Rev. Patrick Perkins


Pat joined the St. Francis community in September 2014. Prior to coming to Holden, Pat served as Assistant to the Rector at St. John’s Church in West Hartford, Connecticut for five years. Prior to being ordained,  Pat worked in various positions of quality and operations management, following seven years of service as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the United States Navy. Pat and his wife, Carol, live in Holden, and Carol works for the town of Holden.


REv. S. Jane Griesbach


Jane came to St. Francis in January of 2017. She was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2008 and assigned to St. Luke’s, Worcester. Some years later she was assigned 1/2 time each at St. Matthew’s/St. Luke’s; then full-time at St. Matthew’s. Jane worked at Saint Vincent Hospital as a medical photographer for many years. She is currently involved with urban ministries in Worcester – Worcester Fellowship, Laundry Love, and Walking Together. She’s also involved with St. Francis mission partners: Dismas Family Farm, Oakham, and Abby’s House in Worcester. Jane grew up in Queens, NY, and now lives in Charlton, MA, with her two dogs and two cats.


kurt staven

minister of music

Kurt has been involved with and has loved music throughout his life – his mom was a Lutheran church choir director and organist! He completed an undergraduate program in French Studies at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and graduate studies in Theater Education at Emerson College (Boston), and a M.B.A. degree from WPI (Worcester). He recently moved with his wife, Karen, to Hardwick, MA, and prior to their move Kurt was a long time member of the choir at First Parish Church, Groton, MA. He is active with many facets of music and theater, including a barbershop quartet, composing and arranging musical compositions, and playing piano and organ for the Caleb Butler Masonic Lodge and St. Aloysius Church, Gilbertville, MA. Kurt’s many and varied musical experiences and talents serve to provide him with creative ideas for choral music.

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Amy Mellors

church school coordinator

Amy started attending Saint Francis in 2016.  She volunteered in the church school ministry as a teacher last year and is very excited to be Church School Coordinator this year! She has earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Worcester State College and currently works with children aged birth to three for Early Intervention.  She is also a dance instructor at Premier Dance Academy in Auburn, MA where she loves teaching children of all ages.  Amy, her husband, Andy, and their two children, Addison and Jacob live in Leominster and love being a part of the Saint Francis community. 

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Elena poirier

parish administrator

Elena joined the St. Francis staff in February of 2018. She holds a bachelor's degree from Clark University and prior work experience in medical and corporate offices. Elena, her husband Mike, their two children, Andrew and Katy, alongside Esme the cat and Westley the dog, reside in Holden.

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