Who's Who

The Clergy

The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, B.A., M.Th.

Canon Turner became XIII Rector of Saint Thomas Church in July 2014.

Prior to coming to Saint Thomas, Fr Turner was Canon Precentor of Exeter Cathedral for thirteen years. He led the Department of Liturgy and Music and worked with the 850-year-old Cathedral School. Canon Turner was responsible for all the Cathedral’s worship and music, including Diocesan liturgy, and advised the Bishop and clergy in many areas of pastoral liturgy. He is a former member of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and was a Director of the Association of English Cathedrals.

Prior to his time in Exeter, Canon Turner served two curacies in Essex at Leigh-on-Sea and Brentwood. He then became Rector of the Parish of the Divine Compassion, a large urban parish in Plaistow and Canning Town in the East End of London. All of his parishes have been Anglo-Catholic in tradition with a strong love of music and liturgy as well as a strong commitment to the communities that they serve. His parish in East London was part of the revival of the religious life in the Church of England and the first Franciscan Friary since the reformation was founded there.

Canon Turner is a Fellow of Woodard Schools, a member of the Order of Saint John, a Chaplain to the Order of St Lazarus, and a Priest Associate of the Holy House of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Bishop of Exeter made him Canon Emeritus in recognition of his service to the Diocese and the wider Church. In the Spring of 2014, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House but has, since, also formed active links with Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale and the General Theological Seminary.

Canon Turner was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom in 1960. By happy coincidence, this was also the hometown of the XI Rector, Father John Andrew who had been Chaplain to Archbishop Michael Ramsey. When retired, Michael Ramsey became Carl’s mentor and friend when he studied at Durham University and then at Oxford and he arranged for two formative years in the United States when he was a seminarian. Carl married his wife, Alison, in 1990. Alison is a teacher and a priest and, until Easter 2015 was Headmistress of Exeter Junior School, a leading independent preparatory school in the Southwest of England. Carl and Alison have three adopted children who are now young adults; they also have a Cairn Terrier called Bertie. Photo credit: Ira Lippke.

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The Reverend Michael D. Spurlock, M.Div.
Associate for Pastoral Care

Father Spurlock was called to Saint Thomas in June 2010, particularly, to exercise his priestly gifts as a pastor. In addition to celebrating said and sung masses and choral evensong, preaching, and providing pastoral care and spiritual direction for those in need, he also leads a weekly bible study, a monthly book group to begin January 2018, and has led classes on a variety of Christian topics during his time at Saint Thomas. Prior to his current role, Father Spurlock served as Vicar of All Saints Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. His ministry there was featured in the 2017 Sony Pictures release, All Saints, and he is the co-author of, All Saints: The Surprising True Story of How Refugees from Burma Brought Life to a Dying Church, published by Bethany House. Father Spurlock is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife, Aimee, and they have two children.

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The Reverend Joel C. Daniels, Ph.D.
Associate for Evangelism

Father Daniels began his full-time ministry at Saint Thomas in 2015. As Associate for Evangelism, he coordinates the parish's adult education offerings and assists with inviting, orienting, and integrating new persons into the parish.

In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Father Daniels is also a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, assistant editor of the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior, and a visiting scholar at Boston University, from which he received his doctorate in 2014. His book Theology, Tragedy, and Suffering in Nature: Toward a Realist Doctrine of Creation was published in 2016, and his articles have appeared in the Anglican Theological Review and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. He is on the board of directors of the Society of Scholar-Priests and serves on the Ecumenical Commission of the Diocese of New York, focusing on dialogue with the Eastern churches. In addition to Boston University, he is also a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and Columbia University.

Photo credit: Julian Ribinik Photography.

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Honorary Clergy

The Reverend Andrew C. Mead
Rector Emeritus
Visit Fr Mead's history page to learn more about the XII Rector

The Reverend Charles F. Wallace
Headmaster of Saint Thomas Choir School

The Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend David F. McNeeley
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend William A. Norgren
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Thomas F. Pike
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend John C. Smith
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Canon Prof. J. Robert Wright
Honorary Assistant

Music Office Staff

Daniel Hyde,
Organist and Director of Music

Daniel Hyde is Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. Born in the UK, Daniel began his education as a chorister at Durham Cathedral. Whilst at school he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17, and won the organ scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge. During his time at Cambridge University he served under Dr Stephen Cleobury, performing world-wide with the renowned King’s College Choir; he studied the organ with Dame Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston. Upon graduation with First Class Honours in Music, he was appointed as Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, serving five very happy years developing the College’s music programme, and training of a choir of men and boys and an undergraduate mixed-voiced choir. In 2009, he took up the post of Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was also an Associate Professor in Oxford University’s Faculty of Music. During his time there, the Choir became known for its “particularly fine trebles” (The Observer); a distinctive sound described in The Times as “vibrant and appealing”.

