Clergy & Staff

“Well done, thy good and faithful servant”

Our small staff is dedicated to work alongside the many volunteers in our congregation to ensure all of our day-to-day activities run smoothly.

While we were awaiting the arrival of our newly called Pastor Martha Sipe, we were blessed to have clergy from both our Episcopalian and Lutheran partners fill in on Sundays to support our weekly service as well as the service from Reverend Barbara Thrall. Our thanks to Deacon Pat O’Connell for several weeks, to Rev. Canon Dr. Rich Simpson, Pastor Steve Wilco, Associate to the NE Synod Bishop, Pastor Barbara Thrall for a couple of weeks, and Pastor Duncan Hunter, former pastor to Christ the King. Led by the Holy Spirit, we look forward to welcoming Pastor Martha Sipe and her spouse, Tricia. They will be joining us for our worship on August 22, 2021, at our 10:00 service.

Please join us in this new beginning, celebrating the eucharist together as Lutherans and Episcopalians, here at Christ the King – Epiphany church. Refreshments to the served.

Pastor Martha Sipe

Dear Friends in Christ,

Just a brief note to express my gratitude for the incredibly warm welcome you gave to Tricia and me the first weekend of June at both Saturday’s “meet and greet” and then again after Sunday’s service and election.  It was a wonderful and affirming weekend, and I felt the Spirit moving powerfully among us.

I feel great excitement at the prospect of starting our ministry together (which happens officially on August 16th).  My sense is that getting to know one another will be a joy, and that working together to discern what God is calling us to do will be rewarding.  As well, I look forward to becoming familiar with the community and discovering all that I have heard that Western Massachusetts has to offer.  Our blessings overflow, don’t they?

I asked one of you (I’m sorry – I don’t remember who!) what you call someone who lives in Massachusetts.  The answer was:  Just say “New Englanders.”  Please continue to pray for me and my family as we prepare to start our life anew as New Englanders.  And know that I am praying for you:  that God continue to bless you and also to give grace to us as we embark on this new chapter in our journey of faith together.

Blessings and Peace –
Pastor Martha

Deacon Patricia M. O’Connell

Pat has a long history with Christ the King-Epiphany Church. She was a parishioner and vestry member at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany when it began the process for what is now Christ the King-Epiphany Church. Epiphany was Pat’s sending community for her ordination process.

Following her ordination to the Diaconate in June 2017, Pat was assigned to the Church of the Atonement in Westfield. She served there for two years. The declining health of her spouse Vivian Daigle, who was and is still a parishioner at Christ the King-Epiphany, required that she take a leave of absence from her diaconal ministry as well as retirement from her law practice as an attorney for children and their families in Hampden County, MA.

Pat became a regular presence at CTK-E as of July 2019.

Dawn Brown – Parish Administrator

Dawn joined Christ the King-Epiphany as our parish administrator in September 2019. She comes to us from the U.S. Postal Service where she retired from in 2018 after a thirty-five-year career. She lives in Sixteen Acres with her family. Dawn is usually in the church office Monday through Thursday 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and will be available by phone and email during those hours. She is the one who greets you in the office and on the phone at 413-596-3045. You can also email office@ctkepiphany.org.

Ben Mabrey – Minister of Music

Ben-playing (1)Benjamin Mabrey, Minister of Music for Christ the King and Church of the Epiphany, began studying piano at the age of four. In addition, he took up French horn in Junior High after playing trumpet and euphonium throughout grade school. In high school, he joined the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s youth symphony and also Worcester’s youth orchestra in addition to statewide music festivals and competitions. During Benjamin’s senior year of high school, he went to Italy on an orchestra tour playing at numerous historical venues (including special performances at St. Peter’s in the Vatican).

Benjamin went to Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where he majored in Music Therapy and Music Education – while also doubling in piano and French horn. During this time, he performed in numerous chamber ensembles, orchestras, concert bands, and choirs (as an instrumentalist, accompanist and also a singer). Performances included Washington National Cathedral, the Kennedy Center, and the Harrisburg Forum.

After college, Benjamin became the Music Director at the Church of the Epiphany in Wilbraham and served there for several years as organist, choir director, and junior bell choir director. Outside of church, Benjamin worked with adolescents with autism in a music therapy setting and served as accompanist and music director for several local theater groups including Wilbraham United Players, Exit 7 Theater, and Cheney Hall in Manchester. Relocating to Pensacola Florida for a couple years, Benjamin was the Director of Music for Pensacola Little Theater. Upon returning to Massachusetts, Benjamin immediately continued his work with the therapy and local theater groups and, once again, was hired by Church of the Epiphany in partnership with Christ the King.

Benjamin’s favorite hobbies include cooking, traveling, studying/collecting wine, and watching classic films on Turner Classics. He can be reached at music@ctkepiphany.org