Our Leadership

Our practice is one of shared leadership between clergy and lay people in every aspect of our congregational life.

The clergy lead our spiritual life and practice in worship, pastoral care, education and faith formation. Parishioners partner with the clergy, serving important roles as lay leaders. They are readers, servers and healers during worship services, teachers in church school, and members of the pastoral response team.

The rector of the church manages the staff and day-to-day affairs of the church with support from the wardens (elected lay people). Together, the rector and wardens lead the Vestry, a group of 14 lay people who are elected by members of the parish. The Vestry has the spiritual responsibility for leading members deeper in relationship with God as well as the material responsibility for the business affairs of the church, including finances, property and other church operations. We place a high value on transparency and welcome parishioners to attend the monthly Vestry and Finance Committee meetings.

The clergy and Vestry work collaboratively to develop and implement church programs and ministries, with active involvement from parishioners.

Clergy

 

Nick_Portrait_compressed2The Reverend Nicholas M. Morris-Kliment

Rector

Raised on a nursery in rural Maryland, Nick was educated in Episcopal and Quaker schools before coming north to attend Yale College. While pursuing graduate study in history at Brown, a friend invited him to church, where he had an encounter with the Living God. Six months later, he was baptized.

Nick came to ordained ministry after a career in secondary school teaching and chaplaincy. Following graduation from Yale Divinity School, Nick served parishes in Weston, Concord, and Lynnfield before coming to Needham. He loves to sing, play basketball, read, be in/on/next to the ocean, listen to NPR, and eat ice cream. He’d like to hike more, and to try his hand at calligraphy. Nick is husband to Jamie, Chair of the Classics Department at Roxbury Latin; father to Sam and Lydia, school-aged children; and servant to Thelma and Louise, regal hounds.

Nick loves being a parish priest. His ministry is helping people to hear and share the music of Christ’s love and acceptance.

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The Reverend Mary Scott Miller

Associate Rector for Children, Youth, and Families

Scottie grew up on a farm in the Great Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee. Her family was active in the United Methodist Church in the little town of Bluff City, Tennessee, and church was always a place where Scottie felt loved and welcomed and useful. She fell in love with New England on a family vacation when she was about 12, and after finishing law school at Vanderbilt University, moved to Boston to practice law. It was in Boston that Scottie first experienced the Episcopal Church, and realized that she had found her heart’s home there. Soon after, she was confirmed as an Episcopalian.

During her growing up years and even into her early twenties, Scottie had never met a woman who was ordained, and though she felt a sense of calling to ordination, this young woman who was never at a loss of words just couldn’t find words to tell anyone. (Though as a child, Scottie was known to don her mother’s white bathrobe and to give communion to her little brother, and any dolls or stuffed animals who seemed to need it.) Finally, after four years of practicing law in Boston while finding her most fulfilling work to be volunteering at church, Scottie went back to school to prepare for ordination; she was ordained as a deacon in 1998, and then a priest in 1999.

Scottie loves to read, visit museums, and see plays. She and her faithful companion, Rio the geriatric standard poodle, like to explore Boston and to hike in the woods. While visiting Boston, Scottie and Rio are disciplined about sampling ice cream, even in the winter. She is the mom of a daughter and a son, both in their early twenties.

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Professional Staff

Kathleen Ganz

Parish Administrator

Kathleen Ganz is a 25-year Needham resident and came to Christ Church following a career in copywriting and communications. In addition to working for corporate and nonprofit organizations, she developed community outreach programs with the Needham Public Health Department.

For many years she enjoyed volunteer work in the Needham Public School elementary and middle school libraries where her children attended, and then worked at Needham High School supporting the reading and research activities of students and teachers.

Her son is in college and her daughter will be there soon. In her spare time Kathy likes to dig in the garden, read, and – a true Rhode Island native – she loves to spend as much time as possible near the ocean, in any season!

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Pamela Goody

Music Director

Pamela has been involved in church choirs and school choruses since early childhood. She received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1975. Her first teaching jobs took her to Haverhill and Natick, MA where she taught general music classes, chorus and drama. In 1978 she began her professional singing career under the tutelage of the late Rita Beatie (of the Eleanor Steber lineage). Pamela has sung with orchestras in the New England area including the Boston Lyric Opera Company, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Boston Academy of Music, MIT Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, and Chorus Pro Musica. She has been soloist and alto section leader with Needham Congregational Church, historic Old North Church of Boston, and St. Paul’s, Wellesley. In 1999 Pamela became the alto soloist and section leader at Christ Episcopal Church, Needham. She is delighted to now serve as Christ Church’s Music Director, a position she rose to in January 2009. Pamela oversees the musical programs at the church, including Sunday morning worship, special services and instrumental offerings. She directs the Adult Choir and supervises the Youth Choir.

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Charles RainesCharles Raines

Organist

Charles Raines moved to Salem, Massachusetts in 2009 and served as music director/organist for the Eliot Church of Newton from 2010 until April 2015. Previously, he served as the Director of Music Ministries and Organist for Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Presbyterian) in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. The program he led at Grosse Pointe included children and youth choirs, a handbell choir, a choir of adult singers, and a concert series. From 1980 –July 2002, Charles shepherded a similar music program as Director of Music and Organist for Christ Church Cranbrook (Episcopal) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  With university degrees in both organ performance and conducting, Charles is also a harpsichordist and an occasional composer/arranger.

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Maryann Badejo

Controller

Born and brought up in Massachusetts, Maryann lives in South Easton with her two dogs, and is the proud mother of three grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren. With over 20 years of bookkeeping and management experience, among her other clients, Maryann serves Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, Medfield Veterinary Clinic, and the Commonwealth Learning Center in Needham.

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Michael Beagan

Facilities Manager/Sexton

Michael was born in Maine (Old Town Canoe was on his paper route). He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in graphic design. He and his wife Kathy have three sons, Ian, Colin and Cameron. Their nest is empty except for dogs Layla and Brandy and cats Roscoe and Finnegan.  After almost 30 years as graphic designer he “retired” and started working a few hours a week at Christ Church. He is a self-taught jack-of-all-trades and master of none, so former Rector Skip Windsor thought that qualified him to be Sexton. The jury is still out on that theory.  Michael loves the outdoors, travel and volunteers at a dog rescue. Lately, he likes to spend his spare time woodworking, kayaking, sailing, playing guitar, taking photographs, reading and birding. He also has an extensive wardrobe of jeans, t-shirts and flannel shirts, a new Harley Davidson Fatboy, and loves craft beer (in moderation of course). You can find him several times a week at Dunkin’ Donuts with parishioners Bob Bell, Bob Begin and Paul Kingston.

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