Fr. Steve Holton has been a priest for 29 years, and married to his wife Charlotte for just a month less. He has two adult sons, David and Ben. He knows St. Philip's and Frank, because for 18 years he was Rector of St. Paul's on-the-hill in Ossining, just down the river. So he knows small churches in small towns outside of New York - and loves them! He comes to St. Philip's from an Interim position at St. James, North Salem; due east of St. Philip's, in NE Westchester.
His recent advanced degree thesis at General Seminary was entitled "Neighborhood Embrace." It explores how Episcopal Churches are, from our roots, churches for the whole village, gathering people together in love for each other, with strong roots in our tradition, and care for our whole community. Prayer, preaching, and pastoral care are at the heart of his ministry. He loves Bible Study because it empowers everyone in living the life of a Christian in the world today. He is active in the issues that face us - through diocesan and ecumenical groups. He also has years of interfaith experience. This is probably because his father was a US Diplomat. He loves canoeing (not enough lately, but Constitution Marsh ... Read Full Bio
Dr. Durward (Woody) Entrekin is the music director of St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands in Garrison, New York, and was formerly Associate Organist/Choir Master of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. From 1990-1992 he was Dean of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Woody has concertized extensively on the East Coast and has also performed in the Midwest, Canada, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and Sweden. He can be heard with hornist Willie Ruff and organist Thomas Murray in a recording of Hindemith’s horn concerto on the Kepler label.
Woody is a graduate of Stetson University and the Yale School of Music, where he received the doctor of musical arts degree. He has studied with Thomas Murray, Paul Jenkins and Jane Douglas. While at Yale, Woody earned the Julia Sherman Prize for excellence in organ performance. Read Full Bio
The Vestry is a group of 12 people—11 Vestry members (including two Wardens, all elected by the congregation) and the Rector—that represents the parish in matters of finance, stewardship, budget approval, Diocesan assessment and payment, annual audits, records maintenance and the business of the church.
The Vestry works with the Rector to carry out the mission of the parish, and supports the Rector as head of the parish. As liaison between parish members and clergy and staff, the Vestry supports and promotes good communication in the church.
The Vestry meets on the second Saturday of each month in the Parish House. Please feel free to approach any of us at any time with questions or suggestions!
St. Philip’s engages in a number of ministries, each with their own programs. We encourage you to get more involved with our church and be in touch with our wonderfully dedicated leaders, who are listed as the contact person for each program.