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Clergy & Staff

Parish Office:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Parish Administrator: Gregory Citarella 
Ph: 845.452.8220
Email: [email protected]


Rector: The Reverend Susan Fortunato
Ph: 845.452.8220
Email: [email protected]

The Rev. Susan Fortunato came to Christ Church in 2015, drawn by the unique set of challenges inherent in serving an urban parish with a 250-year legacy.  She has engaged with the parish and the community on many levels.  Through her effective partnership with parishioners, Christ Church has grown significantly in size and scope over the past four years.

Rev. Susan consistently challenges the parish to live out the work of Christ.  She has led the call to social action and personal commitment. She helped Christ Church restructure its leadership model and build support for local youth programs, particularly Summer Camp and Backpacks & More. She led the effort to establish Christ Church as an official shelter for those needing overnight accommodations during the coldest months of the year.

Susan is active in both the diocese and the community.  She serves on the Commission on Ministry, the Diocesan Council, Property Support Committee, and is the Chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Diocese of New York.  In Poughkeepsie, Susan serves as the President of the Board of Hudson River Housing and is a proud Rotarian.

She graduated from Seton Hall University and Drew Theological School (magna cum laude), where she received the preaching prize.  She has served churches in New York and New Jersey for more than twenty years.

Susan and her wife, Catherine, have an adult son, Graham, a local soccer coach, and a three-year-old West Highland Terrier (Duncan).  They enjoy running, kayaking, and enjoying local music and theatre.


Dr. Laura Russell

Minister of Music: Dr. Laura Ramsey Russell

 

Ph: 845.452.8220
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Russell was named Choir Director in September 2001 and became both Organist and Choir Director in June 2007. Laura holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Hartt School, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase. She  has taught music at Marist College and Dutchess Community College in the Hudson Valley, and at the music conservatories of SUNY Purchase and the Hartt School.

 


Organist: James Fitzwilliam

Email: [email protected]