The Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Young began his service as Assistant Rector at Church Church in April 2014. Ron was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ron attended Cornell University majoring in both electrical engineering and political science. He worked as an electrical engineer for nineteen years in the defense industry in research and development and system and policy analyses.
In the 1990s he began to explore his calling to ministry and received a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. In 2002 he began doctoral study at the General Theological Seminary with a focus on the history of the Episcopal Church. Ron received his Doctor of Theology degree in 2009.
Prior to his call at Christ Church, Ron was an adjunct professor of Church History at the General Theological Seminary in New York and served as a lay assistant in Saint Peter’s Church, Essex Fells for 5 years. He was ordained in the Diocese of Newark and continued to serve Saint Peter’s until his call to Christ Church.
Ron enjoys travel, sailing, fishing, kayaking, cooking and entertaining, and antiquing.
Cindy Kline is the Parish Administrator, who answers the phones, assists with the weekly bulletins, publishes the newsletter, and generally keeps things running smoothly at Christ Church.
Cindy attended St. John Fisher College and has lived in the area her entire life. She grew up in East Rochester.
She lives in Pittsford with her husband and Great Dane, Gus. Cindy loves spending time with her family including 4 granddaughters under the age of 4.
Director of Music
David Baskeyfield has been Music Director at Christ Church for five years, where his main priority has been training the choir and building their repertory.
Hailed for his “masterful artistry” (The Diapason, 2019), David Baskeyfield has earned a reputation for creative programming, showcasing an astonishing facility tempered by intelligent interpretation, and informed above all by intuitive and communicative musicality. Listeners have noted compelling rhythmic drive, unusual command of registration, and incisive articulation coupled to a soaring legato. “The youthful energy with which Baskeyfield negotiates the transitions is complemented by expressive maturity which, frankly, many musicians with considerably more years to their credit do not exhibit.”
His latest album features the music of the legendary performer and composer Marcel Dupré, including the US premiere of a previously unpublished orchestral transcription. It was recorded on the influential organ of 1932 at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Times Square: the first American organ to experiment with French voicing, this is an ideal instrument for the music of a Frenchman whose name was made famous worldwide through a series of American tours. He has recorded on ATMA Classique and Acis.
Mr. Baskeyfield was an organ scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, where he read Law. Graduate work followed at the Eastman School of Music, where his doctoral research explored the boundary between written composition and improvisation among the Parisian organist-composers taught by Vierne and Dupré. The recipient of an unusual number of awards in playing competitions, he earned first prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition (incidentally taking three other prizes), St Albans, Miami, and the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, all with audience prize.
He has been broadcast a number of times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, as well as NPR’s With Heart and Voice and, more locally, as part of the daily playlist on classical station WXXI.
Aside from solo performance he enjoys work as a collaborative pianist, continuo player, and occasional cocktail pianist. Current interests include vegetable gardening, beekeeping, sports fishing and aquarium fish, in particular the cichlids endemic to the east African rift lakes, Malawi and Tanganyika, and, lately, a reef tank. Currently living close to Rochester, NY, he is translating a number of writings by Dupré and Rolande Falcinelli held at the Sibley Music Library. He shares his house with a springer spaniel named Lucy.
He is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
Assistant Director of Music
Thomas is the associate director of music at Christ Church. He helps train the choir, plays organ and conducts the choir at services, and assists with the daily music department administrative duties. As an organist, Thomas is the first-place winner of a number of international competitions, including St Albans 2017, Erfurt/Weimar Bach-Liszt 2015, and Sydney 2015. He is a doctoral student in David Higgs’s studio at Eastman School of Music where he was recently awarded the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given an organist for three decades. Born in New Zealand, Thomas began his organ studies at Wellington Cathedral, working with Michael Fulcher first as an organ scholar and later as honorary sub-organist. Recital engagements frequently see him performing across the Americas, Europe and Australasia. His participation in masterclasses with many of today’s most influential artists has given him a rare stylistic command across the whole spectrum of organ repertoire; these musicians include Cameron Carpenter, Ken Cowan, Olivier Latry, Jaques Van Oortmerssen, Stephen Tharp and Harald Vogel.
Director of Children's Education
Liz Salamone is the Director of Children’s Education at Christ Church. In addition to running the Sunday School program, she plans family fellowship events and other activities that involve children.
A Rochester native, Liz graduated from Boston College and the University of Cincinnati and worked as an actuary before returning to Rochester. She is active in the Pittsford Central School District PTSA and serves as the treasurer of Pittsford United Nursery School. Liz resides in Pittsford with her husband, two sons, and crazy dog.
Dr. Mark Brummitt
Dr. Mark Brummitt leads Christ Church's Adult Education program. Mark is the Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He gained a BA in Theology at King's College London, received the English Fellowship to complete the Master of Sacred Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York, studied theater and performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts/King's College London, and completed a PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Glasgow. He writes regularly for several publications.
Emily Wood graduated with a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith colleges and a M.B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She worked at GeVa Theatre as the Assistant Financial Director for over 10 years followed by 12 years as the Senior Accountant at Temple B’rith Kodesh. During Tax Season, Emily also works at H&R Block as a Tax Preparer.
She was the Treasurer and a member of the Vestry at St. Paul’s Church, Rochester, NY for 6 years. She is currently active as an Usher, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Altar Guild and Bell Choir.
Emily has 2 children, Alexander and Madeline who also reside in Rochester and a 20 pound cat named Serge. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, gardening and reading books.
Mary has been a member of Christ Church and altar guild member since 1980. Mary worked as a public health nurse for the Monroe County Health Department for over 30 years ending in August, 2004. When the Rev. Winifred Collin asked Mary to help with the services during the week and team up with another person to set up, restore and keep the church functioning and safe for our parish family and visitors through many services, Mary gladly accepted.
Richard Sullivan graduated from Edison Technical High School at age 16. He went to work for the Rochester Housing Authority in building maintenance. In January 2019 Richard joined the staff of Christ Church as a sexton. He has been married to Joy for 14 years and together they have 13 children and 39 grandchildren. He have lived in Rochester all of his life near his mother and 6 siblings.