FATHER DAVID BERESFORD
Father David Beresford was previously Interim Rector at St Martha’s, Bethany Beach and St Barnabas, Wilmington, and also Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Springfield PA. He was ordained in the Church of England in 2009 and moved to the USA in 2015.
Father David trained as a spiritual director in England and gave direction to candidates for ordination. He is also a retreat leader and has created and led a number of courses, including Learning to Pray, God and Us, Art and Faith, and Faith and Poetry. His first book, Above & Below, a collection of spiritual meditations, was published in 2021 by Cedar Tree Books, Wilmington.
Father David trained at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, where he studied for a BA in Theology and Pastoral Studies from the University of Leeds, graduating in 2009 with first-class honors. In 2022 he received a Master's Degree in Theology from the University of Chichester, England.
Father David lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Ruth, who is also a priest. He has two grown-up children, Thomas and Julian, and two granddaughters, Penelope and Emmeline, who live in Brighton, England. He also has two stepchildren, Matt and Sarah.Father David Beresford was previously Interim Rector at St Martha’s, Bethany Beach and St Barnabas, Wilmington, and also Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Springfield PA. He was ordained in the Church of England in 2009 and moved to the USA in 2015.
ORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER
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Steven is originally from Kennett Square, PA and serves as Organist and Choirmaster of Immanuel’s music program. As choral conductor, he chooses music from Renaissance to contemporary styles, and prepares the choir to sing a wide variety of hymns, chants, anthems, and service music.
As organist, he plays repertoire from Baroque to modern, selecting music to support each week’s liturgical themes. He has performed organ recitals in the U.S. and abroad, including Trinity Church Boston, Harvard Busch Hall Museum, Princeton University Chapel, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Longwood Gardens Grand Ballroom, Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
He received degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory, studying organ with David Boe, Garth Peacock, Ray Urwin and William Porter; harpsichord with Lisa Goode Crawford; and choral conducting with Daniel Moe and Donald Teeters.
Steven is also a piano and organ teacher who enjoys guiding musicians of all ages. He is pleased to continue the tradition of excellent music at Immanuel in his roles as organist, teacher, and choral director.