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 email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @frjohnnyd.
The Rev. Katherine A. Salisbury
The Rev. Katherine A. Salisbury was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 2015, after serving a year as transitional deacon at St. Ann’s. Kate holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University and a Masters of Sacred Theology from the General Theological Seminary (GTS). For her thesis project at GTS, 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’s ministry experience includes serving 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 in Brooklyn Heights with her husband Ian, and their two daughters, Virginia and Jane. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Music
Christopher Jennings joined the staff of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity as Director of Music in July 2016, having previously served at other churches including at St. James’ Church Madison Ave., NYC, St. James’s West Hartford, CT, and Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, CT. Christopher has degrees from Yale University and Indiana University in organ and sacred music. In addition to his duties at St. Ann’s, he is an active organ recitalist, teacher and conductor in the NYC Metro area and throughout the country. He enjoys collaborative, mutual ministry and is passionate about teaching and bringing music to a variety of people of all ages. Christopher is excited about the possibilities for growth and creativity for music and the arts within and outside of the liturgy at St. Ann’s. When he is not rehearsing choirs or practicing the organ, he enjoys cooking, reading, and yoga. He lives in South Orange, NJ, with his husband Brian and their two cats, Ginger and Peppercorn.
Lauren Bakoian joined the staff of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in early January to fill the new post of Facilities Manager. Lauren is a visual artist who received her MFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her BFA from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She has worked in the New York City art world, first as a master printer and manager of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and then, for almost 18 years, as director of Lori Bookstein Fine Art in Chelsea.
Lauren says about her new start, “I am excited and honored to care for some of the needs of the parish and help welcome the wider community into the church. I am particularly grateful for the challenge of supporting and expanding the programs of the Forum @ St. Ann’s, where I can apply some of my gifts and experience.”
Lauren lives with her husband Michael and daughter Ani in Greenpoint, where weekends are full of making art and granola and deciphering first-grade math homework.Contact her at email@example.com.
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