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.



Nick_Portrait_compressed2The Reverend Nicholas M. Morris-Kliment


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 the drums, go to the gym, shoot baskets, 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, photography, and playing the bass. Nick is husband to Jamie, Chair of the Classics Department at the Roxbury Latin School, and father to teenagers Sam and Lydia.

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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Professional Staff

Ali Heard

Manager of Parish Operations

Raised in Dover, Ali lives in her childhood home with her 5-year-old son and her parents. She has a passion for her family, organizing, and food (both cooking and eating). Ali loves the ocean in all weather and exploring new places with her son. Ali has a long career in hospitality as an office and operations manager. Over the years, she’s worked with acclaimed establishments such as L’Espalier (Boston, MA), Cru Oyster Bar (Nantucket, MA), and Stowe Mountain Lodge (Stowe, VT). As the manager of parish operations, Ali is able to use her love of organization and caring for others to help everything run smoothly at Christ Episcopal Church.

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Charles RainesCharles Raines

Director of Music and 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


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.



Woody Hughes

Facilities Manager/Sexton

Woody lives with his wife in Dover.  He’s a father of 3, grandfather of 8, and great-grandfather of 5!  Woody has been a home contractor for more than 30 years, and air vehicle mechanic before that.  He’s excited to join the Christ Church community.

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