Meet Our Clergy & Staff


Fr. Tim Clayton

Rector, email

Fr. Tim is husband, father, priest, and author. Tim grew up in North Carolina and went to UNC Chapel Hill; taught English in Budapest, Hungary, for a spell just after the Berlin Wall came down; graduated with high honors from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton; then was on staff at The Falls Church in northern Virginia, working with young adults and international mission partners. He and his wife, Cheryl, have founded two projects — one an ecumenical community in Maine focused around the intersection of Christian faith with care for the creation and for the poor, and the other a new Anglican church in North Carolina.

He has led mission or spiritual pilgrimage trips in more than a dozen countries on five continents. His hobbies include kayaking and cross-country skiing.

He lives with his wife, Cheryl, their three children, their effusive Bernese Mountain Dog, and their over-sized Ragdoll cat in Beverly Farms.

b_barryFr. Brian Barry

Assistant Rector and Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, email

Fr. Brian leads our youth and children’s ministry teams, offers sacramental preparation for Baptism and Confirmation, and guides the formation/liturgical development for seminarians and new clergy. Fr. Brian completed his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell with a focus in Ministry to Emerging Generations. Fr. Brian is trained and certified in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (the approach to children’s formation used at CTR) for children of all ages.

He has twelve years of experience in youth ministry. In his spare time, Fr. Brian enjoys gardening and training in Okinawan Karate, in which he currently holds a Fourth Degree Black Belt. He and his wife Jackie have three sons, Caedmon, Patrick, and Benen, who occasionally ride out of a church service on their father’s shoulders.

m_reidFr. Malcolm Reid

Assistant Rector and Director of Outreach, email

Fr. Malcolm was born and raised in New Zealand. He came to the U.S. in 1957 and is now a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Gordon College, Wenham. He was ordained an Anglican priest In 2008, and has served Christ the Redeemer ever since.

Fr. Malcolm serves as the Chairman of the US Trustees of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, Ambridge PA, and is an Examining Chaplain for the Anglican Diocese in New England. Since 2000 he has served on the board of Uganda Christian University Partners, Dallas, TX.

Closer to home, Fr. Malcolm enjoys serving on the Wenham Conservation Commission. He and Dolly, his artist wife of 50 years, enjoy sailing, collecting art, and being with their grandchildren.

r_pendletonFr. Raymond Pendleton

Assistant Rector and Director of Pastoral Care, email

Dr. Pendleton, known to us as “Fr. Ray”, is a licensed clinical psychologist.  He is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program, and the Mentored Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He has taught at Bible conferences and in local congregations on the subject of family life and marriage. He is the chair of the board of FOTOS (Fish On The Other Side), a ministry to those struggling with gender identity, and is a board member of Hagar’s Sisters, a ministry to families experiencing domestic abuse. Dr. Pendleton is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He, along with Gordon-Conwell professors Dr. Karen Mason and Dr. Pablo Polischuk, received a Lilly Theological Research Grant for the project “Protestant Clergy Referral of Suicidal Persons”.

Fr. Ray’s personal interests include golf, cooking, and music. He and his wife Jan enjoy spending time with their two daughters and their four grandchildren who delight in keeping “Grampa” humble.

Fr. Scott Donis

Deacon, email

Fr. Scott is a transplant to New England from the Wild West. He and his family moved to South Hamilton to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where Scott completed a Masters in New Testament and a Masters in Church History. A member of CTR since 2010, he has served in a variety of positions including assisting with Alpha and Marriage Alpha, teaching Adult Education, and serving in multiple roles around the altar.

Fr. Scott was ordained to the Deaconate in September of 2015. He continues to serve around the altar as well as with Fr. Ray on the Healing Ministry and Pastoral Care team.

Fr. Scott is a full time employee of Gordon-Conwell. He lives with his wife Sarah and their three children: Jonah, Abigail, and Meghan. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing games, hiking, camping, and learning to make food from scratch.

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Deacon, email

Deacon Adam grew up in Illinois and in Arkansas, completed his undergraduate studies at Ouachita (WASH-i-taw) Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR), and his graduate studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (S. Hamilton, MA). In the meantime, he’s held a variety of jobs, both pastoral and secular, from washing dishes to fixing computers.

Adam read for Holy Orders in the Diocese of New England and was ordained as a transitional deacon in December 2016. He is a bi-vocational minister, working at Christian Book Distributors and engaged in parish ministry at CTR. He enjoys reading, coffee, and sweets. Adam lives in Wenham with his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Joseph.

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d_mckinleyDaniel Jay McKinley

Minister of Music, Organist and Choirmaster, email

Dan has been the full-time Minister of Music at CTR since its inception in 2009, following similar positions at Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham (11 years), and at First Christian Church, Columbus, IN (19 years). He graduated from Indiana University, received degrees in organ and church music, and was awarded the prestigious performer’s certificate in organ.

Dan has been dean of the Boston and Merrimack Valley chapters of the American Guild of Organists. His recording of Marcel Dupré’s music for organ and orchestra, “Dupré: Works for Organ, Vol. 3”, is on the Naxos label.


j_buccigrossoJo Ann Buccigrosso

Lay Minister of Connections and Community, email

Jo Ann was raised in New England in a loving, Godly home. However, not until married with a family of her own did she search the Scriptures for herself and meet Jesus Christ as Lord. Through the ministry of women searching the Word together, she learned of the grace, forgiveness, healing, and freedom in Christ. For over 25 years, she has served in the ministry of Community Bible Study, as a leadership trainer and shepherd on a local, national, and international level.

Part of the CTR community since its inception, Jo Ann has served in the development of the 2:42 Small Group Ministry, on the Flower Guild, with Women’s Ministry, and Hospitality. She currently lives in Ipswich, with a changing family life as her two children are launched.  Solo Deo Gloria!


d_greeningDavid Greening

Lay Minister for Administration, email

David manages the office, our property, and staff (other than clergy and worship roles). He also ensures that we have efficient processes for various administrative areas of our life together. He will develop and help implement strategy as we complete Phase I of our campus (updates to our existing property and paying down the mortgage) and move to Phase II (adding space for children’s ministry, classrooms, and offices).

David has been active in CTR since its inception and his many current activities include the Men’s Ministry and being an altar server.

Emma Acker

Communications Coordinator, email

Emma Acker was born in Leeds, England, raised in Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand and later moved to New York City, where she attended NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She and her husband met in a Greenwich Village church. They married and raised their three children in Brooklyn and Queens until 2014 when they all moved to Swampscott, MA. Emma loves the visual and performing arts, Shakespeare, swimming, and the rocky shorelines of Massachusetts. She is thankful for CTR, especially its combination of liturgical worship, nurturing community, and Christ-centered teaching.

k_okeefeKaren O’Keefe

Verger and Liturgical Coordinator

In her role as Verger, Karen is to “protect the clergy from wild beasts and vagabonds”, as it has been defined. Perhaps she could more naturally accomplish this mounted on a horse, since she has always been around horses. She is a former horse trainer, barn manager, and veterinarian technician.  Karen now divides her time between two churches (CTR and Church of the Transfiguration, Indian River, MI), her grown family, and (of course) her beloved horse.

j_vanceJulian Vance


Julian cleans the church so it is ready for Sunday services and he also helps out with special events that happen in the church during the week.

Julian graduated from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and is studying architecture at Boston Architectural College.

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Justin Wirling


Justin cleans the church so it is ready for Sunday services and he also helps out with special events that happen in the church during the week.

Justin is a homeschooler in his senior year of high-school. He loves music and traveling, and has lived and explored the Northshore all 18 years of his life.