Rev. Eric O. Springsted, PhD
Interim Pastor/Head of Staff
Office: 212-288-8920 x8471
Eric is a native of St. Paul, MN, and his earliest religious education and experience came at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church there. The liturgy, music, architecture, and preaching made a lasting impression on him. He received his BA from St. John’s College (the Santa Fe, NM campus), which is often known as the “Great Books School.” It was there that his call to ministry came, and upon graduation he entered Princeton Theological Seminary, where he completed his M.Div. He continued on immediately at Princeton, and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theology four years later. During that time he also served a small church in Jersey City.
After finishing at Princeton, Eric became Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. He served at Illinois College for sixteen years, maintaining his dual focus on campus ministry and scholarship. While at Illinois College, he spent considerable effort and research on church-college relations, working with the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities and the Committee on Higher Education for the Synod of Lincoln Trails. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor and served on numerous committees at the College. While at the College he also was twice the interim pastor at the Congregational Church of Jacksonville.
In 1998, after a sabbatical at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, where he had been in residence once before, he stayed in Princeton. He taught at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Guest Professor of Philosophy, and then became Acting Chaplain. It was with that latter position that he began a career as an interim pastor. He has served several Presbyterian churches in the northeast as interim pastor, including Georgetown in Washington, DC, in Rye, NY, and Swarthmore, PA, before coming to Madison Avenue. He was also the Interim Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Monmouth.
Eric has also continued, at the same time, an active scholarly career. He has had several periods of residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry, and now serves as its librarian. As a scholar, he has written and edited a dozen books in philosophy, theology, and education. After having written his dissertation on the French philosopher, mystic, and social critic Simone Weil (1909-1943), he co-founded the American Weil Society, a scholarly society, in 1981, and served as its president for thirty-three years. Seven of his books have been on Weil’s philosophy. His works have been published in half a dozen languages. He has also taught at General Theological Seminary in New York City.
Eric is married to Brenda Lockhart Springsted, an archaeologist, now retired, who serves on the Board of Trustees of the Trenton City Museum. Their permanent home is in Trenton, although they also are “non-voting taxpayers” in Santa Fe, NM, where they maintain a home. They are the parents of three adult daughters. Simone is a teacher and vice principal in Minnesota. She and her husband, Steven, are the parents of two sons and a daughter. Leidy is a social worker in the Boston area, and her husband, Keith, is an artisan woodworker. Elspeth is in medical school at the University of Queensland, Australia, in an international program, and is now completing her clinical rotations for her degree from UQ in New Orleans.
Eric is a professional interim minister who understands his ministry as assisting a church in moving toward the future and providing structure, faith and confidence during a time of transition.
Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett
Associate Pastor for Congregational Life
Office: 212-288-8920 x8481
Beverly brings a diversity of life experience to her ministry at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. Her early childhood was spent in Maine, and at age seven, her family moved to Roswell, New Mexico. Her first two years of college were spent at Cottey College, a private women’s college in Missouri, and she graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1982 with a B.A. in English. She began the M.Div. program at Princeton Theological Seminary that fall. While at Princeton, Beverly concentrated in Biblical Studies and Church and Society, and devoted considerable time and energy to the hunger and peacemaking task forces. Between her middler and senior years at Princeton she did a year-long internship with Mission at the Eastward (MATE) in Maine, serving in a three-point rural parish and learning through the active outreach ministry of MATE about the vital role the church can play in community development.
Immediately following graduation, Beverly did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with Interfaith Health Care Ministries in Rhode Island. In the fall of 1986, she was called as designated pastor of the Barnet Center and West Barnet Vermont Presbyterian Churches, and was installed as pastor a year-and-a-half later. After five-and-a-half years of rural ministry, Beverly realized that God was calling her to a different form of ministry—acting—another form of exploring and communicating what it means to be a human being. Before moving to New York City to study acting, Beverly spent most of 1992 working with the Iona Community on the Isle of Iona, Scotland. As the cook for the MacLeod Centre for three months, then as Abbey Musician for the remainder of the year, Beverly worked with staff and guests who came to participate in an ecumenical, Christian community through their stay at one of the two centres the Iona Community runs on the island.
