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The Rev. Dr. Richard Laribee, Rector


In 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 is available to speak 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 has explored 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’s other passions include sailing, scuba, films, science fiction, travel, and non-institutional forms of Christian, spiritual community.

Richard may be contacted at 788-6290, ext. 24, or rector@trinitywatertown.org, or by leaving a voicemail at 777-6440.

Kyle P. Ramey, Director of Liturgical Arts

Kyle at the Console

Mr. Ramey joined Trinity Parish as Director of Liturgical Arts 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.

Lee H. Ebersol, Sexton

Mr. Ebersol joined the Trinity staff in May 2016. He is a graduate of Clarkson University, Potsdam, with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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

Barbara C. Tucker, Nursery Care Provider

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