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The Rev'd Edmund Harris, Priest-in-charge

Edmund joined Epiphany as Assistant to the Rector in June of 2010 and became Priest in Charge in March of 2014.

Prior to ordained ministry, Edmund spent time in communities affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, worked as a chaplain in a youth home in Chicago, helped organize a resource center for at-risk families in Boston, and worked in Virginia and Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

While not at church, Edmund can be found reading, watching the Golden Girls, listening to sacred choral music, swimming, and cooking for friends. He lives in Providence with his spouse, Michael, a PhD candidate in Ethics at Boston College.

The Rev'd Deacon Ricky Brightman, Deacon

Ricky joined us as Deacon in December 2012, previously having been at St. Luke's church in East Greenwich. She has had a diverse career as an athletic director, computer teacher, librarian, and director of a community service program - lastly at Moses Brown School in Providence. Her deacon's ministry centers around the poor and homeless in the greater Providence area. Ricky is currently is working with others on the Jonathan Daniels House, an Episcopal Service Corps Internship program for young adults that will be setting down roots in the South Providence area in the Fall of 2014. In the summer Ricky and her partner Nancy drop off their two dogs at "camp" in Rehoboth while they drive cross-country to New Mexico and Arizona, sometimes even to the Pacific ocean. Nancy is the University multi-faith Chaplain at Roger Williams University in Bristol.

Bill Jones, Music Director

William Haffner-Jones grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he studied piano with Cornelia Williams Hurlbut, aunt of famed singer and NBC star, Andy Williams. He graduated with honors from Theodore Roosevelt High School, and then attended Northwestern University where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music. There Bill studied conducting with Margaret Hillis, founder of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. He spent three years in the band at West Point, and then undertook graduate studies at the University of Southern California where he completed a Doctorate in Musicology, Performance and Aesthetics.

Before coming to New England in 1999, he lived in Denver for 22 years, conducting the Denver Chamber Choir for 17 seasons. For the past decade, Bill has served as Director of Music at the Congregational Church in South Dartmouth, MA. He continues to teach piano, flute and music theory to a large class of private students.

Beth Dench, Parish Administrator

Beth keeps the parish running smoothly, coordinating our publications, including the Sunday bulletins and our parish newsletter, The Herald. You will find her in the office when it's open, answering the phone and greeting our guests. She is married to Bill, a vestry member, and they have two daughters, Sarah and Emily.

Jim Hibbert, Sexton

Jim works to keep our building and grounds looking beautiful. He prepares our space for the many groups who use our building, and he keeps our building clean. During the day, you may see him out in the yard, mowing or doing other work to keep our outside beautiful.