January 2015 005

Pastor, The Rev. Jo Page

The Rev. Jo Page was ordained as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor in 1993. She has served parishes in eastern upstate New York, including serving as the Protestant campus minister at the University at Albany, for ten years as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Niskayuna, NY and most recently as an Intentional Interim Pastor at Emmanuel-Friedens Church in Schenectady, NY.

She began divinity studies at Iliff Theological Seminary in Denver and completed her MDiv at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where she was a Hoh scholar. Rev. Page also has an MFA in writing from the University of Virginia and for twenty-two years wrote a column for Albany, NY’s alternative newsweekly, Metroland. Currently she is a columnist for the Albany Times Union. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, New MillenniumWritings, The South Carolina Review and other print and online journals.

She has taught at the University of Virginia, Hudson Valley Community College, The New York State Writers Institute and The Albany Academy. As a retreat leader and speaker, she has addressed subjects as diverse as gay rights, the growth of the conservative Christian media empire, biblical patriarchy and balancing motherhood and career.

Her memoir on ministry, Going Out, will be published next summer by SUNY Press. She lives in Schenectady and has two grown daughters, Madeleine and Linnea.

Secretary, Maggie Anderson

Music Director, Dan Foster

Dan joined the St. John’s staff in 2009. He brings many musical gifts to leading worship and music at St. John’s. He is involved in the music scene in the Capital Region and teaches music lessons in Burnt Hills.
Tenor Dan Foster was trained in Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College as a singer, pianist, organist, and conductor. His teachers included Joan Lippincott (organ), Joseph Flummerfelt and James Jordan (conducting), Thomas Faracco and Marvin Keenze (voice performance/pedagogy), and Dalton Baldwin, the late Glenn Parker, and J.J. Penna (accompanying). He studied the training of young singers at the American Boychoir School.

As a tenor, Mr. Foster sang for three years in the Spoleto Festival International appearing in Der Rosenkavalier (Richard Strauss), The Excursions of Mr. Brocek (Leos Janacek), and Falstaff (Verdi). He has sung for two years at the Pitten Festival, Austria, appearing in The Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan), and La Traviata (Verdi).

Mr. Foster is the founding artistic director of Aoede Consort, Albany’s premier small ensemble specializing in early music and living composers. Major works conducted recently include two Vivaldi settings of the Gloria (RV 588 and RV 589); Magnificat, Cantata 131 “Aus der Tiefe” and Cantata 140 “Wachet auf” by J.S. Bach; Messiah (G.F. Handel). June 6, he led Aoede Consort in a performance of Baroque masterpieces featuring Grand Motet Exaudiat te Dominus by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Handel’s Organ Concerto, No. 4.

For more from Pastor Jo, click here to view her most recent Sermon.