Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Transition Priest-in-Charge
(207) 799-4014 ext. 204

The Reverend Lynn Carter-Edmands comes to Saint Alban’s as our Transition Priest-in-Charge with nearly thirty years of leadership experience as a priest in parish and diocesan ministry.  This experience includes congregation and clergy transitions, vocational discernment and mentoring, formation and leadership development, and mediation and conflict transformation. Most recently Lynn served as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, concluding eight years as a member of the Bishop’s staff. She has also served as the rector of two parishes and as a chaplain and teacher at a boy’s boarding preparatory school where she taught Bible, Ethics, and senior electives in religion. Mother Lynn is certified in Transitional Ministry through the Interim Ministry Network where she serves as a member of their Board of Directors. She is married to the Reverend Frank Edmands, also an Episcopal priest, who serves as summer vicar at Trinity Chapel, Kennebunk Beach.  They have an aging Schnoodle named Sophie who still gets excited about food and welcoming them home.

The Rev. Holly Hoffmann,  Associate Rector

The Rev. Holly Hoffmann started her ministry at St. Alban’s as the summer seminarian in 2017. At the end of that summer, she was delighted to be called to St. Alban’s to serve as Associate Rector upon her graduation from seminary. Over her final year in seminary, Holly maintained her relationship with the parish by commuting twice a month from Connecticut to serve at the three Sunday services, lead the high school youth group, and attend Monday morning staff meetings. Holly graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in May of 2018. She began serving as Assistant Rector in June when she was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Stephen T. Lane. She was ordained to the priesthood six months later at St. Alban’s in the season of Advent. Since February 2019, Holly has served as the Associate Rector of St. Alban’s. Her other work with the diocese of Maine is serving as the Executive Director of the St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center and Essentials Pantry, which is located at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Portland. St. Elizabeth’s is one of St. Alban’s vibrant outreach ministries and serving as St. E’s Executive Director gives Holly much joy. To learn more about St. Elizabeth’s, go to:

Prior to attending seminary, Holly shared her love of people, literature, and writing as well as her passion for teaching as a high school English teacher from 1997-2015 in both public and independent schools. Holly was educated in the public schools of Andover, MA and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in English with minors in Art and in Education (1996) and a M.A.T. in Secondary School English (1997). While teaching high school English in Maine, she earned her C.A.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine (2007). Over her nearly twenty year career, she has held many leadership roles in education and presented at numerous state and national education conferences. Her student-centered instructional practices are reflected in her publications: a chapter in Classroom Assessment: What’s Working in High Schools by Anne Davies (2007) and Adolescent Literacy Resources: Linking Research and Practice (2002) with Julie Meltzer and Nancy Cook Smith. Her work with students was featured in the DVD Making Assessment Work . . . for learning (Anne Davies, 2006).

Holly experienced the call to the ministry as a desire to share her love of God and of people in new ways, and she discerned a call to Holy Orders while she was a member of Christ Church, Norway, ME where she was on the altar guild, in the choir, and editor of the church newsletter. She is particularly passionate about Pastoral Care and Practical Theology, Christian Formation of adults and teenagers, Worship, and Prayer.  Since she first heard the call to the priesthood, her journey has had unexpected twists and turns, through which she felt the support and love of God. Ministry has embraced, utilized, and drawn upon her skills and interests in ways that nothing she has done to this point in her life has. She feels very blessed to be a part of the St. Alban’s community and serve as a priest in our diocese.

Holly lives with her husband and cat in the midcoast area. To relax and rejuvenate, she enjoys gardening, writing, cooking, traveling, and being on her back-country skis, in a kayak, or on her road bike.

Wendy Kopera,  Parish Administrator

Wendy has joined St. Alban’s as the Interim Parish Administrator. She also works part-time as the bookkeeper and “techie” for a church in Yarmouth where she has gained experience in some of the software and systems used at St. Alban’s. Wendy’s experience and expertise in these areas will be useful in helping St. Alban’s prepare for a permanent Parish Administrator in the future.

Debbie Fisher TeachingDebbie Fisher, Director of Children’s and Family Formation

Debbie Fisher is delighted to again serve as St. Alban’s Director of Children’s Formation, having previously held the position from 2001-2015. She oversees Godly Play, Our PLACE and Connect, the three faith formation programs offered to children ages pre-school – 6th grade. Debbie cherishes time spent with family and friends as well as cooking, hiking and traveling.

Joel Pierce, Choirmaster and Organist

In addition to music, he has a love for the outdoors, fitness, sushi, and his German Shepherd, Jazz. His favorite hymn is Holy God, We Praise Thy Name, and he is an avid fan of the New England Patriots!

Joel’s musical training began with his grandmother when he was eleven years old. As his skills increased, he went on to study piano and organ with Dr. Kathryn Snodgrass, and later at the University of Arizona, he studied piano with Dr. Paula Fan and organ with Dr. Pamela Decker. He holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance, and a master of music degree in organ performance with an emphasis in sacred music. All of his degrees were earned with high honors.

Joel leaves behind three music ministries in Arizona. He served as the organist, pianist, and director of music and handbells at Valley Presbyterian Church.  He was the organist, pianist, and co-director of the young adult choir at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish. Finally, he led the contemporary worship service at Risen Savior Lutheran Church.  He also served as the organist for the Green Valley Community Chorus and played piano regularly for musical theatre productions mounted by the Arizona Repertory Theatre at the University of Arizona. He has appeared as a harpsichordist and pianist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and for the past ten years has taught a vibrant and thriving piano studio in the Tucson area. All these gifts and experience he now brings to St. Alban’s. For more information on Joel, Click Here

Linda HowardLinda Howard, Assistant Treasurer

Linda joined us in January 2004.  She enjoys supporting the Clergy, Treasurer, staff and parishioners of St. Alban’s with all things accounting related.  Linda works from her home office and you will usually find her at St. Alban’s once a month.  She lives in Cumberland with her husband John.  They have three daughters, Jenny, Jessica and Sarah.  In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, volunteering and time spent with family and friends.


St. Alban's Episcopal Church
885 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-4014