Clergy & Staff

Father Ernest Albert Curtin Jr.

Rector

A native of Trenton and an Episcopalian since birth, Fr. Ernest Albert Curtin Jr. was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthais Episcopal Church in Trenton, New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor's degree in history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After college, he continued his education earning a Masters of Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Fr. Curtin worked as a corporate paralegal for 25 years, and also served as a Deacon at St. Luke's. He was ordained a priest on December 16, 2006 by Bishop Bennison of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, on behalf of Bishop Ackerman of the Diocese of Quincy.


On March 15, 2009, Fr. Curtin was installed as Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (only the fourth rector since WWII). Fr. Curtin has served St. Luke's in many ways and capacities. He has been a member of Vestry, served in the position of a lay reader and chalice bearer and held the position of Deacon prior to his ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Curtin runs various prayer groups and bible study programs, in addition to working with the Youth Group. 


Fr. Curtin states that he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior when he was a freshman in college. He states that his sense of call to ministry is based on the baptismal covenant and Christ's Great Commission. Fr. Curtin counts many people who have influenced his spiritual journey: Kathryn Kuhlman, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, John Stott, C. S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and various faithful Episcopal priests and laity. He utilizes his historical and liturgical knowledge in his sermons, to help parishioners understand the political, religious, and/or historic events that are being reference in the gospel text, the spiritual message within the passage, and how parishioners can apply that to their lives in the 21st century. A self-confessed Trekkie and science fiction fan, Fr. Curtin often references pop culture in his sermons.


Nicholas M. Mynyk

Choirmaster

Nicholas M. Mynyk received his B.M. and M.M. From Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. He did further Graduate Studies in Gregorian Chant at  Pontificium Institutum, Rome Italy. He is a recipient of a Professional Certificate and Honorary D.MA.  During Graduate School, he served as assistant organist to the Princeton University Chapel under Dr. David Messineo. Mynyk has performed throughout United States and internationally as an organist, pianist, and conductor. He has appeared as a soloist most notably at Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center, Princeton University, Trinity Church, and Michener Museum. In Europe, he performed at La Madeleine, Paris and throughout France and Italy. In 2017, he gave a command performance for their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.


In 1999, Mynyk was hired as choirmaster and music director at St. Luke's. Prior to coming to St. Luke's, he held positions in the Diocese of New Jersey at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Perth Amboy) and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Trenton). Mynyk is currently the String Instructor and Director of the Orchestra at St. Andrew School.  He has served on the faculties of Westminster Conservatory, The Conservatory in Doylestown, and George School. He maintains a private studio in Newtown and his students are recognized winners of Regional, National and International Competitions and Scholarships. His students have appeared internationally and most notably at the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, Temple University, and Westminster Choir College. Mynyk is a Board Member and Vice President of the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association.


Nicholas M. Mynyk lives in Bucks County and spends his free time restoring his 1850 stone farmhouse.


Susan Bello

Secretary

Susan Gerardi Bello is grateful and blessed to support St. Luke's Parish as their secretary. Susan studied Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz and spent six years in Santa Monica, where she studied screenwriting and poetry. Upon returning to New York, Susan met her husband while working at New York Public Radio, where she served as copy editor and sales support for corporate underwriting.  After the birth of her son, she and her family moved to Bucks County, PA.  Susan co-hosts the Bucks County Bards monthly poetry series at the Newtown Library Company.  Her first poetry collection, Through the Oak Tree, will be published by Kelsay Books in early 2020. Susan, who has Ulcerative Colitis, is a staunch advocate of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) as a primary therapy in the treatment and healing of IBD. In January 2020, she will be joining the Board of Directors of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Association, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the benefits of SCD.