The Rev. José Roberto (Berto) Gándara-Perea began his ministry at Emmanuel on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Berto is a native of Puerto Rico and speaks English, Spanish and French. He has been a priest for 26 years and served in the Dominican Republic, Belgium, Spain, Puerto Rico, and most recently at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem, New York City. Gándara has a bachelors of arts in philosophy and a masters in theology. He also obtained four other post-masters degrees from universities in Belgium, Spain, and New York. Gándara is passionate about parish ministry, contemplative spirituality, photography, drumming, Native American flute playing, inter-religious dialogue, and outreach, especially to the LGBT and Latino community. He has shared his life with his spouse, the Rev. Hugh McPhail Grant, from Atlanta, Georgia, who is also an Episcopal priest.
Stewart Mehlman was appointed Senior Warden in January, 2014 by the then co-priests-in-charge, the Rev. Wray MacKay and Rev. Kate Kinney. He is a graduate of the Education for Ministry (EFM) program; completed at the Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati, OH in 2003. He is also a graduate of Shalem Institute’s Soul of the Executive program in 2002.
A “cradle Episcopalian”, Stewart is honored to serve as Senior Warden for our Rector, Berto, and the wonderful Emmanuel parish.