CLERGY, STAFF, AND LEADERSHIP

Leadership in the Episcopal Church is shared mutually between the lay people and ordained people.  The Episcopal Church teaches that lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons are all ministers who do the work of the Church.  Christ Church (officially known as The Parish of Christ the Redeemer) is a congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and is under the jurisdiction and pastoral direction of the Bishops of New York.  Christ Church, like every Episcopal congregation elects its own governing board, known as the Vestry, from among its lay members at an annual meeting and election.   With the approval of the Bishop the Vestry elects a priest as Rector, and the Rector serves with tenure until he or she retires or is called to some new ministry in the wider church.  The Rector, working with the Vestry, hires and calls staff members and other clergy to assist as needed.  You can learn more about how an Episcopal Church is governed in the Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Constitution & Canons of the Diocese of New York, and the By-Laws of Christ Church.


THE BISHOPS OF NEW YORK

The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, The Bishop of New York
The Rt. Rev. Allan K. Shin, Suffragan Bishop of New York
The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Assistant


VESTRY

The Rev. Matthew Hoxsie Mead, Rector
Jeff Bodenmann, Senior Warden (2018)
Carol Ispen, Junior Warden (2017)
Anne Calder Treasurer (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Jackie Vigil, Clerk (2016, 2017, 2018)
Etta Gumbs (2016*)
Gavin Leckie (2016)
Angela Barone (2016 **)
Alice Dean (2014, 2017)
Jack Kaufmann (2014, 2017)
Colette Phipps (2014, 2017)
Curtis Chase (2015, 2018)
John Fox (2018)
Amy Heese (2015, 2018)

Each year denotes the beginning of a term.  Vestry members serve three-year terms.  Wardens serve two-year terms.  Vestry and Warden may be elected to serve a second term.

** completing J. Bodenmann term that began in 2016
** completing M. Paladino’s/L. Toro term that began in 2016


RECTOR: THE REV. MATTHEW HOXSIE MEAD

PreachThe Reverend Matthew Hoxsie Mead was called as the 15th Rector of the Parish of Christ the Redeemer in 2015. Father Matt is  married to Nicole DeCoursy Mead, and they have two school age children, Liam and Nicholas. Father Matt is a graduate of the University of Chicago, BA Philosophy, 1998, and Yale University, M. Div 2004, magna cum laude.

In addition to his work at Christ Church, Father Matt takes an active role in the larger church. He is one of the Clergy Deputies to General Convention from the Diocese of New York.  He is a member of and serves as Secretary of the Task Force for Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision of the Episcopal Church, and he serves as the Convener/Chair of that Task Force’s Communications Subcommittee. He is Chair of the Budget Committee of the Diocese of New York and serves as an ex officio member of both the Finance Committee of the diocese and the Council of the diocese.  He also serves as a member of the Commission on Ministry of the Diocese of New York.  He chaired the Task Force on Financial Matters for the 2015-2016 Strategic Plan of the Diocese of New York.  He has also served as a member of the Committee to Elect a Bishop, member of the diocesan Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission, member of the Congregational Support Plan Commission, and member of the Hispanic Grants Committee.

Before coming to Christ Church Father Matt was Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Granite Springs, New York, from 2009 until 2015, and Curate for Liturgy and Education at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square from 2004 until 2009.  We was ordained in 2004 by the Right Rev. Mark Sisk, XV Bishop of New York.

Father Matt enjoys good food and good music.  He owns a jukebox (45 r.p.m.) which he curates and assists as an archivist for the Black Crowes.

Office: 914-738-5515 extension 101
Fax:
914-712-0526
Cell:
914-471-0260

Email: matthew@christchurchpelham.org

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


SENIOR ASSOCIATE PRIEST: THE REV. CANON SUSAN HARRISS

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The Rev. Canon Susan Harriss comes to Christ Church in early retirement, having left Christ’s Church in Rye, New York in 2016.  She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Ruge, live in Scarsdale.  They have three adult children.

Canon Harriss studied at Denison University and at Union Theological Seminary before her ordination to the priesthood in 1980.  Before her time as Rector in Rye, she served as Canon Pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and for some years as  chaplain to its school. She also served at St. James’, Manhattan, and at St. Michael’s Church on the upper west side, where she was married and later ordained.
Her book of children’s sermons, Jamie’s Way, was published by Cowley Publications in 1991.  She has served on numerous diocesan committees, the Board of Episcopal Charities, and the Governing Board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

Office: 914-738-5515 extension 103
Fax:
914-712-0526

Email:susan@christchurchpelham.org

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


DEACON: THE REV. DEACON KATIE LAWRENCE

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Deacon Katie has been with Christ Church since 2009.

