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 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. Additionally, he chairs the memorial committee, schedules all lectors & intercessors, and oversees any other music & arts related events.
In 2010, Kyle founded Watertown Musica Viva, an auditioned chamber choir of 24 singers from many different professions and backgrounds who share a love of choral music and a commitment to excellence in performance. Mr. Ramey has previously served as a grant review panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts, and as a board member of Watertown Musicales. He is the associate director and accompanist of the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble, and is a board member of the Friends of The Flower Memorial Library. Kyle has also been a member and guest conductor of the River Ringers Handbell Choir in Watertown.
Kyle has played at churches throughout the United States. Locally, he has performed three times as part of the Johann Sebastian Bach marathon held at St. Lawrence University in Canton. Mr. Ramey’s most recent organ performances have included a series of concerts on the Trinity Concert Series of French Organ Symphonies as well as a performance for trumpet & organ and a solo performance of American music. Additional recent performances include a solo organ concert in Hamilton, two performances held in Sackets Harbor, as well as performances in Cape Vincent and Clayton. Other engagements have included sessions with the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, as well as the Chorister’s Guild. Kyle received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ.