Clergy & Staff

 

revparkThe Rev’d C. B. “Cricket” Park, Rector
Email: rector@redeemerbethesda.org

 

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 large and lovable Shetland Sheepdogs. 

 

 


David_003[1]The Rev’d Dr. David Schlafer, Assisting Priest

Email: drdavidjschlafer@gmail.com

 

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.


Christopher Betts, Director of Music

Email: music@redeemerbethesda.org

 

Christopher Betts was born and educated in the United Kingdom. His first church music experience was as a boy chorister at the cathedral in his home city of Lichfield. His subsequent training included Organ Scholarships at Lichfield Cathedral; Magdalen College, Oxford University where he read music and received BA and MA degrees; and St. Alban’s Cathedral. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

 

Following his time at Oxford, he served for a year as Guest Artist-in-Residence at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas, an 5,000-member church with strong associations in the English choral tradition. Returning to the U.K., he went on to became Assistant Master of the Music at Sheffield Cathedral, and then Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick, where as many as 24 girl choristers and 40 boy choristers participated in weekly choral services.

 

In 2001, he was invited to return to Lubbock to become Associate Director of Music and then Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, where he directed the 90-voice Chancel Choir, the Wesley Singers youth choir and the FUMC Festival Orchestra, managed the highly acclaimed FUMC Vesper Concert Series and directed the music for eleven music theater productions.  During his time at FUMC, the Chancel Choir toured in Scotland, Norway, Italy and France, singing at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

 

In 2012, he moved with his family to Washington, DC to take up the position of Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral.  As one of the full time musicians on the cathedral staff, he played the organ for cathedral services, accompanied the cathedral choirs, directed the Cathedral Voices, coordinated guest choirs, and managed the organ recital series.

 

In September 2015, he became Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where he plays the organ, directs the Adult and Youth Choirs, coordinates the Music at Redeemer series, and oversees all musical activities of the church.

 

Chris is a busy choir director, organist, accompanist and teacher in the Washington, DC, area.  An experienced choral arranger and composer, his anthem “Be still before the Lord” is published by Paraclete Press. In addition to working at The Church of the Redeemer, he is Chapel Organist at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, Co-Dean of the Washington DC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a technical sales advisor for Solid State Organ Systems.