The Rev. Molly Payne-Hardin
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The Rev. Molly Payne-Hardin has been rector of Trinity Church since June 1, 2019, and previously had served as associate rector and curate at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Panama City, Fla.
A passionate follower of Jesus in the Episcopal Church, Mother Molly empowers congregations to spread the good news of Christ by serving as active and engaged disciples beyond their doors. Raised in the Episcopal tradition, she seeded a range of ministries before being ordained a priest in 2017. Her passions for serving Jesus include fostering faith development of all ages, ministry with the poor and marginalized, healing ministries, and connecting newcomers to meaningful ministry.
Working collaboratively with the congregation of St. Andrew’s, Panama City, they began a laundry ministry, grown children and youth ministries, reinvigorated small-group and teaching ministries, navigated the church’s recovery from Hurricane Michael, and established the church’s social media presence. Before attending seminary, she worked for nearly 20 years in public service as a communications director and trainer in public health, community redevelopment, and disaster response. Her professional roles have included deputy press secretary, director of marketing, training coordinator, and disaster preparedness manager.
Mother Molly earned a bachelor of arts in English in 1991 and a master of science in education in 2000 from Florida State University. She earned a master’s degree in divinity from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., in 2017. She and her husband, Michael Hardin, have been in fellowship with the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Mass., since 2007. Both are proud, native Floridians – she from Miami and Michael from Pensacola.
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.
Lee Ebersol has been sexton since 2016. A Watertown native, he graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, as a mechanical engineer.