• Rev. Maria Anderson-Lippert, pastor

    In November of 2014, Pastor-Developer Maria Anderson-Lippert joined our pastoral staff. Pr. Maria works part-time at St. Ansgar walking with us in our lives of faith and encouraging us to tell the story of our faith through every aspect of our lives. Pr. Maria also works part-time facilitating a new, experimental ministry in Portland called Arise Portland

    Originally from Minnesota, Pr. Maria moved to Oakland, CA after college to participate in Lutheran Volunteer Corps for a year and work as a case manager with people experiencing homelessness.  She ended up staying to attend seminary at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA.  

    Pr. Maria's passions in her work include building relationships, sharing stories, asking questions of faith and doubt, questioning the system, advocating for a world that reflects God's inclusive love, and making music.


  • Jan Peyton-Rowley, musician and church administrator

    Jan Peyton Rowley is a native Minnesotan with an academic background in pipe organ performance, symphonic and sacred choral music, Women Studies, and Nutrition. She spent 25 years working in high-technology recruiting and staffing in Silicon Valley, California, before she moved to Maine in 2004.

    Jan serves at St. Ansgar as the Office Administrator and Musician. She is also the Bookkeeper at First Radio Parish Church of America. 

    Jan is a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke (Episcopal), sang in the Cathedral Choir for 8 years, served as Co-Manager of the Cathedral Shop, and has served on the Cathedral Vestry and as Stewardship Chairperson. She is single, has two children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Minnesota. She is particularly interested in natural health and healing, social justice issues, and closely follows politics and the stock market.


  • Rev. Pat Potter, musician

    Patricia Potter is a native New Yorker (upstate), lived for over 30 years in Massachusetts, and moved to her wife’s family home in Maine in 2015. Now she enjoys long walks on the beach, great seafood, and fantastic people: "The Way Life Should Be."

    Pat’s passion for church music has been at the heart of her journey ever since high school, with academic training and work as organist/ choir director in several denominations. Following seminary, she was ordained in the United Church of Christ. She served 25 years as Minister of Music with an ELCA congregation in Massachusetts, a tenure where she also served as Associate/Visitation Minister. She is currently a member of Williston Immanuel United Church (ABC/UCC) in Portland, where she participates in their Community Assistance program for asylum seekers.

    St. Ansgar’s worship and music are at the center of its congregational life, sustaining and inspiring its passion for social justice and fellowship. Creating music with the dedicated and talented singers and instrumentalists of St. Ansgar and supporting the worship life of the entire congregation through music are at the heart of Pat’s ministry.