Clergy and Staff






The Reverend Canon Lance Beizer, Priest Associate

Fr. Beizer grew up in the Northwest Corner, in Canaan, the son of a State Trooper. He attended elementary school in Canaan and then graduated from the Hotchkiss School, class of ’56, where he developed a life-long interest in both spiritual and ethical issues. He attended college at Brandeis University with a major in Sociology. A year of law school at Stanford University was followed by four years as a Naval officer—in Iceland and then Moffett Field, California. After a master’s degree in English, Lance worked in Student Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, for several years, while returning to law school, at the University of San Diego, receiving his law degree in 1975. To read more about Fr. Beizer...



Lillie Mikesell, Organist

Prior to coming to St. John’s Church in the spring of 2007, Ms. Mikesell was choirmaster, organist and youth choir director for seven years at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh, NY. While at St. George’s Church she managed a community outreach program called Grand Music that included some of the Hudson Valley’s finest musicians.      


She is a graduate of the National Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM) Serving Small Congregations at The George Mercer School of Theology on Long Island. She is also a graduate of the University of the South’s four-year Education for Ministry (EFM) program.   


Ms. Mikesell has been a rehearsal and performance accompanist for classical vocalists and for regional opera including a production in 2006 of Amahl and the Night Visitors with full orchestra. At St. John’s she is currently involved with the ongoing African Drumming Project featuring master drummer John Marshall. 










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