A member of St. John’s since 1998, Janet Babbitt has served as the director of religious education since 2012.
Her main program goal is to promote creative learning environments for children, youth and families to learn and know they are loved by God, to know they are valued members of our church community and to use their faith, gifts and talents to serve others. Janet is a member of the Companions in Mission ministry network of the Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT). She went on mission to Haiti in June 2016 to support St John’s partnership with St Sauveur School in Les Cayes, where she witnessed the Holy Spirit everywhere, especially in the school children, teachers and in the faith of steel of Father Estil Colbert. Janet is also the chair of the Women’s Fellowship Group at St. John’s, where she works to promote meaningful engagement and relationships with all women in the church and our local community in the context of faith and spirituality.
Janet is a wife, mother of four, and former runner turned walking and yoga enthusiast. She is a believer in the power of creativity and the importance of play. She is an historical fiction book enthusiast. Her favorite authors include Brené Brown, Chris Bohjalian, Jacqueline Winspear and Jodi Picoult. Her favorite music includes Windham Hill artists and Christian and Gospel artists Chris Tomlin, Building 429, Sidewalk Prophets and Michael W. Smith. Her favorite movies include: anything with Bill Murray, Love Actually, Dan in Real Life, and As Good as It Gets. Favorite TV shows: Doc Martin, Father Brown, Grantchester and This Is Us. Her favorite blogs include: Mother Kate’s Meditations, The Desert Retreat House and Walking the Walk — Live from the Inside Out, Build Faith, Grow Christians, and Compass Points – Mapping the Way. Janet is a technology enthusiast. She loves to pin ideas for the church school classes and youth ministry.
In her earlier career, Janet worked as a database administrator, applications developer and systems analyst, research specialist and technical marketing and sales specialist. Janet holds a B.A. from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and M.A. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.