The Very Reverend Neal P. Longe began his ministry at St. Ann's on January 1, 2012. Prior to being called to serve at St. Anns, Father Neal was the associate priest at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Colonie, NY. He also served a one year Deacon internship at Christ Church, Schenectady prior to his ordination as a priest. Fr. Neal was born and raised in Johnstown, NY not far from St. Ann's, and sponsored for ordination by St. John's, Johnstown.
In November 2013, Fr. Neal was appointed by Bishop Love to serve as the Dean of the Western Mohawk Deanery. He also served as a member of, and Secretary for, the Board of Trustees of the Diocese and Priet-in-charge for St. Peter's by the Lake Summer Chapel in Old Forge. In addition to these ministry responsibilities, Fr. Neal also serves as a Deputy Fire Coordinator - Chaplain to the Montgomery County Fire Service and Office of Emergency Management ,Chaplain to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and Chaplain to the Amsterdam Fire Department.
Fr. Neal and his wife Lisa have been married for eleven years and they have two children Maria (age 10) and Noah (age 8). Fr. Neal is also a Registered Nurse, and has worked for nine years as an Emergency Department RN. Fr. Neal holds a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Trinity School for Ministry and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He also holds an Associates degree in Nursing from Fulton-Montgomery Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Psychology from the Crane School of Music College at Potsdam. Fr. Neal enjoys training in Taekwon-Do and was promoted to first degree black belt (I Dan) in May 2016.
Deacon Alan Hart lives in West Glenville with his wife, Deacon MaryCarol Hart, who also serves at St. Ann's. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Dcn. Alan, 68, for 34 years was a sportswriter at the Albany Times Union. He is the author of four books of non-fiction dealing with local history.
He was ordained as a deacon in June of 2006 and served most recently for over three years at St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne. Dcn. Alan previously had a tenure as deacon at Christ Church in Schenectady. Dcn. Alan is a big fan of sports and recreation. He enjoys running in local 5k and distance races, and he loves golf and fishing. Dcn. Alan loves music, especially singing and playing guitar and banjo. He is an amateur songwriter and enjoys performing his own work at benefit concerts and family gatherings.
Personal: Born, Ellis Hospital,
Schenectady, NY. Cradle Episcopalian and lifelong Scotia resident.
Married to the Rev. Alan R. Hart @ St.Andrew's, Scotia, May 22, 1994.
Education: 1974 graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School.
Education For Ministry @ St George's Church, Clifton Park, NY.
Deacon School @ St. Andrew's, Scotia.
Ordained June 10, 2006.
How God Called Me: Since childhood, I have felt the need to be a caretaker and to be of service to others. (My childhood idol was Eleanor Roosevelt.) The call to the Diaconate seemed to me an extension of this feeling. Even so, it was while Rev. Mary Chilton was Priest-in-Charge at St. Andrew's that the process actually began. She encouraged me and recommended that I read the Acts of the Apostles to learn more about the ministry of deacons. After much prayer, time, and thought, I felt the nudge to move forward, and was very pleased and humbled when the Vestry agreed to present me as a candidate. Their support, and the support of the entire congregation, continues to be invaluable; the ministry of the Diaconate is an ongoing process. While reading and studying Holy Scripture helps me to grow and mature in faith, I find that those to whom I minister have much to offer me in knowledge and in the sharing of their faith with me.
Gayle Campbell, Warden Lionel Gibbs, Warden
Members of the Vestry
Class of 2019 - Peter Abbott, Becky Hadley, Kitty Newell
Class of 2020 - Tim Munn, Elaine Santiago, Gary Sorensen