The Rev. David Beresford, Interim Rector
Father David Beresford came to St Barnabas’, Wilmington in June 2019. He was previously Rector at the Church of the Redeemer, Springfield, PA and has also served in the Church of England as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Cross, Luton, England. He trained at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire and in 2009 graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Theology and Pastoral Studies from the University of Leeds. In 2012 he received a post-graduate di-ploma in Ministry and Mission from the University of Chichester. Ordained in 2009, he served in parishes in England before moving to the USA at the end of 2015. Prior to entering seminary he worked for the Bank of Scotland.
Father David trained as a spiritual director in England and gave direction to many candidates for ordination. He is also a retreat leader – the most recent a three day retreat (led jointly with his wife, Ruth) on the Episcopal Church’s Way of Love. He has created a series of training courses on living the Christian life (Knowing God) and how our faith can engage with the arts (Faith and Poetry). He is an Associate of the Community of the Servants of the Will of God, (CSWG), an Anglican monastic order.
Father David lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Ruth, who is also a priest. He has two grown up children, Thomas and Julian, who live in England. For relaxation he enjoys music, reading, walking, golf, conversation and friendship.
Sister Cassandra Norsworthy, Chaplain
Sister Cassandra has been a member of the Anamchara Fellowship since 2004. At St. Barnabas’ she has a particular ministry to the sick and homebound. She is also a Stephen Minister. Cassandra, a native of Virginia, has served in several leadership posts both in the Diocese of Southern Virginia and in the Diocese of New Jersey. She is retired from a varied secular career, including work as a paralegal in real estate title and escrow.
Michael Larkin, Director of Music Ministry
As Director of Music Ministry at St. Barnabas’, Dr. Larkin serves as church organist, directs the Chancel Choir, Renaissance Quire, and our new Hand Chime Choir. He also manages the church’s artist/concert series. “The Arts at St. Barnabas’.” During his 15-year tenure at St. Barnabas’, Dr. Larkin has expanded the repertoire of the choirs and congregation, greatly enhancing the worship experience. He often arranges and composes music especially for the St. Barnabas’ choirs and instrumentalists to perform in worship.
Dr. Larkin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education from the University of Delaware, a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Catholic University of America and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education with a concentration in choral conducting from Temple University. For 28 years Dr. Larkin served as chairperson of the Vocal/Choral Department and artist faculty voice teacher with distinction at the Music School of Delaware where he coordinated vocal/choral studies and taught studio and class voice, conducting and conducted the Select Choral Ensemble and the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra. He continues to serve as founder and music director of the New Ark Chorale and as conductor and music director the the Brandywine Pops Orchestra. He is in demand as a guest conductor, choral/vocal clinician, baritone soloist, and music festival clinician and adjudicator. Dr. Larkin has gained an international reputation as a composer with over 300 choral, vocal, piano, and orchestra compositions in print with most of the nation’s major publishing companies.
Beth Winward, Parish Administrator
Since 2007, Beth Winward has been the Parish Administrator at St. Barnabas’. Beth is a native of Delaware, and the proud mother of two adult children. When she is not working for the parish, she enjoys traveling and the beach.
Young Tyler, Sexton
George Karney, Rector Emeritus
Rector of St. Barnabas’ from 1990 to 2000.
Vestry members are responsible for the temporal affairs of the church. St. Barnabas’ vestry members are:
Andres de Cos
Stephen Kingsberry, Junior Warden
George McDowell, Senior Warden
Deborah McGonigal, Recording Secretary
Greg Taylor, Treasurer
Lydia York, Vestry Clerk