The Rev. Joseph Graumann
Pastor Joe was born in Atlantic City and grew up on the Jersey shore. He is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Gettysburg Seminary, now United Lutheran Seminary. He loves running, beer, and good conversation, in reverse order. Pastor Joe believes that we are made in the image of the Triune God, a divine relationship. As the body of Christ, we put our relationships with each other and with our community at the heart of what we do. He is the proud owner of a dog named Jonah, who has yet managed to avoid being swallowed by a whale.
Stan has been the music director at St. Stephen for 12 years, but got his first job as a church organist at age 16, more than 50 years ago. At that time, he played the piano, and needed a little instruction to make the transition. Attracted by the “color and sound of the organ, I knew it was something I wanted to do.” He went on to study organ in college and beyond and has served churches in Maine, Ohio, and Massachusetts.
He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Akron and has taken additional graduate study in organ, education, music education and musicology, and church music at Boston University, Framingham State College, University of Lowell, Curry College and Westminster Choir College. He also studied improvisation at Westminster Choir College with Otto Kramer. He is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists.
Stan began piano lessons in the third grade, and continues not only to play piano during church services, but also teaches piano part-time at Mascari Piano Studios. In addition to playing the organ and piano at worship services at St. Stephen, Hanson directs the choral and handbell choirs. He has been active in community music, having been piano accompanist for the Worcester Youth Chorus and the Rivers Edge Youth Chorus and he served as music director for several shows at Hudson High School. While music has been a loved and active avocation for Stan, his career was in administration and transportation logistics.