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 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 Bertie. Photo credit: Ira Lippke.
The Reverend Matthew Moretz
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.
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.
The Reverend Alison Joan Turner
Associate for Children and Family Ministry
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.
The Reverend Patrick S. Cheng, J.D., Ph.D.
Theologian in Residence
Father Patrick Cheng joined Saint Thomas Church as Theologian in Residence in September of 2019. In this role, Father Cheng is responsible for the Christian adult education and formation programs of the parish.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Father Cheng practiced law as a Wall Street tax and employee benefits lawyer prior to beginning his graduate theological studies. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Father Cheng’s doctoral adviser was the late Dr. James H. Cone.
From 2010 through 2014, Father Cheng served on the faculty at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As the tenured Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, he taught courses on church history, systematic theology, and pastoral care. While at EDS, he also served as the Pastoral Assistant at Emmanuel Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to arriving at Saint Thomas Church, Father Cheng served as Associate Rector at The Church of the Transfiguration, the historic Anglo-Catholic parish in Midtown Manhattan that is also known as “The Little Church Around the Corner.”
Father Cheng is the author of three books on contemporary theology, one of which has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. In addition to his parish ministry, Father Cheng works at the Church Pension Group, a national agency of the Episcopal Church. He also serves on the leadership team of EAST, the Asian American ministry of the Diocese of New York.
Father Cheng has been with his spouse, Michael Boothroyd, since 1991. Michael is the Director of Admissions for the Flatiron School, a coding bootcamp that trains software engineers. Michael also acts from time to time on television and the stage. Father Cheng and Michael’s household includes Chartres, their beloved Bichon Frise.
The Reverend Ryan Bennett
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.
The Reverend Andrew C. Mead, OBE, DD, Rector Emeritus
The Right Reverend Andrew St. John, Bishop in Residence
The Reverend Mark Brown, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Derek Darves, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Gina Gore, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Patrick Holtkamp, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend David F. Mc Neeley, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend William A. Norgren, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend Thomas F. Pike, Honorary Assistant
The Reverend John C. Smith, Honorary Assistant
The Rev. Canon Prof. J. Robert Wright, Honorary Assistant
Music Office Staff
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. He was awarded a PhD in Musicology at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research on aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré.
A former Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral and Director of Music at St. Luke’s Chelsea in London, before moving to the USA in 2008, Jeremy 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.
You can read more about Jeremy at his website: www.jeremyfilsell.com.
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.
Nicholas comes to us from St. Paul’s Parish K Street, Washington D.C., where was an Organ Scholar assisting in playing, conducting, and chorister training for weekly services. In addition to duties at St. Paul’s, he was a part-time organist at Washington National Cathedral. He has held similar posts at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel, Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, CT, and Trinity Church, Indianapolis. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His principal teachers included Janette Fishell and Martin Jean (organ), Elisabeth Wright and Arthur Haas (harpsichord), and Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation).
Nicholas has garnered top prizes in competitions around the country, winning first prize at the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 2013, he took first prize in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists. As a solo recitalist, he has performed throughout the Eastern United States, including appearances at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Kennedy Center, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. His solo performances have been broadcast on public radio’s Harmonia Early Music and Pipedreams. He was the featured organist in the 2018 German documentary The Unanswered Ives, which is to be broadcast on French and German television. He has appeared with the Cathedral Choral Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Master Chorale.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Kazie Metzger Harvey
Warden (since 2014)
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.
Warden (since 2017)
Jesse Adelaar was born in New York City and raised in Scarsdale, New York. He has been a parishioner of Saint Thomas Church since 2004 and was confirmed in 2006. He is committed to offering his gifts to help grow the life and mission of Saint Thomas Church.
After earning a BS in Finance & Accounting from Wake Forest University, he returned to New York in 1996 and worked as an equity analyst at Keybanc Investments and then at Forstmann-Leff Associates in 2001. In 2005, he became an Investment Manager at Peconic Partners, a New York-based hedge fund. In 2013, Jesse founded Finiti, a research-stage Machine Learning startup focusing on investment management, and currently serves as the company’s CEO.
Jesse currently serves on the Vestry and as Treasurer of Saint Thomas Church. He was the chairman of the Investment Committee from 2009 to 2015. He currently serves on the Investment, Strategic Planning, and Welcome committees. Previously, he served on the Audit Committee. He is a trustee of the Diocesan Investment Trust of the Diocese of New York, and until this year was a Board Member of Episcopal Charities.
Karl C. Saunders
Karl C. Saunders became a member of Saint Thomas Church in 2004. He has served a total of nine years on the Vestry and is standing for re-election. 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 Choir School 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 chaired the Audit Committee of Unizan Financial Corporation for eight years He is a former member of the Board of The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Finance Committee.
Karl holds a B.A. with honors from Duke University and an M.D. from The Ohio State University. He received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated first in his class.
