The Rev. José R. Gándara Perea, S.T.L., Priest-in-Charge
Fr. Berto came to Intercession in September of 2009. He was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico into a family who for four generations has been dedicated to the medical field. Fr. Berto was a Redemptorist missionary for 20 years and a priest for 14 years in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2004 he started a process of discernment and became an Episcopalian in 2006, being received as a priest in April of 2009. He has a Bachelor in Arts from the Universidad Central de Bayamon. After four years he completed his Master Degree in Theology at the Seminario Pontificio Santo Tomás de Aquino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After five years of ministry in the Dominican Republic, in the town of Las Matas de Farfán, he studied for one year at the International Institute Lumen Vitae, affiliated with the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, in Brussels, Belgium obtaining a Diploma in Catechesis and Pastoral Theology in 1997. Fr. Berto continued his graduate studies for two more years achieving a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Spain in 1999. He returned to Puerto Rico and worked in the towns of Fajardo and Guayama. In 2006 Fr. Berto obtained a Diploma in Anglican Studies at The General Theological Seminary. He worked for three years as case manager and mental health counselor at Harlem United and also worked for one year as Director of the Hispanic/Latino Program and then as Field Education Coordinator at the General Theological Seminary. He is married to the Rev. Hugh M. Grant who is the curate at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields.
Juliet Lowe-Tannis, Parish Administrator & Facilities Manager
Juliet Lowe-Tannis joined The Church of the Intercession staff in 2009 as the the Parish Administrator and now serves at the Parish Administrator. (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 a non-profit theatre and education organization at NYU.
William E. Randolph, Jr, Organist and Music Director
Bill Randolph was confirmed at Church of the Intercession in 1979, and became Director of Music and Organist in 1983, where he served for 10 years. Bill returned to Intercession in 2002, and after a brief leave in 2009, returned in May 2010. Bill is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, and is also Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Adjunct Organist at Columbia University.
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."