The Rev. Erin Flinn

Erin comes to St. Stephen’s after a fascinating career and not-so-ordinary route to ministry. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, she started out in a completely different field – as a lighting designer for major theaters and productions – before being called to ministry. Most notably, serving as the Assistant Lighting Designer for Chicago’s renowned Lyric Opera.

The call to ordained ministry was unexpected but insistent. To help discern the call to seminary Erin completed a post-baccalaureate program at Northwestern University while working in the NU Sociology Department. In 2014, with the support of her husband Joey, whom she met while working at Glimmerglass Opera, Erin packed up everything in Chicago and moved to Connecticut, where she attended Yale Divinity School and the Berkeley Seminary, earning Master of Divinity and a diploma in Anglican Studies. While at Seminary, Erin worked with the Episcopal Church at Yale helping to revive their ministry while serving as their first Program Assistant. It was through her time at ECY that Erin discerned her call to the priesthood.

For the three and a half years after graduating from YDS, Erin served as the North Central Region Missionary for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. In that role she collaborated with 34 parishes and worship communities in the Greater Hartford and Middletown areas, focusing on initiatives to foster lay leadership and participation, develop relationships with the broader community, facilitate online worship, and support social justice efforts – all experiences that will serve her and our congregation well! She looks forward to continuing this work at St. Stephen’s.

Originally hailing from New Hampshire, Erin is delighted to call New England home again, along with her husband, Joey, and their huge Newfoundland pup, Hannah. Becoming Priest-in-Charge for St. Stephen’s represents Erin’s first position as a clergy leader for a congregation, and she could not be happier to be on this faith journey with the people of the parish and the East Haddam community.

When Erin isn’t at the church, she can be found in her garden or at the fish pond – delighting in any excuse to be outside!