St. Stephen’s Staff

The Rev. John McGinn

Father McGinn was the Rector of St. John’s in Sandwich for 18 years (during which the congregation doubled in size) and retired in 2013.  Prior to that, he was the Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Southington, CT.   His first parish assignment was as an assistant at Christ’s Church in Westerly, Rhode Island. Prior to his becoming a Priest, Father McGinn served as a US Army Intelligence Officer and then worked for United Technologies in Connecticut for several years. He is married with two grown children and five grandchildren.  He will be here for our regularly-scheduled Sunday and Wednesday services for the foreseeable future, and wants everyone to know that he will be also available for pastoral visits as necessary.

Hours: Sunday: 7:30a-3:30p
Wednesday: 8:00a-3:00p


Dr. John Whiteside, Director of Music Ministries

staffjohn2Dr. John Whiteside is a native Bostonian who showed a predilection for music at a young age. He started piano at age 4 and moved on to the organ, finding a lifelong delight in the large console and pipes of that instrument. He has studied organ with John Ferris, Max Miller, and Anton Heiller and conducting with J. Julius Baird and the late Robert Shaw, and has received a Doctorate in Organ Performance. After all these years he is pleased that he has finally figured out how to make choirs sound their best, and is honored to have been making music with the St. Stephen’s Community since March 2009.


Sue McHugh, Director of Children and Youth Ministries   untitled-16

Sue McHugh is the mother of five boys and has more energy than all of them put together!  Sue became our Director of Children and Youth Ministries in 2015, having headed up our VBS program the previous year and served as an active parent volunteer in multiple St. Stephen’s ministries.  When not at St. Stephen’s or managing her kids, Sue does work for homeless women as a dental hygienist– and she’s an avid ice hockey player, too!


Susan Esielonis, Financial Administration


Susan Esielonis became the administrative assistant at St. Stephen’s in May 2005 and affectionately calls herself “the girl behind door #1,” a reference to being the first of the three offices in the St. Stephen’s Parish House. In spring of 2013, she switched positions to become our financial administrator.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00a-3:00p


AWS Bio PhotoAmy Whitcomb- Slemmer

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer is a cradle Episcopalian and public interest lawyer who is in the formation process to take Holy Orders for Ordination to the Episcopal Priesthood this summer.  St. Stephens Cohasset is Amy’s sponsoring parish.  Amy assists with worship on Sunday, helps with youth ministry and pastoral care.   She and her adult daughter Cynthia live in Hull with their boisterous lab-shepherd mix Luna.

Hours:  Sunday 7:15 a – 12p; Wednesdays 9:15a-1:00 p, and by appointment.



Molly McKitrick, Communications Specialist

Molly McKitrick joined the St. Stephen’s staff in 2013. She works part-time as Clinical Social Worker and part-time at St. Stephen’s. She maintains the website, delivers the weekly update email, prepares Sunday bulletins, and does lots of other things to keep the communications flowing smoothly.


William Kannally, Sexton

staffbillBill Kannaly does a wonderful job keeping the facilities of St. Stephen’s clean. When Bill isn’t working at St. Stephen’s, you can find him working for the Hingham Public Schools, catching lobster, boating, or cooking delicious pastries.

Hours: Sunday: 7:00a-1:00p
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00a-2:00p