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


Rector Turner
The Reverend Canon Carl Turner (photo credit: 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 Canon Turner’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. Canon Turner 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. Canon Turner and Alison have three adopted children who are now young adults; they also have a Cairn Terrier called BertiePhoto credit: Ira Lippke.

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The Reverend Matthew Moretz

Vicar and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Father Matthew Moretz (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. They are the proud parents of two sons, Samuel and Gabriel.

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The Reverend Alison Joan Turner

Associate for Children & Family Ministry and School Chaplain

Mother Alison Turner

Mother Turner has been on the staff of Saint Thomas Church in a part-time position as Director of Children and Family Ministry since the Summer of 2018. This appointment is a promotion to full-time and will include, alongside the regular liturgical responsibilities of a parish priest, specific responsibilities for pastoral care of young people and families as well as organizing and managing ministries for the children of our parish, including Sunday School and Nursery. She will also explore opportunities for building links with students and staff from other schools and colleges in our area.

Mother Turner was born in southeast 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.

Her education was rooted 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). She then received her MA in the area of Theology and Adult Education. Subsequently, she became a Head of School in two schools in Devon, the first in a rural setting and the most recent being Exeter Junior School, a large independent city school. In 2015, she joined her husband, Fr. Turner, in New York.

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.

Mother Turner recently graduated with a Masters in Sacred Theology from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Her focus of study was Children’s ministry in the Episcopal Church. She has also completed further studies in Spiritual Direction.

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The Reverend Mark Daniel Schultz

Associate for Pastoral Care

Father Mark Schultz

Father Schultz discerned his call to the priesthood at Saint Ignatius of Antioch on New York’s Upper West Side. He studied at Berkeley Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and he was ordained to the priesthood in 2017 by Bishop Andrew M.L. Dietsche.

While at seminary, Father Schultz was an intern at Saint Luke’s in New Haven, focusing on making pastoral care visits, leading Bible study, and providing seasonal formation opportunities during a time of transition in parish leadership.

Father Schultz comes to Saint Thomas Church from Saint Philip’s in the Hills in Tucson, Arizona, where he served as Curate for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. In addition to having the oversight of the pastoral care, formation, and liturgical life of the parish’s children and families, leading an international youth pilgrimage and organizing various retreats, Fr. Schultz provided liturgical leadership, studies and classes, pastoral care and spiritual direction for parishioners and members of the wider community as well. He is an enthusiastic proponent of what’s been called the English School of Catholic Spirituality and has an abiding interest in Christian mysticism.

Still an active playwright, Father Schultz is a resident of New Dramatists (class of 2022). His work, which has been produced domestically and internationally, has won him both the Kesselring and Newsday Oppenheimer prizes. He has an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.

Father Schultz’ husband, Erich, is a Lutheran and a printmaker. A mildly sentimental Arsenal F.C. supporter, Father Schultz is also a pianist and passably proficient at the musical saw. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests.

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The Rev. Juyoung Prisca Lee-Pae

Assoicate Priest for Pan-Asian Ministry

The Rev. Prisca Lee Pae

We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Juyoung Prisca Lee-Pae has been appointed Associate Priest for Pan-Asian Ministry at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. In her new role, Mother Lee-Pae will provide sacramental and pastoral leadership as a part of our team of clergy and lay leaders. She will also develop and support parish initiatives and support networks that are especially mindful of persons and institutions associated with pan-Asian or Asian-American affiliation.

Mother Lee-Pae was born and raised in a faithful Anglican family in Korea. Her great-grandfather was among the first generation of Korean priests of the Anglican church of Korea, and he died in North Korea during the Korean War for the sake of his faith in Christ. This significantly influenced Mother Lee-Pae’s identity as a Christian. She obtained Th.M. from Ewha Woman’s University in Korea and worked for faith formation of children, youth, and lay people as a diocesan staff in Seoul. She participated as a young adult delegate in many kinds of Anglican and ecumenical conferences, widening her views on theology and various religious practices. Her experiences of staying in various faith communities like Quaker Study Center and Anglican convents in England, Taizé community in France, and L’abri in Netherland and meeting with North Korean refugees in China and indigenous Africans in Kenya, have been important parts of her spiritual journey.

