Our journey’s end and beginning and our new rector, the Rev. Dana Stivers
After a year-long search, parishioners at St. Giles Episcopal Church Jefferson met their new rector in a Zoom service Sunday, January 24. Dana Stivers moved to Maine from Southern Connecticut, where she was a curate and assistant rector in several parishes while simultaneously serving as the Associate Executive Director and Chaplain of Incarnation Center, America’s oldest Episcopal camp and conference center. Most recently she was the Assistant Rector at St. James Episcopal Church in New London.
Dana is a graduate of Falmouth High School and Mount Holyoke College, where her studies focused on Religion, Economics, and Asian Studies. She graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2014, and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Connecticut in November 2018.
Among Dana’s notable accomplishments, she worked to establish Steward Outdoor School at Incarnation Center, an outdoor-oriented, semester-long boarding school program for middle schoolers. At the parishes she has served, Dana has initiated adult education classes in addition to conducting regular liturgical services and preaching. Reaching out to the wider community, she has served as the chaplain to the Essex, Connecticut, fire department, and enjoys working with community gardens and food pantries.
Dana is married to Abby Stivers, senior consultant to the Beacon Group in Portland.