Who we are

St. Peter’s is a community of clergy, staff, lay leaders, members, friends, and community partners.  Those who one might contact most frequently include:


Lael Sorensen: Priest and Rector

Lael Sorensen is an Episcopal priest and began as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine, in 2015. Prior to St. Peter’s, Lael served as Assistant Rector at Grace Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, and as chaplain at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals in Delaware.

A native Californian, Lael was raised in New Jersey and attended schools in Massachusetts and Michigan but underwent her most important spiritual formation in Maine, where she was sponsored for ordination.

She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Diploma in Anglican Studies from The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She is especially interested in practical theology for daily living, Ignatian spirituality, liturgy and music, and has a lifelong commitment to social justice.

Her sermons and other reflections can be found on her blog: For the Fullness of Joy.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Telephone: 207-594-8191

Email: rector.stpetersrockland@gmail.com

11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841


Jef Berg: Senior Warden

Jef Berg grew up in Knox County and returned here from New Jersey when she retired five years ago. She received her BA in English from the University of Maine and her MS in Gerontology Counseling from Iona College. She spent 32 years working in the field of Adult Day Care. Her son and his family live in Oregon.

Barbara Jean Obrien

Barbara Jean O’Brien: Music Director

Barbara Jean O’Brien grew up in the Boston area and moved to Maine in 2001. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of New Hampshire and certifications in Contemplative Musicianship and Music-Thanatology from the Chalice of Repose Project School of Music-Thanatology.

Barbara Jean has served many spiritual congregations over the years, as organist, pianist, choir director, cantor, harpist, choir member and vocal soloist, and is pleased to call St. Peter’s her spiritual home.

Email: choirdirector.stpetersrockland@gmail.com


Michelle D. Young: Office Administrator

Michelle D. Young has served as the Office Administrator for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Rockland since August 12, 2022.

Our Vestry (governing board)

Senior Warden: Jef Berg

Junior Warden: Sam Cotton

Treasurer: Peter Fontaine

Register: Joe Cox

Other Lay Ministry Leaders at St, Peter’s

Budget & Finance Committee: Jim Bowdich and Joan Welsh

Buildings and Grounds: Paul Rogers

Episcopal Church Women: Gloria Young

Pastoral Care: Marty Roger