Volunteering at slum in Korea, Mother Lee-Pae met Anglican priests who dedicated their lives for the poor and they inspired her to devote her life to God. She worked for the Sharing House in Seoul which served migrant workers in the area. She visited a mosque every week to reach out to Muslim migrant workers who were neglected by other Christian agencies because of their religion. She also worked for the Graduate school of Theology at Ewha Woman’s University as an administrator. Before coming to the United States, she worked at Church Mission Society of the UK at their office in Seoul.

In May of 2021, Mother Lee-Pae completed an STM degree from the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. She was ordained to the priesthood on September 4, 2021. Mother Lee-Pae is married to the Canon Reverend Joseph Pae, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Long Island, and she is the mother of two children, Ethan (13) and Evelyn (10).

Mother Lee-Pae’s first Sunday at worship with us will be November 28, the first Sunday in Advent, and she will be our preacher at our 11am Litany and Solemn Eucharist. Please join us in welcoming Mother Lee-Pae and her family to our parish community.

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The Reverend Andrew C. Mead, OBE, DD, Rector Emeritus
Right Reverend Andrew R. St. John, DD, Bishop in Residence
The Reverend Patrick S. Cheng, J.D., Ph.D., Theologian in Residence
The Reverend Mark Brown, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Gina Gore, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend David F. Mc Neeley, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Thomas F. Pike, Honorary Assistant

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Jeremy Filsell

Organist and Director of Music

As a U.S. Citizen and a British Citizen, Jeremy is uniquely placed to lead the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, which owes much of its existence to the great English choral tradition since T. Tertius Noble was invited to found the Saint Thomas Choir School in 1919.

Jeremy Filsell has been hailed as one of only a few virtuoso performers as both pianist and organist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and throughout the USA and UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland and Rachmaninov. He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugene Goossens and Johann Eschmann and recently released were discs of Litaize’s organ music, Rachmaninov’s first and second piano concertos and two of French Mélodies accompanying Michael Bundy (baritone). Jeremy is on the international roster of Steinway Piano Artists and has recorded for BBC Radio 3, USA, and Scandinavian radio networks in solo and concerto roles.

His discography comprises more than 35 solo recordings. Gramophone magazine commented on the series of 12 CDs comprising the première recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works for Guild that it was ‘one of the greatest achievements in organ recording’. In 2005, Signum released a 3-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen, Rouen, BBC Radio 3’s Discs of the Week.

He has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and USA and has served on international competition juries in England and Switzerland. Recent solo engagements have taken him across the USA and UK and to Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. In North America, he concertizes under the auspices of Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.

Brought up as a chorister in Coventry, England, Jeremy Filsell was charged with the direction of a men & boys choir there while still a High School student. Studying with Nicolas Kynaston and Daniel Roth, he read for a first degree as Organ Scholar of Keble College, Oxford University before completing graduate studies in piano at the Royal College of Music in London and gaining a PhD in Musicology at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research on aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré.

Jeremy was formerly Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral, Director of Music at St. Luke’s Chelsea and, before moving to the USA in 2008, held Academic and Performance lectureships at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and was a lay clerk in the Queen’s choir at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Immediately before coming to Saint Thomas, he was Artist in Residence at Washington National Cathedral, Director of Music at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC, and Professor of Organ at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.

You can read more about Jeremy at his website: www.jeremyfilsell.com.

Nicolas Haigh

Associate Organist

Nicolas comes to us from Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC, where he served as Assistant Director of Music and Organist. Prior to his transatlantic move four years ago, he held positions at New College, Oxford and at York Minster in England. He grew up as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, before studying at Winchester College and then, as organ scholar, at Clare College, Cambridge. Currently active as a historical keyboardist and choral conductor, Nicolas has made appearances with American Bach Soloists and Bach Akademie Charlotte, as well as having given solo organ recitals at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and St. John the Divine in New York City. He is a co-founder of the early music consort L’Académie du Roi Soleil and has performed as a Young Artist at the Britten-Pears Festival in the UK. Nicolas has performed across the Americas, and in Hong Kong, Australia, and Israel. His organ teachers have included Malcolm Archer, Clive Driskill-Smith, and James McVinnie.

