Meet our clergy and staff

The REverenD Reed LOY - Rector (Pastor)

Reed joined St. Andrew’s as rector in the Summer of 2017. He grew up on his family farm in Epping, NH. Through the love and encouragement of many dear mentors, he has found a home in the church during travels across the state, the country and the globe. He studied Plant Biology at the University of New Hampshire. Following work in campus, youth, justice, and parish ministry, he received his Masters of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA.

From Reed’s early prayers at the dinner table, camps, and on Sunday mornings, through the joys and challenges of life since, he finds himself today in a relationship of “deep trust and a good dose of playfulness with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” He loves prayer in words, song, writing, drawing, silence, sport, and through the sharing of stories. He loves games intellectual and physical, competitive and recreational, particularly soccer.

Reed lives with his wife, Linden Rayton, and their kids Laurel and Julian in Contoocook.

 

Dr. Susan Armstrong - Music Director

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My studies and work in Austria enabled me to fully exercise my skills as a Church Musician. I was privileged to not only enhance worship with my classically trained organ repertoire, but conducted professional and church choirs, regularly directing orchestra Masses of the great composers in a true Liturgical setting. 

After receiving my Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from Boston University, I embarked on a rewarding concert career. I performed around twenty-five concerts yearly taking me across the United States, Canada, and Europe where I played many of the finest and grandest instruments, as well as the humblest gems found in small country churches. I recorded five commercially released CDs on significant organs, and a documentary on old American tracker organs. 

During this time, I continued my church organist experiences, enhancing the worship of many diverse denominations and congregations, and provided my expertise as an organ consultant for churches in the New England area. 

Although my former church in Concord housed a magnificent organ that afforded me the opportunity to play repertoire of a high caliber for the Services, I sorely missed working with a choir. As a member of Church of the Advent I attended as many services as would allow. More and more, I realized how much I missed the Episcopal Church of my own background. There is so much life and love at St. Andrew’s! I felt the warmth of the congregation immediately, and after serving my former church for 12 years, I had come home.

Kim Wertz - Administrative Assistant

Eric Riggs - Sexton