Directory of Clergy And Staff
THE REV. MICHAEL B. DANGELO
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Prior to being called as Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, the Reverend Michael Dangelo served as the Chaplain at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas and as a Sunday Associate at Saint Michael and All Angels Church. Previously, Mike had served as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and Dean of the Mystic Valley Deanery. From 2004 to 2008, he was Associate Rector for Congregational Growth at Trinity Church in Boston.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. In 2000, Mike married his wife, Faye, who is completing her ThD (doctor of theology) at Harvard Divinity School in Systematic Theology, and will serve as a research associate for the Science, Religion and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School in the autumn. Together, they have a daughter named Suzannah, who was born in 2007.
THE REV. EMILY J. GARCIA
Assistant Rector for Children & Teens
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Ms. Garcia completed her third and final year at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in May 2017 and was ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on June 3, 2017. Emily was sponsored for ordination by the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard. She was ordained a priest in December of 2017.
Emily’s concentration at Yale Divinity School has been ministry to children, youth and family augmenting her theological studies with practical experience at the Calvin Hill Daycare Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten as a Teacher’s Assistant. She has strong Godly Play experience, she is a poet and writer, and she recently earned a grant from the United Thank Offering for developing eucharistic liturgies for children. She is a fine preacher, and looks forward to participating in the life of the Redeemer.
Emily attended Princeton University, where she studied Comparative Literature and then headed straight to Boston to teach for a year as an intern at The Learning Project Elementary School in the Back Bay. For the next three years she held a variety of jobs, including two years as Kellogg Fellow at the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard, as a Sunday School teacher at St. John’s, Charlestown, and as a tutor for children at MGH.
Emily grew up in the Evangelical Free tradition in California and Colorado, and became an Episcopalian in college. She has been working with children, teens, and young adults for the last ten years, starting with the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton, and very much looks forward to getting to know and grow with the families at the Redeemer. When not at the Redeemer (or daydreaming about lesson plans), she enjoys reading Dorothy Sayers and Ellis Peters mystery novels, learning and practicing other languages, and making and eating good food with friends.
MICHAEL S. MURRAY
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Originally from Queensland, Australia, Michael S. Murray directs the adult portion of the music at the parish. During his tenure, the music at the Redeemer has blossomed into one of the most respected sacred music programs in New England.
He has appeared on numerous recordings. Most recently, in 2012, “Vivat Regina! The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II”, a commemorative recording of organ, choral and instrumental music, which launched to critical acclaim.
As a soloist, he has appeared in recital at major venues across the United States, Europe and Australasia, including “The Sydney Cabaret Convention”, as well as the national conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the International Society of Organbuilders, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Michael holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) from the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he studied organ with Peter Sykes. Previous studies in organ were undertaken with Stefan Engels (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ) and David Rumsey (Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia); Organ Improvisation was mentored by Dorothy Papadakos (Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY). In 1999, he was awarded first place in the Herbert Davis Organ Competition.
He resides in a former convent on the North Shore (known affectionately as the “Couvent sur la mer”) with his husband and two cats. In his free time he enjoys delving into culinary experiments at home and exploring epicurean delights globally.
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Before coming to the Redeemer, Barbara worked as a counselor for young children at Bridge Boston Charter School and continues to work part-time on the weekends as an administrator for EDCO Collaborative's Educator Leadership Institute. She lives in Brookline with her husband, Bradley, an attorney. They have three children: Helen, a Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College; Daniel, an Episcopal Priest living in Canandaigua, NY; and Cora, an Occupational Therapist working in a Brookline K-8 school. Barbara and her husband have been members of Brookline's All Saints Parish for 25 years. Barbara is a graduate of Lawrence University and has an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Boston University.
Verger & Concert Coordinator
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Suzy Westcott has been a member of the Church of the Redeemer since 1974. She has served as Chair of the Sunday School Committee, Treasurer of both the Church Service League and Christmas Market, Directress of the Altar Guild, and a member of the Vestry, where she also held the offices of Assistant Treasurer, Junior Warden and Senior Warden. She has also held the position of Financial Administrator and currently serves as the Verger of the Parish.
Suzy grew up in New York City and is a graduate of Smith College. In 1969, she moved to the Boston area where she worked as a systems engineer for IBM. Suzy is married and has three children.
Sunday School Musician
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Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, John came to Massachusetts in 2000 and has been involved in youth and music ministry in various Boston-area churches ever since. He has a broad ecumenical approach to ministry, drawing diverse musical, liturgical and pedagogical influence from the various Christian traditions that he’s been fortunate enough to be a part of. That's a fancy, churchy way of saying he sings ridiculous songs about God with kids and teens (and fun adults).
John was raised in the Episcopal Church (his mother is soon to be ordained to the priesthood!!!) and has provided youth work and music ministry in several denominational settings including Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston, The Barbara C. Harris Summer Camp, Diocesan Youth Ministry events and retreats, Tufts University Protestant Student Fellowship, The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Greater Boston and the former Charles River Church, an emergent liturgical community. John met his wife Suzy while they were doing youth work together for the diocese. She is currently the Director of High School Sexual Health Education for Boston Public Schools. They live in Quincy with their dog, Mack.
His bookshelf is mostly nerdy theology books that he enjoys but wishes had more pictures. If one values their time, they will be well advised to steer clear of conversation topics that include his musical tastes or his interest in sports played by the University of Texas Longhorns.
BARRIE ROSE BLISS
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Before becoming the Part-Time Youth Minister for the Church of the Redeemer, Barrie Rose volunteered to help with the Middle School Youth Group beginning on her arrival in Boston in 2017. During which time, Barrie Rose was enrolled at Boston College, earning her Master's in Theological Studies. She began attending an Episcopal church during her undergraduate degree program. Prior to coming to the Episcopalian church, Barrie worked as a high-school and college administrative assistant and also helped oversee the benevolence ministry at North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee.
After beginning her journey of Christianity at age seventeen, Barrie Rose started developing a heart for spiritual formation for teens. Motivated by role models who helped her understand the goodness of God and the implication of that revelation for lived faith, she decided to search out the meaning of this mystery through pursuing theological education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she received her undergraduate degree in Biblical Languages. She is now pursuing her second masters in spirituality studies at Boston College. In her free time, she enjoys engaging contemplative prayer, reading medieval spiritual texts, being in creation, attending art museums, and drinking coffee."
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Annie joined the Church of the Redeemer as Financial Administrator in December of 2017. She grew up in western Pennsylvania, and moved to the Boston area after graduating from Grove City College with a degree in Accounting. Annie is a CPA and worked for Deloitte as an auditor, before moving into the private sector. She worked in various finance positions at Sun Life Financial, Delaware Life, and Global Atlantic Financial Group. Beginning in 2016, she became an independent consultant and serves clients in the Boston area, focusing on compliance, auditing, and financial reporting. Annie lives in Acton with her husband, Scott, and their two boys, Pete and Charlie. She enjoys reading, watching her boys play sports, and volunteering at their school.