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Rev. John W Sosnowski, M.Div., M.F.T.

Priest-in-Charge

sosnowski.johnw@gmail.com

Fr. John joined Christ Church Ithan in February 2016 after previously serving as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, working directly for Bishop Councell and Bishop Stokes, and operating as the chief of staff for the diocese.

Prior to the above, Fr. John spent 15 years as Rector at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Fr. John holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from St Mary's Seminary & University in Maryland, and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. He and his wife Cynthia live in Shamong, NJ.

 
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Dr. Jeffrey B Fowler

Music Director

Jeff is a native of Allentown and has been playing the organ for worship since age fifteen. He has served as a church musician in the Philadelphia and Detroit metropolitan areas since 1970 and has been the Organist / Choirmaster at Christ Church since August of 2015.

He holds degrees from West Chester University and the University of Michigan. At Michigan he was awarded a Rackham pre-doctoral fellowship, the David McK Williams Scholarship, and was teaching assistant to his organ professor and University Organist, Marilyn Mason.

Dr Fowler was Minister of Music at Wayne Presbyterian Church from 1992 until retiring from that position in 2015. During his tenure there, annual involvement in the music program grew from 150 participants to 450 in nine musical organizations including a church orchestra. In 1993 he re-organized the Wayne Oratorio Society, a choir of singers from the church and community dedicated to the performance of major sacred choral works which was first established in 1950 but which at the time had been disbanded. The society now boasts 275 singers per season. Over the period of 23 years, Jeff directed and raised the funds to perform 97 major works accompanied by full orchestra in 132 evening concerts. During his 24 years at Wayne, over 1,500 people participated in its music program. His final work with the Wayne Oratorio Society was Bach's B Minor Mass in April 2015.

In November 2007 and 2010, Jeff organized a massed choir of over 450 singers who volunteered from the choirs of the sixty churches which make up the Presbytery of Philadelphia. They performed under the moniker, "One Joyful Choir" in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center to sold-out audiences.

Dr Fowler is adjunct professor of organ at Eastern University, and is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having served as Dean and currently as Chair of the Chapter Archives in conjunction with the Organ Historical Society, a one of a kind international library and archive headquartered in the mansion at Stoneleigh in Villanova.