts’ Board of Examining Chaplains, which helps prepare seminarians for ordained ministry, the diocese’s Disciplinary Board, and is a former chair of the diocesan Liturgy Commission, which helps parishes and clergy to develop meaningful ways to worship. He has also completed his coursework for the DMin in Preaching program through Sewanee and is a trained spiritual director. He is the father of two young boys, Aidan and Nate, and is an avid pet-lover.

Fr. Jesse can be contacted at rector@nullststeph.com.