CLERGY, STAFF, AND VESTRY
Our parish's life depends on the labor of many people who work together to carry out our mission. As interim priest-in-charge, the Rev'd Andrew C. Mead leads the parish and represents S. Stephen's to our neighborhood, the Diocese, and the wider community. Other clergy assist the rector in leading worship, preaching, teaching, and caring for our community, all according to the particular characteristics of their order and office. Likewise, our professional lay staff lead, direct, and manage various programmatic and administrative aspects of our parish life. The vestry is the governing board of the parish. They are elected from among their fellow parishioners, lead by example, and oversee the material fabric of our community.
The Rev'd Andrew C. Mead, OBE, DD
Born in Rochester, New York, in 1946, Andrew Craig Mead received his BA from DePauw University and MDiv from Yale University Divinity School. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in 1971. In 1972 he married Nancy Anne Hoxsie of Narragansett, Rhode Island. They have two children and four grandchildren.
In 1974 the degree of MLitt was conferred upon Father Mead by Oxford University, where he studied at Keble College, successfully defending a thesis entitled A Critical Investigation of the Controversy between Newman and the Tractarians over the Development of Doctrine. During his two-year residence at Oxford from 1971 through 1973, Father Mead lived in and served the Parish of Cowley St. John.
Since 1987 Father Mead has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House Theological Seminary, which bestowed the degree Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, in May, 2002.
Committed to doctrinal orthodoxy in teaching and pastoral work, Father Mead has had long experience in the liturgical heritage of Catholic Anglicanism, grounded in the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. As a parish priest in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, he provided pastoral leadership through teaching and preaching, sacramental devotion and nurture, spiritual counsel, and pastoral care.
James Busby, DMus
Organist and Choirmaster
James Busby, a familiar figure in the musical life of New England, is entering his twenty-fifth year as organist and choirmaster at S. Stephen’s Church in Providence, where he administrates and directs the professional Schola Cantorum. Upon his arrival in 1993, following a period of interim musical direction, he restored the once-splendid music program, augmenting the traditional music of the Catholic liturgy, with a particular emphasis on 16th & 17th century polyphony and plainchant. On that glorious foundation he incorporates repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the commissioning of new works. Before coming to S. Stephen’s, Busby enjoyed a distinguished tenure as organist and choirmaster of St. John’s Parish, Hingham, Massachusetts. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, James Busby began organ study with Robert Lee Hutchinson, Jr. At that time he was encouraged to pursue work in church music both by Leo Sowerby and Paul Callaway of Washington Cathedral. An alumnus of the New England Conservatory, James Busby is fortunate to count among his mentors organists George Faxon and John Cook, both of whom formerly held the post of organist and choirmaster at The Church of the Advent, Boston. As organist he has performed recitals for the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society at Convention. Other appearances include recitals in England, Switzerland, France, and Germany, as well as broadcasts for The Voice of America. In addition to his work at S. Stephen’s, he is active as vocal coach and collaborative pianist. He has also worked with many conductors including John Moriarty, Sarah Caldwell, Thomas Dunn, Erich Leinsdorf and Arthur Fiedler. In October of 2013 he was awarded the degree D.Mus., honoris causa by Nashotah House Theological Seminary, for his great contribution to the vitality of sacred music in the life of the church.
Jacob M. A. Ihnen
Jacob Ihnen is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he concentrated in Classics and Medieval Studies. In his capacity as Communications Director at S. Stephen's, he takes care of arranging, editing, and printing materials for liturgical services and parish programs and events. He enjoys serving frequently as an acolyte at the weekday and Sunday Masses, all to the glory of God. When not at S. Stephen's, Jacob keeps himself busy serving on the boards of a few different non-profits and advising the Sigma Chi chapter at Bryant University.
Susan is a native and resident of Providence, RI. She has also been a parishioner of S. Augustine's Church for many years. Susan has three children and a beautiful new grandchild. She has a business background and is a graduate of Bryant University.
John McGlashan takes care of the income side of the bookkeeping. Before his retirement in 2002 he was a machine designer/mechanical engineer. He is an active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Central Falls, RI and has been so since the early 1960’s. While at St. George’s he served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden. He also served as Parish Treasurer and Bookkeeper for twelve years. John and his wife have two daughters and one grandchild.
Diamond Centofanti came to us by way of the Epiphany Soup Kitchen, where he served until recently as Head Chef during a time of rapid expansion of the clientele – thanks in large part to the quality of his cooking! In his short time as Sexton so far, he has demonstrated a passionate commit-
ment to the upkeep of the buildings and grounds, with an indomitable “can-do” attitude to any task set before him.