Who's Who

The Clergy

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

(Photo redit: Ira Lippke) 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 Matthew Moretz
Associate Rector

(Photo Credit: Alan Barnett) The Reverend Matthew John Moretz joined the Saint Thomas Church clergy staff in September of 2018. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Father Moretz was baptized at the Church of the Good Shepherd and attended the Episcopal Day School, a ministry of that parish. While pursuing his studies at Davidson College, Father Moretz discerned a call to the priesthood. After college, his first job was in lay ministry where he worked as Director of Youth Formation at Christ Church, Frederica in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia (where Charles Wesley once served). He then received his Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained a priest by the Right Reverend Henry Louttit of the Diocese of Georgia in 2006.

For his first years of ordained ministry, Father Moretz served in Yonkers, New York for multiple parishes there: St. Paul’s and La Iglesia Memorial de San Andres. He was then called to be Curate of Christ’s Church in Rye, New York. In that time, Father Moretz began a light-hearted online video series introducing the life and teaching of the Episcopal Church called “Father Matthew Presents.”

In 2012, Father Moretz returned to New York City to become Associate Rector for Christian Formation at St. Bartholomew’s Church. There he served in all sorts of capacities during a transition between Rectors.

In the Diocese of New York, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the General Theological Seminary, and he now serves on the Budget Committee of our Diocese.

Most recently, he was married to Megan Brandt-Meyer, who works for the financial services company, TP ICAP. Their household includes a dachshund named Beau, and they are the proud parents of Samuel James who was born in 2018.

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The Reverend Adam Spencer
Associate for Pastoral Care

Adam Spencer graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. Fr. Spencer formally began discernment of a vocation to the priesthood while serving as the Youth and Adult Education Coordinator and Dean's Assistant at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio from 2008-2012. He received his Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2016.
During his time at the Divinity School, he served as seminarian at the Church of the Atonement in Chicago and continued serving there after ordination as assisting clergy.

He was ordained a transitional deacon in June of 2017 and a priest in June of 2018 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago.

Before coming to St. Thomas, Fr. Spencer worked as Manager of Volunteer Services at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago - a specialty children's hospital dedicated to serving children with medically complex conditions and disabilities regardless of their families' ability to pay.

Married to Rose, they enjoy travelling, hiking, and going to the movies and the theater together.

Fr. Spencer hopes to be of service to all at St. Thomas so we might "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18) on our shared pilgrimage of faith.

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The Reverend Alison Joan Turner
Director of Children and Family Ministry

Alison Joan Turner was born in the South East of England and has always been committed to parish life, especially in the areas of education and catechesis, liturgy and music. She has a bi-vocational ministry, as both a teacher and priest.

Much of her career in Education has been in Roman Catholic and Anglican multicultural schools in East London. She studied for her first degree and teaching qualifications at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham (University of Surrey). Her subsequent MA was in the area of Theology and Education (Adult).

Subsequently, she became a Head of School in two Devon schools, one in a rural setting, and the most recent being Exeter Junior School, a large independent city school, until 2015. At that time she moved to New York to join her husband.

Mother Turner’s ministerial formation was based in Cambridge, and she was ordained priest in the Diocese of Chelmsford, at Michaelmas 1998.

Her most recent ministerial position in the UK was as Priest Vicar in Exeter Cathedral, where she had particular interest and oversight of the nurture and catechesis of children and young people at local and Diocesan level

She recently graduated with a Masters in Sacred Theology from The General Theological Seminary, here in New York. Her focus of study was Children’s ministry in the Episcopal Church. She is now completing further studies in Spiritual Direction.

Mother Turner continues to assist on occasion at Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square and the Church of the Transfiguration (The Little Church Around the Corner). Her husband, Carl, is the Rector of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. They live in Manhattan with their beloved Cairn Terrier, Bertie. Alison has three grown children and two grandchildren in the UK. She is particularly committed to ecumenical, family and community issues, as well as bringing faith alive for all children.

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The Reverend Ryan Bennett
Assisting Priest

Father Ryan Bennett joined Saint Thomas Church as Assisting Priest in February of 2019. He will be serving us part-time for two years, and, during that time, he will be pursuing a Master's degree in Spiritual Direction at the General Theological Seminary.

