Staff & Vestry
Effective December 6, 2019, the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley retired as the Rector of the Church of the Incarnation.
The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser will be serving as Incarnation’s Interim Priest in Charge while the congregation engages in a search process for a new Rector.Click here for information on the Rector Search
A letter from the Rector Search Committee Chair
As an important part of the Rector search process, we ask that every parishioner complete the PARISH SURVEY. (Contact the clergy if you would prefer to receive a paper copy.) The survey includes demographic questions, questions about your connection to the parish and your opinions and preferences and concludes with a section for any comments.
The compiled survey results will be used first as talking points for a Parish Summit about the search. Second, portions of the survey results will be included in the Parish Profile, a key document to be prepared for review by Rector candidates.
The survey, drawn from diocesan models, was created by the Rector Search Committee in consultation with the Wardens and the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Please take the opportunity now to respond and be counted!
Question responses will be compiled by the survey program. The Search Committee and clergy will see only the complied results, not individual responses.
Rector Search Committee
Christopher Stromee, Chair
The Reverend Adrian Dannhauser, Interim Priest in Charge
The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser was raised as a Southern Baptist in Mississippi. It took the Episcopal Church in New York City, however, to bring out her passion for spreading the Gospel. She discovered the Episcopal Church in her mid-twenties and still marvels at its many gifts – ancient tradition, progressive theology, an invitation to question, an emphasis on social justice, liturgical space for contemplation, and Christian community grounded in the Eucharist. Today Adrian’s ministry is fueled by her commitment to evangelism and mission. She seeks to empower others to share God’s love through faith-filled conversation in daily life and service to those in need.
Prior to arriving at Church of the Incarnation, Adrian served just up the street at St. James’ Church on Madison Ave. She is active in a number of Episcopal and ecumenical ministries, serves on the Governor’s Interfaith Advisory Council, and chairs the Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking. In 2017, she was selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars honoree for her efforts to combat human trafficking. Her work in this arena has also been featured by BBC World Service and Real Women Real Stories.
Before ordained ministry, Adrian practiced corporate bankruptcy law and financial restructuring at the Wall Street firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. She also has a history in dance ministry and a lifelong love of ballet. Adrian holds a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.
Adrian is married to Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham, a community-based family and youth development non-profit organization in NYC and Westchester. They have a young daughter, Callaway.
The Reverend Richard S.J. Pike, Interim Associate
The Rev. Richard (Rik) Pike hails originally from England – and moved to the States with work in the summer of 2004. Raised within the Church of England, Rik took his time to formally commit to the faith – and was eventually confirmed in May 2003 back in his high school chapel with a group of 15 year old pupils. He had originally turned down the opportunity 12 years earlier.
Rik returned from spiritual wanderings in 2003 in large part in search for a faith discipline that was rooted in ancient collective wisdom and a world religion that had more than stood the test of time. And it initially surprised him that the very faith he was seeking had been sitting right in front of him – that the Christian faith that he had been raised up in was more than enough. That its vibrancy, global diversity and primordial myth-making presented a light-filled faith that was simply alive – in time, and through time, and of time.
After taking on those Christian vows in 2003, it was not long before Rik was exploring a call to the priesthood soon after joining Grace Church in Manhattan in the Fall of 2004. Fast forward, and after much discernment and exploration, Rik was ordained within the Diocese of New York in 2014 after three years of study at General Theological Seminary. His thesis The Nephilim: Fallen Warriors of the Genesis Rebellion explored the formation of evil at the very beginning of time.
Before joining Incarnation in November 2019, Rik spent five happy years in the beginnings of ministry at St. Matthew’s in Bedford NY – the largest church outside the city limits in the Diocese of New York. Working for a retiring, then interim, then new Rector, Rik was exposed to wide variety of parish environments – and in his time in Bedford was particularly drawn to pastoral work, especially working with the dying. He also enjoyed leading outreach work in the city of Newburgh, including sponsoring and helping renovate two city houses with Habitat for Humanity; adult formation and education – and exploring new evocative ways to worship at the Sunday evening services.
At Incarnation, Rik supports the Interim Priest in Charge in the day-to-day running of the parish, including leading Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministries as well as Mission and Outreach. Rik is married to Tracy and they live in Brooklyn, along with three young children – and before being called to the ordained life Rik worked for Christie’s, the auction house, where he specialized in wine & whisky and public relations.
David Ralph, Interim Director of Music
David Ralph is a graduate in organ and piano of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was personal accompanist to Metropolitan Opera soprano Eleanor Steber, appearing with her in concert. At the invitation of producer Walter Gould he came to New York and spent several seasons touring the United States and Canada as accompanist for vocal groups under the aegis of Columbia Artists Management. Mr. Ralph has appeared as piano and organ soloist in many of New York’s chief concert venues, most recently in a Durufle’ Requiem with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall. He has accompanied such artists as sopranos Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, folk singer Pete Seeger and jazz violinist Andy Stein, and has recorded on the Arabesque, Musical Heritage, Sine Qua Non, Book-of-the-Month, Newport Classic, Greenhays and Centaur labels in styles ranging from classical to rock, including folk, gospel and jazz. Mr. Ralph was for many years Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of White Plains. He is accompanist for the New York Choral Society and the Oratorio Society of New York
In the Episcopal Church, members of the parish are elected by the congregation to assist the Rector in the governance and decision-making of the church. The Vestry is involved in management of the finances and the property of the church, as well as oversight of its ministries and mission.
Jonathan Vaughan, Senior Warden
Stephen Ju, Junior Warden
Lance Eckel, Treasurer
Lenore Ritter, Clerk
Kathy Hoffman Linburn
David Wardrop, Assistant Treasurer