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The Reverend Elizabeth Yale

Priest in Charge

Welcome! I am so glad to be a part of the St. John's Episcopal Church community in Franklin, PA. I came to St. John's from Holy Spirit in Houston, TX, where I worked as the curate and school chaplain. I started in the Diocese of Bethlehem, having grown up in Bethlehem and attending the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. I discovered a call from God to become a priest at the ripe old age of ten and set about fulfilling my dream. I studied at Allegheny College for my undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Religious Studies. Through the grace of God and the Commission on Ministry of Bethlehem, I attended The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and received my MDiv. Through the generosity of Sewanee, I was given an opportunity to take a course at St. George's College in Jerusalem and tour the Holy Land. I have completed one Olympic Triathlon and one Century Ride so far. I have four states of the Union left to visit, I love to keep active, except when I am curled up with a good mystery or scifi novel.

Please contact me by email and in the office at 814-432-5161 x302.

The Rev. David Betz


John McConnell has served God and our parish as our organist and choir director for thirteen years. John’s gifts and talents in the world of instrumental and vocal music have been developed, nurtured and shared in his roles as a performer, teacher, and director over several decades. A graduate ofLakeview High School, John earned his BS in Music Education and Master of Music (Vocal Performance) from Duquesne University. He attendedEdinboro University where he completed both his Supervisory Certification and Principal Certification. While he is retired from teaching, he taught countless numbers of students through his teaching positions at Penn Hills School District, Alexandria City Schools, and the Oil City School District. John’s start serving church communities began in the 7th grade when he played hymns for Sunday School Opening at Stoneboro Presbyterian. During his college years, John sang professionally at three Pittsburgh area churches--Eastminster Presbyterian, Bethel Park Presbyterian, and Oakland Baptist. John alsosang professionally at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC for five years. Prior to coming to St. John’s, Franklin, John served two other local church communities, directing the choir at the First United Methodist and as organist and choir director at Grace Lutheran Church. In addition to music, John loves to travel and is passionate about "the theater," on stage or off.

April Hull

Parish Administrator

Hello my name is April Hull and I am thrilled to serve as the Parish Administrator for St. John’s Episcopal Church. I have called Pennsylvania my home for the past several years, but I am originally from the Volunteer State (Tennessee) where I earned my B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. For Graduate Work I went to Birmingham School of Law where I earned my J.D. and discovered I had a passion for business law. However, as time passed I decided to follow my heart and bridge my business law with entrepreneurship and I created my own online jewelry business which I still enjoy today. When I am not busy creating new designs or attending craft fairs, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family.

Contact April by email or in the office!

Clara Lackey

Nursery Director

Clara Lackey and her husband, Jim, reside on Liberty Street and have been married for over 50 years. They have 2 grown children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. When the children were young, Clara was a paid nursery worker for another church in Franklin for 10 years. She retired from a local non-profit agency as a drug & alcohol program director/therapist 4 years ago after working 17+ years. She has gone through required background checks and has successfully completed Safeguarding God’s Children online. She has always felt strongly about the nurture and care of children. She’s excited about caring for St. John’s children.

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