About Our Staff

The Reverend Vincent G. “Chip” Seadale
Rector
Father Chip has been at St. Andrew’s Church since December 2009, when he returned to his native north from Florida, where he had served two parishes within five years. He was graduated from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, ordained deacon in the Diocese of Connecticut in 2004, and began his ordained ministry as Associate Rector for Youth and Young Families at the 6,000-member Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.In 2007, at the request of the Bishop of Florida, Father Chip became rector of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Jacksonville, and served there until he was called to St. Andrew’s. A graduate of Colgate University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Father Chip was an attorney for sixteen years in private practice in Connecticut, concentrating in business law, before he discerned and confirmed his call to the ordained priesthood. He and his wife Colleen, a licensed marriage and family therapist, have three children: Caitlin, who lives in Connecticut, and Bridget and James, who attend college in Florida.  
The Rev. Cynthia P. Hubbard, Priest Associate Cynthia is a native of Massachusetts, having been born in Wilbraham, the home of Friendly ice cream! Maybe that’s why I’m such a huge ice cream fan! We moved to St. Louis when I was 10. The one consistent in my life, and through all the progressive moves as I got older, was Chappaquiddick, which my parents discovered on their honeymoon in 1941. I graduated from Smith’s College in 1973 and received my Masters of Sacred Theology from McGill University, after two years at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. I was ordained in 1979, I think with the first 100 women to be ordained. Much of my ministry has been in transition work, having served as an interim in many parishes, and then working with Bishop Bud Cederholm as the Canon for Transition Ministry and Clergy Deployment (Diocese of MA) for six years. I retired from full-time ministry in 2016, but I have already flunked retirement twice! I helped out at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven when their priest died, and then Father Chip graciously scooped me up to help out here at Saint Andrews. I continue to do congregational development work including leading retreats and working with parishes. I am a trained spiritual director, as well.  In my free time I enjoy anything having to do with exercise or outdoor activities–winter and summer— and I love spending time with our three grandchildren. My husband, Ted, and I also enjoy travel, although having been stranded for three months in New Zealand and with the pandemic raging around the world, I look forward to spending some time at home!  Cynthia May 2020 
Griffin McMahon – Organist, Choirmaster, Pianist, Vocalist and Composer
Director of Music
 Griffin McMahon began his duties as Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew’s in June 2016. Equally at home in the worlds of classical, sacred, and popular music, Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Mechanics Hall and the Kimmel Center to rock venues like the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Brooklyn Bowl. He has performed several times on the world’s largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. In November 2014, Griffin performed in a historic eighteen-hour complete organ works of Bach marathon concert at St. Peter’s Church in New York City, live-streamed by WQXR radio to thousands of listeners. His performances have been broadcast on national radio syndicates such as the “Wanamaker Organ Hour” on WRTI, “Pipedreams” on American Public Media, and WQXR, New York’s Classical Music Radio Station. Griffin has studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter Beardsley, and piano with Abby Thomsen and Ernest Barretta.Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Griffin is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School and currently lives on Martha’s Vineyard. Griffin is a passionate teacher and has taught piano lessons for over ten years. Griffin’s other interests include cycling, improvisation, visual art, and history. Highlights of the 2016 season include performances at St. John the Divine, performing Saint-Saens’ “Organ” Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and an unique outdoor organ performance at the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, curated by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National).= 
Heather Anne Slayton
Office Administrator
Heather Anne has been an active member of St. Andrew’s Church since 1996, serving in various ministries over the years including the Hospitality Committee, The Flower Guild, The Woman’s Guild, and Christian Education, and her greatest interest lies in Outreach, both Island and afar. In 2008 she formed a small but determined group to offer help to Islanders in need of food, fuel and housing during the economic crisis. Most recently, in addition to her administrative responsibilities, she has been busy re-organizing the church Nursery, a valuable service offered to all members and visitors alike during Sunday worship.  She graduated high school from Stoneleigh Burnham’s School for Girls in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and attended college at Castleton State College in Vermont and the University of Salamanca in Spain. As a girl, she spent summers in Katama with her family. She returned to the Island permanently in 1996 and is dedicated to raising her active two boys, Jack and Wilson. To anyone who asks, she is quick to say, “I love our life here and I love my job.” I wake up in the morning and look forward to the day – I try to remind myself and my boys every day how lucky we are to live in this community and have this church behind us and beside us, every step of the way, through good times and not-so-good times!”       
Poliana Bellan Wilson: Parish Life / Social Media Coordinator Poliana came to the United States from Brazil in 2017 and has been an active member of St. Andrew’s Church ever since. She is was born and raised in Rio Claro, a city two hours outside São Paulo, and prior to coming to the Usm she had been living in São Paulo City for almost 15 years. She learned English at a young age and obtained her degree in marketing and communication while establishing a language consulting business. She worked for a time for the McLaren Racing Team helping with their hospitality team and the Formula 1 racing event when it came to Brazil. She is a world traveler and “a people person”. She has met many people through Rotary International programs, including her husband after the annual convention held in Atlanta in 2017. As the Parish Life and Social Media Coordinator, she has been able to use her marketing skills to upgrade the Church’s visibility on various social media platforms. She has also helped St. Andrews transition its services to the web by taping and editing Sunday worships and Holy Week sermons for the Church’s YouTube channel. She is actively engaged in the ReVision program and has helped facilitate the virtual “coffee hour” for parishioners to join in and hear the good news that St. Andrews is doing for the community. When asked about living on the island she says “the island is a blessed place with a blessed community who cares and embraces the other”.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Jaclynn Claire Trapp (Jackie Deitz):  Acolyte A bit about myself…. I have always been a member here at St. Andrew’s and became an acolyte when I was ten years old. After leaving the Island my junior year I attended the Riverview School on the Cape and while there I had an exciting internship at the Cape Cod Hospital working in the Sterile Processing Center. I also held various jobs at the Riverview Cafe on Route 6A but enjoyed working on the line in their kitchen the best.  I returned home to complete my education at the MVRHS and receive my diploma. Recently I volunteered at the MV Hospital working in their kitchen until the pandemic closed it down to student volunteers. I hope to eventually go back to a position there. 
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Laura Noonan: Assistant Children’s Formation and Nursery DirectorA mother of a young family, Laura brings us both the sweetest spirit and heart for God, as well as some excellent real-life experience working with children—and is a certified family childcare assistant in Massachusetts.   Laura has brought love and laughter to our 10:00 Nursery hour, and a chance for parents and grandparents of young children to spend a little quiet time in Church.  All are welcome – no need to sign up – just show up a few minutes early on Sunday!