Maks Adach

Associate for Musical Studies and Assistant Organist

Maks began his musical training as a chorister at the London Oratory under the direction of Lee Ward and Nicholas O’Neill. While still at school, Maks continued his organ studies with Daniel Moult at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and then spent a year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Ann Elise Smoot. From there he went on to read Music as organ scholar of Oriel College, Oxford. A prizewinning associate of the Royal College of Organists, he currently studies the organ with Peter Sykes.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Maks remained at Oxford and read for a master’s degree in musicology. His research interests include Laude Spirituale (the vernacular, sacred yet non-liturgical monophonic songs of thirteenth century Tuscany), Jacobean verse anthems, and musical analysis. He is currently working on an analysis of Herbert Howells’ many and varied settings of the Nunc Dimittis.

Maks has held organ scholarships at both Liverpool and Lichfield Cathedrals, as well positions at St John’s College, Oxford; Pusey House, Oxford; and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Maks moved to the United States from his native UK to serve as Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Church, Harvard Square, home to the only Roman Catholic boys’ choir school in the United States.

In addition to his work as an organist and choral director, Maks is active as a music editor. His critical edition of Ethel Smyth’s Five Sacred Partsongs has recently been published by Stainer and Bell as part of the Multitude of Voyces series—a project dedicated to promoting music by underrepresented composers.

Maks is married to Sarah Norvell, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton University. A graduate of Yale and Oxford and a Marshall Scholar alumna, Sarah is currently a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Greece). A former chorister at Washington National Cathedral, Sarah is also a proud alumna of the Saint Thomas Girl Chorister Course. In their spare time, Maks and Sarah enjoy travelling, birdwatching, churchcrawling, and visiting museums and art galleries.

John Ramseyer

Interim Concert Series Manager

John Ramseyer, tenor, is a New York City-based performer of operatic, concert, and early music. Well-versed in operatic repertoire spanning the eras, Mr. Ramseyer has performed leading roles with The Bronx Opera Company, Apotheosis Opera, Resonanz Opera, Christman Opera Company, LoftOpera, Mannes Opera, and many others. As a concert soloist, John has collaborated with many of New York’s finest ensembles, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Classical Orchestra, and Camerata New York.

This season, Ramseyer has performed with Musica Sacra, collaborated with the UK choir Vasari Singers, and sang in the extra chorus of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Boris Godunov, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, as well as their concerts of Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. In previous seasons, Mr. Ramseyer has performed as a soloist with many of New York’s great local choral societies, such as St. George’s Choral Society, the Astoria Choir, and the Forest Hills Choir.

He feels privileged to perform his dual role as Gentlemen of the Choir and Interim Concert Series Manager at Saint Thomas Church.

Rebecca Kellerman-Filsell

Music Associate for Children and Youth
Concerts and Media Coordinator for Music

Rebecca Kellerman-Filsell, joins the music office staff after spending the previous 20+ years singing and teaching music in the Washington, DC metro area. Whilst in Washington, DC, Rebecca frequently appeared as soloist and chorister with The Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, The Washington National Cathedral and various other choral groups in the DC metro area and beyond.

Most recently, Rebecca served as section leader and Music Associate at Saint Alban’s Church, Washington, DC, where she reignited their children’s music ministry with a RSCM chorister program. She also served as vocal coach for the chorister program at Saint Paul’s K St. from 2014-2019. Her private studio includes students of all ages and abilities, but she specializes in teaching young singers. Rebecca holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Music from Shenandoah University, where she studied voice performance/pedagogy and music education. Rebecca lives in the heart of Manhattan with her husband, two sons and a spotted gecko.

Margaret Carpenter Haigh

Music Office Administrator

Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh appears as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America. Recent highlights include appearances with Memphis, Winston-Salem, and Portland Symphonies; Messiah Festival of the Arts; Bach Akademie Charlotte; National Sawdust; Arizona MusicFest; and Evansville Philharmonic. She can be heard regularly with the nation’s premier ensembles including The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Handel and Haydn Society, and GRAMMY©-winning Apollo’s Fire. She is co-artistic director of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, with which she has performed across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Margaret holds the DMA in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University; the M.Mus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and degrees in Voice and Organ from UNC-Greensboro. Scholarship includes work on physical gesture in the madrigal repertoire of the concerto delle donne in late sixteenth-century Ferrara, and she is active as a conductor and educator, teaching voice privately and leading workshops around the country on physical gesture for singers. Margaret is a member of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. For more information, visit www.margaretcarpenterhaigh.com.

