Rev. Paul Habersang – Priest in Partnership
Rev. Paul is a second career priest who first worked in the electrical industry with both GE Company and the Square D Company for a number of years. After attending the General Theological Seminary in New York City, he was ordained to the priesthood in 2008. Paul served as the Assistant Rector at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Glastonbury, CT from 2008 through 2011. After living a life long dream of relocating to Vermont, Paul was called to serve as the Priest-in-Partnership at Christ Church, Montpelier. Rev Paul strongly believes in the practice of mutual ministry and in the empowerment of all people within this vibrant faith community. In his spare time, Paul enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and motorcycle riding. Paul is the father of two young adult sons; David of NYC and John of Burlington, VT.
Rev. Auburn Watersong – Associate Priest
The Rev. Auburn Watersong is a long time resident of Vermont and currently lives in Montpelier with her two teenagers, Gabriel and Emma. She has worked in Montpelier since 2009 as an Economic Justice Specialist and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She has a B.A. in Women Studies and a Master’s in Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. In both her secular career and as a Priest, Rev. Watersong is a tenacious advocate of our baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to respect the dignity of every human being. Rev. Watersong was ordained to the priesthood and became the Priest Associate at Christ Episcopal Church in December of 2012. Rev. Auburn is with us from time to time as a Eucharistic celebrant and guest preacher.
Ms. Lynnette Combs – Organist & Choirmaster
Lynnette grew up in Kentucky and received a B.A. In music from Swarthmore College. Since moving to Vermont in 1981, she has served in the Methodist Church of Middlebury, the Universalist Church in Barre, and First Baptist Church in Burlington.
In addition to church jobs, Lynnette has been active in the music world of Vermont, performing with chamber ensembles, choral groups, orchestras and soloists. Her musical interests are broad, including early American (shape note) hymnody, Bluegrass and traditional Appalachian string band music, early Medieval chant, Baroque chamber music, and world-wide choral traditions.
Lynnette lives in Montpelier and has three grown children. She works part-time at the Marshfield School of Weaving as a teacher and weaver. In addition, she enjoys gardening, libraries, and all aspects of living in Vermont (except long cold winters!).
Ms. Dierdre Allen – Office Mangager & Parish Administrator
Dierdre Allen was the Founder and Senior Partner of Canadian American Resources, LLC, a company that provided product development, business development and regulatory services to the food and dietary supplement industries in the United States, Canada, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to her retirement in 2012, Dierdre was a consultant to Pfizer, Yale University Science Park, and Harvard Medical School. Dierdre joined Christ Episcopal Church in December 2013 as our Parish Administrator and takes an active role in the day to day management of the church’s facilities and office administration. Dierdre is an animal lover, especially of dogs, and enjoys interacting with both parishioners and the people of Montpelier.
Denise Womer- Youth and Families Ministry Team Director
Denise is currently a student at the Community College of Vermont, where she is pursuing a degree in Human Services. The mother of three children, Denise has diverse experience working as a Property manager in the Boston area, and as a supervisor at FEDEX Freight. After coming to the Episcopal Church from a Roman Catholic and being confirmed by Bishop Gene Robinsin, Denise has devoted her life to the service of congregations at Saint Stephen’s, Pittsfield NH, Saint Mark’s, Springfield VT, and Christ Church, Montpelier VT. Denise grew up in Arlington, MA and has lived in various location throughout New England. She and her husband Ron reside in West Berlin, VT with their dog, Prudence. Denise’s passions are working with and serving children of all ages and enjoying the outdoors. In her life as a Christian, Denise believes in sharing God’s love with all those persons whom she is fortunate enough to come into contact.