The Rev. Barb Schmitz began her ministry as Trinity’s interim rector on August 1, 2017. A native of Buffalo, she has served parishes in transition in Central New York as well as in dioceses across the United States.
Ordained for 28 years, she has also served parishes and dioceses as rector, diocesan administrator, and assistant to the bishop. At one time, she worked full time in consulting and teaching conflict resolution. She recently completed her fifth year of study in the Organizational Development Certificate program with the Gestalt International Study Center of Cape Cod, focusing on clergy transitions.
A graduate of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, she most recently served as interim rector for St. John’s, Ithaca. While at Trinity, she will be assisting us with the developmental tasks of the transition time and guiding us through the search process for a new rector.
On her days off, she enjoys following the stock market, reading about medicine, watching politics, walking, cooking, and serving as human coach to her cat, Pookie.
Kyle Ramey joined the Trinity staff in 2006. He is responsible for conducting Trinity’s vocal and handbell choirs, administering the Trinity Concert Series, and serving as parish organist.
Kyle is the artistic director of Watertown Musica Viva, an auditioned a cappella chamber choir he founded in 2010. He is also the musical director of the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble, and is co-dean of the St. Lawrence River Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
A frequent organ recitalist, Kyle performs throughout the Northern New York region, most recently in Antwerp, Canton, Cape Vincent, Clayton, Hamilton, Sackets Harbor, and Watertown.
Kyle received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ.
Sue DeMar has been parish administrator since February 2009. A Watertown native, she graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, with a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies. Before joining the Trinity staff, she had been employed for 17 years at the Watertown Daily Times as a news clerk.