CLERGY & STAFF
The Rev'd Matthew Larsen - Curate
Fr. Matthew is the curate of Christ Church. His ministries at Christ Church center around issues of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and Christian education. He leads class preparing for baptism and confirmation, as well as general Christian education. He serves as the chaplain to St. Hilda’s House. He also gives oversight to the Sunday childcare and children’s education. Fr. Matthew is married to Lauren, who works as a photographer in New Haven and New York City, and they have three children: Lucy, August, and Eleanor.
In addition to his duties at Christ Church, Fr. Matthew is a PhD student at Yale University in the Religious Studies department. His expertise is New Testament and early Christian cultural history.
The Rev'd Carlos de la Torre, Priest Affiliate & Missional Curate to St Hilda's House
Fr Carlos de la Torre serves as Priest Affiliate and Missional Curate to St Hilda's House, serving alongside the Rector, Parish Curate, and Formation Director. Fr Carlos also serves as Missional Curate for the wider Episcopal Church in Connecticut working with community partners and parishes throughout Fairfield and New Haven County.
In 2012, Fr Carlos graduated from Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y., where he majored in Philosophy and World Religions. The same year, Fr Carlos began his studies and priestly formation at Virginia Seminary, Alexandria, VA. In 2015, Father Carlos graduated with a Master of Divinity from Virginia Seminary and was ordained a priest on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr Carlos has worked with communities in Yonkers, N.Y.; Houston, Tex.; Alexandria, Va.; and Washington D.C. As curate to St Hilda's House, Fr Carlos oversees program recruitment, onboarding and orientation, job placements and work performance, spiritual and professional retreats, and community involvement on the parish and city level.
The Rev'd Kent Smith, the Rev'd Robert Deming, the Rev'd Kenneth D. Thomas, the Rev'd Kathryn Greene-McCreight, the Rev'd Carlos de la Torre, priests affiliate
Dr Nathaniel Adam - Choirmaster
Nathaniel Adam is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Michigan (MA/PhD). A music theorist, composer, keyboardist, and teacher in addition to choral singer and conductor, he is currently Visiting Professor of Music Theory at Western Connecticut State University. He is on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Choral Studies, where he conducts various ensembles, serves as staff accompanist, and coordinates the musicianship curriculum, and is the production editor for the Journal of Music Theory at Yale University. His original compositions and arrangements have been performed across the country and internationally.
Prof. Thomas M. Murray - Artist in Residence & Principal Organist
Thomas Murray, the Principal Organist & Artist in Residence at Christ Church, is also University Organist and Professor of Music at Yale University, where he teaches and performs on the renowned Skinner organ in Woolsey Hall. Widely known for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, his recordings are highly acclaimed. Professor Murray has appeared in recitals and lectures at six national conventions of the AGO, which named him International Artist of the Year for 1986. In 2003 he was named an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Organists in England, and in 2005 he was awarded the Gustave Stoeckel Award for excellence in teaching from the Yale University School of Music. He has made numerous recordings on the AFKA, Gothic, and JAV Labels.
Mr Weston Jennings - Organ Scholar
Currently a graduate student at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, Weston Jennings studies with Prof. Thomas Murray. He began playing the organ at the age of sixteen and later graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. At the Eastman School of Music, Weston earned his Bachelor of Music Degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He recently completed two years in England as the organ scholar of Canterbury Cathedral and Chelmsford Cathedral. During this time, he was also appointed the first organ scholar to the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Following his recital debut at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) in 2009, he has performed across the United States and Europe, including Westminster Abbey (London), Saint Thomas Church (New York), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Denver) and the Berliner Dom (Germany). For more information, visit www.westonjennings.com.
Mr Ben Schober - Sexton
Ben has worked at Christ Church since October, 2012. He resides in Bridgeport with his girlfriend Laura Baker and their daughter Roxy. He is very active in the local sober communities. Ben is a 1993 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He may be seen running the streets of New Haven and surrounding towns while training for the New Haven road race or the Hartford marathon.
Mr Andrew A. Kryzak - Parish Administrator & Bookkeeper
Andrew Kryzak is a student at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He was prepared at Hotchkiss and educated at Duke and Columbia. Prior to matriculating at Yale, he worked for the New-York Historical Society and in the New York office of Davis Polk and Wardwell, where he was a legal assistant in the firm's corporate department. A native New Yorker, he was born in 1983 and raised in the Episcopal Church, the eleventh generation of his family to worship in the New World according to the Book of Common Prayer.
Rachel Sexton, Sacristan
David W. Smith, Subsacristan
Barry McMurtrey, Master of Acolytes