John Garinther -Vestry

I was raised on the Chesapeake Bay in a small town north of Baltimore named Havre De Grace where most of my siblings still live. I left the area to attend college and start my career, but continue to visit MD several times a year to see family and partake in the culinary tradition of blue crab feasts. I married my wife, Sara, relatively late in life. Sara was a librarian at the time and decided to end her career as we started a small family. We are currently raising our 16-year-old daughter, Grace, who thinks she knows everything.

I came to General Electric in Pittsfield straight out of college not expecting to stay in this small New England town for very long. That was in 1983. My Engineering position took me around the country for several years until I ultimately decided that Pittsfield is where I’d like to settle down. General Electric became General Dynamics in 1997.  I continued to move up the engineering chain at General Dynamics through several leadership roles and finally decided to retire in 2021.

Sara brought me to a service at St. Stephen’s church shortly after we met. I wasn’t looking for a new church home; I was a life-long Catholic, but not very active in the church. St. Stephen’s is such a welcoming community. Before long, I was making great friends and volunteering to get involved in church activities that I’d never considered before. I’m currently the chairperson of the Property Committee and a member of the Vestry.