Clergy and Staff
The Rev. David DeSmith
The people of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield, have called The Reverend David DeSmith to serve as half-time bridge pastor.
David was born in Canandaigua, New York and raised in the Finger Lakes area of western New York State. A convert to the Episcopal Church, he attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY in Potsdam, New York and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. For fourteen years, David taught general, vocal and instrumental music in the public schools of western New York.
In 1990, David was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in Rochester, New York and was ordained deacon. David served as Curate for three years at the Church of the Atonement in Westfield, MA where he was ordained priest in 1991 by the Rt. Rev. Andrew Wissemann. Later, he served as Rector of Christ Church in Rochdale, MA. From 1998-2001, David served as Interim Music Director and then Interim Rector at St. Stephen’s in Pittsfield, MA. He has served other parishes in Maryland and New Jersey before retiring and returning to the Berkshires in 2017.
David lives in Hinsdale, MA with his husband, Jim Alden, a lifelong Episcopalian. They have two children and six grandchildren. He enjoys any and all outdoor activities along with reading, writing, and mercilessly spoiling his grand-kids. “I am more than willing to return to St. Stephen’s and be a part of the transition following the exemplary ministry of the late Rt. Rev. John Tarrant,” David writes. “The leadership and I are trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us at this time of ‘change and challenge’ for St. Stephen’s, honoring John’s leadership and looking forward to the time when a new rector is called.”
Sarah Morrison has served as St. Stephen’s Parish Administrator since October 2018. Prior coming to St. Stephen’s she served as office manager and board member for a non-profit after school literacy program in Oakland, CA.
Her husband Jim’s career took them back and forth across the country while they were raising their family and Sarah enjoyed living in Connecticut, Maine, Kentucky and California (twice.) The local arts community and a sense of coming home attracted the Springfield native to the Berkshires when it was her turn to decide where to live.
After graduating from Simmons College in Boston, Sarah received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University. She maintained a small residential practice for many years. Sarah and Jim have 3 adult children. Painting, with acrylics and watercolors, and fiber arts are passions, cooking, reading and enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires are favorite hobbies. Sarah is a lifelong Red Sox fan.
Bill has been a member of St. Stephen’s since 1987. He claims North Carolina as his birthplace and is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bill is a retired Guidance Counselor from Pittsfield High. He sings with the Chancel Choir, works with St. Stephen’s Table, and has served the parish in many different capacities. Bill did Pastoral Care training at Albany Medical Center and has also taught classes at St. Stephen’s. Bill is also a member of the diocesan Commission on Ministry.
Bill is married to Diane Forsyth, also an active parishioner at St. Stephen’s. Bill has one son, Bryant, who lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with his wife Laurie, sons Jackson, Keenan, and Ryland.
Director of Music
Joy Mullen has been the Director of Music Ministries and Organist of St. Stephen’s since January 2012. She has been a church musician for most of her life. She directs the Parish Choir and Handbell Ringers. In addition, she works with vocal soloists and instrumentalists. Her goal is to provide music that will enable the worship experience to be meaningful and relevant. She wants to assist those with gifts in music to find a place of service in the church. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Performance Honors in Organ from Syracuse University and a Master of Music degree in Organ from the University of Massachusetts. She teaches music in grades Pre-K-8 at the Richmond Consolidated School in Richmond, Massachusetts.
Joy lives in Pittsfield with her husband Roger. Roger and Joy have two adult children – Bethany and Jacob. Joy is a Syracuse University sports fan and a Boston Celtics fan. She enjoys gardening and home repair projects.
St. Stephen's Table
Dan has been a member of St. Stephen’s his entire life. He and his wife Angie were married at St. Stephen’s in 1992. Dan has taught Culinary Arts at Taconic High School since 2000. He also has extensive experience in the restaurant/ hospitality industry (serving as manager of the Dakota Restaurant for several years) and a degree in Occupational Education from Westfield State.
Dan enjoys outdoor activities like golf and bicycling. He and Angie live in Pittsfield and have two adult daughters, Sarah and Abby.
Berkshire County ARC
- Tom Dillon -Co-Warden
- Erin Sullivan – Co-Warden
- Leah Luczynski – Treasurer
- Mark Miller – Clerk
- Valerie Anderson
- Angela Moon
- John Culver
- Louise Penney
- Wendy Coakley
- Chris Plankey