MEET OUR CLERGY

CLERGY

Christ Church Greenwich is blessed with incredible leadership in its clergy staff.  In addition to serving this community with daily and weekly worship services and pastoral visits, they enrich our spiritual journeys through their sermons and numerous educational offerings.

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Marek P. Zabriskie
Rector

The Rev. Marek Zabriskie

Rector

203.869.6600 x12 | mzabriskie@christchurchgreenwich.org

A powerful speaker and respected spiritual leader, Marek has served as Rector of St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh in Fort Washington, PA, since 1995, during which time he greatly expanded that parish, grew its membership and ministries, and developed one of the strongest spiritual formation ministries for children, youth, and adults in the region. Prior to his time in PA, Marek served as the Associate Rector of St. James’s in Richmond, VA, and the Assistant to the Rector of St. George’s in Nashville, TN. Originally from Detroit, MI,Marek studied philosophy at Emory University and trained for the priesthood at Yale and Berkeley Divinity Schools. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1990.

Marek has published and edited several books, including The Bible Challenge, a popular study guide, with well over a million users worldwide, that helps people read the entire Bible in a year. He created the Center for Biblical Studies to promote The Bible Challenge nationally and globally.

He is also a member of the Compass Rose Society, which assists the Archbishop of Canterbury, and has been invited to preach throughout the United States and overseas, including at our own Faith on Fire series.

203.869.6600, x12
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Terence (Terry) L. Elsberry
Priest Associate

The Rev. Terry Elsberry

Priest Associate

203.869.6600, x30 | telsberry@christchurchgreenwich.org

Terry served as Associate Rector at Christ Church from 1986-1994, and has now returned as Priest Associate. He recently retired as the Rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford, NY, where he served for the last 23 years. He was ordained at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1984. In 2009 Terry received the annual Episcopal Diocese of New York award for outstanding service to the Diocese for his dedication to hospitals and civic institutions, and for his service to Episcopal Charities. Terry has written several books. Terry is married to Nancy Olds Elsberry, and is the father of four daughters, and has nine grandchildren.

203.869.6600, x30
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Andrew Kryzak
Curate

The Rev. Andrew Kryzak

Curate

203.869.6600, x17 | akryzak@christchurchgreenwich.org

The Rev. Andrew Astwood Kryzak joined the staff of Christ Church Greenwich in July 2018, following two years in the parish as seminarian intern. As curate, he serves as clergy liaison to the music department, outreach committee, new member ministry, and Altar Guild; he organizes the liturgies of the parish and oversees all liturgical ministers; he teaches confirmation class and the Sunday-evening Bible study; and he is chaplain to the choir.

More generally, he shares in the cure of souls of Christ Church, which work he undertakes through preaching, teaching, pastoral guidance, and the administration of the sacraments of the church. He is passionate about the intellectual and liturgical heritage of Anglicanism and the development of Christian character as the heart of a healthy and sustainable life in the modern world.

Andrew trained for the ministry at Yale Divinity School, earning the Master of Divinity and a diploma in Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School. Raised in the Episcopal Church, he is in the eleventh generation of his family in the New World to worship according to the Book of Common Prayer. A native New Yorker, he grew up in Dutchess County, prepared at Hotchkiss and was educated at Duke and Columbia. Prior to divinity school, he worked for the New-York Historical Society and for the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. At the same time, between 2006 and 2016, he served three parish churches successively as organist and director of music.

His academic and personal interests include Western history; sacred music; Classical and Gothic architecture; detective fiction; railroads; and the city of New York. He is an avid and longtime tennis player and enjoys reading, writing, and long walks. A selection of his preaching and writing may be found here.

Andrew is joined at Christ Church by his wife, Hannah Peckham, who is completing coursework for the PhD in American history at Notre Dame and divides her time between Greenwich and South Bend.

203.869.6600, x17
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The Rev. Abby VanderBrug
Director of Children & Family Ministries

The Rev. Abby Vanderbrug

Director of Children & Family Ministries

Abby will begin her ministry here on September 1, 2019.  If you have questions about programming for children and families before then, please reach out to Youth Minister Lauren Johnson.

Abby grew up in Michigan, attended Hope College (Holland, MI), and majored in International Relations. Before seminary, Abby worked at an organic vegetable farm, a yoga studio, and an athletic gear company. She also spent time traveling in Guatemala, India, and Thailand.

After discerning a call to ministry at the age of 25, she enrolled at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) as a Leadership Candler Scholarship recipient. During seminary, Abby lived and worked in Emory’s undergraduate resident halls as an “Education Fellow,” focusing on creating a positive learning environment in first-year dorms, and she served on the staff of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church for two years. Abby earned the G. Ray Jordan Award, presented to the Master of Divinity senior who demonstrates excellence in integrating academic study with constructive leadership and service.

Abby graduated from Candler in 2017 and has since been working at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, MI, as Director of Children and Family Ministries. In this role, Abby created a worship space that truly nurtures the spiritual lives of children and provides community for young families. She was ordained deacon in early 2019 and will be ordained priest at Christ Church after her arrival.

In her free time, Abby volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run, coaching 3rd-5th grade girls in self-respect and teamwork. She is married to Michael VanderBrug, and together they enjoy working in their garden, spending time at the beach, cross-country skiing, and hiking. They also enjoy cheering for New England sports teams, as Michael is a native New Englander. They have three children: Zoe, Pieter, and Roslynn.

If you are in need…

If you or a family member is facing an illness, hospitalization, death; or any other stressful life situation, please consider a visit from one of our clergy or trained lay volunteers.

To schedule a visit, please contact Jean Tredinnick in the Parish Office, 203.869.6600, x13.  Jean can also place your name on the list of people who receive prayers during our worship services and/or give your name to a group of people who will pray for you.

Due to privacy regulations, it is difficult for us to get information about patients from hospitals and other facilities.