Jacob Smith

The Reverend Jacob Smith is the Priest-in-Charge. Jake was born on the Navajo Reservation and was raised in Yuma, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a BA in History, with an emphasis in Near Eastern Studies. He received his M. Div from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in May, 2006. Jacob was ordained to the diaconate on June 3, 2006 in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and ordained a presbyter at Calvary Church on December 3, 2006 by the Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor.

Ben DeHart
Associate Minister for Pastoral Care
& New Members Ministries

The Reverend Ben DeHart is the Associate Minister for Pastoral Care and New Members Ministries. Ben grew up in Robbinsville, New Jersey, graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in History in 2008, and received his M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 2012. He has worked as an Episcopal chaplain at Carnegie Mellon University, as curate at Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and as an assistant at St. Thomas Memorial Episcopal Church in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Ben was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church on January 11, 2014.

Bowie Snodgrass

Bowie Snodgrass was born in Manhattan and grew up in inner-city and Appalachian rectories in the South Bronx, Newark, Cincinnati, and Western New York.  She is a Postulant for ordination to the priesthood from the Episcopal Diocese of New York, pursuing Anglican Studies at the General Theological Seminary and serving as Seminarian Intern at the Parish of Calvary-St. George’s. Bowie most recently served as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at St. James’ Episcopal Church on Madison Avenue in New York City.  She is a founder of Faith House Manhattan – an inter-religious community, which encourages people to “experience your neighbor’s faith, deepen your own” – and served as Executive Director from 2009-12. Bowie majored in Religious Studies at Vassar College, received her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and has been published in Discovering the Spirit in the City (Continuum 2010), The Huffington Post, The Anglican Theological Review, Episcopal Life Online, and Washington Window. She lives in Chelsea at General Theological Seminary with her husband,George Mathew, and son, Jacob.

Jim Munroe

Jim Munroe attended Phillips Academy, Williams College, Wycliffe Hall (Oxford) and Virginia Theological Seminary – with brief stints along the way for hockey, the Marine Crops and quitting smoking. Early on, he served for 4 years as Curate at Grace Church in NYC, along with Fitz Allison and Paul Zahl (who taught him how to disco). For the past 30 years, Jim has served Episcopal churches in Massachusetts. He is the Dean (for two more months) of Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield. It’s all about grace.


Mark Tenniswood

Director of Operations

Mark is the Director of Operations. He manages all business related aspects of the parish, including managing the real-estate, finance, and operational staff. Prior to beginning his work with the parish in 2010, Mark had a distinguished business career, and then returned to school to pursue his interest in theology, graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2006 Mark became a published author, with his first children’s book, “Thank You God for Onions.” Mark and his wife Regina live in Gramercy Park.

Mari Sparacino 
Head Sexton, Maintenance Supervisor 

Mari manages a team of sextons who maintain our facilities and they assist with property events and Church services. Mari has been on staff since 2009.

Kamel Boutros
Music Director

Kamel is the church’s Music Director. Kamel graduated from the Curtis Institute with a MA degree in Opera performance. He is an award winning opera singer and actor and his portfolio includes performances with pianist Martha Argerich in Europe and Japan,  In the Edinburgh Festival, he sang Mamoud in Death of Klinghoffer. At the Metropolitan Opera he sang in Carmen, Capriccio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette, as well as in a gala concert with the late Luciano Pavarotti conducted by James Levine.

Alex Nguyen
Associate Music Director

Alex Nguyen is the Associate Music Director. He is an accomplished trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. Among his many honors include winning the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, and second place in the National Trumpet Competition.  A graduate of the University of North Florida's jazz studies program, Nguyen also holds a Masters in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase, where he worked with seminal trumpeters Jon Faddis and Jim Rotondi.

Joshua Encinias
Executive Assistant
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Josh is the church’s executive assistant. Josh grew up in Pensacola, FL and is a graduate of the The King’s College, at which he studied Philosophy, Culture, Economics, and Politics. He participates in The Olmsted Salon, makes short films, and writes for Indiewire, Mockingbird, and his alma mater’s publication, The Lewis Review.

Nia Kiesow
Production Designer

Nia James Kiesow is the production designer and manager for all print and digital materials. She graduated from the King's College with a BA in Media, Culture, and the Arts. In her spare time, she enjoys going to museums, cooking, and practicing her photography.

Matt Veligdan
Online Media, Webmaster

Matt creates online content for the parish, including weekly videos, podcasts, and internet content. In addition to his work at Calvary St. George's Church, Matt Veligdan is a composer whose work can be seen on TruTV, Discovery, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network. He also works as a bandleader, piano player, arranger and classical conductor.

Dusty Brown
Director, The Olmsted Salon

Dusty Brown is the director of The Olmsted Salon, the church’s Arts and Culture Ministry. The Olmsted Salon seeks to examine the realities of life and their implications on faith through avenues such as art, lectures and other various types of media and production with the goal of finding common ground between the church and culture.

Jacquelina DeMarco
Assisting Children’s Coordinator

Jackie is the Assisting Children’s Coordinator for our Children and Family ministry. She was a senior director and associate producer for the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre for 10 years where she devised creative dramatic workshops and directed fully staged productions. In addition to her work with children, she is a professional actress and development associate for a NY/LA film production company.

Melina Smith
Director of Children’s Ministries

Melina has a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Sociology and earned a Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University in Counseling and Human Relations. She began her work as a social worker on the reservation of the Cocopah Tribe, then continued working with families as a Behavior Therapist in Pittsburgh, and after arriving in New York City worked for the Children's Aid Society. Mel hopes to create original Sunday School content that integrates creativity in light of our freedom experienced through the Gospel. 

Wesley Kuklo

Wesley is the church’s accountant. He is from Suwalki, Poland and enjoys traveling internationally.