The Rev. Canon John E. Denaro
The Rev. John E. Denaro began his ministry at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity on March 1, 2011, as Priest-in-Charge, and was called as Rector in June 2013. On May 5, 2019, the Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, named him honorary canon of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City.
Fr. Denaro’s arrival to Brooklyn and St. Ann’s followed 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, from 2003-11, 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 continues to do at St. Ann’s.
Fr. Denaro grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Williams College and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his spouse, Joel Van Liew. Follow him on Instagram @canonjohnnyd.
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.
The Rev. Craig Townsend
Associate for Faith Formation
The Rev. Craig D. Townsend was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 1982, and to the priesthood in 1983. For the past twenty years, Craig served as Associate Rector and then Vicar (senior associate) at St. James’ Church on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, where he was in charge of education programs. In addition, from 2003 until last year, Craig directed a Lilly Endowment-funded program for the mentoring of newly-ordained clergy that was based at St. James’ (Kate Salisbury was in that program during the 2015-16 academic year). He retired from these positions last year and joined the staff at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in the fall of 2017 to serve two Sundays each month for worship leadership and adult education. Craig’s second parish position (after beginning his career in Michigan) was here at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, where he was Associate Rector from 1984 to 1987. Craig holds a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion (American Religious History) from Harvard University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Cathy Fuerst, and they have two grown sons.
Organist Gregory D’Agostino joined St. Ann & the Holy Trinity as Interim Music Director, playing his first Sunday service on our Skinner organ at the joyous Festival Eucharist on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where he was also on the faculty. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Organ Faculty at Mannes College of Music at the New School. Recently, he was organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament near Lincoln Center. An accomplished organist, Dr. D’Agostino has performed internationally, including at Lincoln Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Notre Dame in Paris and as recitalist for various conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. D’Agostino is a member of the Musicians Club of New York and has served as a jurist for its Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards.
Director, Youth Choir
Hallie Stotler joined St. Ann’s as Director of our new Children’s Choir on January 5, 2020. Hallie is a conductor, contralto soloist in NYC, music educator and a strong proponent of singing as a vehicle for individual and community empowerment. A native New Yorker, Hallie grew up the daughter of a professional folk singer and finds herself equally at home in folk and classical genres. She holds a B.A. in Music from Vassar College and is completing her Masters in Music Education at Hunter college. Hallie currently works as a private instrumental music teacher with Blue Balloon Music School and is a student teacher at P.S. 116 in Manhattan. When not conducting or singing, she can be found playing fiddle, guitar, and mandolin with her folk music duo, Racket River Girls.
Events and Space Use Manager
Lauren Bakoian joined the staff of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in January 2016. 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 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.
Halley Potter Taylor
Léon M. Willis II