Clergy and Staff

Priest-in-Charge
The Rev. Alexander D. Martin
fralex@stbarnabasbv.org

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Father Alex is passionate about creating a place where those who feel left out elsewhere can find a community to embrace them and unapologetically proclaim God’s boundless love for all people.

A native of Northeast Ohio, Fr. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Ohio State University (where he dotted the “i” in the marching band’s famous Script Ohio) and a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Seminary’s Alumni Association. In seminary, he served internships at the Church of the Ascension, Greenwich Village, NYC, and at the American Cathedral in Paris.

After graduation from seminary in 2013, Fr. Alex was ordained deacon, then priest by the Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio. He spent five years as Associate Priest at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Cincinnati where he oversaw liturgy, pastoral care, and youth programs.

Fr. Alex lives right up the street from the church in the rectory with his husband Rob, a special education teacher, and their Border Collie Maggie. Alex and Rob enjoy spoiling Maggie, being outdoors, cheering on the Buckeyes, and spending time with family. They are both lifelong, suffering Cleveland sports fans. Alex is an avid rower and loves any excuse to be on the water.

Fr. Alex is often found in his office on weekdays, but he enjoys visiting people and being out in the community so he does not keep regular office hours. He can always be contacted at the email address listed above to schedule an appointment.

Deacon
The Rev. Barbara Maxwell
barmaxwell@windstream.net

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The role as a deacon in the Diocese of Ohio is to be an icon of Christ’s bold love of the disenfranchised and his prophetic call for justice. Deacons are called to inspire the baptized to claim their authority as ministers of Christ in the world, especially in places of greatest need.

Deacon Barbara was born and raised on a farm in Vermont, but moved to Ohio with a young family early in her marriage. She earned two degrees from Cleveland State: a BA in Education and a BA in social work. For many years she was licensed as both a teacher and a social worker in the State of Ohio. Additionally, Deacon Barbara holds a Master of Arts in Counselling and Community Service from John Carroll University. She worked for Catholic Charities until her retirement in 2012.

Deacon Barbara was sponsored for ordination by St. Andrew’s Church in Elyria and, in 2004, was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of Ohio, at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. Deacon Barbara joins us on the second Sunday of each month for worship. She also serves on the staff of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cleveland with whom St. Barnabas partners on many projects.

In her free time, Deacon Barbara enjoys movies, reading, walking, and biking. She loves soccer and played clear into her fifties. Her New England roots mean that she loves the ocean, lobster, and the phrase “that was wicked good.” She is an avid fan of Boston sports: the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins.

Deacon Barbara, with her late husband, has two children: a daughter in Maine who has two daughters of her own and a son in Virginia with a teenage daughter. Her love for soccer was passed on to her granddaughter in Virginia who has moves that Deacon Barbara can only dream about! She would love to be closer to family, but feels led by God to live out her calling as a deacon in the Diocese of Ohio.

 

Parish Administrator
Selina Gavin
admin@stbarnabasbv.org

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Selina recently joined the parish staff but is familiar with St. Barnabas as her children have been attending the Little Learners Preschool.

She grew up in Orlando, worked at Walt Disney World and attended the University of Central Florida. She has a background in HR and most recently worked for a large private equity firm in Boston.

Selina loves reading, traveling, animals (at one point she though she would be a vet, but now volunteers and fosters), exploring the area, and spending time with family.

Her husband, Brendan, is in the military and they have three awesome daughters ages 4-9. They recently adopted two guinea pigs and the girls are obsessed with them!

Music Director
Lysa Kenney
flauncybelle@yahoo.com

Those called to lead music within worship are more than just persons who select songs; they are a people who seek the Holy Spirit’s call in what is said and sung in worship. They are charged to sing biblical truths, and to build up the faith within the power of worship. This is not a task that Lysa takes lightly.

Lysa feels privileged to be able to support the congregation through our music program, aided by our talented accompanist, Evie Morris, as well as the other musicians that share their talents. Together our musicians offer up their hearts through music to help enrich the service and bring us closer to God.

St. Barnabas is a natural fit for Lysa because of the determination to make everyone feel welcome, and part of a greater family. Her favorite sound is when a hymn ends, and one of our littles is still singing…

Lysa grew up spiritually at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Berea, has been an active member of the Church for as long as she can remember, and music and performing has always been a very important part of her life, personally and professionally.

