Staff

Diana Rogers, Parish Administrator
Originally from Miami, Florida, Diana has been with St. Patrick’s for over fifteen yearimg_3031s. Diana manages the day-in/ day-out activities of St. Patrick’s with grace and amazing efficiency.

Contact Diana with general questions, church availability/ scheduling, announcements, prayer requests, weddings, funerals, or with any other administrative queries.

E-mail Diana at office@stpatricksalbany.org

Call the church office at (229) 432-7964

 Erin Freeman- Youth and Children’s Minister

Erin was born and reared in West Virginia, where she grew up in the Episcopal Church. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and her graduate degree from Syracuse University. She has been working in the nonprofit sector since serving in AmeriCorps and has extensive experience in both public and performing arts education. She is the lucky wife of Joe and the proud mom of Lydia, 10, and Teddy, 1 (pictured at left). They moved to Albany in 2014 and are very happy to be a part of the St. Patrick’s community.shapeimage_3

Erin is responsible for youth and children’s Sunday School on Sunday mornings, youth activities, Stuck in the Middle, and other events throughout the year.

E-mail Erin at erinchandlerfreeman@gmail.com

Alivia Andrews Holland- Pre-school Minister
Alivia was born and reared in Albany, GA. She is the wife of Griff Holland and dog mom of Bailey Raye (6 years old). Growing up, Alivia attended St. Teresa Catholic School Pre-K through 8th grade. She then went on to attend Westover High School and Darton College. Some of her interests are bow making, cooking, photography, babysitting, and organizing. She loves St. Patrick’s for their hospitality and love of all people.

Alivia is responsible for the preschool ministries and nursery every Sunday. You can find her in the cry room at 9:00 and the nursery from 10:00-12:00 on Sundays.

Email Alivia at alivia.andrews90@gmail.com

Angela Szpak- Choirmaster and Music Director
Angela is a graduate of Manhattan School Of Music in Classical Vocal Performance.  She studied and sang in Italy (Centro Studi Italiani and Spoletto Arts Symposium Festival) and the Summer Program in Chautauqua, NY.   A long-time and varied performer, Angela has performed the gamut of musical genre, anywhere from Opera at Carnegie Hall, early classical music, musical theater, to a World Music Recording.   While in NY she also worked as an event coordinator.  Combining her performances and events, Angela has been apart of over three thousand events from high opera to the most experimental-jazz.  As a professional make-up artist she has been published multiple times as well as having worked for fashion weeks, off-Broadway, and a feature horror movie.cid-38c3fa3f-d23b-44d2-9649-76c617d5c08f

Ms Szpak believes in strongly community involvement.  While in NYC Angela volunteered with several groups that helped women in shelters re-train for a better life, brought music to special needs, nursing homes, mental hospitals etc, as well countless hours at a cat shelter comforting, training and walking feral and abused cats.  Since moving to Georgia she has volunteered for the Hot Talk Radio Station’s Youth Entertainment and Learning program developing short programs targeted for inner city youth to introduce them to World and Classical Music.  Ms. Szpak also has the honor of winning the title of Ms.

Plus America 2013 and furthering her platform of “Melanoma Prevention through Education”  for which she is still gives talks and loves to educate others.

Since joining the staff at St. Patrick’s she has been inspired to take courses in liturgical music both locally and through Notre Dame University.

E-mail Angela at angelaszpak1@gmail.com

Gabriel Lawrence- Organist

Born and raised in Music City, USA, Gabriel Lawrence’s music is a product of many diverse influences. As a child and throughout high school, Gabriel received piano instruction from Penney Frazee and Alex Zanetis. During high school, he led the music ministry at the church in which he grew up, Old Hickory Church of God. From high school, he went on to Belmont University where he studied music business for a time. He was also active in the university’s opera productions. Since college days, Gabriel has been afforded opportunities to sing at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee under the direction of National Cathedral Choirmaster Emeritus, Dr. Michael Velting as well as the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. In 2009, Gabriel moved south to Savannah where he accepted a position as choirmaster and associate organist at The Collegiate Episcopal Parish of St. Paul the Apostle. At the church, he oversaw direction of a 25 person all-volunteer choir, and provided piano and organ accompaniment for various services. During this time, Gabriel was also able to create his music in other venues such as the historic Kehoe House. He was also commissioned to write and record music for a short film, which premiered at the Savannah Film Festival. In Savannah, Gabriel remained active vocally as well, singing in the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and serving as a choral scholar and tenor section leader at St. John’s Episcopal Church. He served a short time as music intern at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. For the last three years he has maintained a private piano and voice studio and spent some time teaching at Savannah Country Day School. Gabriel is the coordinator for Savannah Beer and Hymns and Albany Beer and Hymns. Gabriel and his partner Casey (who is also a verger at St. Patrick’s!) enjoy spending time making up their own descants to their favorite Anglican hymns as well as spoiling their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Harlie and Gabriel.

+I bind unto myself today the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.+