It is with great joy that we share the good news of our welcoming two new interim staff members here at Epiphany.
Interim Director of Youth Ministries
At the beginning of our program year, I shared with you the hopes and intentions of our vestry leadership to strengthen our ministries with youth and young people. Immediately, we began a search process, only to discover that many candidates would not be available to begin a new call until sometime in 2022. It was a common message from candidates and made clear to me that we would need to seek an interim Director of Youth Ministries to help establish and begin a new chapter of ministry here at Epiphany. We did not want to wait another year to begin deepening this important ministry area. I am happy to introduce our Interim Director of Youth Ministries, Eva Dalzell (pronounced “ay-va”). Eva will work part-time and help establish weekly middle and high school gatherings, strengthen lay leadership in our youth ministry, and explore service and mission trip opportunities for youth. Eva will begin her ministry among us on Sunday, December 12 and be with us during the rest of our program year.
Eva Dalzell is thrilled to be joining the Parish of the Epiphany as the Interim Director of Youth Ministries. She recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Episcopal Service Corps, serving as Assistant to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Massachusetts. Before that, she studied Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, she was an active member of the Rockwell House Episcopal Campus Ministry, where she first felt the call to accompany and empower other young people on journeys of discernment, faith formation, and embodying God’s love in the world. Eva grew up in Washington, DC, and currently lives in Jamaica Plain with three wonderful roommates and a dog named Nessie. She loves reading, iced coffee, and Dungeons & Dragons.
Interim Director of Music and Organist
With the announcement of the departure of our current Director of Music and Organist, Craig Benner in January, we immediately began seeking an Interim Director of Music and Organist to help support our ministry and worship. I am happy to introduce Jeremy Bruns as our Interim Director of Music and Organist. Jeremy brings immense talent, experience, and energy to our community, and I am very excited for him to begin the week of January 10. Jeremy will work part-time at Epiphany, directing our choir, leading our liturgical music, and supporting our music ministry during this time of transition and search.
Named “a coolly aristocratic player” by The Dallas Morning News, Jeremy S. Bruns has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams, BCC Radio, and the Pro Organo label. He has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has performed numerous recitals with engagements including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, Adolphus Busch Hall, and the Fasor Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. As a church musician, Bruns has held positions in Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; and other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where he worked daily with the late John Scott and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX. He studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, earning the M.Mus. and the Performer’s Certificate. Bruns is Dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.
During the pandemic, Jeremy became a nationally certified Pharmacy Technician. He is currently Pharmacy Operations Manager at the Walgreens in East Arlington.