Clergy

Adrian Robbins-Cole

The Rev. Adrian Robbins-Cole

The Rev. Adrian Robbins-Cole has been the rector of St. Andrew’s since September 2013. Adrian was born and educated in England, though he did spend five years living in Wilton, Connecticut, with his family as a boy. He received his undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics and after graduating spent several years working as an investment banker in London. He then attended seminary at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford, and received a Master’s Degree in Theology from Oxford University. His time at seminary included a year spent on exchange at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he met his wife Sarah who is from Vermont. Sarah is also an ordained Episcopal priest. Adrian and his wife have two children, William and Elizabeth. Adrian enjoys reading, running, history, painting, and the family’s lakeside cottage in Maine. Adrian can be reached at adrian@standrewswellesley.org.

The Rev. Margaret K. Schwarzer

The Rev. Margaret K. Schwarzer is the associate rector for adult formation and membership. In addition to presiding, preaching, and pastoral care work, Margaret facilitates adult christian formation, teaches christian learning programs, leads college ministries, and works with our membership committee. She prepared for ordination at Yale Divinity School, and the (Anglican) Berkeley School at Yale, where she received her Masters of Divinity. Margaret has particular interests in scripture, the mystic tradition, and poetry. Margaret lives with her son, Ben, an avid soccer player, and is stepmom to Rachel, Asa, Jonas, and Rebecca. The oldest four are all young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, who live in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. When not at church, Margaret seeks out good books, walks through museums, excellent soccer games, and strong cups of coffee. Margaret can be reached at margaret@standrewswellesley.org.

The Rev. Mia Kano

The Rev. Maria (Mia) Kano has been the assistant rector for youth and family at St. Andrew’s since July 2019. Mia prepared for her ordination at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California, where she earned her Master of Divinity. Prior to seminary, Mia served Grace Episcopal Church, Medford as a Life Together fellow with the Episcopal Service Corps from 2014 to 2016. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2013, Mia worked on interfaith relations between Muslims and Christian during a Fulbright year in Amman, Jordan. She lives in Wellesley with her husband, Aaron, whom she met at Middlebury. Mia enjoys knitting stuffed animals, playing all kinds of board games, adoring her nephew, and listening to audiobooks while she walks her dog, Remy. You can reach her at mia@standrewswellesley.org.

The Rev. Karen Vickers Budney

The Rev. Karen Vickers Budney has been the pastoral associate since 2007 and is responsible for helping to provide pastoral care to parishioners. She is a 1991 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she has been a member of the Alumni/ae Council and continues to be a member of the Dean’s Council. She was sponsored for ordination by St. Andrew’s. She has served in several parishes in the Diocese, St. John’s, Newtonville, and Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington, and served as an interim rector in Warrensburg, Missouri, and Chaplain of St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, Kansas City, Missouri. She served as Canon Pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Syracuse, New York. Karen and her husband, Albert, have two married children, Caroline (Gregg) and Alex (Sarah) who attended St. Andrew’s from 1983-1993. She enjoys reading, golfing, and traveling. Karen can be reached at: revkar7@comcast.net.

Staff

Katharine Clark

Our parish administrator, Katharine Clark, started in July 2010. The parish administrator’s most significant responsibilities are communications, technology, and office management. She oversees the daily work of the parish office, directs and coordinates electronic and print communications projects, actively manages all computer and office network systems of the parish, and serves as a liaison among the staff, the wardens and vestry, members of the congregation, and others who contact the parish office. Katharine grew up in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) outside of Philadelphia. She moved to New England in 1985 to raise a family and now calls New England home. She has enjoyed work and travel, having traveled in the ministry among Friends (Quakers) across the United States and around the world, believing that face-to-face interaction breaks down barriers of misunderstanding and builds trust. Please feel free to contact her at kate@standrewswellesley.org.

Wardie Mannix

Our music minister, Helen Ward (Wardie) Mannix, has wanted to play the organ ever since she can remember. Her Grandfather Sperry, who lived next door, bought a small organ with half a dozen or so foot pedals that he put between his office and her grandmother’s when she was 11 years old. Her mother said she sang before she talked, but Wardie wonders about this claim. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in organ performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she felt like she had “died and gone to heaven”, and spent four years studying in Europe, which was the fulfillment of many, many dreams. She’s worked as a lounge lizard at The Boston Harbor Hotel and various other establishments in the Boston area. She has also taught music for many years at the South Shore Charter Public School and Derby Academy’s Summer Arts Program, among other places. She previously worked at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hingham, and she is very happy to have been here at St. Andrew’s since September 2007. You can reach her at wardie@standrewswellesley.org.

Susan Jackson

Susan Jackson joined St Andrew’s in mid-summer of 2007, and lives in Dover where she grew up. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work and is the Christian learning coordinator for St. Andrew’s youth. Susan’s areas of responsibility include creating teaching schedules, ordering curriculum and supplies, and overseeing children’s classes on Sunday mornings as well as assisting in the managing of various projects relating to all youth programming, including middle school, Confirmation, and senior high youth group. Susan has a daughter, Katherine currently attending Boston College. She enjoys the outdoors, animals, reading, history as well as her dog boarding business and can be reached at susan@standrewswellesley.org with any questions you might have regarding the church school program.

Amanda Kern

Amanda Kern joined the St. Andrew’s family in the fall of 2008 and is the director of children’s music & arts programming. She has taught music to elementary, middle, and high-school students at the International School of Boston and in the Franklin Public Schools in addition to her responsibilities at St. Andrew’s. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Amanda has a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from the University of South Carolina, and has done graduate work in music at Boston University and New England Conservatory. She has been a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, at Symphony Hall, and at Carnegie Hall under the baton of many conductors, including James Levine and Keith Lockhart. Amanda may be reached at amanda@standrewswellesley.org.

Steve Killeen

Steve Killeen started as sexton at St. Andrew’s in 1989. As sexton, he is responsible for the daily upkeep of the church building and grounds and acts as liaison to the Montessori School. He lives in Natick with his wife, Nancy, and has two sons; Ryan, who is a police officer in Natick, and Matt, a student at Framingham State. Steve may be reached at steve@standrewswellesley.org.

Joanne Butler

Joanne Butler

Joanne Butler started working at St. Andrew’s in 2020. Her work as our financial administrator is primarily focused on the day to day financial operations and maintaining the financial records of the church. She receives and tracks pledges, flower donations, capital campaign payments, grants, and rental income, allocating and crediting to parishioners the amount of their donation to the appropriate accounts, and prepares and distributes contribution statements. She is responsible for all accounts payables functions for the church and assists the treasurer, stewardship committee and finance committee with reporting and research. Joanne has a background in both finance and the Episcopalian church, having served as a vestry member, stewardship chairperson, and finance committee member at her home church. She lives in Natick with her husband Thomas, their son Sam, and dog Archer. Joanne can be reached at joanne@standrewswellesley.org.