Clergy + Staff

The Rev. Dr. Melanie Duguid-May

Pastoral Leader

Melanie is passionately committed to the dignity of all persons, the ministry and mission of the church, and the care of the earth and all its creatures.

Melanie was ordained a (transitional) deacon in The Episcopal Church on February 23, 2019, at her home parish, Trinity Episcopal Church, in Greece.

Since 1992, Melanie has been a member of the faculty at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including ten years as Dean of the Faculty. Throughout these nearly 30 years, she has taught courses in Christian theology, women in Christianity, gender studies, and the social witness of the church. In May, she will co-lead, with her colleague who is a professor of Old Testament, a fourth study pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine that pays particular attention to the daily realities of Palestinian Christians living under military occupation, as well as to the Holy Sites.

Melanie studied for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Peace Studies at Manchester College (now University) in North Manchester, Indiana. Her graduate studies were completed at Harvard University, having earned the M.Div., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in the Study of Religion (Christian Theology).

She lives with her spouse Deborah, who is Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, on 20 acres just north of Naples, in the heart of the Bristol Hills. Their household includes two beloved miniature puddles, four dairy goats, 16 ducks, and five guinea fowl. She loves reading historical murder mysteries and novels, gardening and food preserving, hiking and swimming in their spring-fed ponds, movies, and international travel, including to South Africa to visit Debs’ family.

The Rev. Kit Tobin

Supply Clergy

Kit is serving as our supply priest while Melanie is a transitional deacon. Kit is originally from Vinyard Haven, Massachusetts, but has lived in Corning for many years. Kit studied at several institutions—including General Theological Seminary in New York—and was ordained to the priesthood in 2008 by Bishop Singh.

The Rev. Michael W. Hopkins

Priest in Residence

Michael is a retired priest who lives in Hornell. Michael's primary ministry in the parish is leading the Godly Play program for kids. Michael also preaches and presides at services as needed.

Roxanne Gaylord

Minister of Music & Administrative Assistant

Roxanne began serving as our Co-Minister of Music in 2005. In 2108, she became our sole Minister of Music. Roxanne holds a degree in music education from the University of Northern Iowa and is a former teacher of piano and French horn. She has been a church musician for over 25 years. Roxanne is also our Administrative Assistant managing the affairs of the church office. Her other music ministries include our youth Celebration Band and St. Thomas' Community Ringers bell choior—which perform on major holy days. Roxanne also leads our Sunday morning adult study group called Curious Christians

Doag Hoad

Sexton

Our sexton (custodian) a native of Bath and works full-time for the Veterans Administration. Doug served in the United State Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987.