fr john cairns, priest in charge
Fr John is a cradle Episcopalian, living all his life within the Diocese of Albany. His home church growing up was St James’ Lake Delaware in Delhi, NY. In 2010, feeling called by God to ordained ministry, Fr. John began diaconal training; three years later (May of 2014) he was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate. He continued to serve in his current parish of Christ Church, Ballston Spa for a short time following ordination until Bishop Love called him to assist in the Adirondack Mission Churches while they searched for a new rector following the retirement of Fr Robert Limpert, who had been with them for many years.
Deacon John and his wife Nancy fell in love with the Adirondacks and evidently the feeling was mutual with the parishioners of the five churches. In 2015 John was named Deacon in Charge of the Mission. Such a huge undertaking (managing 5 churches) necessitated his retirement from a long and successful secular career as the purchasing agent for Quad Graphics Company, alongside his new responsibilities, then “Deacon” John also began a major course of study, (Reading for Holy Orders) under the rigorous direction of the Diocese’s Canon Theologian, The Venerable Dr. Christopher Brown. Three other classmates joined with him in this study, including our now Priest Associate Mother Nancy Goff.
Fr John was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in October of 2017 and instituted as Priest-in-Charge of the Adirondack Mission Churches in July of 2018. He currently serves as a member of Diocesan Council for the Southern Adirondack Deanery and is a leader in the Cursillo Ministry of the Diocese. He is also a member of the Chestertown/Pottersville clergy association, which brings together several of the denominations of the area for ecumenical projects and services.
When not at church Fr. John and his wife Nancy enjoy walking, kayaking, and lots of reading. They have two grown sons, Zachary and Michael.
The Vestry in the Adirondack Mission is an elected group of lay leaders who oversee the various ministries of the church, its financial well-being, as well as make decisions on property maintenance.
We try to have representatives from each of the five churches on the vestry; each is for a three-year term.
Feel free to speak with any vestry member or either of our wardens any time if you have questions!