Staff and Leadership

Churches form leaders and reliable followers everyday. 

It's one way we contribute to building the kingdom in the world.

We call the ordained priest responsible for worship and the building a "rector." 

The term comes from a word meaning "guide" or "governor," or "ruler." 

He facilitates worship, builds a vision, and teaches the faith.

The presidents, called "wardens," implement the vision, oversee the physical plant, and ensure the financial health of the church.

It's not meant to imply church is like jail.

The board of directors, called the "Vestry," is an elected body who serves as the board of directors. 

They implement the vision of the parish, with God's help.

  • The Rev. Dr. Gawain de Leeuw, OA

    Fr. Gawain was born and raised in Rochester, New York to a poet and a teacher. Ordained on the feast day of Evelyn Underhill in June 1996, he arrived at St. Bartholomew's in 2001.

    His vision is to equip people with the spiritual skills to negotiate a fragmented, inattentive society. As a member of the Order of the Ascension, a dispersed Christian Community, he coaches practices that can form prayerful and courageous people in a tough world. His spiritual themes include how to stay centered, build roots, resist outrage, and act effectively.

    He was graduated from Oberlin College with a first degree in philosophy, and a degree in ministry studies from The Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has further degrees from both General and Bexley Seminaries. 

    He serves the boards of Meals on Wheels, the Housing Action Council, and Planned Parenthood. In 2011, he  founded Westchester United with three Rabbis and a priest. He is now a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese. 

    He has credentials in food and wine, and has performed stand -up at several clubs. He roots for Princeton Basketball, Dutch Football, Tottenham, and The Bills. He is an apologetic Yankees fan. His comfort foods include Lamb Vindaloo and Chocolate Chip cookies, but he knows his way around Korean food. 

  • Catherine Alexander, Warden

    A life long New Yorker and Episcopalian, I was born and raised in Queens and am a product of and advocate for public education. 

    I moved with my husband and daughter to White Plains almost thirty years ago and have been a member of St. Bartholomew’s for 23 plus years. 

    St. Bart’s is not only my spiritual home, but the place where I have been connected to some of the most wonderful, giving and loving people. I am proud of the fact that I am a very active member of my church community. 

    St. Bart’s is warm and welcoming, something that we all hope to be in life.  That warm and welcoming spirit along with Father Gawain is what keeps me coming back every Sunday! 

    We are a small but mighty group of diverse people from many backgrounds who seek to spread kindness and love throughout our community.

    My life’s work has been in the field of criminal justice. I am proud to have been a part of the “movement” for over forty years. I love singing and all genres of music, the theatre and travel. Spending time with family and friends brings me joy and keeps me focused on what is important.

  • Gustavo Acosta, Vestry

    I was born and raised at Colombia, introduced to Episcopal church since 2000 and active from 2007. I believe in serving, teamwork, learning, and improving. I have two grown up kids Jessica, (21) and Cristian(22), my true loves. I live in the neighborhood. I’m a painter and handyman, and park cars in a restaurant in Pocantico Hills (fun!). I enjoy spending time with my brothers and sisters at church. I’m a member of committee and a facilitator of "Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo" to learn and raise leaders among our Hispanic people. It’s supported by the diocese of New York. I took part on the Episcopal Cursillo 104, and now proudly member of the teamwork of the 106. I love to work and serve, listen to salsa, see children smile - there is a Jesus smiling at you. Blessings.

    Nací y crecí en Colombia. Llegué a la Iglesia Episcopal en el año 2000 y participando de manera activa desde el 2007.   Tratando de ayudar a tod@s y hacer un equipo de trabajo,pues cada persona tiene oportunidades para aprender y poder avanzar sin miedo. Tengo 2 hijos,mis verdaderos amores:Jessica(21) ,Cristian(22). Vivo en el vecindario. Trabajo en pintura a nivel comercial/residencial, algunasreparaciones, también;a demás un trabajo de medio tiempo ,estacionando automóviles ,los sábados por la noche,,,disfruto mucho este trabajo. Asisto a la Iglesia ,compartiendo buenos momentos con todos los parroquianos.      Pertenezco al comité, además de ser facilitador de "Academia ecuménica de Liderazgo",que es un programa donde aprendemos y levantamos líderes dentro de nuestra comunidad latina,,,es apoyado por la Diócesis de NY. Asistí al Cursillo Episcopal 104 ,ahora ,soy parte del equipo de trabajo del próximo cursillo 106. Me gusta trabajar, servir; me gusta escuchar música en especial, salsa, y disfruto las sonrisas de los niños. Ahí encuentro a Jesus, sonriendo. Bendiciones

  • Marsha Calhoun, Vestry

    Born in Virginia, my family moved to York, PA when I was small but returned when I was a teen-ager. I was graduated with a degree in speech therapy from a cooperative program at Mary Washington College and the University of Virginia. Later, I became interested in social work and mental health and attended graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.


