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The Very Rev. Dr. Richard Laribee,
Rector of Trinity Church; Dean of the North Country District

Richard LaribeeIn his capacity as Rector, Richard focuses on the spiritual development of people in community — especially through classic Christian practices of praying together, learning together, worshipping together, problem solving together, and serving together in mission. He often speaks on the spiritual life, contrasting perspectives of the world religions, emerging Christianity in America, and current challenges and opportunities for the contemporary American church.

Driven to find new opportunities for the future by understanding the ways and stories of the past, he is passionate about exploring ancient historical, cultural, and religious sites, views, and practices. Richard has pursued this passion all over the world, exploring and photographing ancient, medieval, and contemporary shrines and cultural sites in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and America. Prior to coming to Trinity, he spent 2 years in the Middle East researching religious and cultural connections and perspectives among Christians and Muslims. His home base was the American University of Iraq, where he taught world religions and western civilization.

Richard loves sailing, scuba, films, photography, science fiction, puns, motorcycles, and travel — but his greatest delight is his three grown daughters.

Richard may be contacted at 788-6290, ext. 24 or rector@trinitywatertown.org.

The Rev. Jennifer A. Kenna, Assistant Priest for Pastoral Care

Jennifer Kenna

The Rev. Jennifer A. Kenna joined the Trinity staff on Oct. 1, 2012, as part-time assistant priest for pastoral care.

Called to the priesthood in 2005, she began her theological training and discernment as a participant in the three-year Diocesan Formation Program of the Diocese of Central New York, completing her academic work in 2009. During that time, she did a one-year Sundays-only internship at St. James Church, Pulaski, followed by a second more intensive assignment at St. Matthew’s Church, Liverpool, during her third year. After her ordination as deacon in May 2010, she served her diaconate at St. Matthew’s and helped the congregation at Church of the Savior in Syracuse to find a translator and organize a Church School for its growing Burmese refugee population. She was ordained to the priesthood on June 18, 2011, at St. Matthew’s, where she remained as curate, and later was a supply priest for the diocese.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse University, where she majored in music, and has been a university library assistant, worked in the insurance industry, was a stay-at-home mom, teaching assistant and bank teller and worked in retail sales.

A lifelong Episcopalian, her parish involvements included participation as a churchwarden and vestry member, organist and choir director, various offices in women’s groups and Altar Guild work. She was part of the organizational team forming the Shared Episcopal Ministry of Northern New York, a member of its council and treasurer of same. On the diocesan level, at various times since 1998, she has been United Thank Offering coordinator and chairwoman of the diocesan Episcopal Church Women’s Ministries Commission. In addition, she has served as vice president and president of Province II ECW and has attended the Triennial Meeting of ECW as a delegate from the Diocese of Central New York since 2000. Province II ECW appointed her chaplain at its annual meeting in April 2012. Jennifer and her husband, John, reside at Sackets Harbor and have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

Jennifer may be contacted at (315) 788-6290, ext. 33, or pastor@trinitywatertown.org.

Kyle P. Ramey, Organist & Choirmaster

Kyle at the Console

Mr. Ramey joined Trinity Parish as Director of Music Ministries in February 2006. He is responsible for conducting Trinity’s vocal and handbell choirs, administering the Trinity Concert Series, and serving as parish organist.

A native of Winchester, Va., he received a bachelor of music degree cum laude in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., studying with the late Eugene Roan. As an organist, Mr. Ramey has performed throughout the United States, including sessions with the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, as well as the Choristers Guild. More recent performances include a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, two Bach marathons at St. Lawrence University, Canton, and several performances for the Trinity Concert Series.

In addition to being a church musician, Mr. Ramey was a founding member of Reverberation, a professional handbell choir based in Bucks County, Pa., and also served as the assistant conductor of the world-renowned Westminster Concert Handbell Choir. He also has been a member and guest conductor of the River Ringers Handbell Choir in Watertown; has served as a grant review panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts and is the founder and artistic director of the a capella choir Watertown Musica Viva.

As a singer and accompanist, Kyle has performed works with many organizations including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Trenton Symphony Orchestra well as with the Ridgewood Symphony (N.J.), the Raritan Valley Choral Society (N.J.) and Northern Choral Society in Watertown.

Mr. Ramey may be contacted at (315) 788-6290, ext. 23, or music@trinitywatertown.org.

Sue Ebersol DeMar, Parish Administrator

Ms. DeMar has been parish administrator since February 2009. A Watertown native, she graduated in 1984 from St. Lawrence University, Canton, with a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies. Before joining the Trinity staff, she had been employed for 17 years at the Watertown Daily Times as a news clerk.

Ms. DeMar may be contacted at (315) 788-6290, ext. 22, or office@trinitywatertown.org.

Kevin C. Thackston, Sexton

KevinThackston

Mr. Thackston joined the Trinity staff in August 2012 as sexton. He is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and most recently worked for the City of Watertown Parks and Recreation Department.

Mr. Thackston may be contacted at (315) 788-6290, ext. 30, or sexton@trinitywatertown.org.

Barbara Tucker-Jones, Nursery Care Provider

Ms. Tucker-Jones provides nursery care on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m.