Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany!
I’ll officially begin work on Monday, January 8th, and will be in the office on Tuesdays. I’ll provide some times to meet with individuals and families over meals or coffee so we can get to know each other and discern what is most important to you - what you need from St. John’s, and what you can contribute. In addition, anytime you wish to talk with me, just call or email. I hope if you ever have an emergency, that you would feel free to call me anytime day or night…and, if it’s not an emergency, that you would catch me during the day. Since I will be with you half-time, I’ll continue working half-time as a Hospice Chaplain.
Here’s a little background on me: Having grown up in California and Colorado, I moved from San Francisco to Massachusetts in 2006 to serve as Executive Director of Ecclesia Ministries common cathedral, an outdoor church and street ministry in Boston. Since leaving common cathedral in 2013, I have served several congregations in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Previously, I served a congregation in Palo Alto, California.
An Episcopal Priest since 2001, I have a breadth of experience in leading congregations, organizations and programs, as well as working with volunteers, clergy and other community leaders. I live in Quincy with my spouse and our 3 dogs and 4 cats. I enjoy horseback riding, cycling, kayaking, dancing, organic vegetable gardening, and vegan cooking.
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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