The Rev'd Stephen C. Tamke
New Curate at St. John's of Lattingtown
The Bishop, Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are pleased to announce that The Rev’d Stephen Tamke has been called as our new curate at St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen back home to the Diocese of Long Island as the newest member of our growing ministry team here at St. John’s,” said Fr. Mark Fitzhugh. “In June, he will join new Director of Music Chris Brayne and Director of Children’s Ministry & Outreach Courtney Callahan to help deepen our relationship with God. Stephen is a very talented Christian leader and brings a host of experience and a passion for working with middle & high school youth, families, outreach, and music.”
Born and raised in Garden City, Long Island Stephen has been a lifelong member of the Cathedral of the Incarnation. He was a member of the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys (Royal School of Church Music affiliated) from the age of seven as a boy treble and as a countertenor until 2014. He still sings professionally as a countertenor often in Washington, D.C, while at seminary. He graduated from Garden City High School in 2008 and CUNY Queens College in 2013 with a degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies. He performed his yearlong teaching placements at a middle school and high school in Queens.
Before Seminary, Stephen worked for three years at the Diocese of Long Island Development Office, as well as in the Office Youth and Young Adult Ministries where he helped coordinate diocesan youth programming with the Canon for Youth and Young Adult Formation.
In 2014, Stephen began his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia working towards his Masters in Divinity, graduating in May 2017. He was ordained to the transitional Diaconate on January 14th, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
Currently, Stephen is the seminarian and Deacon at The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the Music Teaching Assistant for the Seminary, assisting the Professor of Church Music with the running of the music program for the Seminary as well as helping with teaching chanting and basic music skills. He, also, helps run the weekly Tuesday night Choral Evensong and the auditioned Schola Cantorum choir on campus.
Stephen is the youngest son of Jane & Steve Tamke, and is the shortest of his brothers, of which there are four older than him. He is a die-hard Yankees fan, who, during the baseball season, can be found watching or attending Yankees games. Stephen is very excited to begin his ministry at St. John’s of Lattingtown on Sunday, June 18!
Left to right: Matthew, David, Stephen, Michael, Brian. Not pictured are Stephen's parents Jane & Steve Tamke from Garden City.
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