Parish Clergy

The Reverend Stephen Gerth, Rector

The Reverend Stephen Gerth has served as rector of the parish since February 1, 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago and Nashotah House Seminary. After graduation and ordination in the spring of 1983, he served as assistant at the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, and as curate at Saint Luke’s Church, Baton Rouge, before being called to serve as rector of Trinity Church, Michigan City, Indiana, in December 1988.

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The Reverend James Ross Smith, Curate

The Reverend James Ross Smith began as Curate in November of 2007. He has been associated with the parish as a priest since 1998. He is a graduate of Cornell University, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and Yale University Divinity School and continues work to complete his doctoral dissertation at Yale. Ordained in 1989, Father Smith has also served as an assisting priest at Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut, and since ordination has been a member of the clergy of the Diocese of New York.

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The Reverend Doctor James C. Pace, Assistant Priest

Father Pace serves as an assistant priest at St. Mary's and was ordained a deacon in 1988 and a priest in 1989 in the Diocese of Tennessee. In his secular employment, he serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at New York University Meyers College of Nursing where he holds the rank of clinical professor. Fr. Pace earned a BA in philosophy from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN; a BSN from Florida State University; MSN and MDiv degrees from Vanderbilt University; and a PhD in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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The Reverend Doctor Peter R. Powell, Assistant Priest

The Reverend Peter R. Powell began attending St. Mary the Virgin in 2002 and has been teaching bible in Adult Ed since 2007.  He has been an Assisting Priest since 2010.  He was graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1976, Princeton Theological Seminary with a Th.M. in 1979 and The School of Theology, The University of the South with a D. Min. in 1997.  He was Adjunct Professor of Biblical Languages at Virginia Seminary from 1980-1984 and Instructor of Hebrew and Teaching Fellow at Princeton Seminary in the late 70s.  For 22 years until his retirement in 2010 Father Powell was the President/CEO of Homes with Hope, a Supportive Housing and Emergency Services provider in Westport, CT where he continues to live with his wife, Barbara.

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The Reverend Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, Deacon

Rebecca Weiner Tompkins was ordained Deacon in 2009. She has been at Saint Mary’s since 2002 serving at the altar, teaching Christian Education programs and Sunday School, and coordinating the relationship with the barrio parish of San Juan Evangelista, Villanueva, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She received her B.A. in Literature/Poetry from the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, and  her M.F.A. in Writing/Poetry from Goddard College, and then studied as a candidate in the Doctoral Program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She is an English professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, specializing in writing, poetry, and the short story.  Her poems have been published in assorted journals, and she is the recipient of grants and awards for her literary work.  One of her regular activities is playing and recording acoustic and electric violin with various groups, including Patti Smith and Life in a Blender.  After having lived in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Boston, and Searsport, Maine, she spent  twenty plus years in Greenwich Village where she raised her children, Emery and Mara, and currently resides in Brooklyn with her two rescued dogs.  

 

Music Department

Doctor David Hurd, Organist and Music Director 

Doctor Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the country, with a long list of awards, prizes, honors and achievements to his credit. From 1976 to 2016, he worked at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, first as Director of Chapel Music and later also as Professor of Church Music and Organist. The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin is honored to have Dr. Hurd as our Organist and Music Director.

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Saint Mary's Mission House

 

Sister Laura Katharine
Community of
St. John Baptist
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Sister Monica Clare
Community of
St. John Baptist
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Parish Staff

 

Mr. Chris Howatt
Office Manager
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Mr. John McHale
Bookkeeper
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Mr. Stefano Esposito
Mr. Harka Garung
Mr. Mario Martinez

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