Pastor Christephor hails from Louisville, Kentucky and received his Master of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  In his formation to be a Pastor he had the privilege to serve St. Pauls House, Bonaventure House, and Resurrection Lutheran in Chicago; Faith Lutheran in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and St. Paul Lutheran in Arlington, Massachusetts.   Christephor also worked for two years as the Communications and Development Coordinator for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, an organization that affirms and supports LGBTQIA+ rostered leaders and those pursuing a call to rostered leadership.  He is a member of Proclaim, the professional organization for Lutheran pastors, deacons, candidates, and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+.


    As a second (maybe third) career Pastor, Christephor also has an extensive background in the performing arts, including work as a dancer and choreographer, actor, costume designer and director (BA theatre and dance/Bard College; MFA dance/University of Hawaii).  Prior to entering seminary, Christephor worked as the Program Manager for the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts and completed a Master of Arts in Spirituality at Bellarmine University in Louisville.  

    Christephor serves the New England Synod Council as a member and chaplain, and he is the ELCA representative to the Maine Council of Churches (where he also serves on the Executive Committee of the board as Secretary). Christephor lives in Portland with his husband Donald and two cats:  Ariel and Elliot.



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  • the Rev. Patrica Potter, music director

    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.