The Rev. Rhonda Rubinson, Priest-in-Charge
The Rev. Rhonda Joy Rubinson was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Brooklyn and Fair Lawn, NJ. A Christian of Jewish heritage, Rev. Rhonda was baptized and confirmed by Bishop Paul Moore at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at the Easter Vigil of 1987. She was one of the founding wardens of the Congregation of St. Saviour at the Cathedral in 1992, and was the first to be sponsored by St. Saviour for ordination in 2000. She served first as interim pastor and then priest-in-charge at St. Philip’s Church in Harlem from 2007-2012, leaving upon the successful completion of the clergy search. Mtr. Rhonda previously served as an assistant priest at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan and as a supply priest in many churches in the New York metropolitan area. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, and M.A.s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Union Theological Seminary. A lighting designer and theatrical production manager by trade, she worked as the Technical Director of the Theater and Dance Departments at Barnard College for a total of 28 years, and has designed lights at Lincoln Center and many venues in NYC and worldwide, for dance, symphonic, and rock productions. She gives thanks to God for surviving breast cancer, and has published Lessons of the Spirit: A Christian Spiritual Companion for Your Breast Cancer Journey to help others do the same. She is also the author of Steroid Spirituality: How the Bible Can Help Us Play Clean, and the upcoming Adventures in Cooking with Mother Rhonda. She considers it an honor to serve at the Church of the Intercession during this period of transition.
The Rev. Luis Enrique Gomez Cajamarca, Assistant
Fr. Luis Gomez was born on June 24, 1964 in Gualaceo, Ecuador. He has two brothers and one sister. He graduated high school June, 1982 from “Orientalista Salesiano” located in Cuenca, Ecuador and then attended Mayor Seminary “San Jose” in Quito, Ecuador where he studied philosophy. In 1985, he attended Mayor Seminary “San Leon Magno” Cuenca, Ecuador where he studied theology. In 1987, he received his Minor Orders at the Cathedral of the Inmaculada in the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1988, he emigrated from Ecuador to New York. In 1989, he became a member of the Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew and Saint Timothy. In1995, he married Ms. Carmen Hajal, and they have a son George. In 2003, he began his studies at General Theological Seminary and at Empire State College. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor of Science at Empire State College. On March 13, 2010, he was ordained as Transitional Deacon, and in June, 2010, he earned his Masters of Divinity from General Theological Seminary. He was ordained a Priest on September 25, 2010. In 2011, he completed studies in Continuing Professional Education (C.P.E.), became a Chaplain at Calvary Hospital and began working as Assistant Priest at Holyrood Church in Manhattan. In 2012, he became an Associate Priest at Holy Apostles Church, and on June 30, 2013, he began working as an Assistant Priest at the Church of the Intercession.
Luis Antonio Rivera-Rivera
Deacon Luis Rivera was born May 5, 1949 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. He graduated in 1967 from "Colegio La Merced," a Roman Catholic high schoo; obtained a BA (1971) in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico; worked for the Department of Social Services for the Commonwealth; then graduated with an MA in Clinical Psychology (1977) before moving to Connecticut to work in a psychiatric setting. He studied with Albert Ellis and completed his Primary and Intermediate Associate Certificate in Rational-Emotive Psychotherapy, then collaborated ona chapter on Puerto Rico in the publication "Cross-Cultural Mental Health" from Wiley's Series in General and Clinical Psychotherapy. He worked on a study of the incidence of depression in persons of "Golden Age" and attended Cursillo in 1984.
After relocating to New York in 1989, Deacon Riviera worked for 21 years with the Puerto Rican Family Institute as Director of the Child Abuse and Neglect Preventive Program. From 1989 to 1996, he collaborated as Pastoral Associate in a parish in the South Bronx, then was received as a member of the Congregation of St. Saviour in 2008.
Luis Antonio became a professed Brother of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans in 2009 after a three year novitiate. He is known in the Order as Br. Luis Antonio "Barnabas", and served as Chaplain for the professed from 2010 to 2013. He obtained the Education for Ministry (EfM) Certificate from the School of Theology of Sewanee: The University of the Southin 2011 and serves as a co-facilitator for the program.
He was ordained to Holy Orders as Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of New York on May 16, 2015, and requested by his Bishop to continue as Deacon at the Church of the Intercession with Mother Rhonda Robinson.
Juliet Lowe-Tannis, Facilities Manager & Parish Administrator
Juliet Lowe-Tannis joined The Church of the Intercession staff in 2009 as the Parish Administrator and now serves at the Facilities Manager/Parish Administrator whereby she oversees the day-to-day running of a 12,000+ square foot facility. She received her Master of Arts from New York University, worked for five years as the Development Associate at Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York and prior to joining EC she was responsible for community outreach for the Creative Arts Team, a non-profit theatre and education organization, formerly housed at New York University.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWilliam E. Randolph, Jr, Organist and Music Director
William Randolph, Jr. began working at Intercession in 1983 and served for 10 years. Over the next years, Bill served at Historic St. Philip’s Church in Harlem, and St. George’s Church Stuyvesant Square. He returned to Intercession in 2002. He is a native New Yorker who grew up passing by the church on his way to music lessons at Manhattan School of Music where he later attended college and graduated in 1979 earning a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Church Music. His principal teacher was Frederick Swann, and has coached with Jean Langlais in Paris and Christopher Dearnley in London. Bill is also an Adjunct Organist at Columbia University, Organist at the Marymount School for Girls and Assisting Organist at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Known for his improvisation skills, Bill has given recitals at Riverside Church, St Thomas Fifth Avenue, Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Anglican Cathedral in Bermuda. Well known in Barbados, Bill was the featured artist at the Classical Music Festival in 2014, and has dedicated many organs on the island. Bill wears many hats at Intercession. In addition to the organ and choir duties, he produces the Sunday bulletins, give the announcements and leads the guided tours of the church for visitors. Bill was confirmed at Intercession in 1979.
Tommy Cheng, Sexton
Tommy Cheng enjoys his role as sexton at Intercession because of the variety of challenges it provides. He especially enjoys the Intercession Community. Aside from his sexton duties he also runs the Children's Cultural Center of Native America which he has done for the past 16 years.
Eddie Farias, Sexton
"El principio no es menos importante que el final. Amemos la familia."