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.
Jake Street, Director of Music
Jake Street is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. While at Yale, he served as Organ Scholar and Interim Director of Music at St. Paul’s, before becoming full-time Director of Music in 2016. Before his time in Connecticut, Jake served as Organ Scholar at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, and spent a year studying historical organ performance in Lübeck, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. Jake is a prizewinner in multiple international organ competitions, and performs regularly in solo recitals throughout New England. When not at St. Paul’s, Jake keeps busy as a solo harpsichordist and continuo player, and as Artistic Director of les soûls d’amour, a 5-piece chamber ensemble begun here at St. Paul’s. He is also active as a music critic, writing a regular column for the American Organist. Jake enjoys long-distance running and rock climbing, and follows a passion for mental health awareness by volunteering regularly in that field.
Diana Chou, Organ Scholar
Diana Chou is pursuing an M.M.A. in organ at the Yale School of Music, studying in the studio of Martin Jean. Originally from Iowa, she received her M.M. in organ from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying under Chris Young. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, where she graduated summa cum laude and double-majored in mathematics and music, studying the organ with Larry Schipull of Mount Holyoke College. A recipient of Amherst College’s Edward Poole Lay Fellowship, C. Scott Porter Memorial Fellowship, and the Organ Historical Society’s E. Power Biggs Fellowship, she has served as the organist of University Lutheran Church at Indiana University and First Congregational Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, knitting, and drinking tea.
Marsha Dunn, Associate for Member Engagement & Administration
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. In September, 2017 Marsha’s position was reconfigured to include the important oversight of St. Paul’s signature “Radical Welcome” and engagement. Her Sunday presence offers a consistent point of entry for newcomers and a touchstone for established members seeking greater involvement. 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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 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.