The first year she was with the church was a field placement before her ordination in May 2010. She has remained with the church since her ordination.

Pastoral care, senior lunches, serving at the altar are just some of the services that Katie performs for Christ Church.

Katie’s ministry also includes serving as a table leader at Kairos Outside weekends, serving meals at noon in Port Chester, Meals on Wheels, visiting and conducting services for residents of the Osborn Home in Rye and involvement in fund raising for senior transportation in the Rye area.

Email:ccamie8@aol.com

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


ORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER: MR. JEFFREY HOFFMAN

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Jeffrey Hoffman has been organist & choirmaster of Christ Church since 2007.

An alumnus of Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical composition and conducting as well as pursuing minor studies in organ performance, Hoffman served Episcopal, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic parishes in New York City and Westchester County before coming to Christ Church. At St. Alban’s Church on Staten Island, he founded the acclaimed Music at St. Alban’s concert series, which brought international performances to Staten Island’s South Shore.

As artistic director of Concerts at Christ Church, he has led concert performances of masses by Haydn, Mozart and Fauré, oratorios by Handel, Brahms, and Britten, and numerous instrumental concerti with Sinfonia Celestis, the chamber orchestra he founded in 2002.

He leads the parish choir weekly in “perfecting the praises offered by God’s people on earth,” and brings devotion to Jesus Christ, love for the Scriptures, and a passion for the pursuit of excellence in music making to the weekly liturgies of Christ Church.

Office: 914-738-5515 extension 102
Fax:
914-712-0526
Email:jeffrey@christchurchpelham.org

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


PARISH ADMINISTRATOR: MS. MARIE MAIN

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Marie Main has been Parish Administrator at Christ Church since 2011.

Prior to her tenure here, she worked at The Manor Club of Pelham, NY as an integral lead member of the Office Staff.

A seasoned administrator with extensive experience coordinating / planning events, managing systems, and organizing staff, Marie spent her earlier career working at corporate consulting firms based in New York City and London. Her past roles included Office/Human Resources Administrator at McKinsey & Company; Executive Assistant at MacLagan & Company; Office Administrator at Colony, Canon, Main & Purcell; and Office Administrator Management Practice, Inc.

Marie is happy to now call the Christ Church community her home, and views her work not solely as a job, but as her ministry.

Office: 914-738-5515 extension 105
Fax:
914-712-0526
Email:marie@christchurchpelham.org

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


VERGER & ASSISTANT SEXTON: MR. WALTER ROBERTS

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Walter Roberts serves as Verger and Sexton at Christ Church. He coordinates and oversees the ministry of acolytes, readers, and ushers. He is the primary “Master of Ceremonies” for all worship services at Christ Church.

Walter also serves as our Assistant Sexton.  He lives on site at Christ Church.

 

Office: 914-738-5515
Fax:
914-712-0526
Email:waltroberts@yahoo.com

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


SEXTON: MR. ED BLUE

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Ed Blue serves as Sexton at Christ Church. He maintains our beautiful facilities.

Ed is the longest serving member of the staff.  He has been our Sexton since the 1975 (he also worked here on and off from 1972-1975).  If you have any questions about our buildings or things that have happened or people who have worshipped at Christ Church, talk to Ed.

 

Office: 914-738-5515
Fax:
914-712-0526

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Pelham
1415 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803


RECTOR EMERITUS: THE REV. DAVID STEWART HOAG

father hoagFather Hoag served as the 13th Rector of Christ Church from 1966 to 1998.  He was given the honorary title of Rector Emeritus upon his retirement.

During his tenure many improvements and projects were completed at Christ Church, including the reconfiguration of the Sanctuary to its current “versus populum” or “priest facing the people” design, the installation of the Casavant Organ in the Sanctuary which lasted for 50 years until it was replaced by our new organ, the creation of the Parish Field (formerly a ravine), and overseeing the growth of the parish endowment.  Most significantly Father Hoag oversaw the merger between the Church of the Redeemer in Pelham and Christ Church in Pelham Manor – the combined congregations became what is now known as The Parish of Christ the Redeemer – though most people simply still say Christ Church. 

Father Hoag is retired in Florida.  He keeps in touch with the rector and many members from his time at Christ Church.  He has made several trips back to Pelham over the years, most recently for the Parish’s 175th Anniversary in 2018.  

Please click here for information on our past rectors.


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