Priest in Partnership: The Rev. Kim Hardy
The Rev. Kim Hardy came to Vermont after many years serving in Massachusetts. She has served as Rector, Priest-in-Charge, and Interim Priest in the Dioceses of Rochester and Massachusetts and for several years as Director of Administration and Liturgy for the Clergy Leadership Project, Trinity Wall Street, New York. From 2006 to 2016 she also served as Celtic Liturgy Coordinator at All Saints Parish, Brookline, MA, a ministry that called upon her gifts as a musician and liturgist. Amma Kim holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Ithaca College. Before being ordained, she was a professional musician. As well as serving as Chair of the Liturgy and Music Committee in the Diocese of Massachusetts, she led design teams for diocesan conventions, confirmations, clergy conferences and retreats. In 2016, Amma Kim began a hiking ministry as Director of Holy Hike- Vermont, an eco-focused outdoor worship ministry. In 2018 she founded Anam Cara Sojourners, a collaboration between parishes that explores Celtic Spirituality. In 2018, she facilitated a fourth Celtic Pilgrimage to Ireland that included people from the Diocese of Vermont as well as other parts of the country and plans to lead another in 2019. Amma Kim came to St. James as Interim Rector in 2016 and in unusual but happy circumstances, transitioned to Priest in Partnership after shared discernment that mutual ministry should continue. She serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Vermont and is married to The Rev. Dr. Frederick Moser, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne. Together, they have two grown daughters.
Deacon: The Rev. Deacon David Ganter
Experiences such as refugee sponsorship during his thirty-plus years as a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Johnson City New York helped form Dave's path to becoming a deacon. He completed a clergy formation program organized by Bexley Hall Seminary and the Diocese of Central New York where he was ordained a deacon in 2005. He and his wife, Fran, moved to Vermont to be near grandchildren. He has served as a deacon at St. Matthew's, Enosburg Falls, and, starting in 2011, at St. James, Essex Junction. Education and employment have been in the areas of financial planning, computer programming, and systems integration - mostly with IBM Corporation. His main activities at St. James are in the area of outreach and pastoral care. Dave is active in the Essex-Jericho-Underhill Ecumenical Ministry group that runs the Jericho food shelf. His emerging interest is in low cost housing and "Housing First" initiatives.
Music Director: Carol Reichard
After graduating from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with degrees in music and education, Carol taught music at Cedar Crest College and in public schools in Pennsylvania and Vermont. In addition to being the founder and conductor of the Colchester Community Chorus for the past thirty one years, she has been a professional accompanist for choral groups and instrumental and vocal soloists in Burlington and surrounding areas. She has also served as organist, choir director, and director of music in the Episcopal Church for over 50 years and is currently here at St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Junction.
Parish Administrator: Diane Muckstadt
Diane joined the staff of St. James in February, 2017. She earned a BSBA from Southeast Missouri State University, as well as a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Non Profit Management from the University of Southern Maine. She brings over 20 years of non profit organizational management, grant-writing, and marketing experience to the Parish office. Music is an important part of her life and she has played, taught, and performed classical violin for over 40 years. She currently practices and performs with several area ensembles. Diane resides in Colchester with her husband of 30 years and their Golden Retriever, Sam. She and her husband have two grown daughters.