Ellen Painter Dollar
Ellen oversees St. John’s day-to-day administration, including producing Sunday bulletins, e-newsletters, web site updates, and other communications and publicity material; managing membership records and volunteer schedules; serving as the rector’s assistant; and handling calls, visits and inquiries.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a degree in history and religion, Ellen worked in nonprofit communications in Washington, D.C., for 10 years. She then spent 17 years raising three children while also doing freelance editing and writing on faith, family, disability and ethics. She worked for publications including the Christian Century; Sojourners; Christianity Today; Huffington Post; Brain, Child magazine; On Faith; and the New York Times parenting blog. She is also author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox 2012).
Ellen was not really planning to return to full-time work when she learned in the fall of 2016 that St. John’s was in need of a parish manager, but she is grateful that the job has ended up being a great match for her skills, interests and family life. As a member of St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Ellen enjoys being a part of two vibrant Episcopal faith communities.