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St. Paul's Parish Episcopal Church



26 Washington Street


(781) 324-9544


Contact Person

John R. Clarke


Reverend, The Rev. John R. Clarke has been our priest-in-charge since December, 2004. A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, he received his BA from Wheaton College (Illinois), where he majored in Speech Communication with a concentration in Theater. After enjoying careers as a corporate trainer for Bain & Company and professional singer, Fr. Clarke received his MDiv from Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1999 by the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE. Prior to his arrival at St. Paul's, Fr. Clarke ministered at St. Augustine and St. Martin's, Roxbury; St. Stephen's, Boston; Church of the Ascension, Ipswich; and Parish of the Messiah, Newton. As a priest, Fr. Clarke says he is most energized by preaching, liturgy, adult formation, and problem-solving. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, working out, cooking, travel (especially Italy), and screening Twilight Zone reruns for sermon starters. Fr. Clarke and his spouse Bill Theisen live in Boston's South End. E-mail: