All Saints Church is served by the Rev. Steven Yagerman, rector.
Other staff and workers include our music director and organist Suzanne McDonald, secretary Viviana Gauthier, verger Calvin Garrett, and sexton Luis Cornier, in addition to professional staff singers, bookkeeper, vestry, and parish lay leaders.
All Saints’ rector since 1993, Dr. Steven Jay Yagerman is a graduate of the University of Florida. After attending General Theological Seminary, he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Hebrew-Union College. He has made five spiritual journeys to India, one of them as a Sabbatical. Father Yagerman is a psychoanalyst licensed by the State of New York, having been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the William Alanson White Institute and having trained at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. For fun, he has worked onstage as a supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera.
Since fall 2014, Suzanne Davis McDonald has been All Saints’ organist / director of music. Prior school and church positions include head of the choral program and organist at Kent School in Connecticut; Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican); Loyola College in Montreal; and Chapel of the Cross (Episcopal) and University Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. For 10 years, she ran an early-childhood music program for 350 families, with four teachers under her supervision. Ms. McDonald studied under world renowned organists Bernard Lagacé and James David Christie, played for master classes with the imminent Marie-Claire Alain and Gustav Leonhardt, and at London’s Royal School of Church Music on scholarship worked with Herbert Howells. She earned a master’s degree in organ performance at Boston Conservatory after undergraduate years at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal. Numerous east coast organ recital venues include King’s Chapel in Boston and Mechanics Hall in Worcester, and she has performed as harpsichordist with various New England chamber groups. Suzanne loves to ski and travel, and she is an accomplished tennis player.
Luis Cornier has been All Saints’ sexton for more than 20 years, when his predecessor and mentor William Lopez retired. A native of Puerto Rico, Luis had come to New York 15 years prior to that and had been working in a factory in the Bronx. Now, he loves his job at All Saints, he says, because “I love the people and my church.” He keeps fit by running and is a devoted baseball fan who goes to all the Yankees’ games he can. His favorite basketball team is the Knicks. Luis has two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
All Saints’ verger is Calvin Garrett. As a young man, Calvin had been working in the archives department at the Cathedral of St. John until he came to our church as verger in 1984. Vergers in earlier times dug graves and did anything necessary to assist ministers. Clad in black, they used a staff called a verge when necessary to fend off animals or any person who might interfere with orderly processions. Our dear verger Calvin doesn’t dig any graves or manage unruly animals, but he does wear a black vestment and serve as a lay minister, taking care of functions from the ceremonial (such as lighting and extinguishing candles and posting hymns) to the practical (such as arriving early to unlock the doors and operating our wheelchair lifts). He is married with two children and commutes from Maplewood, New Jersey. Calvin works as a doorman, and still manages to find time to write short stories and cycle.
Brooklyn native Viviana Gauthier, a graduate of Berkeley College, joined All Saints in March 1999. As church secretary, she provides administrative support to Father Yagerman, manages the church office, and puts together the Sunday service sheets. Viviana enjoys meeting people, and she’s the person you’ll speak to first when you call the church office; if you leave a message, it’s she who will make sure it gets the proper response.
Vestry: Marian Hoffman has replaced Tom Wheeland as warden through 2019; Florence Arwade, Dianne Roberts, and Jim Sprouse serve through 2020. Continuing are warden David Bassiouni, members Jan Foellings, Sean McKenzie, and Andrea Tashjian through 2018; and Maurice Jackson (2019).