Pastor Ross Thomas Johnson

Provisional Member in the Order of Elders

Ross has never seemed to escape the draw of the ocean. Growing up, he split his time between the beaches of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. After building way too many sandcastles, he enrolled in the architecture school at Virginia Tech. Halfway through his undergraduate studies, God invited him to pursue a life of ministry wherein he could show others how a life of faith, one with a deep relationship with God, is the way to live better. He received his Masters in Divinity from Duke University and was soon after appointed to Saint Stephen’s UMC to begin his ministry. In the time when he isn’t getting lost navigating the streets of Marblehead, he is a lover of all things art, design, good whiskey, and weekend hiking.

Dr. Cheryl Boots

Minister of Music

As St. Stephen's Minister of Music, Cheryl Boots leads our congregation in songs of joy and praise. Cheryl is a Senior Lecturer of Humanities at Boston University and received her Master of Theology at Boston University's School of Theology. In 1992 she received the Outstanding Writing Award for Women in United Methodist History for her essay, “'As the Spirit Gave Utterance': The Millennial Vocation of Deborah Davis Millett Taylor, 1795–1869” which is now part of the United Methodist archives at Drew University. Her book, Singing for Equality: Hymns in the American Antislavery and Indian Rights Movements, 1640-1855 was published by McFarland & Co. in 2013.

Steve Baker

Music Director

Steve Baker is an accomplished organist, keyboard player, and multi-instrumentalist who plays in two renowned Boston-based groups, Beatle Juice and Velvet Elvis. Steve's playing spans the gamut from classical and gospel to pop and rock music. With a style and soul that can't be matched, Steve is an essential part of what makes the music at St. Stephen's fun, spiritual, and full of life. 

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