Clergy and Staff

The Reverend Dr. J. Barrington Bates, Interim Rector

A seasoned interim minister, the Rev. Dr. J. Barrington Bates joined us in September 2015 as our interim rector. Born in Philadelphia, and brought up in the Methodist Church, he was confirmed in the Episcopal Church when he was an undergraduate in Boston. Ordained at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Father Barrie has served Anglican and Lutheran congregations in California, New York, and New Jersey, and after a career in information technology. In addition to his part-time responsibilities here, he serves as editor of church reviews for the journal Anglican and Episcopal History, chair of the Christian Worship team of the General Ordination Examination, and convener of the Liturgical Language Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy. He is the author of sixteen articles in scholarly journals, as well as numerous book and church reviews, blog postings, and minor publications. He lives in Jersey City with his spouse, James MacKenzie.

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The Reverend Anthony Puca, Jr., Associate Rector

Anthony became Assistant Rector at Saint Peter's in Spring 2014 and was promoted to Associate Rector in June 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from Temple University, where he majored in Religious Studies. Anthony worked at the Interfaith Center of New York, a non-profit organization that builds working-relationships among the various religious leaders and houses of worship in New York City. In 2009, he lived for three months in a Spanish monastery and upon returning home in 2010, formally began the ordination process in the Diocese Of New Jersey. This past September, Anthony was married and one month later was ordained a deacon. Anthony finished his Master of Divinity degree at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and has particular interests in Christian spirituality and mysticism, spiritual direction and in teaching the various forms of prayer within the Christian tradition. Anthony's Ordination to the Priesthood was celebrated at Saint Peter's in June 2014.

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John Pivarnik, Minister of Music

John has studied piano and organ extensively, including undergraduate studies at Susquehanna University (where he majored in piano performance and studied organ) to organ and piano studies in Denmark, Germany and Hungary and graduate piano study at Temple University. He teaches piano privately and performs frequently with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and Opera at Florham. He has performed at Grace Church, Madison for the annual Baroque Music Festivals.
John joined us in September 2011 after serving most recently as organist/choirmaster at Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ. He also works as a freelance instrumental and vocal accompanist and performs solo recitals frequently in the metropolitan area. John lives in Madison with his wife, Esther, and their French bulldog, Nellie.

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