St. John's ChurchSt. John's Church, Fishers Island, NY

Reverend Michael Spencer Bio

The Reverend Michael Spencer began his ministry at St. John's in the summer of 2009. He earned his A.B. in Philosophy/Classics, magna cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross. He received his Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, graduating from Yale Divinity School as the ranking scholar and subsequently earned a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Berkley Episcopal Divinity School at Yale while completing coursework for the Master of Sacred Theology degree. He was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Connecticut and served as assistant priest at St. John's Church, Waterbury, CT. He is now canonically resident in the Diocese of New Hampshire where he also serves on the diocesan liturgical committee.

During his time away from Fishers Island, Michael serves as the Dean of the Chapel & Religious Life at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH where he sets the direction and vision for the Chapel and the Episcopal programs and spiritual life at the school. He also teaches the Humanities curriculum to third formers and a selection of sixth form electives. In the spring season, he also serves as the Head Varsity Girls Crew Coach.

Prior to his moving to New Hampshire, Michael served for ten years as school chaplain/dean of spiritual life at The Taft School in Watertown, CT where he also worked as the Head of the Humanities Department, and Head Varsity Girls Crew Coach.

He is the co-founder of the Northeastern Independent School Spiritual Council (NISSC), author of published articles, sermons and poetry, a monthly article for the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE), and is the author of a widely used curriculum in Applied Ethics. A former delegate to the Parliament for World Religions, he currently serves as a member of the Governing Board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, on the Graduate Society Council of Berkeley Divinity School, Yale, and on the Board of Directors for Forward Movement Publications.

Michael is married to Amy, a library media specialist in New Hampshire. They have two children, Aidan and Katherine, and a rambunctious golden retriever named Graham. In his free time, Michael enjoys the outdoors, golf, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and cooking.