The Rev. Kate A. Bast: Rev. Kate is our Curate and recently ordained priest. She received a M.Div. from The School of Theology at Sewanee and also has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her background includes a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and chaplaincy training for inpatient, trauma, palliative and hospice care at UVA Medical Center and the NCH Medical System. She brings a rich tradition of story-telling and theater arts as well as professional communication experience in web design, development and internet marketing. Meeting parishioners and community members for coffee is one of her pastoral joys; please let Rev. Kate know if you would like to set up a time to have a chat with her. Questions are welcome! Contact her: email@example.com or call the church office: 434-525-5511
Chris O'Grady Frank, Parish Secretary: Chris has been our parish secretary for over 15 years, she knows the "ins & outs" of Saint Stephen's! Chris and husband Ken are both active in the church with Ken providing his vocal and guitar talents to our music ministry. Ken & Chris are blessed with three daughters, Jenifer, Molly & Hannah. Chris is available in the office from 9:00am until 12:00 Noon Tuesday thru Thursday and is able to provide any information you need about Saint Stephen's. Call the office @, 434-525-5511.
Dr. Curtis Ryan Smith, Organist and Choir Director: Dr. Curtis Ryan Smith began his piano studies in his hometown of Macon, Georgia, where he received his first lessons from concert pianist Louise Barfield. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), his Masters of Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts from CCM. His teachers have included James Tocco, Edmund Battersby, and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff. He has also received additional training from Harvey Wedeen, Norman Krieger, and Michael Coonrod. He received his first organ lessons from Dr. Marilyn Keiser while studying at Indiana University.In addition to performing, Dr. Smith is an enthusiastic teacher. He currently serves an Adjunct Professor of Piano at both Randolph College and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, in addition to his own private teaching.Dr. Smith was invited to perform the Beethoven First Piano Concerto in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Matinée Musicale in Cincinnati. He was also invited to perform a solo recital as the season finale of the 100th-anniversary celebration of the Morning Music Club of Macon, Georgia. In addition to the standard repertoire, he is also an enthusiastic champion of lesser-known works, featuring composers such as William Grant Still, Benjamin Britten, and most notably, the piano works of his namesake composer, the late pianist-composer Curtis Curtis-Smith. Dr. Smith is also an active chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and soloist. He is married to concert pianist Dr. Woori Kim Smith, with whom he performs in the piano duo Les Quatre Mains. A born and raised member of the Episcopal Church, Dr. Smith has sung in, conducted, and accompanied Episcopal church choirs as a choral scholar and section leader for more than a decade, and is thrilled to serve the musical ministry of Saint Stephen’s.