Clergy & Staff


The Rev'd Ruth Ferguson


The Rev. Ruth Ferguson began to serve as rector of Christ Church in April, 2010.  A native of the university town of Athens, Georgia, Ruth grew up in an interesting mix of Southern tradition and a progressive music and arts culture.

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Pat Knapp

Administrative Assistant


Stephen Kennedy

Music Director

Stephen Kennedy is Director of Music and Organist of Christ Church, Rochester, and Instructor of Sacred Music at the Eastman School of Music. He is also Instructor of Organ for Eastman’s Community Music School.

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David Higgs

Organist Associate

One of America’s leading concert organists, David Higgs is also Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music. He performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has inaugurated many important new instruments including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna; the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; St. Albans Cathedral, England; St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland; and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. 

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William Porter

Organist Associate

Widely known as a performer in the United States and in Europe, William Porter has also achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern.

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Thatcher Lyman

Music Scholar

Thatcher Lyman holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, OH, the University of York, England, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is pursuing a DMA degree in Organ Performance with David Higgs.  His past organ teachers include Hans Davidsson, James David Christie, and Haskell Thomson.  In 2009, Thatcher received Eastman&rsquo

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Moses Roland

Sexton / Groundskeeper