Clergy & Staff Information

Reverend Barbara Thrall

Headshot of Reverend Barbara ThrallBarbara was born and raised in northern Illinois. A lifelong Episcopalian, she attended Loyola University, Chicago and earned a BA in Theology and a MRE in Religious Education. Barbara taught in two different Roman Catholic girl’s high schools for five years before she and her husband, Ed Farrell, moved to New York City in 1980. Barbara was awarded the M. Div. from the General Theological Seminary and was ordained priest. It was there that they welcomed their son into the world.

Barbara worked as an assistant for Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in Manhattan for four and a half years before answering the call to be rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Littleton, NH, an hour from the Canadian border. They spent seventeen years with that congregation, enjoying the beauty of the White Mountains. Barbara’s most recent call was to St. Paul’s Church, Holyoke, where she served as rector in that vibrant community for ten years until her retirement in 2017.

Since then Barbara has been enjoying traveling, reading for pleasure, hiking, and taking Sunday supply in the Springfield area. “I’m excited to be part of the transition following the exemplary ministry of the late Rev. Karen Safstrom,” Barbara writes. “The leadership and I are trusting in the Spirit to guide us at this important time for Christ the King-Epiphany in Wilbraham, honoring Karen’s leadership and looking forward together toward what God has in mind for this congregation.”

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