Hailed for his “attention to inner detail and clear sense of architecture" (Gramophone, June 2015), Daniel has been in increasing demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, and has worked with the BBC Singers, the London Bach Choir, the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the City of London Sinfonia. Since moving to New York in September 2016, he has directed the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys alongside the renowned Orchestra of St Luke’s and New York Baroque Incorporated. Magdalen College Choir recorded exclusively with Opus Arte, the label of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Daniel’s broad-ranging discography can be found on the Opus Arte, Linn, Naxos and EMI labels.

As an organist, Daniel has performed across the UK and the world. Recital engagements have taken him to Vienna, Finland, Germany, Holland and also Australia, where he has performed at all the major venues including the Sydney Opera House and Adelaide Town Hall. He has been a concerto soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, and with the Britten Sinfonia he has performed the Poulenc Concerto a number of times, and has recorded the Hindemith Concerto to great critical acclaim. He was awarded Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year 2002 competition. A regular accompanist to the BBC Singers on BBC Radio Three, he has appeared at the BBC Proms on numerous occasions, and he made his solo debut there in 2010, performing Bach’s Canonic Variations at the organ of the Royal Albert Hall. In the 2014/15 season, he performed the complete organ works of J S Bach on the new Dobson organ in Merton College, Oxford. In February 2017 he gave a solo recital as part of Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima festival. As an ensemble player he has appeared with Phantasm, the Britten Sinfonia, Aurora Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields amongst others.


Benjamin Sheen
Associate Organist

Benjamin Sheen, a recent Juilliard graduate, is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a ‘brilliant organist’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens (Delaware) Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. Benjamin started his education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral (under the direction of John Scott), before studying at Eton College and, more recently, Oxford University where he graduated with First Class Honours in Music, While an undergraduate, he held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal for 2011. As a concert organist, Benjamin has performed throughout the UK and the USA, as well as further afield in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Notable engagements have included performances in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Duisburg Symphonie in Germany. He has also performed live on BBC radio and television and made a number of appearances on NPR’s Pipedreams. In January 2012, Benjamin made his concerto debut with the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in a performance of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Ensemble as part of the 2012 FOCUS Festival in the Lincoln Centre. For more information on Ben’s upcoming performances, please see his website.

Colin MacKnight
Assistant Organist

Colin MacKnight is a second year C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He studies with Paul Jacobs, Grammy award winner and chair of the organ department. From 2013 to 2017, Colin worked at New York City’s Church of the Resurrection, first as Organ Scholar and then as Assistant Organist.

A frequent competition prize-winner, Colin’s first prizes and scholarships include the 2017 West Chester University International Organ Competition, 2016 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, 2016 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition, M. Louise Miller Scholarship from the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the 2013 Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition, and the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship. He also won the New York City AGO Competition and advanced to the Northeast Regional Competition and won first place. As winner of the regional competition, he gave a “Rising Star” recital at the AGO National Convention in Houston in June 2016. This October, Colin will be participating in the Canadian International Organ Competition.

Colin also received the Clarence Snyder Third Prize in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, second place in the 2014 John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition, second place in the 2013 New York City AGO competition, and was a finalist in the 2016 First Presbyterian National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne and the 2015 Taylor Organ Competition in Atlanta. In December of 2016, Colin and composer Jon Cziner were selected for an AGO Student Commissioning Project grant, resulting in Jon’s work Fantasy Chorale which Colin premiered in June 2017. Colin is a fellow of the American Guild of Organists. For more information, media, and a calendar of performances, please visit colinmacknight.com.

Laurel Scarozza
Music Office Manager

Laurel Scarozza has been the Music Office Manager of Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, since 2006. Her responsibilities include coordination and implementation of all musical activities within the Saint Thomas Music Department, as well as managing the Gentlemen of The Choir, and the Annual Choirmasters’ Conference, which draws musicians from around the world.

Mrs. Scarozza received a Masters of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration at New York University in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Voice, summa cum laude, at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in 2002. There she studied voice with Ms. Zehava Gal, conducting with Dr. James Jordan and Dr. Andrew Megill, and music education with Dr. Frank Abrahams.

Before coming to Saint Thomas, Mrs. Scarozza worked at the New York Philharmonic in the Education Department, in Development and Marketing at the American Boychoir School of Princeton, NJ and as an intern at IMG Artists in the Vocal Division. She was the Director of Music at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, NJ between 2002 and 2004, where she taught upper school music and choir.

In addition to her duties at Saint Thomas Church, Mrs. Scarozza maintains an active freelance career singing in various professional choirs around the city. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Patrick Fennig
Music Librarian

Patrick Fennig, countertenor, has been a Gentleman of the St. Thomas Choir since 2010 and Music Librarian since 2013. He has appeared with Fretwork Viol Consort, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concert Royal, The American Classical Orchestra, and The Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra. A choral singer since his days as a choirboy at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, Patrick is a member of The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Early Music New York, Musica Sacra and Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Religion and a Concentration in Music.

