The Reverend Peter Walsh
Peter has been the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut since 2008. Previously, he served as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona; Associate Rector of St. Pauls’ Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; and Chaplain at the Kent School, where he coached varsity soccer, junior varsity basketball, and thirds baseball. Before entering the clergy he worked in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody and as an account executive at Geer, DuBois Advertising, both in New York City. He also worked as a bus boy. Peter grew up in Delmar, New York, a small town outside of Albany. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School, Harvard College, and Yale Divinity School. In his earlier years, at varying times, he wanted to be a professional baseball player, professional basketball player, professional soccer player (goalkeeper), hoped to write the great American novel, be a metaphysical philosopher, a rich Wall Street economist, and a monk. None of that came to pass. Last fall he went on life-renewing sabbatical in France, Italy and South Africa and in the spring led a pilgrimage to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan and then visited with his son in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently working on developing yoga as a form of Christian prayer. Peter is married to Jennifer White Walsh and has five grown children: Sam, Ben, Olivia, Gus, and Phineas. Peter and Jennifer celebrated their 30th Anniversary last fall while in Rome.
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The Reverend Elizabeth Garnsey
Elizabeth joined the clergy staff in September 2018 after a year-long sabbatical in Colorado. There she focused on freelance writing about houses, design, and skiwear when she wasn’t hiking and spending precious time with her young son, Charlie, and their family who live there. Pre-sabbatical, Elizabeth lived in New York for almost 25 years working as a journalist at "George" and "Travel + Leisure" magazines before being ordained to the priesthood in 2006. After earning her Master of Divinity degree at Yale, she served as an Associate Rector at St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Church of the Heavenly Rest, and as Chaplain and Religion Teacher at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s Episcopal School in Morningside Heights. Elizabeth likes swimming, biking, running, and being outside in any weather. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and, long ago, she studied short courses on Spanish in Costa Rica, archeology in Wales, and the European Union at the Sciences Po in Paris, the last of which led to a two-year stay in France where she got her start in journalism at the Associated Press. She and Charlie love filling their bird feeders and keeping track of spiders and other critters while learning to let them live their lives in peace—a big learning curve for preschooler and parent! After the wisdom of Jesus, she says the next best advice in life comes from her mother, “Just do the next right thing, dear.”
The Reverend Justin Crisp
Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence
Justin has been a member of our clergy team since 2014 and became our Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence in 2018. A native of Tennessee, Justin moved to Connecticut to attend seminary and caught our love of oysters, cloudy days, and traffic (maybe not so much that last one). As an associate, Justin’s responsibilities include pastoral oversight of our liturgical, pastoral care, and youth ministries, as well as regular preaching, teaching, and sacramental ministry alongside Elizabeth and Peter. As our Theologian-in-Residence, he teaches our weekly theology class (known as “God, Grace, and Gumption”), collaborates with the rest of the clergy and staff on Christian formation initiatives, and teaches in the formation programs of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and Province I of the Episcopal Church. Justin is currently completing his Ph.D. in Religious Studies (concentrating in theology) at Yale University. He is co-editor with Miroslav Volf of "Joy and Human Flourishing: Essays on Theology, Culture, and the Good Life" (2015). His dissertation, "Joy and Jouissance: An Essay on Sexuality and the Spiritual Life", treats theological questions regarding sex and marriage by putting sources in psychoanalytic and queer theory in conversation with the early church fathers and medieval mysticism. His other interests include the doctrine of providence, the problem of suffering, and the cure of souls. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is married to Jewelle Bickel.