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. 

Deacon Jacob Bush


Deacon Bush serves as the Curate of St. Bartholomew's.  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.

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.

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 for six years and enjoy cooking and traveling together.

James Kibby

Facility and Media operations

James has been on staff at St. Bart's since 2012 where he oversees facility and media operations and serves as worship leader for the contemporary music ministry. He is also an accomplished songwriter and loves to play old time banjo. 

James 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 two grandchildren.

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