The Rev. Christopher Wendell began serving as St. Paul’s rector in the summer of 2011. His ministry includes preaching and leading worship, providing pastoral care to all ages, welcoming newcomers and visitors, and working with the lay leadership in the administration and oversight of the parish. As part of his ministry, Chris also is an active member of the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network and provides pastoral care to nearby institutions such as MCI-Concord and Carleton Willard Village. He has served in various leadership roles in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts over the past decade, and is currently a General Convention Deputy. Before coming to St. Paul’s, Chris spent four years as an associate rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley. Prior to attending seminary, he worked for a regional theater company as a directing/producing assistant. Chris is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of Princeton University and the Episcopal Divinity School. Chris and his wife, Kristen, an associate professor of engineering education, live in Bedford with their two boys. When not at church, Chris enjoys curling in the winter, the Jersey Shore in the summer, gardening in the spring, apple picking in the fall, and crossword puzzles all year round!
Our Assistant Rector
The Rev. Rachel Wildman began as St. Paul’s Curate in the summer of 2015 after having been the parish’s seminarian intern for two years prior. She was promoted to Assistant Rector in 2018. Rachel’s ministry is part-time, and is focused on the Christian Education program and on serving as a spiritual companion to the parish’s active Women’s Group. In addition, she shares in preaching, worship leadership, and pastoral care duties with Rev. Chris. A graduate of Episcopal Divinity School, she, her husband, David, and their two children live in Somerville, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Concord, NH, Rachel explored parts south as she pursued her former career as a research scientist in the field of academic medicine, and is thrilled to be back in New England. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading, rediscovering her love of the piano through lessons with the parish’s music minister, Michael, and binge-watching PBS mini-series and embarrassing reality TV shows.
The vestry of St. Paul’s includes the wardens, the treasurer, the clerk, and several general members with rotating three-year terms. The vestry is a good blend of newer and long-time parishioners, usually including a student member, committed to the responsible stewardship of the church, both practically and spiritually.
Candy Walker, Warden (email@example.com)
Candy has been a member of St. Paul’s since April of 1979, joining the church in anticipation of baptizing her expected first born. She has participated in Advent Fair activities, taught church school for many years, has been a warden on two previous vestries, was on the search committee that called our present rector, is active with our Outreach committee, and serves on the altar as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. She is a retired teacher from the Bedford Public Schools and resides in Bedford with her husband, Bill.
Heath Luedde, Warden has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2013. He serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and previously as a Middle School Youth Group teacher. Heath has particularly enjoyed helping with the Special Olympics and attending the men’s retreat. He is a Sales Manager and the Assistant Director of Consignments at Bunker Hill Sales in Boston.
Carrie Mathews, Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carrie’s family has a strong history at St. Paul’s – her grandfather helped build the church in 1955! She has been a proud parishioner for more than 40 years and is a member of the Stewardship Committee, co-director of the annual Christmas pageant, altar server, and junior choir “mom”. Carrie especially enjoys watching her two daughters contribute to many different aspects of the St. Paul’s community. Outside of church, Carrie works at John Hancock as a Director in the Strategy & Transformation group.
Katie West, Clerk
Katie has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2008. She serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and enjoys participating in a variety of parish activities including Women’s Group gatherings, spiritual spa nights, organizing the “cookie walk” table at the Advent Fair, and coffee hour hosting. She is a pediatric audiologist and is the Audiology Site Manager at Children’s Hospital at Lexington.
Members at Large
Don Cullis has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2011. He has participated on the Stewardship committee since 2019. He works as a project manager in medical device development and enjoys coaching soccer for his two kids.
Kristin Dowdy began attending St. Paul’s in January of 2019 and has enjoyed taking part in the many social activities the church community has to offer, including the Thrift Sale and Advent Fair. She and her husband were thankful for the opportunity for their elementary-aged children to join in both the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Programs, making new friends along the way. Kristin has been working as a professional civil and environmental engineer in both the public and private sector for over 20 years.
Sima Seymourian has been a member of St. Paul’s since 1999. She has been involved with Bedford Day, Women’s Group, Advent Fair, Thrift Sale and Coffee Hour. Her passion is working with children and youth. She taught in the Sunday School program for many years and now works with middle and high school youth. She worked with students with special needs in CASE collaborative for 19 years. She has recently returned to working in her family’s jewelry business.
Andrew Rodriguez has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2018 and is deeply moved by the fellowship and sense of community within the congregation. Andrew has enjoyed the men’s retreat, been active with our Advent Fair, and volunteering with the Special Olympics. Although he’s not much of a singer, he has been spotted caroling with us during the holidays. Andrew runs business development, leading acquisitions and partnerships for MilliporeSigma. A native New Yorker, Andrew, his wife, two children and their cat, Mr. Fluffington live in Bedford, MA.
Jennifer has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2014. Her ministries include Outreach, Vestry, and Christian Formation. Through her work with St. Paul’s Refugee Subcommittee, she is involved with the sanctuary coalition at First Parish in Bedford and serves as the co-volunteer coordinator. She particularly enjoys her time with the children in Catechesis and the nursery. Jennifer is a clinical social worker at a non-profit organization in Nashua, NH, and lives in Bedford with her husband, Brandon, and their son, Ryan.