Tim has been our Vicar since 1999. St. Stephen’s is an active, vibrant, and welcoming faith community whose members come from across Boston and beyond. Our liturgy reflects a wide range of cultures and is conducted in both English and Spanish. The congregation is committed to the work of our youth programs, which Tim began in 2000, and sees the Eucharist as the center of our work in the world. They share the belief that the church must be engaged in promoting equity in education, employment and opportunity through long-term relationships with young people and their families and communities.
Under Tim's leadership, our youth programs have grown to engage hundreds of young people across Boston and in Chelsea. Today we offer year-round programming in the South End and Lower Roxbury, and run the Bishop's Summer Academic Fun Enrichment Program (B-SAFE) at four additional sites. Our budget has grown along with the program, and today Tim oversees an annual budget of more than $1 million. In addition to being responsible for day-to-day operations, Tim is Chaplain for our programs and serves on the Youth Programs Advisory Board.
Tim grew up at St. Paul's Natick. After graduating from Brown University, he worked in the South End for two years, running an after-school program which mentored and counseled teens. The experience informs his philosophy about the role of faith-based organizations in community transformation.
He subsequently received his Master of Divinity from Harvard in June, 1996. His senior thesis was a proposal to build an Episcopal camp and conference center which would bring together young people from across the Diocese to build relationships and to enjoy green space during in the summer. That dream became a reality when the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center was built in New Hampshire.
Tim was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in April, 1997. He served as Associate Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill for three years before being called by the Bishop of Massachusetts to be Vicar of St. Stephen's Church.
Tim hopes St. Stephen's will be a model for other urban churches seeking to engage suburban communities of faith in tackling issues which disproportionately impact inner-city neighborhoods. Our academic enrichment programs, school-based partnerships, and intergenerational community organizing activities, provide more than 50 partner churches in the Diocese with opportunities to live out their faith in service and in the struggle for justice.
Tim is an avid runner, hiker and cyclist. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Jenny Sazama, the Executive Director of Youth on Board. Their son Adam is in college studying political science.
Liz is our Priest Associate and Senior Director of Community Engagement. She has been on staff since 2003. A graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Divinity School, she brings more than thirty years of professional training to the position. As Lead Organizer of the Boston Youth Organizing Project, Liz helped 750 young people develop their leadership skills, win a million dollars worth of new textbooks, and successfully campaign for cleaner school bathrooms, and longer hours of free public transportation. She has worked with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to organize school support workers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and janitors in Boston, Massachusetts.
Trained by Dr. Marshall Ganz, as well as the Industrial Areas Foundation, Liz has taught community organizing to graduate students at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, undergraduates at Stonehill College, and high schoolers in various organizations throughout Massachusetts. Following the tragic shooting death of a St. Stephen’s teen in September 2012, Liz helped convene teens, young adults, and others to take leadership in the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign, a diocese-wide effort to address the root causes of violence.
Liberation theology developed her commitment to social justice, and Girl Scouts built her arts and crafts skills and her repertoire of goofy songs. Liz and her family live in Roslindale.
The Rev. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Esq.
Amy has a lifelong commitment to social justice. She is a bi-vocational priest, attorney and mother. She has worked on the front lines of the AIDS crisis, advocated for full voting rights for the residents of DC, championed health care as a human right, and led the consumer advocacy organization Health Care For All. She was introduced to St. Stephen’s Boston in the immediate aftermath of the shooting death of youth program leader Jorge Fuentes and has been a determined advocate and ally ever since. For the past three years she has offered strategic counsel and accompaniment for immigrants in ICE detention. She recently completed an interim rectorship at All Saints Parish Brookline and continues to work for the elimination of gun violence through the B-Peace for Jorge Campaign, robust and effective afterschool programming, improved immigration policies and the elimination of life sentences without parole. She is an active resident of the town of Hull, an enthusiastic boat commuter, and is delighted to spend time with her daughter Cynthia who lives on Cape Cod.