The Reverend Tanya R. Wallace
The Rev. Canon Tanya R. Wallace, a native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, has served the Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Western Massachusetts, Washington, Newark, New York and Vermont.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she completed the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Women’s Studies and Religion. After college, she worked for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC as a part of the Cathedral Volunteer Service Community, and served as Employment Services Caseworker with homeless program participants at Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. She then became the Director of Social Services at Boulevard Seniors in Passaic, NJ, while serving at the Church of the Transfiguration in Towaco, NJ. In 2000, she graduated from the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, earning a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Religion and Education; upon graduation, she was awarded the Maxwell Fellowship for Highest Promise of Excellence in Parish Ministry. After serving as Seminarian Assistant at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, as Curate at the Church of the Ascension, both in Greenwich Village, and as Adjunct Professor at Union Theological Seminary (all in New York City), she was called to be Canon Educator at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT. During her seven-year tenure at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Canon Wallace also served on the Cathedral Chapter and the Executive Committee of Diocesan Council, Chaired the Commission on Ministry, and was elected Clergy Deputy to General Convention.
Rev. Tanya became Rector of All Saints' Church in 2009, and Founding Director of the Lawrence House Service Corps in 2014. She loves walking with people -- long-time parishioners, newcomers, Mount Holyoke students, and Lawrence House interns -- as they grow more deeply into the fullness of who God is calling them to be. She is especially passionate about building bridges between seemingly disparate people, communities, and/or ideas, and loves being able to engage that work with the faithful people of South Hadley. In the Diocese of Western MA she has served as Safe Church Officer and President of the Disciplinary Board, Dean of the Franklin-Hampshire Clericus, and Chair of the General Convention deputation. She is currently a member of the Executive Council (international board of directors) of The Episcopal Church.
Rev. Tanya enjoys water sports, photography, knitting, and travel with her partner and their 12-year-old daughter (and has, by nature of being a swim parent, become a stroke and turn judge for competitive swimming!).
The Reverend Deacon Terry Hurlbut
The Reverend Deacon Terry Hurlbut has been a member of the Episcopal Church for 38 years. Over those years he and his wife of 38 years, Lainey, have raised two children within the church. Both children, Bryan & Liz, are grown and off on their own paths, which include marriage and a granddaughter Sienna and grandson Max. Terry has served on many and various boards and activities within the Church throughout his journey.
He has taught Sunday School, adult educational programs, been a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Visitor and Lay Reader. He has worked with the homeless in Springfield and West Springfield.
Terry was ordained to the Diaconate in November of 2013. He states his reason for becoming a Deacon to be “to give back, to God and to those in need -- at new and exciting levels.”
Deacon Terry has been sent to All Saints' to share his experiences with those in South Hadley, to learn from them and to grow into a community of God’s faithful, who will serve all whom we meet together.
In Terry’s spare time, he is employed as a Director of Sales for a consumer packaging company.
Dr. Ruth Bass-Green, Minister of Music
Dr. Ruth Bass-Green is an educator, teacher of piano and voice, church musician, and the founder of The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts. Ruth earned a BA in Music Education at California State University, Los Angeles, CA, a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a doctorate in Teacher Training at the University of Massachusetts, School of Education Program, in Amherst, MA.
Her background and experience in Early Childhood Education gave her the opportunity to serve as Director of two Head Start Programs: one in Hartford, CT and the other in Springfield, MA. In 1993, Ruth served as Dean of Sophomore Studies and Multicultural Affairs and Lecturer in the Psychology and Education Department at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.
Since her retirement from Mount Holyoke in 2006, Ruth devotes her time and energy to The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts as the primary teacher of piano and voice to students from preschool, middle school, college and senior members of her community in Amherst, MA. She has also served as Minister of Music for churches in Springfield and Hartford.
Ruth has performed her music in far away places such as Durban, So. Africa, Kenya, and Senegal. Her passionate arrangements of the spirituals can be enjoyed by all through her CD: “Spirituals: Reflections and Meditations” recorded by Billy Mitchell Productions under VISTA Records. www.basssistersmusic.com
Phillip Shearin, Pastoral Associate for Lawrence House
Phillip Shearin was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA. He studied history at Hampton University and went to seminary at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Prior to seminary Phillip was in the Episcopal Service Corps at St Hilda's House, based out of Christ Church, New Haven, CT and at St Richard's Bridge, based out of St. Alban's Anglican Church, in Glen Williams Ontario Canada. Prior to coming here Phillip finished a Chaplain Resdiency Program at Duke University Hospital. Phillip is currently a hospice chaplain in the Boston suburbs.
Don Marsh, Sexton
Don Marsh and his wife, Laura Marsh, have been members of All Saints’ for 39 years, joining the church in 1978. He began working as the church Sexton about 20 years ago, around the time the new building was built. When he is not working as Sexton, he volunteers his time as Acolyte Director, training new potential acolyte leaders and also offers his time as a chalice bearer and usher. Prior to his job as Sexton, Don worked for the US Postal Service for 42 years. His wife Laura is deeply involved in our Lenten Lunch program, which she has been running for around four years. Laura also serves on the Altar Guild. Don enjoys spending time outdoors, working around the house and watching football.
Taylor Haaf, Parish Administrator
Taylor Haaf is a graduate of Hampshire College, where she studied Comparative Religion and Creative Writing. Taylor currently functions as a Parish Administrator for All Saints' Episcopal Church and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She feels blessed to be able to support these communities through her role as Parish Administrator. Outside the offices, Taylor is a local yoga instructor offering classes at Serenity Yoga Studio (across from All Saints'!) and at Ananda Studio in Hadley. She is an herbalist, reiki practitioner and creator of Healingelementals, her own line of all natural and organic self-care products.