Father David started his ministry at St. James’ in October of 2011. He completed his seminary education at the Divinity School at Duke University and his Anglican Studies year as Seminarian in Residence at Canterbury Cathedral. He was ordained in 1997 in the Diocese of East Carolina. There he served for three years as Curate/Assistant Rector at St. Paul’s Church, a pastoral-size congregation in the historic seaside town of Beaufort, North Carolina. He then served for four and a half years as Associate Rector for Member Incorporation at the corporate-size congregation of St. Bartholomew’s Church in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. Most recently, he served for seven years as the Rector of Trinity Church in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The vision which guides his ministry is the belief that because we are made in the image of God there is inside of each of us a hunger to connect with the Sacred. Our aim as the church is to help people make that connection as we grow both in numbers and in depth of relationship with God and one another. He believes the Episcopal way of living out the Christian faith offers a spirituality and way of worship many are seeking, but have yet to experience. He has a passion for exploring ways our parish can reach out to meet people where they are, sharing with them what we have found, as well as maintaining and growing in ways we seek to care for another as a parish family.
He feels strongly that worship can be reverent as well as joyful, welcoming and accessible, especially to children and youth. He believes that worship should encourage people in their daily lives and send them out lifted up, empowered by the Spirit to meet the week ahead.
The Rev. Marnie Keator, Priest Associate
As a child growing up in CT in the forties and fifties, much of Marnie’s time was spent playing priest as she “celebrated the Eucharist” with her dolls and stuffed animals. At that time women were not ordained, so playing priest was pure fantasy until 1997, when she was made a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of VT. At the bishop’s request, she entered Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, MA) in the fall of 1997 and graduated in May of 2000, being ordained in Burlington, VT as a transitional Deacon the week before graduation. In December of that year, she was ordained Priest at Zion Church in Manchester VT, serving there as Associate Rector for two years. In 2004, Marnie was called to be Vicar of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Turners Falls, MA. When St. Andrew’s achieved full parish status a few years later, she served as Rector until moving with her husband to Waimea in the fall of 2015. For Marnie to find herself as Priest Associate in a parish with such a gifted rector whose vision and goal for ministry jives so well with her own, has been a great surprise and an even greater joy for which she gives God all thanks and praise!
Everett Knowles, Director of Music
Sheri Mariscal, Parish Administrator
Lynn Wung, Assistant Parish Administrator/Bookkeeper