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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Bowie is the Wisdom Year Resident and will focus this year on faith formation with families at St. George's. Born in NY, Bowie has a BA in Religious Studies from Vassar College and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. Her Wisdom Year Residency is part of a Master of Sacred Theology at General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, where she lives with her husband George and their son.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is the church’s accountant. He is from Suwalki, Poland and enjoys traveling internationally.