The Rev. Cristina Rathbone, Rector
Rev. Cristina (Tina) Rathbone began her ministry with Grace as our third rector on August 1, 2021. Prior to coming to the Berkshires Tina served at risk communities in Massachusetts and the Southwest. She served Boston’s Cathedral Church of St. Paul for ten years. As Canon Missioner there, she worked primarily with homeless and marginally housed people. Together with them, she developed a new faith community, MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always), which remains a thriving and multi-faceted ministry of the Cathedral. The daughter of Cuban refugees on her mother’s side, Tina went on to develop The Bridge Chaplaincy with the Diocese of the Rio Grande, helping them find plausible, pastoral and incarnate ways to serve migrants and asylum seekers along the international border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. Most recently she worked with Episcopal Migration Ministries to launch Neighbor to Neighbor, a national network designed to connect Episcopal congregations with newly arrived asylum seekers in their own, local contexts.
Annalise Clausen, Gideon’s Garden Director of Farming
Annalise began farming in 2012 and her journey led her to pioneer no-till techniques with Astarte Farm in Hadley, MA. She managed Astarte Farm for five years expanding production, incorporating a greater variety of plants, renovating the structures and practices of the farm to increase sales to the local market. Now she is joining the Gideon’s Garden team, looking forward to maximizing yield from the Gideon’s Garden project. She wants the Garden’s contributions to help those who are experiencing food insecurity through out Southern Berkshire county. You may contact Ms. Clausen at email@example.com
Ryan LaBoy, Music Director
Ryan LaBoy is a collaborative and creative singer and conductor, and is excited to begin work as Music Director at Grace Church this fall. Having only recently moved to the Berkshires from Minneapolis with his husband, Pastor Joel Bergeland of Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield, Ryan has quickly found himself in demand as a conductor and educator, additionally serving as Artistic Director of the Berkshire Children’s Chorus and Choir Director at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Jean Chapin, Parish Administrator
Growing up in the middle of her parents’ Christmas tree farm along the Housatonic River deeply rooted Jean to Sheffield, where her family settled in 1727. After graduating from Mt. Everett, her adventurous nature lured her away, however, to do her student teaching in England, learn to SCUBA dive in the Red Sea, take up sky diving, spend decades teaching in elementary classrooms from as far away as the Hejaz Mountains of Saudi Arabia, the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas, and the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio.
After raising two wonderful daughters, Jean returned home and now lives in the center of Sheffield. She spends as much time as she can with her amazing five-year-old grandson, Arthur.
During the past nineteen months she has been deeply committed to a Christ Trinity Church initiative that provides meals to vulnerable elders. Originally called Feeding Sheffield, the service project has expanded in several directions and has joined with other local organizations to create a program called Feeding Friends South Berkshire.
Jean is very excited to be called to this shared parish administrator position and looks forward to meeting you and to serving all three churches.