Padraic Costello

Music Librarian Associate

Padraic Costello has been singing in choirs his whole life, from his time as a young chorister in the Madison Boy Choir to his current position as a Gent in the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He is active throughout New York City as a countertenor and arts administrator, although he considers Saint Thomas to be his musical home in the city. Padraic received a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he specialized in both newly-composed and classical Japanese music. His eclectic tastes in music have served him well in the library at Saint Thomas, where he gleefully loses himself in over a century’s worth of collected scores.

Bruce Smith

Chief Advancement Officer

Bruce Smith has been a professional fundraiser for over twenty years, having led the development function at four organizations: The General Theological Seminary in New York City, Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT.

He earned his A.B. with Honors from University College, Cork, Ireland in English and History and subsequently received an MFA in Theater from the University of California, San Diego. He was an actor, writer, and director in New York prior to beginning his development career.

Bruce is married to an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Kate Malin, Rector of Christ’s Church, Rye, NY. They have three college-age children: twins Emerson and Murphy, and Owen. All three are pursuing careers as theater artists.

Adam MacDonald

Director of Development

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.

Blake Martin

Director of Communications and Digital Production

Growing up in the Baptist church in Richmond, Virginia, Blake relished the weekly ritual of church-going. The familiar hymns washing over him, neighbors dressed up in their Sunday best, and the dulcet cadence of a sermon are all fond memories from those times. So it’s no great surprise that he has found a creative and professional home at Saint Thomas Church, where he feels privileged to train his camera’s lens on the sacred services held in this venerable.

Blake’s contribution to Saint Thomas as Director of Communications is most readily seen in the webcasts and live streams enjoyed the world over, but he also oversees the filming of concerts and special events, social media, and press outreach. Blake brings 10+ years of creative, production, and brand experience to Saint Thomas. He holds a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summe cum laude and an M.F.A. in directing from Columbia University. His personal passions include swimming at the master’s level, film photography, and being a dog dad.

Lizette Hernandez

Executive Assistant to the Rector

Lizette began working at Saint Thomas Church in September, 2019 as a temp.  She has since been hired as a permanent employee as the Executive Assistant to the Rector.  Prior to Saint Thomas, Lizette worked was freelancing as a temp working as an Executive Assistant in various industries, most recently, the Finance industry.  Lizette is a very organized and detail oriented person.  Among her primary duties, she is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the Rector’s very busy calendar.  She is the gatekeeper to the Rector’s office and ensures that the Rector is on time and well-prepared for his meetings.

In her free time, Lizette likes to spend time at home with her partner, Paul, listening to vinyl records from her extensive collection.  She enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends.  She also has three rescue cats: Carlito, and twins, Max and Luna.

Amy Cheresnowski

Database Manager

Amy came to the staff of Saint Thomas in the summer of 2016 as Executive Assistant to the Rector. In 2020, she began the new position as Database Manager and Parish House Administrator.  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 role at Saint Thomas in the Institutional Advancement 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.

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, and in September 2019, they welcomed their son Owen, completing their family. They live in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood of the Bronx 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.

Avery Griffin

Communications Manager

Avery manages this website and handles audio for video livestreams.

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.

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Kazie Metzger Harvey


Kazie Metzger Harvey was raised in the Episcopal Church in Texas and has been a Parishioner of Saint Thomas Church since 1976. She has served as Warden since 2014. Kazie served on the Vestry from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2012. During her second term on the Vestry, she served as Treasurer and a member of the Standing Committee. She is currently a member of the Music, Choir School and Building Committees.

Kazie and her husband, John Harvey, were married at Saint Thomas in 1977. Their daughters, Katherine and Alexandra, were baptized and confirmed at Saint Thomas.

