The Very Reverend Gary W. Kriss, D.D.
The Very Reverend GARY W. KRISS is a native of
Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity
School, Fr. Kriss was ordained in Burlington, Vermont, where he served on
the staff of St. Paulís Cathedral. In the mid-1970s he was Vicar of St.
Markís-St. Lukeís parish in Castleton and Fair Haven, Vermont. He also
directed the Rock Point Summer Conferences for young people in Burlington.
In 1978, he was called to the
Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York,
where he was a Canon of the Cathedral and, from 1984 to 1991, Dean of the
Cathedral. During his thirteen years in Albany, he was elected to a
variety of diocesan and ecumenical boards and commissions. He was a
member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Jewish Christian
Studies at Siena College and served as Episcopal campus chaplain and president of the board of the interfaith center on the Albany campus of the State University of New York.
From 1992 to 2001, Fr. Kriss was
Dean and President of Nashotah House, one of the eleven accredited theological seminaries of the
Episcopal Church. In addition to his
administrative and pastoral responsibilities as dean, Fr. Kriss taught
various subjects in the seminary curriculum, including pastoral theology and
preaching. At the conclusion of his term of office, the board of trustees
conferred on him the honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity.
Fr. Kriss moved to his present home, near Salem, when he retired from the
seminary. From 2001-2002, he served as Interim Rector at St. Paulís,
Church, Troy, and he remained on the staff of the parish until January 2004
as Associate Priest. He became Vicar of St. Paulís Church, Salem, in
From September 2006 through July of 2007, Fr. Kriss was on sabbatical
from St. Paul's, and served as interim dean of the
Church of St. John in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He returned to St. Paul's
in August 2007. In 2012 he celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his
Ordination to the sacred priesthood.
Bill Briggs at the console of the
E. & G.G. Hook organ
A forty-year-resident of Salem,
WILLIAM BRIGGS is well known and respected throughout Saratoga, Washington and
Warren counties as a music educator and church musician. He received his early
organ training and experience in the Greater Rochester area (Macedon, Newark,
and Palmyra) during his high school years and, upon entering military service
after graduation, was appointed chapel organist at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
Returning to civilian life several years later, he held a succession of organist
positions while pursuing advanced musical studies at San Antonio College and the
University of Illinois. The latter institution awarded him the bachelorís degree
in music education in 1970 and soon thereafter he joined the faculty of Corinth
Public Schools, where for 23 years he taught general music courses and directed
several choirs. During that same period he undertook graduate study at Russell
Sage College and the Saratoga-Potsdam Institute and
served as organist-choirmaster at
several area churches, including Christ Church Methodist, Glens Falls, and
Bethesda Church (Episcopal), Saratoga Springs. He returned to St. Paul's, Salem,
in 2007 and, in addition to playing the parish's historic Hook organ, he works
with the schola cantorum which is made up
of members of the parish who contribute their musical skills to the further
enrichment of worship at St. Paul's. In his leisure Bill is a connoisseur of
fine food and spirits.