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. Sarah J. Kooperkamp
Sarah Kooperkamp joined St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in the Spring of 2012. She comes to us having served at churches in Manhattan, New Hamburg, New York, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most recently Sarah was the Director of Christian Education at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, in Manhattan. She has served in a number of capacities in parishes, but always brings a love of children’s ministry and a desire to implement outreach projects to the Church.
Sarah graduated from Amherst College, Union Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. She was ordained to the priesthood September 29, 2012, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. She lives in East Harlem with her husband, Billy, and her dog, Job. You can read Sarah’s sermons at Sarah Kooperkamp’s Sermons and follow her experiences at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity on her “reflections” blog. Contact her at email@example.com
Director of Music & Organist/Parish Administrator
Gregory Eaton has been the Director of Music and Organist of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church since 1993. At St. Ann’s he plays the landmark E.M. Skinner organ of 1925, and can be heard most weeks of the year in the church’s weekly organ recital every Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. He also serves as Dean of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
A graduate of the University of Redlands, California, his major teachers have been Eva Clover in piano, Jeffrey Rickard in conducting, and Dr. Leslie Spelman in organ. An invitation to join the music staff of Trinity Church, Wall Street, brought Mr. Eaton to New York in 1984. After two years at Trinity, he served as Director of Music of the Church of the Epiphany in Manhattan, prior to accepting the position at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity.
Concurrent with most of these appointments, Mr. Eaton was Lecturer in Church Music of the General Theological Seminary, from 1984-2006. In addition to his church music activities, Mr. Eaton is also, with David Hurd, one of the co-founders of Chelsea Winds recorder ensemble, and an occasional composer of both sacred and secular music. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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