The Rev. John E. Denaro
The Rev. John E. Denaro began his ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity on March 1, 2011, and was called as Rector in June 2013. His arrival to Brooklyn and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island follows nearly two decades of service in parishes in the Diocese of New York, including Calvary/St. George’s, Christ and St. Stephen’s, St. Edward the Martyr, St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery, and Holy Apostles–all in Manhattan–and Grace Church, Middletown.
In addition to his experience in parish ministry, Fr. Denaro worked in the church communications realm, as a video producer at Trinity Church on Wall Street and, most recently, as the Church Relations Officer for Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the refugee resettlement arm of the Episcopal Church. His efforts over eight years at EMM supported parishes and communities throughout the U.S. to respond at a local level to global needs, which he will continue to pursue with the people of St. Ann’s.
Fr. Denaro grew up in the Bronx and is a graduate of Williams College and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his partner, Joel Van Liew, and two cats. He has been known to engage in serious cupcake baking in his free time. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @frjohnnyd.
The Rev. Katherine A. Salisbury
The Rev. Katherine A. Salisbury was ordained to the transitional diaconate this June, after completing a Masters of Sacred Theology at the General Theological Seminary. For her thesis project, Kate designed a pilgrimage from the statue of Minerva, in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, to the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor. Kate holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University and has served as a Christian educator in Episcopal schools and churches since 2004. For six years, she served as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. James’ Church, Madison Avenue. More recently, she served as Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn. Kate lives with her husband, Ian, and two-year-old daughter, Virginia, in Brooklyn Heights. Contact her at email@example.com.
Parish Life Associate
Matthew T. Leaycraft received his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School in 2010. He is in ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and is being sponsored by St. Gregory’s Church in Woodstock, New York, where he was born and has a home. Matthew is a retreat leader and spiritual director and has just concluded an eight-month internship at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. Matthew has been the Executive Director of Byrdcliffe, an arts organization in Woodstock that offers exhibitions, concerts, and classes. Matthew’s prior career was in asset management of commercial real estate in Manhattan where he had responsibility for the operational and financial performance of high-rise office towers, including the Seagram and Sony Buildings and Lever House. For over 20 years, Matthew served on the board of New York’s oldest social service agency, the New York City Mission Society. He retired from the board as chairperson. Matthew is an alumnus of Vassar College where he majored in Art History. Matthew lives in New York and is married to his partner of twenty-two years, Steven Cambron. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. Chad Levitt
Interim Director of Music
M. Chad Levitt joined St. Ann & the Holy Trinity as its Interim Director of Music on November 2, 2014. He plays the landmark organ each Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist and leads occasional choir and other special events. Before joining St. Ann’s, he was the organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Conn.
Chad has a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied organ with Gail Archer and McNeil Robinson, and conducting under David Gilbert. His undergraduate studies were at Stetson University and Rollins College, both in Florida. He has served churches in Florida, Westchester County and the Bronx, working as organist, choir director and coordinator of other music programs.
Chad has played recitals at the National Cathedral in Washington, Church of the Advent in Boston, and Saint-Croix de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France. Contact him at email@example.com.
Peter Farley III
Cheryl L. Branche
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