Kazie is CEO of Personalized Media Communications, where she directs licensing and business development for a portfolio of U.S. interactive television patents. Her professional positions have included founding President and CEO of PrimeTime 24, Business Manager of RCA Americom, and Vice President for Strategic Planning at Westinghouse Cable.

Kazie holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was a member and then chairman of the Duke Annual Fund Executive Committee. She has been a trustee of The Town School and a member of its finance committee. She was a Board Member of the St. George’s Society, and is a Dame of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. She is now on the board of the French Heritage Society and The American Fund for Westminster Abbey.

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Lloyd Stanford


Lloyd G. Stanford made Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue his spiritual home in 1992. Over the past fifteen years, Lloyd has served as a high altar acolyte, chalice bearer, lay subdeacon, and bishop’s chaplain. First elected to the Vestry in 2014, Lloyd serves as Chairman of the Buildings Committee, and a member of the Finance Task Force and Personnel Committee. Lloyd formerly served on the Choir School Committee, Audit Committee, Finance and Budget Committee, Development Committee, and the Strategic Planning Working Group.

Lloyd is the CEO of a large academic medical and surgical practice. He earned an MBA and certification as a medical practice executive (CMPE). Lloyd has expertise in leadership, building a successful organizational culture, Lean Six Sigma, and employing effective strategies to manage human capital. He has served as a consultant, mentor, and advisor to business leaders, colleagues, and friends. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Lloyd and his wife Andrea were married at Saint Thomas Church in a ceremony officiated by the Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner and attended by many members of the Saint Thomas Church family. Andrea is a Foreign Service Officer and member of the United States diplomatic corps. She has served on the Saint Thomas Annual Appeal Committee.

The couple enjoys extensive travel around the globe and reside in New Jersey.

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Karen Duncan

Born on the island of Jamaica and raised in New York City, Karen Duncan is a life-long Anglican and a member of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue for the past nine years. Karen is currently co-head of the Usher Corp at Saint Thomas Church, where she has served as a member of that Guild for the last four years.

Upon graduation from law school, Karen chose to focus in the area of Regulatory Compliance by trade with significant emphasis in homeland security with the Defense Contractor, Lockheed Martin.

Karen is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for Dragados USA—a leading Madrid headquartered engineering company within the Actividades de Construcción y Servicios (ACS) group of companies. The Company’s activities cover large scale public works infrastructure projects such as California High Speed Rail, the Second Avenue Subway and Expansion of the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Station.

Karen leads a team of compliance professionals in a heavily regulated environment in Design & Construction and Transportation of the nation’s leading rails, bridges, and highways. She has Compliance oversight of Dragados and five of its affiliate company’s compliance framework to ensure that the organization is in compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations pertaining to day-to-day operations, and that senior management and the Board of Directors address the organization’s most significant legal risk issues.

Karen has deep experience managing processes, technology, budgets, financials and communications. She hopes to bring the same rigor, leadership and pragmatic style to the Vestry at Saint Thomas.

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Stephen W. Gauster-Filek

Stephen W. Gauster-Filek has served on the Vestry of Saint Thomas since [2016]. He is a member of the Audit and Music Committees and supports the Friends of Music. Stephen and his wife, Kari, a financial analyst and former professional opera and oratorio singer, were married at Saint Thomas in 2013. Their children, Eva and Henry, were baptized at the Church and attend the nursery program. Stephen is executive vice president and general counsel of MetLife, where he is responsible for the company’s global legal operations, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Group and Corporate Secretary’s Office.

Stephen is also a member of the Order of St John and a Trustee of Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he co-chairs the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Securities Regulation, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the American Bar Association.

Stephen earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was Books and Commentaries Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

The Gausters live in Manhattan and also maintain a residence in Vienna, Austria, where the family has many relatives.

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Christopher M. Haley


Chris has been a parishioner of Saint Thomas Church since 2015 and currently serves on the Safeguarding Monitoring Committee, the Annual Appeal Committee, and is a Delegate to Diocesan Convention. He also currently serves as Director of the Altar Guild. Chris chaired the Institutional Advancement Task Force and the search for a Chief Advancement Officer and served on the Strategic Planning Working Group. He is passionate about implementing our strategic plan to ensure the continued vitality of the Church and secure the future of the Choir School for the next century.

