Church Staff

Fr. Arthur Ward


Father Ward has served as the Rector of St. Bartholomew's since 1998. He received his B.A. in History from SUNY at Buffalo; a M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; and a M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.

Fr. Ward and his wife Kathleen have two adult children, Arthur and Alyssa. 

Fr. Andrew Thebeau


Fr. Thebeau serves as the Curate for the parish. Before coming to St. Bart's he spent two years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (where he met his wife Rebecca) before transferring to Trinity School for Ministry to receive a Master of Divinity. 

Fr. Thebeau and his wife have four precious boys: John-Paul, James, Jonah and Joel.

Deacon John Reitz


Deacon Reitz serves as the Building Engineer for St. Bart's. He oversees multiple Bible Studies for married couples and adult men. Before becoming a minister he worked in the transportation and IT industries. 

Deacon Reitz and his wife Cathy have two loving daughters, five awesome grandchildren and one beautiful great granddaughter.

Deacon Gary Wisniewski


Deacon Wisniewski works part time in ministry here at St. Bartholomew's 2014 as well as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for more than 30 years.

Deacon Gary has been married to Elaine for several years. They live on Grand Island.

Deacon Jacob Bush


Deacon Bush was raised at St. Bartholomew’s and confirmed in 1992.  He graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2001 with a B.S. in Mathematics, and received his M. Div. from Northeastern Seminary. 

He met his wife, Alana, at SUNY Fredonia, and were married shortly after graduation. They have six children: Emily, Autumn, Malachi, Hadassah, Ephraim and Eden. Malachi went home to be with Jesus in 2011.

Liz Burkett

Director of Christian Education Ministry

Liz Burkett started serving as the Director of Christian Education in January of 2018 and has been working as a Children and Youth Director for almost 10 years in the WNY area. She received her B.A. in Family Life Education, with a concentration in Youth Ministry, from Concordia University.

Liz and her husband Laird Joshua have been married four years and enjoy cooking and traveling together.

James Kibby

Sexton and Contemporary Worship Leader

Jim has been on staff at St. Bart's since 2012 where he oversees the contemporary music ministry team and manages custodial maintenance as the church sexton. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter and loves to play old time banjo. 

Jim and his wife Kristie have two young children, Khloe and Eli.

Eileen Arnold

Contemporary Choir & Junior Choir Director

Eileen Arnold has attended St. Bart's for over 20 years and began directing the junior choir in 2015.  She also directs the contemporary choir and coordinates the youth music ministry. Outside of church, Eileen teaches Latin, piano and voice.  

Eileen and her husband Jon have three adult children and are looking forward to grandchildren soon.

Cathy, Karen, Joan, & Debbie

Church Secretaries

St. Bart's is blessed to have an amazing team of secretaries to answer your calls and assist you during office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm).

Our Vestry

The board of trustees for the Church shall be known as the vestry (the "Vestry") and shall consist of twelve individuals, four of which shall be elected each year at the annual meeting of the Church to serve for a term of three years. For purposes of the New York Religious Corporation Law, the Vestry shall be the trustees of the Church, and shall be responsible to hold all property of the Church in trust for the members of the Church, and as such shall exercise authority over the temporal and financial affairs of the Church.

Your 2020 Vestry members are from left to right:
Front Row: Jonathan Merrick, Bob Hughes, Cheryl MacDonald, Carl Hoffman, Linda Doran, Tony Luckoski

Back Rowt: Mike Brylinski, Lori Abramo, John Hillestad, John Krull and Rocco Brindisi.   (Not Pictured Tom Brown)