In Your Midst
Meet The Staff
April 99

Jerry Connors
Jerry Connors is St. James Cathedral's Director of Social Outreach Ministry
Jerry Connors joined St. James Cathedral as Director of Social Outreach Ministry in fall 1998. Jerry directs the St. James Winter Shelter for homeless men in concert with Saint Martin de Porres. He works with the Family Kitchen, Door Keepers, Social Concerns Committee, and the Cathedral Book Group. He is the liaison to St. Vincent de Paul and directs the efforts of many wonderful volunteers. His keen interest in helping the poor and less fortunate made him the perfect choice for this multi-facited position.

In his faith journey the path has taken Jerry from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, from the United States to Canada, and now, following six years in Sedro-Woolley, to Seattle. An important step in that journey was his recent reception into full communion in the Catholic Church at St. James.

Jerry's passion is for social justice. He has learned some "incredible lessons" along the way in some very unusual communities. His ministry has awakened a truth within him: that no matter how much we ourselves are in need, we can still help others.

Jerry was ordained after graduating from Yale University School of Divinity in 1984. His wife, Lynn Boettger, is also a Yale Divinity graduate, an ordained minister and currently the director of education for the Garden Street Methodist Church, Bellingham, where they make their home with six-year-old daughter Meaghan.

Jerry and Lynn began pastoral work in two nearby Illinois towns. He spent a year working as project manager, directing job training and placement for the homeless in Elgin. She worked in Algonquin.

Next, Jerry was appointed rector of the Anglican Parish of Rose Blanche, a parish that extends along a 40-mile stretch of coastline in rural Southwestern Newfoundland - quite a change of life, weather and countryside to a young man from Sacramento, California!

In 1991, Vancouver, B. C. became their home when Lynn accepted a position as director of youth ministry. That fall Jerry was named vicar to the Episcopal mission of St.James/Iglesia Santiago in Sedro-Woolley. His parish centered its outreach toward migrant workers, KAIROS prison ministry and Skagit River Flood victims.

The family moved to Bellingham in 1994, putting Jerry and Lynn equidistant to their respective job locations. Now Jerry commutes home every weekend, staying with family in Lynnwood during the week. One day, Jerry, Lynn and Meaghan will end up living in the same city full time! Welcome to St. James Cathedral, Jerry Connors.

Joan McDonell is an editor with The Seattle Times newspaper, an active St. James volunteer, and serves on the Cathedral Development Committee.

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