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The Reverend J. Douglas Ousley, Rector


The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley grew up near Boston, attending public schools before going on to Yale University, where he graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude in 1969. He went on to earn graduate degrees from New York Theological Seminary, the University of London, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

The Rector’s first church position was Assistant Minister at St. Thomas Church Manhattan and Chaplain of the St. Thomas Choir School. He then served as Canon Pastor of the American Cathedral in Paris, France, and Rector of St. Paul’s Within-the-Walls in Rome, Italy, before coming to Incarnation in 1985.

Douglas Ousley has served in various offices for the church, including chairing the Board of Directors of Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and membership in ecumenical groups in France, Italy, and New York City. He currently is clergy liaison to the 17th Precinct of the New York Police Department. His writings have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Century, the Church Times and the Living Church. He now reviews books for Anglican and Episcopal History. He has lectured for various schools and groups as well as presenting programs for Italian radio (RAI), Vatican Radio and other media.

The Rector has two sons, John, an attorney, and Andrew, a marketing manager, in New York City. He is married to Dana Fern, an occupational therapist who works in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital and has a private practice in Manhattan.

Browse the Rector’s Blog or read past sermons.

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The Reverend Adrian Dannhauser, Associate Rector


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.

Browse Adrian’s Blog or read a recent Religion News Service article on her ministry, “Ask Me for a Blessing.”

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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

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