Rector and Staff

The Rev. Dr. Paul Kolbet, Interim Rector

The Rev. Dr. Paul Kolbet was ordained to the priesthood in 1996 and has since served several congregations in the Dioceses of Northern Indiana and Massachusetts. He studied for the priesthood at Yale Divinity School and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and is currently also a lecturer at Yale Divinity School. He is a frequent conference speaker, the author of Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal and co-editor of the Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms. He has also published articles on such topics early Christian spiritual practices, psychology, and pastoral strategies. He and his wife, Amy, live in Wellesley. They have one daughter, Chloe.

Paul can be reached at [email protected].

Kirsten Johnson, Director of Music

Kirsten Johnson has been the Director of Music at St. Mary’s since 1992. She oversees all music programs, is the organist, and conducts the Adult and Junior Choirs. A native of Minnesota, she is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School. She has a passion for liturgy and worship and enjoys making music with parishioners of all ages. Kirsten and her husband Jeff have two adult sons and in her spare time she enjoys singing, swimming, knitting, and traveling with her family.

Kirsten can be reached at [email protected].


Andrew Heintz, Director of Christian Education

Andrew Heintz oversees all youth ministry programs at St. Mary’s. He is passionate about helping kids meet God in prayer and worship. Having taught Godly Play with children and adults since 2017, he loves imaginatively entering the stories of our faith and teaching others to do the same. Andrew received his Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently completing a Master’s of Sacred Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and discerning a call to ordained ministry. Originally from Oxford, North Carolina, Andrew is also a yoga teacher, loves living in Boston, and when not studying, he enjoys hiking, reading, and performing music.

Andrew can be reached at [email protected].


Denise Flanagan, Parish Administrator

Denise has worked at St. Mary’s since 1992.  As the parish administrator, Denise coordinates publications, calendars and record keeping.  As the primary office support for the church for nearly 20 years, Denise can answer almost any question. Denise can be reached at [email protected].