Our Staff

Reverend John Beach - Rector

Reverend John Beach joined St. Paul's in November of 2015 becoming our 32nd rector.  For the 10 years prior to being called to St. Paul's John lived in Geneva, Switzerland where he served as Rector of Emmanuel Church. Prior to Emmanuel Church John served as Chaplain at Trinity University in Toronto, Episcopal Chaplain at Florida State University, as Anglican Chaplain at McGill University, as Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Montreal Canada and as the Assistant at St. James the Apostle  at Concordia University in Montreal.

John received his Master in Divinity from McGill University in Montreal in 1983 and was ordained as a Priest in 1984. 

John and was married to Denise Beneteau in 1982 They have two adult children, Jeremy and Laura, both of whom live in Toronto. John and Denise's mothers live in Rhode Island and New Hampshire, respectively. 

In his acceptance letter to St. Paul's John said: 

“ To the good people of St. Paul's Church,

Greetings! I am humbled and honored to have been invited by your vestry to be your next rector. I write to you from Geneva, Switzerland where I have been ministering for the past ten years at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. My wife, Denise, and I are looking forward to meeting all of you this Advent.

Please pray for us as we prepare for this transition and be assured of our prayers for you as we discern the mutual ministry which we are called to exercise in Nantucket.



John can be reached via the Church Office or at his e-mail -

Curtis Barnes - Verger and Liturgical Coordinator

Curtis has lived on Nantucket full time since 1980 when he and is late wife Joan bought a small guest house as their retirement “project.” Since that time they have developed four real estate-related businesses on the Island: Nantucket Accommodations, Nantucket Vacation Rentals, Nantucket Real Estate Company (all of which have been sold), and Nantucket Island Homes, Inc., Curtis Barnes_Vergera small custom construction company.

A native of Philadelphia, Curtis attended Amherst College and graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in history and political science. He later earned a master’s degree in history from Elmira College. He worked from 1952 to 1962 as a reporter/photographer for the Gannett Co., in Rochester, New York. While on military leave of absence from 1956 to 1958, he served as a Counterintelligence Agent in the United States Army and was stationed at CIC Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Moving into academic administration in 1962, he worked at Clarkson College, Elmira College, Syracuse University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Tufts University, serving in public relations/communications positions, and as adjunct faculty member.

As a volunteer at St Paul’s Curtis has served as liturgical assistant to five rectors. He attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1988 to 1990, and is licensed by the Diocese of Massachusetts as a worship leader, eucharistic minister, and eucharistic visitor. At St. Paul’s Church, he assists the rector and staff in coordinating the liturgical ministries of our volunteers, including ushers, lectors, chalice bearers, acolytes, and those who serve at the altar during the liturgy. He has served two full terms on the St. Paul’s Vestry and was the Nantucket Town Crier for 28 years, receiving a Governor’s Citation from Governor Deval Patrick for this service  in 2008.

Ann Colgrove - Music Director and Organist

A longtime resident of Washington, D.C., Ann Colgrove and her husband, Larry Smith, moved to Nantucket full-time in early 2012. They were married at St. Paul's in 1996, and bought their first home here shortly thereafter. Through the years, Ann served as the interim music director at St. Paul's Church three times before accepting the offer to become the Music Director in 2012. Although she worked in political jobs in D.C., music has always been her avocation. She has sung in several choirs and has played the harpsichord in many different venues throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. For many years, she was the resident harpsichordist at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, where she and Larry were members of the choir. As a child, she studied piano with Dr. Ruth Edwards at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Dr. Harold Fink in the Cleveland area. She continued with organ and harpsichord studies at Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia. On Nantucket, Ann has been a trustee of the Community Foundation for Nantucket and the Nantucket Community Music Center. She is also a member of the advisory committee of the Dreamland Theatre.

Sister Susanna Margaret– Children's Ministry Coordinator

Sister Susanna joined the staff at St Paul's in September of 2016 Director of Children's Ministry. A former educator with 21 years in the public School system, Sister Susanna has an infectious love for the Church and the Children of our community. Love first, developed by Colette Potts is the focus for Children's Ministry this year as we commit to fostering love and kindness by growing intergenerational relationships and outreach projects that develop a commitment to caring that resonates throughout our Church and beyond.


Christine Borneman – Parish Administrator

Christine was born and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She came to Nantucket with her husband, Paul, in 2000. Paul had been coming to Nantucket since he was a boy and thought of the island as home. Christine immediately fell in love with the island, and they decided to stay and raise a family here. The Bornemans started coming to St. Paul's Church in 2008. Christine began helping with St. Paul's Church School. After having her first child, Elizabeth, she ran a licensed childcare in her home for eight years. Christine and Paul have been married for 11 years and have three beautiful daughters: Elizabeth  Abigail, and Katherine. All three of their girls are in school full-time, giving Christine the chance to get back to the workplace. St. Paul's Church is the perfect match for Christine and her family.