In addition to St. Barnabas, she is also the National Sales Manager for a children’s audiobook program and has been working in the education field for over 15 years. She’s dabbled in just about everything…feel free to ask her about it!

Lysa’s family is very involved at St. Barnabas (excluding hockey season): her husband Chris can be found as an Usher and Counter; her son JR is an Acolyte; and her youngest son Simon likes to show all his new friends how things work in Sunday School - especially how to share fruit snacks!

Keyboard Artist
Evie Morris

Evie Rosen-Morris has worked as a Musical Director, pit player, accompanist, Vocal Coach and private piano teacher since her teens. In addition to professional venues, she also works with schools, universities and community theaters, both as a Musical Director and Director. Before coming to St. Barnabas, Evie was the keyboard artist for UCC Archwood Church for 10 years.

Almost 8 years ago, after 30 years of marriage Evie began a new career with her husband Stephen. Eve ‘n’ Stephen perform as a roots/Americana, folk/pop duo. As Stephen nears retirement, dreams and plans include creating an on-line musical presence, being Musical Ambassadors to other countries, traveling domestically to share their music, performing at local venues, political events, House Concerts and completing her book “The Transformation Generation.”

In the meantime, they currently run a successful owner-occupied Air B’n’B and practice sustainability by growing organic vegetables in the raised beds of their Side Acre Farm and the creation of a thriving Bee and Butterfly Garden. Side Acre Farm also has a stage, built by Stephen last summer, for musical gatherings and community-based events.

Evie is Momma and Mother-in-Law to three daughters and their husbands, but her favorite role is Granny to Jada, Madisyn, Milo, and Ezra.

The Morris Family’s Spiritual practice includes familiarity and acceptance of all the major religions as well as a deep respect for Native American Indian culture, and a daily home practice of Yoga with Adriene and meditation with Deepak Chopra. Peace, love, and Namaste.

Sunday School Director
Julie Whittaker

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As Sunday School Director, Julie plans, oversees, and assists in teaching the Preschool-8th Grade Curriculum. She ensures teacher and nursery coverage, that lessons are planned and ready, and fills-in as needed. She also plans Art Sundays, decorates the hall bulletin board, and assists with the Christmas Eve pageant. She is always available to help wherever needed.

Julie loves working with the fun, interesting, and enjoyable children at St. Barnabas. They are a great group of kids who are a joy to be around. They’re what keep her coming back. Of course, the great food at coffee hour is an added bonus!

Julie grew up in Avon Lake and currently lives there. She studied at Wittenberg University and has a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten at St. Francis de Sales in Parma for 18 years, subbed K-8 for 6 years, and worked at JCP for 14 years. She currently works as a Paraprofessional for children with autism in the Lakewood City Schools.

Julie enjoys reading, gardening, Netflix, ice cream, thrifting, travelling, and trying new restaurants. She and her husband, Tim, have been married for 22 years and have a cat – Finn.

Sexton
Brendan Dorsey

As sexton, Brendan is responsible for keeping our facilities clean and well-maintained. He works 30 hours a week as the superintendent of a large residential facility for seniors and 10 hours a week at St. Barnabas. You can often catch him at the church in the evenings. He enjoys meeting the parishioners that come and go throughout the week.

Brendan has been a resident of Lakewood for more than fifty years. He is a product of two Roman Catholic schools in Lakewood: St. Clement School and St. Edward High School.

Brendan is a passionate bagpiper and plays in the Cleveland Pipe Band. He plays at numerous weddings, funerals, and parties. He enjoys spending the rest of the free time with his family, which includes four siblings and a whole cadre of nieces and nephews.

Church Dog
Maggie

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Stop by the parish office on a weekday and you’re likely to be energetically greeted by Maggie, Fr. Alex’s four-year-old Border Collie. Mags is passionate about two things: being pet and chasing balls. Throw the ball once, and you’re stuck all day. Still, she is easily the most enthusiastic greeter this church has ever known and she is a good dog- a very good dog.

Maggie, and all our pets, have many lessons to teach us about joy, faithfulness, and unconditional love.