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Bishop

The Rt. Rev. William Love

Bishop Love is the Ninth Bishop of Albany. He is noted for his unwavering commitment to proclaim the Gospel and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all who will receive it, and he has a passion for Christian Healing Ministry. He was born and raised in Texas. Following his graduation from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, he serves as an Air Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force.

Following his discharge, he earned a Master of Science in Education and following a call to ordained ministry, he attended Nashotah House Seminary graduating in 1991 with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained deacon June 1991 and served as the Dean’s Vicar at the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, NY. He was ordained a priest in 1991, and later that year, he became Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Lake Luzerne. He served as their Rector for 14 years until his election as Bishop on September 16, 2006. He became the Ninth Bishop of Albany on February 1, 2007.

Bishop Love’s ministry and service with the Diocese has included Dean of the Southern Adirondack Deanery; member of the Standing Committee; Diocesan Council; Healing Ministry Team at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center; Greenwich, NY; Priest Associate of the Community of St. Mary, Greenwich, NY; Happening Spiritual Director; and Clerical Deputy to General Convention. He has been on short term mission trips to Uganda, Peru, Bolivia, and until February 2011, he served on the Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) Board of Directors. Bishop Love serves as the President of Episcopal Charities of Albany and on the Nashotah Seminary Board of Trustees.

Bishop Love and his wife, Karen, have been married 32 years and have two grown children, Chris (Lauren) and Catie (Doug) and have two grandsons, Peter and Caleb.


Rector

Fr. Tom Papazoglakis

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Fr. Tom Papazoglakis serves as Rector of St. George’s Church along with his wife, Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis who is the Associate Rector.  Fr. Tom graduated from Louisiana State University with Bachelor of Architecture in 1978, receiving his architectural license and NCARB certification in 1981. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tulane University.

Fr. Tom left his career in the design and construction industry to attend seminary at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, WI. He received a Master of Divinity in 2002 and was ordained to the diaconate in 2001. He was ordained priest in 2002.  He served as Associate Priest at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Pewaukee, WI, before being called as Priest-in-Charge in 2003. He left this position in 2012, spending two months in Cairo, Egypt while on sabbatical and as a guest of the Episcopal Diocese of Egypt.

Fr. Tom was called as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in 2013 where he served until being called with Mtr. Elizabeth as Priests-in-Charge of St. George’s in November 2015.  Fr. Tom was called as Rector of St. George's in March 2017. Fr. Tom is a Doctor of Ministry student at Nashotah House Seminary and anticipates graduation in 2018.

Fr. Tom and Mtr. Elizabeth have been married 39 years and have three grown daughters, Erika, Niki, and Sarah (Boris). They have three grandchildren, Ainslie, Aidan, and Ashton. 


Associate Rector

Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis

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Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis serves as Associate Rector of St. George’s Church with her husband, Fr. Tom Papazoglakis who is the Rector of St. George's. She graduated from Louisiana tate University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds a Master of Arts degree from Nicholls State University in Psychological Counseling. Mtr. Elizabeth worked as a Psychological Associate for a residential facility and had a private counseling practice, specializing in issues of marriage and family, prior to entering seminary.

She received her Master of Arts in Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corner, WI. She was ordained Deacon in 2009 and Priest in 2010 in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. She served as Curate and then Associate to the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, from 2010 to 2013. Mtr. Elizabeth is a Doctor of Ministry student at Nashotah House Seminary and anticipates graduation in 2018.

In 2013, Mtr. Elizabeth was called as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Massena, NY. Mtr. Elizabeth and Fr. Tom Papazoglakis accepted a call to St. George’s to serve as Priests-in-Charge beginning All Saints Day, November 1, 2015. She was appointed Associate Rector in March 2017.

Mtr. Elizabeth and Fr. Tom have been married 39 years and have three grown daughters, Erika, Niki, and Sarah (Boris). They have three grandchildren, Ainslie, Aidan, and Ashton.


