The Reverend Michael Anderson Bullock has been called to St. Philip’s, Easthampton, Massachusetts, as Priest-in-Charge. Fr. Bullock began his public ministry with St. Philip’s on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
A priest for 36 years and serving in six dioceses, Fr. Bullock entered the Episcopal Church through Confirmation the week before he graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1972, receiving an AB in American Studies. After a year of secular employment, Fr. Bullock attended Yale/Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, graduating in 1976.
Karen Banta has served as Minister of Music at St Philip’s since 2010. She has been employed as a church organist, or combined organist/choir director, for more than 40 years. Having worked in varied churches, she feels fortunate to have a position in her chosen faith, the Episcopal Church. In fact, she was drawn to this denomination through the beauty of its worship, both in word and in music. Karen finds great joy in playing the organ and in teaching singers of all ages to worship through music.
In the Episcopal Church, congregations are led by their rector and the Vestry. The Vestry consists of elected members of the congregation and is led by the Senior and Junior Warden. The responsibility of the Vestry, like that of the governing body of any organization, is to help define and implement the mission of the church, ensure effective organization and planning, ensure adequate resources in leadership and financial stewardship, and determine that appropriate programs, policies, and procedures are developed and followed. Unlike a board of directors, an Episcopal Church vestry is accountable to God and asks what God’s purpose and plan is for the church, rather than concentrating on their own purposes and preferences
Children and Youth
Deborah Tryon is head of Nursery Care. Ms. Tryon is dedicated to providing a loving, safe, and enjoyable experience for the youngest members of the congregation. Previously at St. Philip’s, she taught Sunday School and served on Vestry. Ms. Tryon has been a registered nurse for almost 30 years and has served on numerous community advisory boards. She is mother to three adult children and mamere to two.
Joe and Mary Bianca head up the St. Philip’s Sunday School. Joe is also the Jr. Warden at St. Philip’s.
Bonnie Katusich is Coordinator for Youth Programs. Bonnie grew up in an Episcopal church and remembers as a teen how caring the adults in her parish were towards her and other teens. She has always enjoyed this age group and has worked with St. Philip’s youth for many years. Providing a loving, Christian environment to learn and grow in follows our baptismal covenant. She is currently Senior Warden and previously served as Assistant Treasurer and a member of Vestry.
Parish Administrator: Laura C. F. Smith
Ms. Smith is in the Parish office on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 1 – 5 pm and Thursdays from 1:30-4:30 pm and she telecommutes on other days, so that St. Philip’s voice mail and e-mail are regularly checked and answered. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and is a cradle Episcopalian. (She literally was almost born inside of an Episcopal Church in Flint, Michigan). Laura is always happy to greet you with a smile and a warm heart whether in person or on the phone.