With more than two decades of nonprofit leadership and development experience, Chris serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Professional Children’s School, an independent school near Lincoln Center that delivers customized enrichment for dancers, musicians, actors, competitive athletes, and other uniquely talented children.

Chris is a member of the Fellowship of Saint John and has volunteered for a number of Episcopal causes, including the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition, where he served as Chair of the Board, and Episcopal Relief & Development, for which he served as the diocesan representative for the Diocese of Minnesota.

Originally from Tennessee, Chris was confirmed at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville and holds an MSSW degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He and his husband live on the Upper East Side.

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Winnie Kung

Winnie Kung has been attending St Thomas regularly for four and a half years and was received as a member in 2017. She decided to make it her spiritual home because of the inspirational liturgy of the worship service and the intellectually stimulating and spiritually nourishing Theology Class. Her Christian faith is central to her, which she tries to incorporate in all aspects of her life, professionally, socially and as a global citizen. She is into spirituality and strives to draw close to God to live out a life that she is called to live. Winnie is interested in spiritual directing which she hopes to integrate with her training in psychotherapy. At St Thomas she has served in the Annual Appeal Committee for two years.

Winnie got her Bachelors in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Hong Kong, Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St Louis, and her doctorate from the University of Chicago. She had been a direct practitioner and an administrator in a social service agency for 9 years before entering academia. She has taught at the University of Southern California, University of Hong Kong and has been at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service for the past 16 years. She is currently a full professor. In addition to her teaching, she is an active researcher in areas of mental health, family and cultural diversity issues. She was actively involved as volunteer at the New York Coalition of Asian American Mental Health and the Chinese American Mental Health Alliance as executive committee member.

She would like to contribute to the growth of St Thomas especially at this strategic time of envisioning new possibilities both in its outreach to the community and in strengthening the parishioners in their journey spiritually and otherwise.

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Darren Littlejohn

Darren has been a parishioner of Saint Thomas Church since 2010. He is a lifelong Anglican and, in addition to Saint Thomas, has been a member at different times of parishes in Canada (where he grew up) and in England (where he has both worked and attended university). Darren is a partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he practices in the firm’s asset management group. Prior to Fried Frank, Darren was a partner in the financial services group of an international law firm and was a managing director and senior counsel in the legal department of Goldman Sachs in both New York and London.

Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada, Darren holds a BA in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He met his wife Liane while attending Queen’s. Darren also holds a BA (Jurisprudence) and a BCL from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and was a member of Magdalen College.

Darren and Liane have a son William who is 14 and a daughter Tatum who is 10, both of whom have been actively involved in the Children and Families ministry at Saint Thomas. Tatum was baptized at Saint Thomas in 2011 and William was confirmed at Saint Thomas in 2019. Darren and his family live on the Upper East Side.

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Brett Fletcher Moore

Brett Moore has been a member of Saint Thomas Church for five years. Shortly after his arrival, he served as an active member of the Welcome Committee and was also on the Development Committee dealing with possible new initiatives for Saint Thomas and the annual appeal. Over the last two years, Brett has been involved with Strategic Planning for the church and was instrumental in the selection of Wellspring Consulting as the consultants guiding the 5-10 year plan. He now serves on the working group of the Strategic Planning Committee. Brett was also a driving force behind the new Prayer Ministry offered after the 11AM service every week in the Chantry Chapel; prayer is a central part of his Christian life.

Brett has a keen interest in church growth and health both practically and as subjects of theological study. He completed a Master of Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary looking at issues relevant to societal changes and the role of the church in this current era. The church as a missional community has also been a personal and theological interest for over 20 years. He is passionate about seeing Saint Thomas grow to be all it can be to its members and those it can reach missionally, while respecting its unique choral heritage and liturgical traditions.
His interests include contemporary dance, theater, and music. Brett has a lifelong interest in domestic and international affairs and has assisted humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations in Asia, Lebanon, and in the US with children’s health and education. Riding a motorbike in Manhattan is his extreme sport.