Deacon for Pastoral Care

Deacon Maureen Demler

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Maureen Demler has served at St. George’s as Deacon since her ordination in May 2009 with the exception of 2 ½ years spent in England with her husband, Randy, while he worked with a contractor for the British Navy.  While in England, Maureen was licensed to serve 2 small parishes in the Diocese of Derby in the East Midlands.

Deacon Maureen has a MA in Education from SUNY Albany and taught high school science and math before attending Albany College of Pharmacy.  She practiced pharmacy for 30 years and has now retired from paid employment.  She is happy to assist in the pharmacy of a yearly medical mission to the Dominican Republic.

Maureen serves as the Deacon for Pastoral Care and believes strongly in the importance of maintaining loving connections with those parishioners unable to attend services at St. George’s on their own and those experiencing difficulties of any kind.  St. George’s is currently holding training for lay pastoral care givers through the Community of Hope.  We are also developing a meal ministry, reinvigorating our prayer ministry and hoping to develop a prayer shawl ministry.

Maureen and Randy live in Burnt Hills.  They have three grown sons and one grandson.


Deacon for Mission and Outreach

Deacon Scott Underhill

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Scott Underhill serves at St. Georges as Deacon since he was ordained in May 2009.  Deacon Scott received a BS in Civil Engineering in 1991 and a MS in Environmental Engineering in 1993, both from the University of Buffalo. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and currently works as a project manager for AECOM in Latham, NY.

With a passion for serving the less fortunate, Scott serves as the Deacon for Mission and Outreach. Since ordination, he has done numerous trips both domestically and internationally, having travelled to Boston, Washington D.C., Haiti and Panama. Locally, his work involves a soup kitchen in Albany, working with the Burmese refugees relocated to the Albany area, and working with the YWCA of Schenectady to provide transitional housing to families of domestic violence, the latter of which is done through a not-for-profit organization named White Stone Gateway that Scott is the president and co-founder.

Scott lives in Clifton Park with his wife Lynne. They have three children together.


Music Director

Dr. Tim Olsen

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Tim Olsen is active as composer, performer, and educator. He holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in music theory and composition, 1983); the University of Minnesota (Master of Arts in music theory and composition, 1985); and Yale University (Master of Music in composition, 1988, Master of Musical Arts in composition, 1989, and Doctor of Musical Arts in composition, 1995). As a Fulbright Scholar in 1990-91, Olsen studied with composer Ib Nørholm at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen.

 

Olsen joined the faculty of Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1994. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and has previously served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of the Africana Studies program. He teaches courses in the music and culture of the United States, Latin America, and Africa; music theory; and jazz improvisation. Olsen is also director of the Union College Jazz Ensemble.

 

Olsen became Director of Music and Organist at St. George's in Fall 2011.


Praise Band Leader

Skye Heritage

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Skye officially began this position with St. George’s as of July 1st, but she has been responding to her deep calling to music ministry for some time.  She’s a soprano with roots in United Methodist hymns, and wings in evangelical worship songs. Most recently, she’s served on worship and leadership teams at Grace Chapel of Clifton Park while at the same time following her heart to a more liturgical worship experience. She is thrilled at God’s provision of the opportunity to express our faith through the rich tradition of common prayer buoyed by fresh musical offerings.


Skye is mom to two energetic boys, Gavin and Tynan, heads up communications for Glens Falls City School District, and can also be found running, swimming, or enjoying the St. Lawrence River (be sure to wear your lifejacket—she’s a certified boating safety instructor!). 


Teaching Head of St. George's School

Sandy Graves

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 Sandra earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1994.  She briefly worked for the Internal Revenue Service in CT before returning to school and earning her Masters of Science in Educational Psychology from The College of St. Rose in 1996. After graduation, she worked in the field of Child Care Resource and Referral at Resources for Child Care in Pittsfield, MA where she served as Assistant Director.  While raising her four children she remained active in the field of Early Childhood Education. Sandra was an adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education at Berkshire Community College and the College of St Rose.  She joined St. George's School in the Fall of 2011.

 

Sandra has resided in Clifton Park with her husband, Ken, and their four children for the last 15 years.


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