Priest-in-Charge & Priest Associate
fr john cairns, priest in charge
Fr John is a cradle Episcopalian, living all his life within the Diocese of Albany. His home church growing up was St James’ Lake Delaware in Delhi, NY. In 2010, feeling called by God to ordained ministry, Fr. John began diaconal training; three years later (May of 2014) he was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate. He continued to serve in his current parish of Christ Church, Ballston Spa for a short time following ordination until Bishop Love called him to assist in the Adirondack Mission Churches while they searched for a new rector following the retirement of Fr Robert Limpert, who had been with them for many years.
Deacon John and his wife Nancy fell in love with the Adirondacks and evidently the feeling was mutual with the parishioners of the five churches. In 2015 John was named Deacon in Charge of the Mission. Such a huge undertaking (managing 5 churches) necessitated his retirement from a long and successful secular career as the purchasing agent for Quad Graphics Company, alongside his new responsibilities, then “Deacon” John also began a major course of study, (Reading for Holy Orders) under the rigorous direction of the Diocese’s Canon Theologian, The Venerable Dr. Christopher Brown. Three other classmates joined with him in this study, including our now Priest Associate Mother Nancy Goff.
Fr John was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in October of 2017 and instituted as Priest-in-Charge of the Adirondack Mission Churches in July of 2018. He currently serves as a member of Diocesan Council for the Southern Adirondack Deanery and is a leader in the Cursillo Ministry of the Diocese. He is also a member of the Chestertown/Pottersville clergy association, which brings together several of the denominations of the area for ecumenical projects and services.
When not at church Fr. John and his wife Nancy enjoy walking, kayaking, and lots of reading. They have two grown sons, Zachary and Michael.
Mother nancy l goff, priest associate
Mtr. Nancy Goff, also a “cradle Episcopalian” hails from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC until 2003 when she migrated to Glens Falls. She quips, “thought I’d be a nurse when I grew up, but seems God had other plans” which led her into ministry as an interfaith hospital chaplain in Alexandria, VA and later assigned by Bishop Love as Episcopal Chaplain in Mission to Glens Falls Hospital, where she is now employed as Coordinator of Pastoral Care.
After arriving in NY, she became an active member of The Church of the Messiah in Glens Falls, sharing in both lay and ordained ministry, preaching and leading worship on occasion, participating in the Sunday evening service, led a cooking team preparing/serving the Sunday evening Fellowship Dinner, trained and supervised both the Acolytes and Visiting Lay Eucharistic Ministers. In 2005, she entered the Diocesan Formation program and was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate on May 10, 2008.
Like Fr. John, Bishop Love asked Dcn. Nancy to participate in providing services in the Adirondack Mission during their search process. Because it was impossible for one person to cover the worship, pastoral and administrative responsibilities of the 5 churches comprising the Mission, in August 2015, Bishop Love transferred Dcn. Nancy from Messiah to partner with Fr. John in the Mission while continuing in her role at the Hospital.
After ten years as a Deacon, like Fr. John, she entered into Study for Orders, successfully completed canonical exams and was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on November 18, 2017.
Mtr. Nancy enjoys knitting, reading, riding her bicycle and derives her greatest joy in being “granny” to the 6 most wonderful grandchildren in the world!
The Vestry in the Adirondack Mission is an elected group of lay leaders who oversee the various ministries of the church, its financial well-being, as well as make decisions on property maintenance.
We try to have representatives from each of the five churches on the vestry; each is for a three-year term.
Feel free to speak with any vestry member or either of our wardens any time if you have questions!