In 1993, Beverly moved to New York City to study acting. She studied off and on for nine years and acted in productions Off-off Broadway and in New Jersey. In addition, she worked for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for seven years, writing their newsletters and brochures, and interpreting the mission of UMCOR in a variety of ways. She wrote the worship, educational and interpretative resources for the ecumenical One Great Hour of Sharing offering for the year 2000. Before joining the pastoral staff at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in September of 2002, she was a parish associate at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York.
Music has always played an important role in Beverly’s life–she is a pianist (with rusty fingers) and a singer (with slightly less rusty vocal cords), having sung with many choirs, choruses, chamber groups and a cappella ensembles. She is also an avid reader, enjoys knitting, loves hiking and sea-kayaking and, of course, the theatre. But all of that has taken a back seat since Beverly became the proud and happy mother of Emily Somu. Emily was born in Nepal in 2004, arrived home with Beverly in January, 2008, and her mother is thankful that, so far, she doesn’t mind the church being her second home.
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Rev. Andrew D. Smothers
Interim Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism
Office: 212-288-8920 x8475
The Rev. Andrew (Andy) D. Smothers
Interim Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism
Andy was raised in a small town (Monticello) in eastern Iowa, about a four hour drive from Chicago. His family was active in First Presbyterian Church as his parents served on session and within other ministries of the church. Andy was active in the Sunday School program, three year confirmation program, and other programs within this congregation. He also served as a Youth Advisory Delegate (YAD) to the meeting of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies in 1991.
Andy first sought a career in engineering after completing a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Iowa in 1996. He spent a total of about twelve years working for Rockwell Collins, a former division of Rockwell International, developing hardware and software for handheld electronic devices and, later, managing cost and technical aspects of engineering developments.
Also pursuing an interest in science, Andy completed a degree in chemistry and biochemistry at Coe College in 2000. Upon completion of this degree, Andy spent over three years studying human genetics including gene expression related to chondrosarcoma, a cancer of the cartilage. With an eventual interest in both theology and science, Andy has a particular interest in the intersection of faith and science. He also had the opportunity to volunteer for 10 years in the pediatric inpatient units of an academic research hospital working directly with children, which confirmed a concern for and interest in working with children and youth.
The Christian faith has been important to Andy throughout his lifetime; however, it was during his studies at Coe College that he began to wrestle more intently with issues of faith. Reading the Bible in its entirety during this time was a confirming experience for him. A personal crisis a few years later would give him reason and opportunity to become more active in Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, where he would eventually serve as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Stephen Minister, and Stephen Leader among other roles. It was also through this congregation that Andy had the opportunity to participate in six mission trips to the gulf coast after hurricane Katrina and on trips supporting medical teams in Haiti and Ecuador. Andy was also active in the InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship during this time and helped lead Alpha courses at a Roman Catholic student center.
After being prompted by several people to consider full-time ministry and sensing a call himself, Andy enrolled at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS) in Dubuque, Iowa, where he completed his Master of Divinity degree in 2014. While at UDTS, Andy helped lead bible studies within the undergraduate community and performed research on divisions in the Presbyterian church in the 1700s and 1800s. Due to a strong interest in both congregational ministry and overseas mission service, Andy is excited to practice each of these senses of call at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church through the Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellowship and as the Interim Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism.
Andy's Africa and Global Ministry Blog: https://smothers-ptgmf.tumblr.com
Dr. Andrew E. Henderson
Director of Music & Organist
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8489
Dr. Andrew E. Henderson
Andrew Elliot Henderson became Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in July 2005. Andrew succeeded his former teacher, John Weaver, following his distinguished 35-year tenure at MAPC. At the church he directs an extensive liturgical program with a number of choirs, a choral society, the Saint Andrew Chorale, the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison series, and oversees the New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC graded choral program. In addition to his position at MAPC, he serves as the Associate Organist at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El – one of the largest Jewish houses of worship in the world, as acting chair of the organ department at the Manhattan School of Music, and as the organ instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Dr. Henderson, a native of Thorold, Ontario, holds degrees in music from Cambridge and Yale Universities. At Cambridge he held the position of Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge from 1996 to 1999, and at Yale he completed his graduate studies in organ performance on a full scholarship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The recipient of a C.V. Starr Foundation fellowship, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Juilliard School in 2007, receiving the Richard F. French prize for the best doctoral document. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College, where he taught graduate courses in organ literature.
