Rev. Kate Ekrem
Kate came to Redeemer as Priest-in-Charge in 2009, and became Rector in 2012. She had previously served as seminarian at Church of the Heavenly Rest, NYC, assistant rector at St. Barnabas in Irvington, NY, and as Rector of Grace Church in Norwood, MA for seven years. Before seminary, she worked in book publishing in New York City. Kate has an M.Div from General Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Williams College. Kate is married to Dave Ekrem, who is the web manager for Mass General Hospital for Children. They have three children: Peter (22), Tom (19), and Lucy (16).
Rev. Emily Garcia
Emily grew up in the Evangelical Free churches out West and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in her first year at Princeton, at the Episcopal Chaplaincy. She was sponsored for the priesthood in the Diocese of Massachusetts, and was ordained a priest on the feast of St. Juan Diego in December 2017.
Emily loves learning, teaching, prayer, and the sacraments–the best parts of being a priest! She’s worked with children and young people for 15 years: designing programs at a children’s library, interning in elementary classrooms, teaching in summer programs, running after-school events, tutoring sick children, working in college chaplaincy, and assisting in preschool and kindergarten classes. Of all of these, Sunday School, Youth Group, Confirmation Class, and Adult Forum are some of her most favorite things to participate in. You can check out some of the Eucharistic liturgies for children she’s written at A Good and Joyful Thing.
Emily lives with her Roman Catholic chemist husband, Omar De Paolis, in a jungle of houseplants in Brighton.
Dr. Bernadette Colley
Dr. Bernadette Colley has directed church music and taught music for over 30 years. Prior to her arrival at Church of Our Redeemer in February 2011, she was Director of Music and Worship Arts at the Pleasant Street Congregational Church in Arlington. There, her ministry was known for its diversity of musical styles and genres from Palestrina to Dixieland, and was enhanced by guest musicians ranging from the Renaissonics to the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. She founded and coordinated Pleasant Street Choral Concerts with support from Massachusetts Arts Lottery grants, and led worship services including major works by Bach, Buxtehude, Charpentier, Purcell, Ramirez, Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Handel, and others.
As guest conductor of the Nashoba Valley Chorale for its 25th anniversary season, Ms. Colley led an orchestral-choral performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C, and from 1986-96 was the guitarist for the Scandinavian vocal ensemble Stambandet. From 2009-2011, she was advisor to Matimba ya Ripfumelo, a New England based South African humanitarian-service vocal ensemble which presented concerts throughout New England to raise money for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. At the Church of Our Redeemer, Dr. Colley directs the Redeemer Choir and Atrium Singers, incorporates a wide range of instrumental and vocal talents of its members into weekly services, researches and plans music for unique Special Sunday Services, and oversees all aspects of administering and providing a diverse and high-quality music program for Redeemer’s Sunday morning worship.
Jessica recently joined the Redeemer staff in June. She grew up locally in Medford and attended Salem State University, where she studied Psychology. She also has teaching certifications in Meditation, and EFT tapping. You can also find her getting her miles in as she trains for the Boston Women’s 10K and 1st runDisney half marathon!
Roberta Van Derkeyl
Roberta joined the Redeemer staff as a part-time bookkeeper in March 2019. She recently retired from Hanscom Air Force Base after a 34-year career as a financial analyst. She lives in Watertown, MA and has a 28-year-old daughter, Jacqueline. She attends the Armenian Memorial Church in Watertown, MA where she is currently serving as co-chair of the Board of Trustees.
Roy has been the sexton and handyman at Church of Our Redeemer since 2010.