Kerith Harding has been at St. John’s since November of 2012. She came to us from Westport, CT, where she served as Assistant Rector for 3 1/2 years. Prior to becoming a priest, Rev. Kerith worked as a Youth Minister, Crisis Counselor, and Development Executive. She has a M. Div. from Yale Divinity School, an Anglican Diploma from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, a Masters in Counselor Education from Portland State, and B.S. from Vanderbilt University. Rev. Kerith is most passionate about helping people live into their Baptismal promises 1) to strive for justice and peace for all people and respect the dignity of every human being, and 2) to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. In her spare time, Rev. Kerith enjoys art (she collects icons), walking, hiking, paddling, and spending time with her family.
Janet Makua has worked at St. John’s since 1981. She is originally from California and was raised in the Baptist Church. Janet’s husband Sparky Makua attended Sunday School at St. John’s. Sparky and Janet met in California and moved back to Maui in 1970 and live in the home he grew up in, a mile and a half from St. John’s. Janet started with St. John’s as a volunteer, answering phones and helping to recruit other volunteers and now has been working in the St. John’s Office for 31 years. She was confirmed at St. John’s by The Rt. Rev. Edmond L. Browning. Janet and Sparky have 4 children, Christine, David, Andrew and Sarah who all attended Sunday school and served as Acolytes and Crucifers. Currently, her grandchildren have continued the tradition. Janet also assists in the Nursery on Sunday Morning at 9:30a.m. So if you are looking for her that is where you’ll find her on most Sundays!
Ali is pleased to have the opportunity to preach and preside at St. John’s on a regular basis, while also supplying for other churches on Maui as her schedule allows. Her chief ministry at this time is as an instructor for our local ordination program, Waiolaihui’ia.
Ali has been in ministry for the past twenty years, serving as a retreat director, school chaplain, theology teacher and preacher. She has an MA in English and an MA in theology from Fordham University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. Much of her training has been with the Jesuits, who believe that we find “God in all things,” which animates her approach to life.
Clay comes to St. John’s with over 40 years of experience as a church musician, organist, pianist, and choir director. It is his strong belief that “music is an essential means by which we may share and nourish our spiritual beings.” Beyond his strong background as a church musician throughout Maui and Georgia, Clay frequently accompanies any number of other organizations on Maui including Maui Onstage at Iao Theater, Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), ProArts Maui, and both Baldwin and King Kekaulike High School Theater Departments. We are thrilled to welcome Clay the St. John’s staff as of Advent 2013.