The Rev. Ted Pardoe
With a simple look back, Rev. Ted gives great thanks to the amazing people of God he got to know over almost 25 years in the parish at Grace Church, Manhattan (10th & Broadway). He also appreciates the churches that he grew up in outside of Philadelphia and at the New Jersey shore during summer months before moving to New York City in 1979 to begin a job at a bank on Wall Street. However it was the blessed persistence of the good people of Grace Church who steadfastly invited him to become more deeply involved in the faith community that ultimately led him to truly begin to follow Jesus Christ (an unceasing call). Thus began a spiritual journey that continues to unfold in enriching ways each and every day.
Rev. Ted and his wife Helen were married at Grace Church and the whole family, four now adult children, worshipped there over many years. He took up an invitation to join a small group Bible study, to serve as an overnight host in the homeless shelter, to participate in a local community based organization to improve the quality of life on the Lower East side. These experiences in and through the faith community led him to a new awareness of what it means to follow Jesus.
As a pilgrim on this shifting journey, Rev. Ted left his job of almost twenty years at the Wall Street firm and took a position with the Interfaith Center of New York. Being a lifelong Christian provided a solid foundation and worldview which the interfaith experience expanded in amazing ways given the religious diversity present in and around the City.
This engaging work prompted Rev. Ted to realize that he needed to explore his Christian tradition in greater depth. He enrolled in a Masters of Divinity program, although he was not formally in the ordination process, at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His first day of class was Sept. 11, 2001. Yes God works in mysterious ways. After receiving his degree, several further signs from God appeared to suggest that this pilgrim’s journey was actually about a call to ordained ministry. He discussed this sense with his priest and it was agreed to present the situation to the Diocese of New York. Rev. Ted was made a postulant and informed by the Bishop that he would also enroll in a Masters of Sacred Theology program at General Theological Seminary also in New York City.
The same Bishop ordained Rev. Ted in 2009. An invitation was made to join the clergy team at Grace Church. Indeed the sweet mysteries of God. His primary responsibilities beyond learning how to serve a parish as a priest included shepherding new people into the parish which included an emphasis on adult education and working with the active Mission & Outreach Committee of the parish along with several roles within the Diocese of New York.
The St. Barnabas Church Search Committee invited Rev. Ted to submit his resume to the pool of candidates in the summer of 2011. He excitedly accepted the call to become the fourth Rector of the church and led his first worship service in June 2012. It has been a stirring experience for him to seek to serve the parish and to be a clergy leader in the Greenwich community.
A few life and church highlights:
Brown Brothers Harriman banker
All Saints’ Church, Bay Head, NJ – Vestry
Grace Church, NY – Vestry, Warden & Treasurer
The Little French Church, NY – Vestry
Interfaith Center of New York, SVP
Various not-for-profit board activities, NY & CT
The Rev. Meg Finnerud
Meg Allred Finnerud began working at St. Barnabas as Assistant to the Rector on June 1st, 2013 after finishing her STM at General Theological Seminary in New York and as a Candidate for Ordination from the Diocese of North Carolina. She was ordained a priest at St. Barnabas in August, 2014 by Bishop Douglas on behalf of Michael Curry (then Bishop Diocesan of NC) in front of a congregation of parishioners, family and friends. The former Archbishop of Australia, Peter Carnley, preached the sermon (now published), Ted Pardoe served as one of her formal sponsors and Michael Roush rendered the spectacular music. Ted and the people of St. Barnabas had everything to do with Meg’s ultimately being ordained and inspired her continued love of ordained ministry and especially ministry to children!
Meg returns having served as the only female (and 35th) Rector of a colonial church in the Diocese of East Carolina, as supply priest to multiple CT congregations (including sister churches in Greenwich) and as Priest-in-Charge at St. Saviour’s, Old Greenwich. All of this came after completing an M.Div. at Wake Forest University School of Divinity (where she continues to serve on the Board of Visitors) and a career in international business development in Europe and the Middle East. She and her husband, Ken, have three adult children who were all born outside the US and who now live in Austin, TX, GA and London with their ever-growing families. Outside of work, Meg is learning to sail, loves playing golf, follows ACC basketball obsessively and is pursuing her Doctorate at Fordham. In addition to her theological degrees, Meg holds the A.B. in English from Duke University and in 2011 was honored as a Fulbright finalist for research in The Netherlands.