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.
Priest in Charge
The Rev. Dr. Ronald Young
Cindy Kline is the Parish Administrator, who answers the phones, puts together the weekly bulletins, publishes the newsletter, and generally keeps things running smoothly at Christ Church.
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features the music of the legendary performer and composer Marcel Dupré, including the US premiere of a previously unpublished orchestral transcription.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.
Director of Music
Winner of the Sydney International Organ Competition and the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing competition, as well as being a prizewinner in the St Albans International Organ Competition, Thomas Gaynor is rapidly making his mark on the organ scene in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Assistant Director of Music
Liz Salamone is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Christ Church. Besides running the Sunday School program, she plans family fellowship events and any programming at the church that involves children.
Director of Children's Education
Emily Woods is the Financial Administrator, who keeps our books accurate and our checkbook balanced.
Mary Thor is one of two sextons at Christ Church. She helps maintain our beautiful building and makes it ready for the many services and events held here each week.