Brett worked as an international lawyer for over a decade in Australia and Hong Kong. He has degrees in law, business, and intercultural studies from the University of Queensland, the University of Cambridge (UK) and Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Over the last 15-20 years, he has been part of two technology start-ups and currently works as a senior consultant to emerging technology companies along with nurturing his own entrepreneurial interests. Brett has lived in Australia, Brazil, England, Hong Kong, and briefly in Lebanon and Japan. He now resides in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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Edith L. Morrill

Edith began attending the Episcopal Church while she was in college and has been a pledging parishioner at Saint Thomas since 2008. She served as Clerk of the Vestry from 2013 to 2015, as Co-Chair of the Every Member Canvas for the 2013 and 2014 campaigns and has served on the EMC/Annual Appeal/Development/Canvas & Development Committees since 2011. She has also served on the the Investment Committee since 2013. Additionally, she served for several years as a Delegate to the Diocesan Convention.

She became a member of the Vestry in 2017 and currently serves on following committees: Audit Committee, Chair; Investment Committee; Development Committee; Nominating Committee, and is a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen and an alternate delegate to the Diocesan Convention.

Edith recently retired as Manager of Enterprise Risk Management at General Motors Asset Management after 17 years of service including management positions in operations and investment accounting. Prior to joining General Motors she was the Director of Development for the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, worked for Habitat for Humanity International and held management positions in two NY architectural firms, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Development and at MoMA.

Edith grew up in Oregon and received a BS and an MPA degree from Portland State University. She is the President of the Washington Square Fund, a small NYC foundation.

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Inge Reist

Inge has been a parishioner at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue since 2004 and served on the Vestry from 2012 to 2017, chairing the building committee and choir school committees during those years. Inge and her husband Rob Freeman were married by Father Mead in 2013. For Inge, the mission of Saint Thomas and its service to the community resonates with her earlier experiences as a leading member of the parent committee of The Buckley School, parent association of Phillips Academy Andover, and board member of the LCU Foundation. An art historian by training, Inge has also presented several lectures about the building and the art in the Church. Holding a Ph. D. from Columbia University, her career has largely been at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, serving as Chief of Research Collections and Programs, Head of the Photoarchive, and founding Director of the Center for the History of Collecting. She has published widely on subjects of the history of collecting and Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Inge has served on many academic and not-for-profit boards and, from 2006 to 2011 was Chair of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History.

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Gregory Zaffiro

Assistant Treasurer

Greg has been a parishioner at Saint Thomas Church since 2011 and is a member of the Vestry. He serves as an Acolyte, Lector, and is chair of the 2020 Annual Appeal. He is also co-chair of the Development Committee and Strategic Planning Working Group.

Greg is a Partner at the investment firm, Electron Capital, where he leads business development and investor relations. Greg has spent nearly his entire career as a marketing professional within the alternative asset industry. Prior to that, he was a public equity research analyst.

In addition to his work at Saint Thomas Church, Greg is a Trustee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art representing the New York City Council Speaker.

Greg is from Yorktown Heights, New York, and graduated from Fordham University. He is married and lives in Manhattan.

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Karl C. Saunders


Karl C. Saunders became a member of Saint Thomas Church in 2004.  He has served on the Vestry for a total of twelve years.  He has served as the Chairman of the Music Committee, Co-Chairman of the Organ Committee, and as a member of the Audit Committee and Finance Committee.   He is currently Treasurer of Saint Thomas Church and a member of the Standing Committee.  Karl is a member of the Order of Saint John.

Karl has served as a Director of various public and private corporations as well as nonprofit organizations.  He is experienced in mergers and acquisitions and investment portfolios.   He chaired the Audit Committee of Unizan Financial Corporation for eight years.  He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Finance Committee.

Karl holds a BA with honors from Duke University and an MD from The Ohio State University.  He received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated first in his class.

Karl is a retired orthopedic surgeon who specialized in total joint and adult reconstructive surgery for over 25 years.  He chose to leave the medical profession in 2021 to pursue a career as a Registered Investment Advisor.

His other interests include music and fitness.  He continues to study piano and organ performance.  He is a martial arts and self-defense instructor and holds a Black Belt in Kachido Aiki Jitsu.  He is a Renzo Gracie Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Karl is married to the former Barbara Jean Graham.  They have two grown children who have lived and worked in Manhattan.

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