Fr. Bennett tells us: "I was born in the gold mining City of Bendigo in Australia. My parents, Robert and Rosalie are still there. Attending school in Bendigo, I enjoyed reading and athletics. After completing a BA in Melbourne and living in the U.K, I trained for the priesthood at Trinity College, Melbourne. Ordained in 2008, I have served in the dioceses of Ballarat and Melbourne. I come to you from serving as parish priest of Springmount, with four-centres on the outskirts of Ballarat. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and serve as part of your parish community. i hope to meet as many of you as possible soon."

Expect to see Fr. Bennett among the clergy at our church services and as part of the common life and ministry of Saint Thomas. He will also be exploring ways to enrich the spiritual depth of our parish programs.

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The Reverend Andrew C. Mead
OBE, DD, Rector Emeritus

The Reverend Alison J. Turner
Director of Children and Family Ministry

The Reverend Mark Brown
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Gina Gore
Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee
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.

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
Concert Series Manager and 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.

Adam MacDonald
Concerts Development Manager

Adam MacDonald has been a freelance singer and actor in NYC for nearly two decades, performing off-broadway, regionally, and in national tours. He has been a tenor section-leader in the choir at the Church of the Heavenly Rest since 2002, where he also serves on the Vestry, produces their summertime Jazz Vespers service, and works on the Stewardship Committee. At CHR, Adam created the community organizing platform Block90 – an energetic and experiential way to engage the neighborhood and greater NYC with music, food, and art. Originally hailing from Buffalo, NY, Adam obtained degrees in Voice and Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, and a Master of Arts and Humanities from the University at Buffalo. He currently lives in northern Manhattan with his wife Kristin, and their two daughters Ellery & Delaney.

Church & Parish House Staff

Andrew Berko
Director of Administration and Finance

Andrew is a CPA and an alumni of Villanova University, Class of 1988 with a B.S. in Accountancy. Upon graduation, Andrew worked for three years as an auditor in the Washington D.C. offices of Deloitte & Touche, then moved back to New York City where he worked for five years at Citibank in Long Island City in the Financial Control and Global Information Network Division(s). For the past 20 years, Andrew has concentrated and specialized in the non-profit sector including twelve years as the Director of Financial Affairs for Webb Institute on Long Island, followed by a four-year term as Chief Financial Officer for the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. For the past 22 years, Andrew has been happily married with his wife, Rozana, who is from the City of Joinville in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Andrew and Rozana have two daughters, Dorothy and Anneliese ages 17 and 14, and live in Carle Place on Long Island.

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 husband 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. In October 2017, they welcomed their son Nathaniel into their lives. They live in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan along with their cat, Buddy.

Aaron Koch
Head 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.

Ben Williams

Ben joined the staff of Saint Thomas Church in the fall of 2018 as Verger. Previously, he spent seven years as the Director of Business Operations for a software company in South Florida. Ben’s career of twenty plus years was mostly spent in office management.

Ben served many ministries at Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida since 2011. He started the Verger ministry there in 2012 and served as Head Verger until joining Saint Thomas Church. He was the Education for Ministry (EfM) Mentor from 2015 – 2018, served on the Altar Guild, was a Lector and Lay Reader, a Shepherd in the Bethesda Cares ministry group, and was an active Cursillista.

In his free time, Ben enjoys reading and spending time with his husband, Sonny, and their two dogs at their home in New York City.

Avery Griffin
Communications Manager

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.

The Vestry

  • Kazie Metzger Harvey (Warden since 2014)
  • Jesse Adelaar (Warden since 2017)
  • Karl C. Saunders , Treasurer (Term Ends 2018)
  • Stephen W. Gauster-Filek (Term ends 2019)
  • Amanda Goehring (Term ends 2018)
  • Murray Hood (Term ends 2020)
  • Pamela A. Lewis (Term ends 2018)
  • Edith L. Morrill (Term ends 2020)
  • Lloyd G. Stanford (Term ends 2020
  • Midge Woolsey (New Member)
  • Brett Fletcher Moore (New Member)
  • Marie Louise Carroll (New Member)
  • Fred T. Isquith, Clerk

You may contact the Wardens using this address: Wardens@SaintThomasChurch.org.