Meet Our Staff
The Reverend Nicholas Lang, Rector
Father Nicholas Lang has been at St. Paul’s on the Green since 1993, becoming Priest-in-Charge in 1994, Vicar in 2000, and Rector in 2003. He was ordained in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in January, 1973 and received as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1993. As rector, he is responsible for the administrative oversight of all aspects of church life, especially of our worship. In addition to his seminary education, Nicholas has Masters and Doctorate degrees in Counseling.
The Reverend Peter Thompson, Assistant Rector
The Reverend Peter Thompson first joined St. Paul’s as Seminarian in August 2013, while a student at Yale Divinity School. Peter was ordained to the priesthood at St. Paul’s on Ascension Day 2015 and became Assistant Rector in June 2015. In that role, he assists the Rector in all areas of parish life. Peter grew up in the Washington, DC area, where he was a chorister and acolyte at Washington National Cathedral. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and religion from Columbia University and spent his junior year at the University of Cambridge in England focusing on theology and religious studies. As an undergraduate, Peter held different positions in a variety of church and ministry settings, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, NY, the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC, the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation in Durham, NC, and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York, NY. Immediately following college, Peter enrolled at Yale, where he was a student not only in the ecumenical divinity school but also in Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary in residence there, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center for the study of sacred music, worship and the arts. In 2015, Peter received the Thomas Philips Memorial Award for “exceptional achievement and further promise in the study and practice of Anglican liturgy” from Berkeley Divinity School and the Aidan Kavanagh Achievement Prize for “distinguished intellectual achievement at Yale University” from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Helen Durany, Seminarian
Helen Durany was raised in Littleton, Colorado. Living there for many years she developed a creation-centered spirituality, recognizing God as the source of all that is. Her life was forever changed when as a freshman in college she read the opening prayer of Augustine’s Confessions, “Yet still man, this small portion of creation, wants to praise you. You stimulate him to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find peace in you.” Helen’s great love of reading works of theology, both classic and contemporary, has grown since then. She has an MA in Theology from Notre Dame and is currently beginning her third year of the MDiv program at Yale Divinity School. Before coming to Connecticut, Helen worked in the Office of the Bishop of Colorado as the assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary and hopes to be able to use her knowledge of theology to help the church make sense of our contemporary context and live faithfully within it. She has one daughter, Sarah, who is a senior at Colorado College. Some of Helen’s favorite pastimes are hiking and camping.
Jacob Street, Director of Music
After serving as Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s from September 2014 to July 2015, and Interim Director of Music through the 2015-2016 program year, Jacob “Jake” Street assumed the full-time position as Director of Music for St. Paul’s and Artistic Director of Seabury Academy for Music and the Arts, Inc. Jake’s prior experience includesTrinity Church in Copley Square in Boston, MA and at Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Cleveland, OH. He holds degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and Oberlin Conservatory, and spent a year in Lübeck, Germany as a Fulbright scholar, studying on the many historic instruments there. Additionally, he completed a second Masters degree in Organ from Yale University in May of 2016. Jake is a prizewinner in multiple international organ competitions, and is the Artistic Director of les soûls d’amour, ensemble-in-residence at Seabury Academy. When not playing the organ or keeping choristers in line, Jake keeps busy as an active music critic and runner.
Joey Fala, Organ Scholar
Joey Fala is pursuing a M.M. in organ at Yale, studying with Martin Jean. A native of Hawaii, he began organ studies with Katherine Crosier at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and later coached with Alfred Fedak and Christian Lane during his undergraduate career. Joey previously served as organist and choir director at First United Presbyterian Church in Troy NY as well as organ scholar at Central Union Church Honolulu, and is grateful to have received support from the AGO Hawaii Chapter, Eastern New York Chapter and Pogorzelski-Yankee memorial scholarships. A 2015 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B. Architecture and M.S. Lighting, he has worked as a designer with HLB Lighting in Boston, and in research at the Lighting Research Center in Troy.
Anne Watkins, Parish Consultant for Member Engagement
Anne’s work with New Member engagement began in 2003 and took on several incarnations through 2008. In May, 2013 she returned to oversee our Ministers of Welcome and Hospitality ministries and to work with the rest of the professional staff in helping all members assimilate into parish life, discovering and utilizing their gifts for participating in God’s Mission. Anne has extensive experience and training in Congregational & Ministry Development and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity school in Cambridge, MA. She has served the Diocese of Connecticut for 20+ years as a consultant to other parishes and served the wider church as Lay Representative from Province 1 (the New England dioceses) to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church from 2009 – 2015.
Marsha Dunn, Parish Administrator
Hailing originally from Georgia, Marsha Dunn joined the St. Paul’s staff in February 2015 as the Parish Administrator. She brings a warm, efficient and helpful presence to the St. Paul’s office and maintains organization over a variety of office systems each weekday. Marsha is a lifelong Episcopalian who also serves in leadership roles at her home parish, Christ Church, East Norwalk. She can be reached in the parish office on Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.
Lilian Revel, Associate for Pastoral Care
Lilian works closely with Father Peter Thompson and the other members of the Pastoral Care Team and brings a diverse array of gifts and life experiences. Lilian grew up in many different countries of the world, with many different languages and among diverse cultures. She has worked in international banking and as a world language teacher in the public school system. Lilian has an MBA (NYU) and an Advanced Degree in Bilingual Education (Fairfield U.). After retiring from teaching Lilian returned to school for an M.A. in Spiritual Direction from General Theological Seminary in NY. (2014). She has also received training for chaplaincy at Stamford Hospital, completing two units of Clinical Pastoral Education. Lilian is a dedicated parishioner who enjoys contributing in many different capacities (choir, liturgy, preaching, adult formation, children’s education), and will now be concentrating her efforts in coordinating the pastoral care activities in our congregation and in spiritual direction.
Don Sileo, Coordinator for Worship
Don Sileo first came to St. Paul’s in 1996 to sing in the choir which he continues to do. In 2003, he retired after 31 years as a middle school language arts teacher in Norwalk to open a bookstore at St.Paul’s on the Green which grew to become Gifts on the Green. While he continues to provide support there, his primary staff role is as Coordinator for Worship.
Steven McCay, Facilities Manager
Steven McCay, a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church, made St. Paul’s his home parish in 2004. He accepted the position of part time Facility Manager in 2006. Steve’s responsibilities include oversight of the grounds and buildings and he serves as the main contact for organizations and individuals wanting to use space at the church. He enjoys his work time almost as much as his time assisting with worship by offering his expertise in training worship ministers.
Ferbian Salkie, Sexton
Ferbian Salkie has served as part-time Sexton at St. Paul’s since January of 2013, working to help maintain our large physical plant. Born in Jamaica, Ferbian has lived in the United States since age 11, graduating from Norwalk High School, where he also served in the ROTC. In 2005, Ferbian graduated from Porter and Chester Institute, where he studied to be a heating and cooling technician. Ferbian holds a full-time position with Ring’s End in Lewisboro, NY.