CHRISTEN ERSKINE serves as the Director of Formation for Children and Youth, part-time, where she oversees the Nursery and Sunday morning Christian formation programs for children. She has been on staff in this capacity since 2008. Christen is a certified Godly Play Foundation Trainer and also a trainer for Safeguarding God’s Children for the Diocese of Atlanta. Christen’s background and experience is in education in both schools and churches. Christen and her family are members of St. Bartholomew’s.
TOM PENNA serves as the Youth Director. Tom and his wife Sarah have attended St. Bartholomew’s since 2007, and their son Henry was baptized here in June. In 2010, Tom received a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Candler School of Theology, where he focused on ethics. He has volunteered with the youth program and served as the vestry liaison for youth and young adults, and he is thrilled about this expanded opportunity to serve the youth of St. Bart’s and their families.
KENNETH HILSON serves as Kitchen Manager and Sexton where he handles building maintenance and repairs, while also preparing meals for weekly church functions. Kenny joined the staff in 2005, part-time as Kitchen Manager. In 2007, he became the church Sexton, as well, serving the Parish on a full-time basis. Kenny is married and has 3 children.
DAVID BRENSINGER served as Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia from 1987 to 2018 and was, from 1993 to 2005, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Atlanta Singers. Most recently, he served as Interim Director of Music at All Saints’, Atlanta. He holds degrees from West Chester University and Westminster Choir College, and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists.
As a choral conductor, his church and professional ensembles have been heard in live and broadcast performances locally, regionally and nationally. In July of 2015, the Parish Choir of Holy Innocents’ was in residence at Wells Cathedral (UK). Under his direction, the CD “Music from Holy Innocents’” was released in 2005, and The Atlanta Singers released three compact discs on the ACA Digital label: “An American Sampler,” “Chantez Noel,” and “Antiphonica.”
As organist/keyboardist, he has performed in recitals in Atlanta and throughout the United States and in France, and has been heard on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He regularly appears as keyboardist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Dallas Symphony and with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.
He is married to Anita Brensinger, a recently-retired music educator.