The Rev’d C. B. “Cricket” Park, Rector
Cricket Park’s real name is Ciritta, but she prefers her nickname. Cricket comes to Redeemer from the Midwest, having grown up in Indiana and having spent her married life in Ohio. She was ordained to the diaconate in 1990 and to the priesthood in 2006, both in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
Cricket is a graduate of Purdue University and Bexley Hall Seminary. Her favorite “diploma”, however, comes from the Education for Ministry (EfM) program of the University of the South. Cricket is a long-time EfM mentor and champion of well-educated lay persons.
Prior to becoming Rector of Redeemer, Cricket was Associate Rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio. There she focused on liturgical planning, pastoral care, and adult formation. She also co-authored three Vacation Bible School programs, learned the fine art of puppetry, and began local evangelism ministries at Starbucks and Chinese food establishments.
In her pre-seminary life, she worked in the association management and meeting planning fields. She owned her own business, CBPark & Associates, LLC, for 11 years and held the Certified Association Executive designation at that time. She has been an advocate for people with disabilities since 1988 and of the LGBTQI community since 1990. In recognition of her advocacy within the meetings industry, Cricket was awarded the Author of the Year prize by the Professional Convention Management Association in 1998, and was named one of the Most Powerful Women in the Meetings Industry by Successful Meetings Magazine in 2000.
Cricket has authored a number of articles and books on disability access for nonprofit organizations. She has also published sermons in Sermons that Work and in the Interchange (Diocese of Southern Ohio). You can follow her on Facebook (Cricket Park), Twitter (@Vicar Virtual), Instagram (park cricket), and LinkedIn.
Cricket’s husband, Steve, is a saint who has put up with her for over 35 years. He works in the computer/information technology arena. Their adult son, Kevin, is grown up, married to Angela James. Both are engineers (aerospace and biomedical) in Ohio. Steve and Cricket are also owned by three lovable Shetland Sheepdogs.
The Rev’d Dr. David Schlafer has taught philosophy, theology, and preaching at theological seminaries of several denominations in the United States (four of them Episcopal). He has served as Sub Dean for Academic Affairs at Nashotah House, Interim Director of Studies in the College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral, and as faculty member and advisor at the D. Min. in Preaching Program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.
He currently invests primary professional energy as an author, editor, preaching consultant, and conference leader, working with clergy, lay preachers, and sermon listeners in the US, Canada, and England. He has published eighteen books, including:
– Surviving the Sermon: A Guide to Preaching for Those Who Have to Listen
– Your Way with God’s Word: Discovering Your Distinctive Preaching Voice
– What Make’s This Day Different?: Preaching Grace on Special Occasions
– Playing with FIRE: Preaching Work as Kindling Art
– The Shattering Sound of Amazing Grace: Disquieting Tales from St. John’s Gospel
– Preaching What We Practice: Proclamation and Moral Discernment (with Timothy Sedgwick)
For ten years, he edited Sermons that Work, an annual anthology of Anglican preaching. He contributes to a variety of journals, both popular and professional, and also writes Scripture commentary materials for preachers in the liturgical tradition.
A philosophy professor in a previous (vocational) life, David now teaches preaching (and regularly enters the pulpit himself) in the cheerful conviction that preaching need be neither bad nor boring philosophy.
He is married to Dr. Margaret Tucker, a medical oncologist, who is Chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Branch, and Director of the Human Genetics Program in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute. Together, they delight in the exploits and achievements of two adult children: Kirk, an Air Force Surgeon stationed at the Air Force Academy; and Kristen, a disciple of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who lives on a houseboat in Oregon, and undertakes strategic peacemaking by nurturing young children in vigorous, healthy forms of play.
David and Peggy have been active parishioners at The Church of the Redeemer for over ten years. At the request and discretion of the rector, David volunteers part-time assistance to the parish in the areas of preaching, liturgical leadership, pastoral care, and adult education.
Geoffrey Silver, Interim Director of Music
Geoffrey is thrilled to join the Redeemer community as Interim Music Director, and to inherit responsibility for the Church’s incredible tradition of musical participation and excellence from Chris Betts. Previously Chorus Master of The Washington Chorus, and working this spring as assistant conductor of the Cathedral Choral Society, Geoffrey is a passionate vocalist and trainer of volunteer singers, having led youth and adult ensembles on both sides of the
Trained in the Anglican Choral Tradition by the RSCM and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, Geoffrey first visited the USA as the youngest participant on Martin Neary’s first tour and always wanted to return! After participating in the monastic pattern of daily worship at Westminster and occasions of state, he later studied music and history at Trinity College, Cambridge University, completing his master’s thesis on the classical music business of the 1930s — and arrived in the US in February 2003.
During his years in America, he has co-founded New York Polyphony (with whom he sang for five years) and built up his own recording company, ‘Acis Productions,’ which has received significant critical attention. He is excited to prepare Redeemer’s choir for its pilgrimage to Bristol, England, and knows that the ‘Bristol selections’ Chris Betts has devoted considerable thought in choosing, will lift and inspire the congregation over the coming weeks and months. Geoffrey lives in Dupont Circle with his wonderful partner, Molly, who teaches Math in Virginia Public Schools.
Chuyoung Suter, Interim Organist
Chuyoung Suter has been a Washington, DC metropolitan area resident since 1998. A native of Korea, she holds degrees in organ performance from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and from Yale University. Her teachers have been professors MoonKyung Chae, Thomas Murray, and Martin Jean.
She has held positions as organist and music director at several churches in Korea and in the US. She is a musician known for her passionate, rhythmic, and lyrical organ and piano playing. In demand as a teacher, she was appointed as the Coordinator of Piano Study at Washington National Cathedral in the spring of 2013.
She has contributed her musical talents as a performer and as a teacher to local communities and that has been her love and passion throughout her professional life. She lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, Erik and her son, Daniel who are also great musicians. She just became a group fitness instructor at Sport&Health, teaching weight training and mixed martial arts cardio workout. She is eager to meet the people of Church of the Redeemer and to being a part of it to help build a happy community throughout faith and music.
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