The Reverend Christine Lee,
Christine came to St. Peter’s in October 2019 with a team of 20 members from All Angels' Church and Church of the Heavenly Rest to join the existing St. Peter's congregation in an experiment in revitalization, part of the Diocese of New York’s larger vision for church renewal. She previously served as Vicar at All Angels' Church on the Upper West Side and Interim Minister at St. Mary's in Harlem.
She has worked as a community organizer for Habitat for Humanity NYC and campus minister with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. Christine is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and received her Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Trinity International University in Chicago. She completed a year of Anglican Studies at the General Theological Seminary and is a Doctor of Ministry student at Fuller Theological Seminary, focusing on leading congregational and organizational change. She is married to Jimmy and recently became a dog mom to Baxter, an adorable rescue.
Residency in Worship Formation
Aaron is a liturgist, writer, and pastor who recently graduated from The General Theological Seminary in NYC. After leading worship at Mars Hill Church (Grand Rapids, MI) and Willow Creek Church (Barrington, IL), he created A New Liturgy - a collection of modern liturgical worship recordings. He then curated a discipleship-focused, formational, ecumenical, practice-based community at Willow Creek called “The Practice”. Aaron released a book called The Eternal Current: How a Practice-based Faith can Save us from Drowning, and continues to create resources to help others flesh it out. But that’s just job stuff. The best part of his life is his wife Shauna, and their sons Henry and Mac. aaronniequist.com
In 1979 Troy studied Liberal Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he grew up. In 1983 he moved to California to study massage therapy, yoga, nutrition, and Eastern Philosophy. In 1985 after finishing massage school, he moved to New York City. He worked for the NYC Superintendents' Union (Local 32BJ) for ten years. Currently, Troy is an active member of the Art Students League where he studied full time. Presently Troy is working on a project of forty paintings he hopes to complete before the end of the year.
Lisha is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary and received her Master of Arts in Ministry from General Theological Seminary. She is a postulant for ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Lisha is a professionally trained dancer who has taught dance to hundreds of children in the NYC public school system and brings to her work in ministry a love for the creative and performing arts. More recently, she founded the Creative Arts Project - a free arts enrichment program for children at All Souls Church Harlem. Lisha and her husband Rodney are native New Yorkers and parents to five children.
Director of Operations
Kelly hails from St Louis, MO, where she grew up as a pastor's kid. She and her husband Todd moved with their four young kids to NYC in 2007, motivated by a deep desire to live in community with her sister and family, and college friends in Astoria, Queens. Kelly's background is math education- moving from teaching to writing and editing math curriculum. After 20+ years she took a break, spending a number of years volunteering at Restore NYC's Safehome and cooking for Community Ministries at All Angel's, where they attend church.
Kirstin is a postulant for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of New York. At her sponsoring parish, Christ Church New Brighton, Kirstin taught Godly Play, served as a Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, sang in the choir, coordinated pastoral care, and served as Warden of the Vestry through a leadership transition. Professionally, Kirstin has over 15 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, having served as Director of Development at multiple educational and arts organizations, including Kingsborough Community College and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Living on Staten Island with her husband Brian Basso and two children, Ian (9) and Erin (12), she is a second year student at The General Theological Seminary. Kirstin is looking forward to working with and getting to know the people of St. Peter's Chelsea.
The Rev. Dr. Michael DeLashmutt,
Michael’s day-job is as the Acting Dean and President at the General Theological Seminary (down the block on 20th street). As a priest associate at St. Peter’s, he volunteers to support the ministry of the Church, chiefly by offering opportunities for faith formation and Christian education and through preaching and leading worship.
Licensed in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Milwaukee in December 2020. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Glasgow (’06) and a Master of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary (’02). He’s spent most of his career as a theological educator, leading programs to prepare future priests and pastors for ministry at institutions in the UK and the US.
Michael’s married to Julia, who pioneered a new Children's Ministry at St. Peter's. Together, they live in the neighborhood with their two daughters, Naomi and Eliza, and their Norwich Terrier, Poppy.
When Michael’s not at Church or the Seminary, he’s probably riding his bike around Manhattan or enjoying some tasty treats at Chelsea Market!
Food Pantry Director
Alice Blount-Fenney has served as the Director of the St. Peter's Food Pantry for the past 5 years. Alice has over a decade of experience working for religious organizations including other parishes within the network of the Episcopal Diocese of NY.
In addition to her work with the NY Diocese, Alice has 8 years of audit experience working for the Archdiocese of Newark. In this capacity she has made recommendations on enhancing controls and conditions for shelters, feeding programs and health care facilities. As the Audit Director at a NJ based University, Alice has recruited and worked with many organizations to join our family of volunteers. On Saturdays Alice and the team of volunteers are at the Rectory to greet the clients that use the services of the Food Pantry.
In September 2015 Alice was recognized by the Vito Mazza Salon and Day Spa for her dedication to community service.