Kirk Berlenbach

A native of the Philadelphia region, Kirk served as Rector of St. Timothy’s, Roxborough since 2003.  During that time the parish grew younger, more diverse and financially stable.  It also greatly expanded its mission work and community outreach, establishing a community garden, home brewing club, partnership with local synagogues and providing chaplaincy services at the local hospital. In addition to his parish work Kirk has been heavily involved in Diocesan governance and served as an officer on the boards of a number of community organizations. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Hamilton College, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rugters.  Prior to parish ministry he worked in behavioral health and as a hospital and hospice chaplain. He also served at St. Alban’s, Newtown Square. He loves reading, music, gardening, craft beer and studies Aikido in which he holds a second degree black belt. Kirk is happily married to Rebekah Sassi, who serves as the Director of the Riddle Memorial Hospital Foundation. They have three teenaged children.

As Canon for Innovation and Community Engagement he works with parishes to facilitate community involvement and assists them in developing creative ministries and to make the best and fullest use of their buildings and other assets.  He will also coordinate amongst parishes and facilitate communication at a diocesan level in order to share best practices and emerging ideas. Much of his time will be spent out of the offices consulting with congregations and clergy.   His goal is to enable parishes to live into their calling to serve their communities and better connect with populations that might not normally attend traditional Sunday worship.  His ministry reflects the Bishop’s commitment to strengthen our congregations so that they may focus outwards and become resources to serve the community.