Andrew was a finalist in the international organ competition Grand Prix de Chartres held in Chartres Cathedral in 2002, and the following year he won first prize in the biennial National Organ Playing Competition sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. As well as performing recitals in St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, and in most major venues in New York City and at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Recent performances include organ and continuo playing with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, The Oratorio Society of New York, The Collegiate Chorale, in addition to performing solo recitals in Krakow, Poland (Krakow Philharmonic Hall), at the Elora Festival (Ontario), and in Colorado (Boulder Bach Festival), Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, at the historic Round Lake Auditorium in Upstate New York and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Andrew has been featured as a recitalist and workshop leader at national and regional gatherings of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship and Music Arts, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the American Guild of Organists. He is a member of the executive board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His performances have been featured on the nationally-syndicated public radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. His first solo CD, Andrew Henderson at St. John’s, Elora,was recorded and released in 2010.
A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, his teachers have included John Tuttle, Barrie Cabena, David Sanger, Thomas Murray and John Weaver. Andrew is married to organist Mary Wannamaker Huff, who is the Associate Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and Artistic Director of the New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC. Andrew and Mary have two young boys, Elliot and Christian.
You can hear audio files from his recent CD and various recitals – and find out more about Andrew’s upcoming concerts – on his website at: www.andrewhenderson.net.
Mary W. Huff
Associate Director of Music
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8492
Mary W. Huff
Mary Wannamaker Huff, a native of Greenville, SC, was appointed the Associate Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2006. She assists Director of Music, Andrew Henderson, in many aspects of the music program including directing of the Children’s Choirs and Teen Choir, playing the organ for liturgies, accompanying and conducting the Church Choir and Saint Andrew Chorale, as well as managing our concert series, Music on Madison!
In addition to her work with liturgical music at MAPC, she is the Artistic Director of the New York City Children’s Chorus at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, an auditioned children’s choral program of over 170 children from the metropolitan NYC area in eight graded choirs. Recent highlights of the NYCCC season include singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Britten’s Saint Nicolas, and the Vaughan Williams Hodie. Her choirs have appeared on major television networks including appearances on Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, TODAY, NBC Sports,and CBS Sunday Morning. Recently, the NYCCC made its Carnegie Hall debut premiering Carol Barnett’s “Mortals and Angels” with bluegrass superstars, Dailey and Vincent, their Broadway debut in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” with Nathan Lane at Roundabout Theater, their Radio City Music Hall debut in “A Tribute to David Bowie.” The NYCCC opened the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall in 2017 appearing with Carly Simon. International tours have have taken the NYCCC to Canada, Germany, and Austria, and the choir has appeared recently in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Tennessee. The NYCCC's debut recording, Simple Gifts -- a collection of American and British Arts Songs -- is available on MSR Classics, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Simple Gifts appeared on the 2016 Grammy Ballot in the categories of Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Recording.
From 2004-2012, Ms. Huff was the Director of Children’s Choirs and High School Choir at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, conducting and administering one of the nation’s finest Catholic children’s choirs. She also prepared her choirs at St. Ignatius for their Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, singing Mahler’s Symphony no. 3 conducted by George Mathew. In addition, Ms. Huff has coached her students for solo performances in a range of NYC venues from Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the studios of Nickelodeon! Among her favorite press reviews was New York Magazine’s listing of one of her chorister’s performances of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as one of the year’s “Top Ten Classical Events in NYC” (Dec. 7, 2008). Her recent recording, ANGEL, with the St. Ignatius Children’s Choir, is available on MSR Classics.
Ms. Huff graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1999, and continued her musical studies on a full scholarship at Yale University where she earned a Master of Music degree at the Institute of Sacred Music in 2001. She continued further post-graduate studies in music education at Westminster Choir College, specializing in the training of children’s choirs. She has taught music to children of all grade levels (K4-12) in Independent, Catholic, and inner-city schools.
Director of MAPC Day School
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8469
Office: 212-288-9820 x 8472
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8486
Office: 212-288-8920 x8485
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8487
Dr. Richard Shoup
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8490
Richard W. Shoup,
Dr. Richard Shoup, former Executive Director of The Counseling Center, is a psychotherapist, consultant, and public speaker. His special areas of expertise include:
* Helping individuals examine the meaning of their lives at different stages of the life cycle.
* Helping people deal with career change and transition
* Providing marriage counseling for couples wishing to achieve a deeper understanding of one another and greater intimacy.
