I am humbled, honored and excited to be with you all at St. John's as your Interim Priest.
I As priest, most of my ordained ministry has been in the Diocese of Massachusetts, beginning as Deacon and Rector at Christ Church in Somerville in 1987. During that cure, I also served as Interim Director of Field Education at The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. I was a Consulting Priest for the Diocese of Christchurch in New Zealand while my husband, Jim and I were circumnavigating the globe on our sailboat, Sweetwater. I returned to Boston and was called as Rector at Trinity Church in Randolph. More recently, I have enjoyed ministry in more transitional settings: Priest-in-Charge at Good Shepherd in Reading, Interim at St. John’s in Charlestown, Interim at St. James in Amesbury, and Bridge Priest at Trinity in Marshfield, maternity coverage at St. James in Groveland and sabbatical coverage at St. Stephen’s in Cohasset. I truly enjoy meeting new people in the many varied and wonderful ministries of our Diocese. I find this work fascinating and refreshing!
Having been with you now only a few months, I am, once again, deeply grateful for who you all are and for our life together.
On a more personal note, my husband, Jim, and I live aboard our 79 foot steel “house-ship”, Fintry, in East Boston. The marina offers us a spectacular view of the city and places us centrally, both in the Diocese, and amidst our three children and three grandchildren who live in Malden, Watertown and Lowell.
Jim chairs the Diocesan Audit Committee and serves as mentor for Mass Challenge, a major incubator for start-up companies. Also, Fintry keeps him very busy!
My other pastimes include golf (can just barely break 100 on my best day), needlepoint (Christmas stockings for the grans), orchids (they seem to thrive on the boat) and singing, having recently joined the Newburyport Choral Society.
I look forward to serving with you with God’s grace in the ministries we will share.
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Chris Beukman is a native of the Netherlands (cheese, tulips, windmills etc. ) who moved to the Boston area in 1981 after meeting his wife Lucy in Jerusalem. He attended Harvard Divinity School and Andover-Newton Theological School, and was the Protestant Chaplain and Diversity Specialist at Carney Hospital in Dorchester for 14 years. Since 2004, Chris has been the Pastoral Ministries Manager of Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham. He was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 2009 and has served parishes in Quincy and Walpole as a Deacon.
Deacon Chris lives in Norwood with his wife Lucy, a musician, and a rabbit named Knuffel. He has two adult children, Jonah age 29, who works in the development office at Andover-Newton Theological School, and Rebecca 26 who is currently still at home. Deacon Chris this year has met his bucket list goal of completing a Century, a 100 mile bike ride. He and his bike are inseparable.
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