ABOUT OUR STAFF


The Reverend Vincent G. “Chip” Seadale
Rector
Father Chip has been at St. Andrew’s Church since December 2009, when he returned to his native north from Florida, where he had served two parishes within five years. He was graduated from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, ordained deacon in the Diocese of Connecticut in 2004, and began his ordained ministry as Associate Rector for Youth and Young Families at the 6,000-member Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.In 2007, at the request of the Bishop of Florida, Father Chip became rector of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Jacksonville, and served there until he was called to St. Andrew’s. A graduate of Colgate University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Father Chip was an attorney for sixteen years in private practice in Connecticut, concentrating in business law, before he discerned and confirmed his call to the ordained priesthood. He and his wife Colleen, a licensed marriage and family therapist, have three children: Caitlin, who lives in Connecticut, and Bridget and James, who attend college in Florida.  St Andrew's Father Chip Seadale on Martha's Vineyard

Griffin McMahon – Organist, Choirmaster, Pianist, Vocalist and Composer
Director of Music

 

Griffin McMahon began his duties as Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew’s in June 2016. Equally at home in the worlds of classical, sacred, and popular music, Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Mechanics Hall and the Kimmel Center to rock venues like the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Brooklyn Bowl. He has performed several times on the world’s largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. In November 2014, Griffin performed in a historic eighteen-hour complete organ works of Bach marathon concert at St. Peter’s Church in New York City, live-streamed by WQXR radio to thousands of listeners. His performances have been broadcast on national radio syndicates such as the “Wanamaker Organ Hour” on WRTI, “Pipedreams” on American Public Media, and WQXR, New York’s Classical Music Radio Station. Griffin has studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter Beardsley, and piano with Abby Thomsen and Ernest Barretta.

 

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Griffin is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School and currently lives on Martha’s Vineyard. Griffin is a passionate teacher and has taught piano lessons for over ten years. Griffin’s other interests include cycling, improvisation, visual art, and history. Highlights of the 2016 season include performances at St. John the Divine, performing Saint-Saens’ “Organ” Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and an unique outdoor organ performance at the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, curated by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National).=

 


Heather Anne Slayton
Office Administrator
Heather Anne has been an active member of St. Andrew’s Church since 1996, serving in various ministries over the years including the Hospitality Committee, The Flower Guild, The Woman’s Guild, and Christian Education, and her greatest interest lies in Outreach, both Island and afar. In 2008 she formed a small but determined group to offer help to Islanders in need of food, fuel and housing during the economic crisis. Most recently, in addition to her administrative responsibilities, she has been busy re-organizing the church Nursery, a valuable service offered to all members and visitors alike during Sunday worship.  She graduated high school from Stoneleigh Burnham’s School for Girls in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and attended college at Castleton State College in Vermont and the University of Salamanca in Spain. As a girl, she spent summers in Katama with her family. She returned to the Island permanently in 1996 and is dedicated to raising her active two boys, Jack and Wilson. To anyone who asks, she is quick to say, “I love our life here and I love my job.” I wake up in the morning and look forward to the day – I try to remind myself and my boys every day how lucky we are to live in this community and have this church behind us and beside us, every step of the way, through good times and not-so-good times!”


 Sara PiazzaChildren’s Formation Director and Musician

Sara has been with us since September 2015, when we began our newest rendition of our Children’s Formation program (“Sunday School”), and we’ve had at least ten children join her on Sundays at 9:00 am. Sara brings LOADS of church leadership experience with her, and is a GREAT musician, playing things like guitar and fiddle, and always ready to lead the children (and US!) in song. Sara has discovered the WONDER of a VERY popular formation program called GODLY PLAY, and has recently participated in a regional training event to teach Godly Play. Sara also plays for us once a month at our (twice-monthly) 4pm New Worship Service, and has just the greatest spirit!

Laura NoonanAssistant Children’s Formation and Nursery Director A mother of a young family, Laura brings us both the sweetest spirit and heart for God, as well as some excellent real-life experience working with children—and is a certified family childcare assistant in Massachusetts.   Laura will be helping Sara in our Godly Play Sunday mornings at 9:00 am (beginning in September), and will be in the Nursery at 10:00 am Sundays, beginning on Sunday, June 19.

Caitlin Kane

The NET (Youth Group) Facilitator

Caitlin’s passion and dream is to build a youth group where middle—and high—school age students can gather, serve, learn, mature—and have FUN—in a non-competitive, positive atmosphere—and we are SO glad she’s found The Net! Started by Seven Mainline Protestant denominations on the Vineyard in 2014, The Net is a Christian faith-based, ecumenical group that seeks to draw students from the various island faith traditions to enjoy learning about God and Christ together.