Rev. Adam Snook, Pastor
Born and raised on the South Shore, Pastor Adam was ordained in 2011, and accepted a call to serve the congregation of St. John’s in 2014. His call was broadened in 2016 to include a shared ministry between St. John’s, Mahone Bay and Mt. Calvary, Upper Northfield. He co-edited the book, Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty; and has penned several articles on social and ecological justice. Pastor Adam is keenly interested in storytelling, and the way our geography shapes the way we share our faith story. He is passionate about community building, ecumenism, and the use of the arts in worship. Along with his wife, Holly and son, Nathaniel he lives surrounded by a small apple orchard in Rhodes Corner, NS.
Rebecca Rock, Music Director
Rebecca Rock received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She has taught since 1979 in Halifax and Lunenburg Counties and currently teaches elementary Music and French at Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay. She is a member of the Thursday night Hand Bell group at St. John’s and is the accompanist for the Mother and Daughter Choir. Rebecca is the mother of four adult children: Jonathan, Joshua, Ruth and Rachael. Her favourite pastimes are swimming and playing the piano.
Gale Lohnes, Handbell Director
Gale Lohnes received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from Acadia University. She has over 29 years of experience at the Middle School and High School level in Halifax and Lunenburg Counties teaching classroom and instrumental music as well as Math, Health and Social Studies. She has directed community ensembles such as the Bridgewater Fire Department Band, South Shore Concert Orchestra and St. John’s Junior Choir. Along with directing the Thursday Night Hand Bell group, she currently is a member of Chester Brass Band, the choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church and teaches at Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay.
Kelly Wentzell, Parish Office Manager
Kelly has been a resident of Lunenburg County for over 40 years. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for 26 years. She has coached soccer and is presently the team manager of her sons baseball team. She is an active volunteer at Bridgewater Jr. High School. She is married to her husband Andy, and they are the proud parents of three children, Kristen, Kaitlyn, and Brandon. Kelly enjoys baking, being active and spending time with her family.
Jane Winchcombe, Financial Secretary
Jane is a lifelong member of St. John’s, and was born and raised in Blockhouse, NS. Her family traces their history through St. John’s for generations. Jane participates in the handbell choir, actively fundraises for the congregation, and enjoys participating in the life and ministry of St. John’s!
Holly Snook, Sunday School Superintendant
Holly was born and raised in Lunenburg County, and attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Rhodes Corner throughout her childhood and adolescent years. She completed her BA in Sociology at St. F.X. University, and obtained her Masters in Pastoral Counselling from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. She is passionate about children’s ministry, assistive technology, literacy and essential skills as well as community partnerships. She is a mother to an active toddler, and a wife to Pastor Adam.
Gilbert Wentzell, Caretaker