In addition to directing The Counseling Center, he is a director of the Human Resources Consulting group where he helps many small corporations and non-profits improve their team-building efforts and conflict resolution. Dr. Shoup is a supervisor in The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and a clergy person in The Presbyterian Church where he is responsible for evaluating candidates for the ministry in the New York area. He also tests and evaluates candidates for the priesthood in the Orthodox Church of America.
Director of Christian Formation
Office: 212-288-8920 x 8480
Christina is familiar to many already. She first came to MAPC as a seminary intern from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2015-2016, working with Kids Club, Youth Worship, and was a regular presence in worship. When Chris left, she was invited to return to take on the duties of coordinating Sunday children’s and youth worship, as well as teaching the Youth Sunday School.
Christina Cosby brings an array of gifts to MAPC. Throughout her life she has had a passion for serving God’s children of all ages and backgrounds. She is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia where her family has resided for decades. She received her earliest forms of religious education at Frist Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg. Through her high school years she was an active participant of Glass Theater, a state-wide recognized theater program often through her high school. In addition, she enjoyed chairing French Club, Bible Study, and started an organization to help others better understand those living with disabilities. Outside of school she was an avid participant of the Mayor’s Youth Council, where she helped advise City Council on challenges that faced inner-city youth. However, she says the highlight of her high school days were the moments she spent at church. Christina regularly attended worship and participated in youth programs multiple times a week. She severed on First Presbyterians community missions committee, is an ordained Ruling Elder, and served her Presbytery as a leader for their youth council.
For her college years, Christina attended Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in religious studies and interpersonal communication. In the Summer of 2012 she completed an internship with the Centra’s Pastoral Care department in Lynchburg, Virginia. This opportunity better defined her call to ministry, and her passion for being present for others in their times of need. Upon completion of this educational opportunity, she boarded a plan for the first time, and traveled to Finland. In Finland, she studies comparative religion for an academic year. This was an important time for her personal growth as well as widening her educational and cultural horizons.
After graduating from Queens, Christina embarked on a new adventure and enrolled in the Master’s of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Throughout her time at Princeton Christina remained an active participant among her peers joining in small groups, working with local church to serve under-privileged persons, and discerning her steps beyond higher education. Beyond working with youth and children at MAPC, Christina spent the summer of 2016 serving Church of the Covenant in Lynchburg, Virginia as their student pastor in the midst of their search for a full-time minister.
Christina is eagerly looking forward to her time at MAPC as Director of Christian Formation. In this role, she will have the joy of planning educational opportunities for adults, youth, and children. When asked, Christina describes her definition of ministry as: “Ministry to me is meeting people where they are, and walking alongside them. Listening to their stories, sharing tears, and laughter. God graciously entered into this broken world to walk alongside us in the mist of our brokenness. Therefore, we must show others the same kind of grace and love.” The position of DCF will allow, Christina to listen to the stories of the congregation at MAPC in hopes of creating meaningful educational programs for peoples of all ages.
Day School Assistant to the Director
Office: 212-288-8920 ext 8478
The Reverend Paula Cooper, The Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow (PTGMF), was born in Beckley, West Virginia, and was raised in Philadelphia, PA. Paula has two brothers and two sisters, and is the single parent of a 41 year-old daughter, Goodness Cooper.
Paula was ordained an elder in 1988. As an elder, she served both Tioga Presbyterian Church and Holy Trinity-Bethlehem Presbyterian (in 1991, Tioga and Holy Trinity merged) as chair of their Worship and Christian Education Committees, organized their multi-aged choirs, and served as their youth directors. In 1999, she organized and begun Holy Trinity’s teen ministry.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary graduated Paula in 2010 with her Master of Divinity degree, with a graduate certificate in Urban Ministry, and in 2013 with a Master of Sacred Theology degree. In 2014, she was ordained a Minister of the Word and Sacrament. She has served as the designated pastor of Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church for the past three years.
She writes, "I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve God as the Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow for Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. As I stated in my essay answer, I expect to be used by God to bring the Word of Reconciliation to those whom God has given ears to hear and eyes to see. I expect to learn, as well as, teach leaders who have been called, and who have willingly answered that call. In addition, I expect to be a witness for Christ even in the remotest part of the earth: Acts 1:8."