The Rev. Anne Clarke
The Reverend Anne Clarke was called as rector of Saint Clare’s in October 2021. Raised in Northwest Indiana, Rev. Anne is returning to the Midwest after many years working and studying in California. Rev. Anne is a graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she received an M.Div. and M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory. (More controversially for Michigan fans, Rev. Anne also has a B.A. in Theology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame!)
Rev. Anne previously served as the Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and was most recently the Assistant Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Saint Helena, California. She is particularly passionate about faith formation, particularly in relationship to social justice work, and intergenerational community building. Rev. Anne and her spouse Myles have a toddler son, Isaiah.
You can read more about Rev. Anne’s call to St. Clare’s here: Welcoming the Rev. Anne Clarke – Saint Clare’s Episcopal Church (saintclareschurch.org)
Director of Music & Technology
John was born in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 1998 with degrees in economics and piano performance. He completed a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan in 2003.
John joined the St. Clare’s staff in 2007. He is a Creative Lead of Macon Creek, a place for artists, educators and entrepreneurs in southeast Michigan. He is Director of Orchestras at Greenhills School, has served as Music Director and Conductor of The Life Sciences Orchestra at the University of Michigan and Conductor of the Ann Arbor Youth Orchestra. He has worked with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Civic Orchestras and other ensembles in the US and abroad. As a choral conductor, he has worked with the Boychoir of Ann Arbor and with numerous local and regional opera companies. He is also managing partner of Post Companies, a web services and consulting company specializing in communication tools for organizations around the world.
Children & Youth Program Director
Eliza joined St. Clare’s as a parishioner in 2014 and as Children & Youth Director in 2023. Before joining the staff, she served as a church school teacher, nursery host, Children & Youth commission member, and vestry member. Eliza is passionate about working with children, and committed to supporting their caregivers and strengthening the communities around them.
Raised on the East Coast, Eliza graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. While earning her degree, she volunteered at a children’s theater and, after graduating, started working with children as a teacher at Spirit at Play in Missoula, MT. Later, she worked with military families in Colorado Springs, CO, during combat deployments and, most recently, she taught the Parent/Toddler program at Allen Creek Preschool in Ann Arbor. Eliza is a certified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and currently working toward an MS in Child Development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago.
Eliza and her husband Sam have three children. If not at church or traveling to see her family and friends, she is likely at a fabric store, plant nursery, or in the children’s section of a bookstore, dreaming of ways to combine the three.
Parish Administrative Coordinator
Karen joined St. Clare’s staff as Parish Administrative Coordinator in 2011 and loves working with this energetic and visionary group. Karen also coordinates office and church school volunteers, edits the parish newsletter, and manages many of the details of sharing space with Temple Beth Emeth and others. You’re most likely to find Karen in the office on Tuesday (afternoon only), Wednesday, or Thursday.