THE RIGHT REVEREND DEAN E. WOLFE, D. D.
On February 5, we were delighted to welcome Dean as our thirteenth Rector. Previous to joining us at St. Bart's, Dean served as Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas for fourteen years, and he currently serves as Vice-president of the House of Bishops for the Episcopal Church. Dean has had had a distinguished career of ministry and leadership that has taken him from large parishes, such as Trinity Church in Boston’s Copley Square and St. Michael and All Angels in Dallas, to the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, where he was the spiritual leader of some 11,000 people in forty-four congregations. Dean is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, which also bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate in 2004, in recognition of his extraordinary service within the national church and the Anglican Communion.
In Kansas, Dean made his reputation as a caring pastor, a bridge-builder, and a prophetic, progressive leader in a region of the country not always known for such stances. He advocated for the State of Kansas to welcome refugees from Syria; he officiated the first authorized Episcopal same-sex marriage in the diocese; and he has spoken out forcefully about gun control and the horror of mass shootings.
Dean is joined by his wife Ellen Frantz-Wolfe, a mother, businesswoman, and active community and church volunteer.
THE REVEREND LYNN SANDERS
CHIEF OF PARISH MINISTRIES
Exploring membership or new to St. Bart's? Lynn is the one to see.
As Chief of Parish Ministries, the Rev. Lynn C. Sanders oversees the worship, programs, and pastoral ministries of St. Bart's, and shares in the sacramental, preaching, teaching and pastoral work that nourish this parish. Lynn finds special joy in getting to know newcomers and longer-timers alike, and in working with both staff and parishioner teams to extend God’s radical welcome to all who enter here.
A Greenville, South Carolina native, Lynn earned a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MBA. Her career in computer systems evolved into business and management consulting, landing her in New York, where she found a church home at St. Bart's.
Lynn was an active lay member of St. Bart’s from 1988 until 2001, when her life took an unexpected turn to ordained ministry. She completed a M.Div. degree at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) seminary in Berkeley, California, and was ordained Priest in the Diocese of New York in 2004. Through serving as Assistant Rector at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, then as Associate Rector at St. Bart's, Lynn realized how much she loves the holy, multi-faceted and challenging work of pastoring a congregation ... who knew?!
THE REVEREND EDWARD SUNDERLAND, LCSW
DIRECTOR OF CROSSROADS COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.
The Rev. Edward Sunderland is both a priest and a social worker. Edward is thrilled to combine parish ministry with social work in the context of this parish with its long commitment to social justice.
A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Grove City College, and attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He also completed an MSW degree at Arizona State University.
Edward has worked as a social worker and as a priest he has served as a University Chaplain in Spanish language congregations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New York. As a social worker he has specialized in Medical Social Work, Palliative Care and Homelessness.
In 1998 he came to New York, fell in love with the city and never left. At St. Bart’s he works with the many volunteers who staff our shelter, breakfast and food pantry programs.
If you would like to find out more about Community Ministry come to one of the orientation sessions. Find out more here.
THE REVEREND MATTHEW J. MORETZ
The Rev. Matthew Moretz grew up in Augusta, Georgia where he was baptized at the Church of the Good Shepherd and was a student at the parish’s Episcopal Day School. He discerned a call to the priesthood after his undergraduate work at Davidson College.
Matthew then worked as the Christian Education Director of Christ’s Church, Frederica in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. While attending the General Theological Seminary in New York City, he served as an intern at St. Bart’s for two years.
Matthew was ordained in 2006, and he has most recently served as the Curate of Christ’s Church in Rye, New York, one of the oldest Episcopal parishes in the United States. He produces an online series, entitled “Father Matthew Presents,” which shares the treasures of Christianity one video at a time. The series often features his miniature dachshund, Beauregard.