Karl is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult reconstructive surgery. He is also President of Saunix Management, Ltd., a management consulting firm.
His 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.
Stephen W. Gauster-Filek
Stephen W. Gauster-Filek has served on the Vestry of Saint Thomas since . 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.
Murray Hood and his wife, Louise, have been attending Saint Thomas Church since 2004. As a current Vestry member, Murray co-chairs the Development Committee and the Strategic Planning Working Group. He is a member of the Investment and Audit Committees. He also co-chaired the Annual Appeal (EMC) for four years.
Murray was a portfolio manager for Mariner Investment Group and its affiliates for 18 years. He now heads the Financial Services Group at Vicus Partners, a real estate company.
He is a graduate of Lake Forest College and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Pamela A. Lewis
Pamela A. Lewis has been a member of Saint Thomas Church since 1985. She was elected to serve on the Vestry in 2015, and has also served on several lay ministries and church committees, including the Altar Guild, Tour Guides Guild, and the Adult Education Committee. She is also Head of the Grants Committee and Head Lector. Pamela has co-organized fundraisers in support of World Vision, and of Episcopal Relief and Development’s Gifts for Life, which was held during Lent of 2018.
A lifelong resident of Queens, Pamela is a graduate of New York University, from which she holds an M.A. in French Literature. In a career of thirty years, she has taught French, German, and English at St. Francis Xavier High School, The Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Jersey), and at Hunter College High School, from which she retired in 2015. She is a member of the Alliance Française, and is an Associate of the Community of the Holy Spirit.
A published author since 2009, Pamela has written articles on faith and the arts for The Episcopal New Yorker, Episcopal Journal, and The Living Church. She was the October 2018 meditations author for Forward Movement’s Day by Day.
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.
Lloyd G. Stanford
Lloyd Gregory Stanford made Saint Thomas Church his spiritual home in 1991. Over the past eleven years, Lloyd has served as a High Altar Acolyte, chalice bearer, and occasional lay sub-deacon. In 2014, he was elected to the Vestry. Lloyd is the Chairman of the Building Committee and also serves on the Choir School, Strategic Planning, and Organ Committees. Lloyd and his wife, Andrea, were married at Saint Thomas in 2016. Andrea works for the United States State Department where she has served as a US diplomat in China, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago.
Lloyd is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Ophthalmology Associates, P.C. (PC), a large professional corporation affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System. In his capacity as CEO, Lloyd developed and is responsible for directing the organizational culture as well as its financial and operational performance, business development, regulatory compliance, contracting, and physician and staff management. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the PC has been widely credited for its role in enhancing the academic ranking of the ophthalmology training program at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. The program is ranked as one of the top twelve programs in the United States and as number one in in New York State. Lloyd also currently serves as Treasurer of the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary alumni association and as chief business advisor to the Chairman of SLR Ophthalmology PC. He previously held management positions with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, and Medtronic.
Lloyd is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE), who studied finance and investments at Baruch College before completing an MBA at the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York, the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Medical Group Management Association. He is a member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
For over thirty years, Midge Woolsey worked as a broadcaster for the nation’s flagship public television station, Thirteen/WNET and New York’s premier classical radio station, WQXR. She also worked extensively in both television and radio as a production executive, administrator and writer. Since her retirement from broadcasting, she has been working as a freelance fundraiser and continues to host live events within the classical music community.
Midge has been attending Saint Thomas ever since her first amazing experience at a Sunday service 12 years ago. She and her husband, Dr. Juergen (Jerry) Stolt, were married by The Rev. Andrew Mead in the chantry chapel in 2010. Midge was a part time staff member at the church for three years doing development work for Concerts at SaintThomas. She has also served on the Annual Appeal Committee and is currently a member of the Strategic Planning and Music Committees.
Midge is a graduate of Casady School – an independent Episcopal day school in Oklahoma City – where her father served as Headmaster for 17 years. She has undergraduate degrees in theater and music and a master’s degree in opera performance. She is a longtime member of the advisory boards of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera Index, the Seagle Music Colony and the Interschool Orchestras of New York. She also serves on the Boards of the Off the Record foreign policy lecture series and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function founded by the late Dr. Oliver Sacks.
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.
Fred T. Isquith
Fred. Isquith has been a member of the congregation of the Saint Thomas Church Parish since 1987 and has been an active participant as an elected member or Clerk of the Vestry for approximately twenty years. Fred Isquith, is a Senior Partner at the Wolf Haldenstein Firm, a New York Institution which has been serving the New York business community since not later than 1887. Mr. Isquith’s practice is business litigation with a focus on financing/securities area and in antitrust areas. He has been lead counsel in numerous national litigations, is the author of more than fifty articles, is a speaker at professional conferences, is currently Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the New York City Bar and was previously past President of the National Association of Class Action Attorneys.
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.
You may contact the Wardens using this address: Wardens@SaintThomasChurch.org.