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clergy & staff

Mother Susan Ironside has been Rector of St. John on the Mountain since 2011. Before that, she served as Curate of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield, NJ. A graduate of The General Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize, Mother Susan has served on the Standing Committee for Liturgy and Music Same-Sex Blessings Task Force for General Convention. Before seminary, Susan worked for years as a Registered Nurse, specializing in the care of vulnerable adults living in the community. The Rector lives in Madison, NJ with her husband, Andrew Moore, her son, Nathan, daughter, Caroline, and two over-indulged dogs. To contact Mother Susan, email

Christopher Jennings

Choir Director and Organist

Christopher Jennings joined the staff at St. John on-the-Mountain in September 2016. He has held similar positions at St. James’ Church Madison Ave., NYC, St. James’ Church, West Hartford, CT., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stamford CT, and Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, CT. Christopher holds the Master of Music Degree from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music and the Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University. He also completed a Performer Certificate in Injury-Preventive Well Coordinated Keyboard Technique at Salem College. To contact Christopher, email

Lynn Mitchell

Director of Children's Ministries

As the Director of Children’s Ministries, Lynn manages the Sunday School and other educational programs and activities. Lynn has attended St. John on the Mountain since 2005. She and her husband were married here, and both of their children were baptized here. She has a BA in English from Lehigh University and a MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to working as the Director, she was a middle school Language Arts teacher for ten years. She is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors. Look for Lynn on Sunday mornings, near the Children’s Library or downstairs in the Sunday school hallway. To contact Lynn, email

Lisa Coakley

Parish Administrator

Lisa began working at SJOTM in 2015. She holds a BA from Boston College and worked in software development in the Boston area for 15 years. Lisa and her family moved to Somerset County, NJ in 2001where she has raised her two sons. Lisa is excited to be a part of the SJOTM team. Any questions regarding SJOTM should be directed to Lisa. She can be found at the Parish House Mondays through Thursdays. To contact Lisa, email

Lisa Keenan

Finance Manager

Lisa began working at St. John on the Mountain in 2008. She has a BS in Public Accounting from Montclair State University and holds a CPA license in the state of NJ. Lisa had 17 years of corporate accounting experience before moving on to the church environment. She lives in Somerset County with her husband and two children. Any questions regarding contribution records or accounts payable should be directed to Lisa. She is in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Finance Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Parish House. To contact Lisa, email

Jeanne Williams

Director of the St. John's Nursery School

Jeanne Williams has been the nursery school director since 2003. She has taught preschool for the past 24 years. In conjunction with the nursery school board members, Jeanne oversees the daily operations of the nursery school. She holds Early Childhood state certification, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Jeanne is available to provide St. John’s Nursery School information to interested families during school hours, Monday-Friday, 9 am- 3 pm. To contact Jeanne, email

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