Clergy & Staff

  The Reverend Jacob Andrew Smith    Rector   The Reverend Jacob Smith is the Rector. 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.

The Reverend Jacob Andrew Smith

Rector

The Reverend Jacob Smith is the Rector. 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.

  The Reverend Ben DeHart    Associate Rector   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 in 2008 (B.A. History), and received his M.Div. in 2012. He worked as an Episcopal Chaplain at Carnegie Mellon University, and as an Associate Priest at St. Thomas Memorial Episcopal Church in Oakmont, Pennsylvania from 2012-2014. Ben was ordained by the Right Reverend Dorsey McConnell on June 15, 2013.

The Reverend Ben DeHart

Associate Rector

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 in 2008 (B.A. History), and received his M.Div. in 2012. He worked as an Episcopal Chaplain at Carnegie Mellon University, and as an Associate Priest at St. Thomas Memorial Episcopal Church in Oakmont, Pennsylvania from 2012-2014. Ben was ordained by the Right Reverend Dorsey McConnell on June 15, 2013.

  The Reverend Jay Gardner    Associate Rector for Family Formation   The Reverend Jay Gardner was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He and his wife, Paige, studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he finished with a B.A. in Philosophy and Music in 2011. Jay completed his M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL while also serving as a youth minister at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (2012-2015). Jay and Paige moved to NYC in August 2016 for Jay to complete a year of Anglican Studies at The General Theological Seminary. Jay was ordained a Deacon by the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan of the Diocese of Alabama on in May of  2017 and Ordained a Priest in Nov of 2017 at St. George’s Chapel.

The Reverend Jay Gardner

Associate Rector for Family Formation

The Reverend Jay Gardner was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He and his wife, Paige, studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he finished with a B.A. in Philosophy and Music in 2011. Jay completed his M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL while also serving as a youth minister at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (2012-2015). Jay and Paige moved to NYC in August 2016 for Jay to complete a year of Anglican Studies at The General Theological Seminary. Jay was ordained a Deacon by the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan of the Diocese of Alabama on in May of 2017 and Ordained a Priest in Nov of 2017 at St. George’s Chapel.

 
  The Reverend Jim Munroe    Associate Minister   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. It’s all about grace.

The Reverend Jim Munroe

Associate Minister

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. It’s all about grace.

  The Reverend Nancy Hanna    Associate Minister   Nancy was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Long Island, NY. She graduated from Harvard University (B.A.), Lesley University (Ed.M), and Union Theological Seminary in NYC (M.Div.). She was ordained presbyter in the Diocese of New York in 1986. Before retiring in 2010 she served 4 parishes in theDiocese of New York over 25 years: St. Mary's, Scarborough (as assistant to rector Paul Zahl); Christ's Church, Rye; St. Bartholomew's, Manhattan; and from 2004-2010 as associate rector at Calvary-St.George's, Manhattan, where she now serves as a non-stipendiary associate.

The Reverend Nancy Hanna

Associate Minister

Nancy was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Long Island, NY. She graduated from Harvard University (B.A.), Lesley University (Ed.M), and Union Theological Seminary in NYC (M.Div.). She was ordained presbyter in the Diocese of New York in 1986. Before retiring in 2010 she served 4 parishes in theDiocese of New York over 25 years: St. Mary's, Scarborough (as assistant to rector Paul Zahl); Christ's Church, Rye; St. Bartholomew's, Manhattan; and from 2004-2010 as associate rector at Calvary-St.George's, Manhattan, where she now serves as a non-stipendiary associate.

  Scott Pavao    Chief Operating Officer

Scott Pavao

Chief Operating Officer

 
  Mari Sparacino    Head Sexton   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.

Mari Sparacino

Head Sexton

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.

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

Wesley Kuklo

Accountant

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

  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.

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.

 
  Laurel Marr    Parish Administrator   Laurel Marr is the Parish Administrator for Calvary St. George's. She lives nearby with her husband, Corbin, and kids, Hannah and Samuel. She really likes how she can walk to work. She moved to NYC from Crested Butte, CO, where she used to ski a lot and ride horses. Laurel also leads the church's healing prayer ministry and believes the Gospel is found in the 12-steps.

Laurel Marr

Parish Administrator

Laurel Marr is the Parish Administrator for Calvary St. George's. She lives nearby with her husband, Corbin, and kids, Hannah and Samuel. She really likes how she can walk to work. She moved to NYC from Crested Butte, CO, where she used to ski a lot and ride horses. Laurel also leads the church's healing prayer ministry and believes the Gospel is found in the 12-steps.

  Carissa Tjia    Online & Print Communications Manager   Carissa spearheads online and print communications for the parish. Using all mediums from facebook and Instagram, to bulletins and signage, she's integral in sharing God's good news with the city of NY and the world.

Carissa Tjia

Online & Print Communications Manager

Carissa spearheads online and print communications for the parish. Using all mediums from facebook and Instagram, to bulletins and signage, she's integral in sharing God's good news with the city of NY and the world.

  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.

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.

 
  Chelsy Haynes    Program Director for Youth and Family   Chelsy is the Program Director for Youth and Family for our Children and Family ministry. She oversees the day to day operations of our Youth and Family programs, and spearheads initiatives to share the Gospel with our youngest members.

Chelsy Haynes

Program Director for Youth and Family

Chelsy is the Program Director for Youth and Family for our Children and Family ministry. She oversees the day to day operations of our Youth and Family programs, and spearheads initiatives to share the Gospel with our youngest members.

  Melina Smith    Creative Arts Camp Coordinator   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.

Melina Smith

Creative Arts Camp Coordinator

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.