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Advent Retreat Facilitator Bios

DcnLCrimi BETTERDeacon Justine Guernsey

Dcn. Justine is currently serving at St. Stephen’s in Delmar, NY.    She is a member of the Deacons’ Council, Daughters of the King and has been accredited as a teacher in “Godly Play”.  Deacon Justine has recently been appointed as Director of Deacons and is currently filling a clerical vacancy on the Standing Committee.  She is happily retired from her secular job and in her spare time, she enjoys doting on her five grandchildren and traveling with her husband. 


 DcnLCurtis BetterDeacon Sandy McGowan

Dcn. Sandy McGowan is currently serving at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY.  Prior to this post, she served at the St. Francis Mission with families from Burma and Thailand refugee camps.  While St. Francis was without a priest, she led Sunday worship, preached sermons, and participated in administrative duties of the parish.  At the Cathedral, Deacon Sandy looks forward to leading Sunday school and to being part of the pastoral care team.  Deacon Sandy is retired from a thirty-two year career in public education, with specialties in special education and counseling.  She lives with her husband, George, in East Greenbush. The McGowans have two sons, and she especially enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren.

 DcnDMooreBETTERDeacon Denise Moore

Dcn. Denise serves at Grace Church in Waterford, NY, as well as at St Peter’s by the Lake, a summer chapel in  Old Forge, NY.  She is a member of the Diocese Disciplinary Committee.  Dcn. Denise’s passions are contemplating scripture, seeing/aiding folks grow in their faith, and assisting those with various needs.  She is retired and lives in Waterford with her husband Bill and dog Winston. Among her many hobbies she especially enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.