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CLERGY & STAFF

Grant Mech

Interim Director of Music & Organist

Grant Mech holds degrees from Westminster Choir College in Music Education and Voice Performance and Pedagogy. He has appeared in numerous operatic productions, including Alcina (Melisso), La Clemenza di Tito (Publio), Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo), and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi.  Concert and recital appearances have included works such as Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Schubert’s Schwanengesang. 

 

From 2010-2022, Grant was the director of music at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in New York.  He is the choral director at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, NJ. He has also served on the staffs of the Sem Summer Music Festival in Kingston, PA, the Lawrenceville School, and Saint Peter’s University.  Grant’s choirs have toured extensively in the U.S and abroad.  He is a member of the Perspective Collective, a group that seeks to promote art song and opera in untraditional formats and venues.

Click here to check out Grant's website.

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Amy Hopper

Parish Administrator

Amy began working at St John on the Mountain in 2022. As the Parish Administrator, Amy oversees all daily operations of the church, maintains SJOTM's various online presences, produces all print and digital publications, and more. In addition to her work at SJOTM, Amy works at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, teaches yoga, and provides editing and proofreading services. 

Amy holds a BA in English and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey. Prior to working at SJOTM, Amy has had careers as a retail supervisor, insurance professional, and high school teacher. She currently lives in Hillsborough, NJ with her dog, Georgia. In her spare time, Amy can be found doing yoga, hiking, reading, cooking, or lounging with the TV on. 

Amy and Georgia can both be found in the Parish Office on Mondays and Fridays from 9 AM - 4 PM. Amy is also available via email Tuesdays-Thursdays.

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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 all of their children were baptized here.

 

Lynn 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.

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.

Kathy Tober

Director, St. John's Nursery School

Kathy Tober holds a BS degree in Biology from Dickinson College and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She spent 24 years in the pharmaceutical industry, working in the area of clinical trial management. Her most recent role was the Global Head of Contracts and Outsourcing at Roche/Genentech, in which she oversaw $2B in outsourced clinical services and managed a large staff across 4 continents. 

 

Kathy has lived in Bernardsville since 2013 with her husband, Peter, and their two children, John and Grace.  She is a member of SJOTM where she has served as a member of the Vestry and currently is on the Discernment Committee. She is also a member of the Somerset Hills Board of Education and a former Co-President of the Home and School Association (HSA) for Bedwell Elementary.

Carey Kane

Director, St. John's Nursery School

Carey Kane holds a BS in Social Psychology from Lehigh University and an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Carey has an elementary teaching certificate and has spent time in the classroom as an enrichment teacher at Bedwell Elementary, as well as an astronomy teacher for the Newark Museum. She helped open the Liberty Science Center in 1993 and managed its public education department. She later worked for the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, developing a summer science and creativity camp that is offered throughout the country. Her focus has been creating and managing educational programs that foster science education and creativity development. Carey came to SJNS in 2016 as a teacher assistant. She is a trustee on the Somerset Hills Education Foundation. Carey lives in Bernardsville with her husband, Henry, and their three children, Hunter, Elizabeth, and Abigail.

Georgia Peach

Assistant Administrator / SJOTM Mascot

Georgia Peach Hopper is a Yellow Lab & Pit Bull mix from - you guessed it - Georgia! She was adopted by Amy in January 2022 after having a litter of puppies and a long period of shelter-living. Georgia's favorite foods are bananas, strawberries, chicken, and treats from visitors. She loves hiking, swimming, sleeping, and playing tug. 

Georgia's responsibilities at SJOTM include greeting visitors, eating weeds and crumbs, and providing general office assistance and moral support and encouragement. She can be found in the Parish Office when her mom is on campus, and she would love for you to visit!*

*Treats optional when visiting, but encouraged. -Georgia

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