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.

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 which 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 Chaplain to the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus, and a Priest Associate of the Holy House of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Bishop of Exeter has made him Canon Emeritus in recognition of his service to the Diocese and wider Church. In the Spring of 2014, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of
Nashotah House.

Canon Turner was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom in 1960. He married his wife, Alison, in 1990. Alison is a teacher and a priest and is currently Headmistress of Exeter Junior School, a leading independent preparatory school in the Southwest of England. She will join Carl in the spring of 2015. Carl and Alison have three adopted children who are now young adults; they also have a Cairn Terrier called Bertie.

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The Reverend Victor Lee Austin, Ph.D.

Father Austin came to Saint Thomas early in 2005 to be the parish’s first “theologian-in-residence.” A priest-scholar, his background is in both the parish ministry and the academic world.

At Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, Father Austin was assistant professor of religious studies, philosophy, and theology. He has also taught on the adjunct faculty of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York; Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York; and Fordham University and the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

As a priest of the diocese of New York, Father Austin served from 1989 to 2003 as rector of the Church of the Resurrection, Hopewell Junction. Before that he was curate of Zion Church in Wappingers Falls. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the General Theological Seminary, and he earned his Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University in 2002.

Father Austin’s theological interests are wide-ranging but his particular focus is in Christian ethics. His book, Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings, was published by T&T Clark and was shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Ramsey prize; you can hear a Saint Thomas lecture from him on this topic. Saint Thomas published a collection of his short pieces, Priest in New York: Church, Street, and Theology, reflections on theology and everyday life. His most recent book, Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed, is also published by T&T Clark, and you can hear a Saint Thomas lecture also on that topic. His books are available from our bookstore.

Father Austin has been called to Saint Thomas to exercise his priestly gifts as a theologian, a teacher, and a writer. He shares the full-time priestly ministry with the other clergy, celebrates said and sung masses, preaches, and, particularly, teaches and oversees the program of theological education for adults. He is eager to draw out people who care about ideas and want to grow in a theologically strong, orthodox and traditional Christian faith.

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

Father Spurlock was called to Saint Thomas June 2010 as Curate. Prior to his current role, he served as Vicar of All Saints Church in the Diocese of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He is married and has two children.

Father Spurlock was called to Saint Thomas, 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 for those in need, he also provides pastoral oversight for the Saint Thomas Sunday School, and Young Adults Fellowship for those in their 30s and 40s.

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

Father Daniels was sponsored for ordination by Saint Thomas in 2004. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2007, after which he spent two years as Associate Rector at the Church of Saint Barnabas in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. He returned to Saint Thomas as an assisting priest in 2010. Father Daniels was called to his current position as Associate for Evangelism in January, 2015.

Father Daniels is a graduate of Columbia University, the General Theological Seminary, and Boston University, where he earned a doctorate in theology in 2014.

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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 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

John Scott, LVO, DMus
Organist and Director of Music

John Scott, Organist and Director of Music since 2004, has an international reputation as an organist and choir trainer. After his initial musical training as a Cathedral chorister in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Dr. Scott become Organ Scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge. While still a student, he made his Royal Albert Hall debut as the youngest organ soloist to appear in the Proms.

Upon leaving Cambridge, Dr. Scott was jointly appointed Assistant Organist at London’s two Anglican Cathedrals, St. Paul’s and Southwark. He subsequently became Sub-Organist of St. Paul’s, and served as Director of Music there for fourteen years before joining Saint Thomas Church as Director of Music. In 1998, he was nominated International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is a frequent jury member of the world’s most prestigious organ competitions. Before embarking for his new post in New York, he was awarded the title Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), a personal honor from Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Nashotah House Seminary in 2008.

Stephen Buzard
Assistant Organist

Stephen Buzard holds a Master of Music Degree from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, Mr. Buzard served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven; organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School; and organist for Berkeley Divinity School. Prior to attending Yale, Mr. Buzard studied with virtuoso Ken Cowan at Westminster Choir College, serving concurrently as organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton and as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Between undergraduate and graduate schools, Mr. Buzard spent a “gap year” in England as senior organ scholar of Wells Cathedral. Mr. Buzard was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition, and his premier CD In Light or Darkness, available through Delos Records, has received critical acclaim. James Reed wrote for The Diapason: "Buzard paints the color and shape of every phrase with a maturity belying his youthfulness... If this level of skill doesn't dazzle you, then I do not know what will!"

Benjamin Sheen
Assistant 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 Coordinator

Laurel Scarozza has been the Music Office Coordinator 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 ten 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.

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.

Douglas M. Robbe
Secretary to the Rector

David M. Daniel
Nave Outreach

Raised in a Lutheran minister's family, David Daniel has attended Saint Thomas Church since 2003 and has worked at Saint Thomas since 2008. Since January 2011, David has been a first responder to the 300,000 people who enter the Fifth Avenue doors of the church in between services each year. If you are a person who needs or wants to talk, or if you are a newcomer interested in learning more about Saint Thomas, don’t hesitate to contact him.

Educated as a lawyer, David shifted gears in the mid 1990s toward education itself, primarily in counseling, training and administration, though also in the classroom. He moved to New York City in 2003 as the National Director of Counseling Strategies for a national education company, working with urban and rural school districts and charter schools that wanted to radically change how they helped their students explore and take part in life’s many opportunities. Since 2007, he has continued to occasionally work as a consultant for organizations involved in education and training, but his passion is in the nave of Saint Thomas, encountering and interacting with the body of Christ.

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 still sings and one of the ensembles to which he belongs, Roomful of Teeth, won the 2013 Grammy Award for best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for the self-titled debut album.

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.