    My husband, Chip, and I had known each other since high school and reconnected while he was in law school at UVA. We married and moved to the Big Apple. Ten years later we moved to White Plains for peace and quiet! We now have one son, John, age 22 who is the love of our lives and keeps us eternally young.

    I retired from U.S. Pretrial Services a few years ago. Chip and I both enjoy reading, movies, theatre, history and travel. We spend a lot of time at our cabin in WV, watching the wildlife and reading. 

    We have been attending St. Bart's for 20 years. My husband served on the vestry in the past and now it's my turn. I've also volunteered in the office and attended the Women's Group where we spend a lot of time laughing, supporting each other and working on various church-related projects. 

    I was raised in the Episcopal Church and vividly recall its importance to my family. My parents met their closest friends  through the church. Chip and I have had the same experience at St. Bart's where we have met some of the finest people we know. Father Gawain and our St. Bart's family have helped us celebrate some of life's most joyous moments and given us strength and love to endure the difficult times.

    We are privileged to be part of this spiritual community.

  • Mark Douglas, Vestry

    I'm a lifelong resident of the Greenburgh/White Plains area. My passions are my family, my beautiful wife Jennifer of 35 years and my lovely daughter Leigh, as well as a love for all things Music. I came to Saint Barts after meeting Fr. Gawain, at a couple of meetups. 

    Saint Bart's is a warm and welcoming place. The progressive, open

    atmosphere, along with it's traditions is what keeps me coming back. The diversity of people, ideas and ministries shows that when people come together anything is possible. I brought the Acoustic Café to Saint Bart's as a way of giving back to the mission of this wonderful church. I am happy to serve on the vestry.

  • Kimberley Ware, Vestry

    I'm a self employed computer tech and trainer, who has a penchant for getting involved. I worked several years in the retail and restaurant industries, as well as a few years as an active realtor. I'm currently a Girl Scout Troop leader, the Bylaws chairperson for my school district's PTSA, a class parent, and I teach two evening classes a month at our local Board of Realtors. In my spare time I love to cook. Keeping busy has never been a problem for me. When Father Gawain approached me with regard to serving on the Vestry, I took it as an opportunity to give back to this welcoming church that has become the spiritual home to my husband, my daughters, and me.

  • Marc Palladino

  • Luis enrique Hernandez, Volunteer

    Cuban born and raised I moved during my 20’s to the Dominican Republic and I’ve been living for the last couple years in the US. I believe that the Anglican/Episcopal approach to the Christian faith as a bridge between the catholic and reformed worlds, its “people first” emphasis, its ways of evangelizing through social justice, beauty and radical welcome have a great message for this divided world we are living in.

    A member of the Order of Saint Francis, I strive following Jesus in Franciscan minority. I work, as best as I'm able, to answer the call of Jesus in the marginalized, the forgotten and the voiceless; promoting universal fraternity, justice, peace and harmony with the entire creation.

    Here at St. Bart’s I help with our Pastoral Care (how the church serves its more vulnerable members); the Soup Kitchen; and along with Fr Gawain, I am focused in growing and strengthening our vibrant Latino community.

    An aviation enthusiast I’ll usually will be up to date on aviation news and history. Needless to say, I love to fly and would always try to be early at the airport to spot uncommon airplanes or special liveries on airlines. Ask me about it!

  • Bruce Betts,  Office coordinator

    Bruce is a volunteer who helps the rector coordinate many of the important activities that happen. After serving as warden for nearly six years, Bruce now ensures that the building is managed and creates our bulletin. Raised Episcopalian, he grew up in Wisconsin, studied Music in NY, and worked in the medical field. Bruce loves the church, church music, and cheerfully challenges the rector.