Clergy

The Reverend Marilyn Mason and The Reverend Evangeline (Becky) Anderson are currently serving at St. Paul's.

The Reverend Marilyn Mason has replaced the Reverend Paul Twelves as Priest-in-Charge at St.Paul's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. Father Twelves continues his local ministry, primarily as a supply priest at local Episcopal churches.

The Reverend Mason was born in Bristol and was educated in local schools, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. She later earned a Master's degree in religious education from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California and a Master's degree in school administration and counseling at the University of Nevada at Los Vegas, Nevada. Throughout her long career, she has completed extensive additional education and training in the fields of education and religion. After a long career in education in education in Rhode Island, California, and Nevada teaching at grade levels from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, she was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles. She served as a priest at several parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. In September 2013, she returned home to Bristol. From December 2013 to May 2014, she served as assisting priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. In addition to her new assignment at St. Paul's, the Reverend Mason also serves as Priest-in-Charge at St James Episcopal Church in Providence. In both assignments, she shares services with a second priest.

The Rev. Evangeline (Becky) Anderson was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  She came to Rhode Island to attend Brown University and never left.  She has a degree in English & American Literature from Brown.  She also has a B.A. in Theater from Rhode Island College.  For a number of years, she was very involved in amateur theater, and going to the theater continues to be one of her favorite pastimes.

Rev. Anderson received her Masters in Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City, the oldest Episcopal seminary in the country.  She was ordained deacon and priest in 1994.  After serving at churches in Providence, Warwick, Middletown, and Pascoag RI, she was called to St. Alban’s Church and was the rector there for 13 years.

She has served in many capacities at the Diocesan level, including:  Diocesan Council (including a stint as Vice-President), Congregational Development Commission, Companion Diocese Committee, Teacher in the Deacon School, and Member of RI State Council of Churches Department of Advocacy, Justice, and Service.  In addition to parochial and diocesan work, she has served as Chaplain for Hospice Care of Rhode Island, and Hospice Care for the Visiting Nurse Association of Newport and Bristol Counties.

Rev. Anderson is a widow with two grown children, and three grandchildren, all of whom are a great joy.  She loves to read, and has belonged to the same reading discussion group for almost 20 years.   We have heard that she enjoys telling jokes, and making people laugh ... in fact we have already seen some evidence of  that and have been warned there is more to come.

Rev. Anderson  announced her retirement from St. Alban's during the summer of 2011 and her last day at St. Alban's was October 2, 2011. Her first "official" day at St. Paul's was February 3, 2013 though we had already come to know her from her previous visits during prior months.

Clergy who have recently presided regularly on an interim basis or as Priest-in-Charge at Saint Paul's
who's service we greatly appreciate include:
The Reverend Daniel Burke
The Reverend James Byrum
The Reverend George Chaplin
The Reverend Mark De Wolf
The Reverend Edward B. Gammons
The Reverend Sandra Haines-Murdocco (Priest-in-Charge)
The Reverend Dr. David Jenkins
The Reverend Ashley Peckham
The Reverend Gordon Stenning
The Reverend Dr. Linda Strahan
The Reverend Paul Twelves (Priest-in-Charge)