Church & Parish House Staff

Barbara W. Pettus
Director of Administration and Finance

After graduating from Smith College and getting her Masters in Library Science from Simmons College, Barbara entered the non-profit arena as a public librarian in Andover, Mass. Ten years and an MBA later, she moved to NYC where she joined Chase Manhattan Bank. After twenty two years in commercial and private banking and one too many bank mergers, Barbara “retired” from the corporate world and moved into church administration where she has spent almost fourteen years, first at First Presbyterian Church as Business Administrator and currently at Saint Thomas Church as Director of Administration and Finance. Along the way she has been a member of the Junior League and served on the Boards of the Financial Women’s Association, the NYC Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and Signature Theatre. She is also a Vestry member of Saint Mark’s Church in Westhampton Beach, NY and the Treasurer of her Co-op Board in Manhattan.

Barbara lives in Manhattan with her husband and enjoys spending time with his two sons and two granddaughters.

Ann H. Kaplan
Director of Development

Ann started working at Saint Thomas Church in early 2008, as the church’s first Director of Development. Prior to coming to Saint Thomas, Ann was Director of Development at Saint Bartholomew’s Church from 2001 through 2007 and at Trevor Day School from 1992 to 2007.

Ann graduated from Duke University with a BA in history. She received an MAT in history from Yale University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Committed to volunteer work, Ann currently serves on the board of Search and Care, Inc. in Manhattan. Previously she was a board member of Women in Development, the Greenwich Academy Alumni Association, The Ethel Walker’s School, Girl Scouts of Nassau Country and the Child Abuse Prevention Services of Long Island. She served as a member of the vestry of St. Stephen’s Church in Port Washington and was President of the Junior League of Long Island.

Ann has two grown children and lives in New York City with her husband.

Amy L. Cheresnowski
Executive Assistant to the Rector

Amy came to the staff of Saint Thomas in the summer of 2016 as Executive Assistant to the Rector. She began her church administration career at The Riverside Church as their Mission and Social Justice Coordinator and then moved to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church as their Administrative Assistant for Congregational Care and Outreach. She is quite excited to begin this new chapter at Saint Thomas in the Rector’s Office.
Amy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies, concentrating in Latin America. She received her MS in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University in August 2015.
Amy enjoys working on Fifth Avenue where her experience with the homeless community has led to her advocating for affordable housing within New York City.

She and her partner Mike are avid sports fans and enjoy a good Mets or Rangers game. They are also seasoned travelers and enjoy exploring (or escaping) the city whenever they can. They live in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan along with their cat, Buddy.

Andrew Kimsey

Andrew joined the staff of Saint Thomas Church in 2009, where he was already a parishioner and high altar acolyte. As New Media Coordinator, Andrew managed the webcasting, recording, and archiving of Saint Thomas choral services and other audio, and oversaw the maintenance and development of sound, recording and content delivery systems. Andrew was appointed Verger in October 2013.

A musician by training, Andrew began playing piano at the age of four. He received a degree of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Georgia, and continues to play recitals, as well as arrange and compose. In addition, Andrew has an extensive background in the technology industry. Prior to working at Saint Thomas, he worked for a software division of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Aaron Koch
Assistant Verger

Aaron joined the verger staff of Saint Thomas Church in 2015 after spending six and a half years as Business Manager at The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. Prior to working in church administration, he spent 15 years in higher education administration working at Columbia University.

Aaron has been involved in many aspects of church life since 1994 when he and his wife, Pamela, began worshipping at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. He has served as Warden and Treasurer for the Congregation of St. Saviour at the Cathedral as well as being a volunteer verger there for the past seven years. His wife and two teenage boys also serve as acolytes there.

For recreation, Aaron loves to watch and attend baseball games, especially those that involve his sons, who are talented players. His family lives in New York City.

Avery Griffin
Website Manager and Audio Engineer

A trained musician, Avery Griffin sang bass in the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys from the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2014 and was subsequently appointed to the post of Website Manager and Audio Engineer in September of 2014. Avery's duties at Saint Thomas include maintaining this website and recording and posting webcasts of liturgical services and audio messages online.

Avery sings with a vocal octet named Roomful of Teeth, which mines the expressive potential of the human voice. Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut album won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Linda Morfi
Pastoral Care Coordinator

Linda has worked at Saint Thomas Church since May of 1998. Prior to that she worked for the non-profit, Catholic Medical Mission Board where she oversaw donated medicines to third world countries. During that time she served on the board of Ayudamos, a non-profit humanitarian organization. Linda has spent years volunteering as a class representative at P.S. 41, the Greenwich Village Public School, Girl Scout leader, Lab School parent volunteer, and was an active member of the Mother’s Club at St. Francis Xavier High School in Manhattan.

Linda assists the clergy by incorporating the social work element of the needs of the parishioners. She assists our parishioners facing difficult times. She assists the Rector with his ministry for the seniors of the parish. Linda organizes and implements our various community outreach programs geared to children and the homebound. This includes our Easter outreach, Back to School drive, our Angel Tree at Christmas, and other outreach projects.

Linda likes to spend time with her husband Eduardo, son, Jonathan, daughter in law, Rebecca and baby granddaughter Beatrice, daughter, Shara, and grandchildren, Nicky and Sophia. She also has two Havanese dogs, Molly and Max, and enjoys cooking, baking and gardening.