The Reverend Lisa Smith Fry, Rector
Lisa Fry loves preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and congregational development. A native Mainer (Topsham), she came to St. Thomas’ after working in the church in Sarasota FL; Phoenix, AZ; and Little Rock, AR. She is glad to finally be home.
After reveling in her work with youth in various diocese across the country, Lisa answered a call to holy orders and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2011. She currently serves on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Maine, and is an advocate for the poor and marginalized both within Maine and nationally. She loves teaching and has taught everything from a course on Celtic Spirituality to The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic to the Enneagram. She loves nothing better than a rousing discussion with lots of opinions.
Lisa earned her BA from Colby College and her masters at Virginia Theological Seminary. In her ‘salad days,’ Lisa worked as an actor on stage, in film, and doing voiceover work. She has a married daughter, Zoe, who is working on her Ph.D. at Arizona State. Lisa enjoys antiquing, hiking and is a card-carrying Trekker and Whovian.
The Reverend Abby Pettee, Deacon
Abby discovered the Episcopal Church in 1986, through the ministry of Common Cathedral on the Boston Common. An outdoor, liturgical worship offering that welcomes the housed and unhoused, this inclusive, genuine circle of seekers became her faith home. Abby received the Sacrament of Confirmation after being part of classes that were led by Bishop Barbara Harris. This was a deep privilege and joy for her, being confirmed by the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion.
Abby’s vocational path over the years has emphasized mental health care delivery and advocacy, with a particular focus on the marginalized in our midst. Over the past ten years, she has pursued chaplaincy, first at an independent school, and then more recently in a healthcare setting, Pen Bay Medical Center.
Abby moved to Camden from the Boston area with her family in 2011. Ordained to the diaconate in 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland, Abby has a passion for helping people discover their gifts and to embrace those on behalf of God’s kingdom of love, justice, and mercy. She provides training and support for the ministry of lay Eucharistic Visiting and has a deep heart for pastoral care.
Abby is active in the Mid Coast Interfaith Alliance on behalf of collaborating and partnering with other local congregations. Through shared worship services and social-justice initiatives, the fruits of ecumenism are made visible.
Abby enjoys contemplative prayer, time with friends, swimming, and exploring the islands of Penobscot Bay.
Clarissa Brown, Minister of Music
A Maine native, Clarissa Brown has been a music director and performer in area churches for many years. An educator as well as a musician, she is a docent for Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and has participated in the Organ Festivals held at Merrill Auditorium. She received her Master’s in Organ Performance at Boston Conservatory in 2008, and also holds the CAGO and AAGO degrees from the American Guild of Organists.
Office Manager – Currently Vacant
Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Elwell, Sexton
Jonny was born and raised on Spruce Head Island, Maine. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a retired commercial fisherman. He attended Rockland High School; military “A” School, diesel repair; and Southern Maine Vocational Training Institute (now SMCC) for auto repair. He and his wife live in Rockport and have three daughters.