Our Priest In Charge

St. Paul’s is excited to have established an arrangement with Christ Church in Warwick, NY.  This calling from God to share clergy aides both churches, in our case, providing just the right amount of support our parishioners and community needs.  This position will serve as an assistant rector for Christ Church as well as the priest in charge for St. Paul’s.

This opportunity comes with a lot of benefits.  The benefit of keeping our own St. Paul’s values and community while taking advantage of the some of the benefits Christ Church offers.  We’re happy to have made this arrangement, maintaining our identity while working together with the people of Christ Church under the communion of the Episcopal Church.  Our priest will be mentored by Father Jim, rector at Christ Church.

This is an experiment of sorts for the Diocese of New York, although a tried and true method in the U.K.

deborah lee st pauls rectorWe welcome Mother Deborah Lee.

She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 9, 2017. Mother Deborah was formerly the Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and has been a mental health counselor and educator, both internationally and within the United States. She joined forces with several non-profit organizations around the U.S., including working with refugees for Episcopal Community Services in Arizona, as well as providing mental health therapy for church communities in Colorado.

Deborah’s international experience brought her to Mexico, working as a program coordinator for BorderLinks, an international leader in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics and social justice. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Meknès, Morocco, teaching at a school for the visually impaired, and worked in Lima, Perú as a counselor and teacher for the Network of International Christian Schools.

Mother Deborah holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Colorado Christian University, a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and French from Williams College in Massachusetts, and has studied with the School for International Training in Cameroon. She enjoys photography, singing, dancing, reading, and is a bonafide foodie.

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