THE REV. DR. STEVEN JAY YAGERMAN
All Saints’ rector since 1993, Dr. Steven Jay Yagerman is a graduate of the University of Florida. After attending General Theological Seminary, he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Hebrew-Union College. He has made five spiritual journeys to India, one of them as a Sabbatical. Father Yagerman is a psychoanalyst licensed by the State of New York, having been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the William Alanson White Institute and having trained at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. For fun, he has worked onstage as a supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera.
Organist and Choir Director
Jim Hopkins has served in many Episcopal and Anglican churches as an Organist and Choir Director. He was Director of Music at Grace Church in Newark, NJ until late 2017. Since leaving Grace, he has filled in at several prominent churches in the city, including a period as Interim Organist at the Church of St. Agnes near Grand Central, and served as Interim Director of the Washington Heights Choir School at Holyrood Church during the last academic year. He also directed the Diocese of New Jersey Choir Camp in Cape May this summer. In addition, he has held posts at St. James’ Anglican Catholic Church in Cleveland, and at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio. He has performed as an organ soloist and a continuo player in early music ensembles throughout the country. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College.
Brooklyn native Viviana Gauthier, a graduate of Berkeley College, joined All Saints in March 1999. As church secretary, she provides administrative support to Father Yagerman, manages the church office, and puts together the Sunday service sheets. Viviana enjoys meeting people, and she’s the person you’ll speak to first when you call the church office; if you leave a message, it’s she who will make sure it gets the proper response.
Luis Cornier has been All Saints’ sexton for more than 20 years, when his predecessor and mentor William Lopez retired. A native of Puerto Rico, Luis had come to New York 15 years prior to that and had been working in a factory in the Bronx. Now, he loves his job at All Saints, he says, because “I love the people and my church.” He keeps fit by running and is a devoted baseball fan who goes to all the Yankees’ games he can. His favorite basketball team is the Knicks. Luis has two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
All Saints’ verger is Calvin Garrett. As a young man, Calvin had been working in the archives department at the Cathedral of St. John until he came to our church as verger in 1984. Vergers in earlier times dug graves and did anything necessary to assist ministers. Clad in black, they used a staff called a verge when necessary to fend off animals or any person who might interfere with orderly processions. Our dear verger Calvin doesn’t dig any graves or manage unruly animals, but he does wear a black vestment and serve as a lay minister, taking care of functions from the ceremonial (such as lighting and extinguishing candles and posting hymns) to the practical (such as arriving early to unlock the doors and operating our wheelchair lifts). He is married with two children and commutes from Maplewood, New Jersey. Calvin works as a doorman, and still manages to find time to write short stories and cycle.
HEATHER SISK, M.Div.
Heather Sisk has a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church (GTS). Heather is an artist and environmentalist with a professional background in non for profit administration and the medical arts. She holds degrees from College of the Atlantic, GTS, and is certified in Anaplastology (facial prosthetics), having trained through Columbia University and the Bronx VA.
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