Our Cathedral Clergy
The Right Reverend William H. Love
The Very Reverend Dr. Leander S. Harding
Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints
Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany
Father Leander S. Harding began serving as the 21st Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints on Palm Sunday in 2017. Dean Harding has over 35 years of experience in ordained leadership. He holds a B.A. from New College in Sarasota, FL and an M.Div, cum laude from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA. He earned a Ph.D. from Boston College in Pastoral Theology. He has been the rector of rural, suburban and urban parishes and was for eight years Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Dean of Seminary Advancement at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. He has a background in business and was awarded a scholarship for advanced management training by the W. Edward Deming foundation. He is the author of four books including, In the Breaking of the Bread, a book of meditations on the Eucharist in Anglican perspective. He assists the Bishop as one of the Archdeacons of the Diocese.
The Dean is inspired by the Anglo-Catholic tradition of worshiping God in the beauty of holiness. He longs for a church that is catholic in order and sacraments, evangelical in sharing the good news of God’s love made known in Jesus Christ and alive in the Holy Spirit. He continues his theological work of research and writing and has a special interest in the conversation between theology and science and theology and the arts. In his preaching, teaching and writing he aims at communicating the basics of Christian faith simply and clearly in such a way that people fall in love with God.
Dean Harding has been married to Claudia Harding for 47 years and they have three adult sons. The Dean began his ordained ministry as a mission priest in far northern Maine where he and Mrs. Harding supported the ministry by sheep farming. He enjoys sailing, hiking and playing American roots music on the ukulele and harmonica.
The Reverend Allen D. Carpenter
The Reverend Susan Plaske
Deacon Susan Plaske answered a call to the diaconate in 2007 and was ordained and appointed to the Cathedral in 2011. She assists in public worship at the Cathedral and, along with the Dean, runs a program called B.L.T. (Bible and Lunch Together) on Mondays at the Empire State Plaza. She also assists the Dean with the Community of the Cross of Nails: a prayer and study group. Deacon Plaske and the Cathedral’s other deacon, Allen Carpenter, visit people in hospitals and nursing homes with communion and healing prayers.
Deacon Plaske oversees mission work locally and in Haiti. She has twice visited an Episcopal School the Cathedral supports in Pouly, Haiti and is planning a trip for 2019. She is also on the Diocesan Mission Board. She is a member of the Daughters of the King and their chaplin.
A cradle Episcopalian who grew up in Colonie, Deacon Plaske attended St. Michael's in Colonie. She works for the NYS Department of Health as an Executive Assistant. Deacon Plaske has been married for 37 years to her husband, Ken, who runs a nursery. They have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Director of Music and Choirmaster
Arkansas native Woodrow Bynum began pursuing his musical education at The Interlochen Arts Academy before graduating summa cum laude from The University of Michigan. Following a residency at The Detroit Opera House, he moved to New York City where he studied at The Juilliard School and sang in the choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. As a professional singer, he appears regularly in concert with orchestras and choirs alike. He sang with Harry Christophers and The Handel & Haydn Society in a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Farmington Chorale in April. He made his Tanglewood debut in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and will appeared as soloist in B Minor Mass with Harry Christophers and The Handel & Haydn Society at Symphony Hall Boston last March. He sang Haydn’s Creation with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall last May. Other recent solo appearances include Bach’s Magnificat and The Apparition of Samuel in Handel’s Saul with H & H, Messiah with both Dallas Bach Society and the Arcadia Players and St. John Passion at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Other recent appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Arcadia Players, and Fauré and Duruflé Requiems with Albany Pro Musica. He has been lauded by The New York Times for his “fine free baritone register” and The Dallas Morning News as “...a gorgeous oiled-walnut baritone, elegant diction and delivery.” Known for his work as a choir and voice trainer, Bynum took up his post as Director of Music at The Cathedral of All Saints in 2007. Under his direction, the choir has made three recordings, including a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah with period instrument orchestra, Music for a Royal Occasion, including Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Handel’s Coronation Anthems and most recently,“To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud” ~ The Choral Music of Benjamin Britten.
Assistant to the Dean for Cathedral Mission in the Arts
Brynna Carpenter-Nardone became the Assistant to the Dean for the Cathedral’s Mission in the Arts in September of 2018. Brynna is an artist, art-educator, and writer about Christian spirituality and the creative process. She has been teaching drawing, painting, and sculpture for over twenty-five years to people of all ages. Brynna is attending her second year of Holy Ground, a program for forming spiritual directors and is pursuing a Master’s in Pastoral Studies at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany, NY.
Brynna’s current creative work is writing about healing, faith, and remembering a life in art. Brynna acolytes and publishes a semiannual journal at her home church where she has taught Spiritual Formation, preached, and implemented a summer children’s arts camp. Brynna and her husband, Joseph Nardone, with their two children, cat, dogs, and bees share a backyard pizza oven and basement full of sketch pads, paintings and sculpture as well as wine-making and vermicomposting equipment.
Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow
William Douglas is the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at The Cathedral of All Saints and is a talented musician with a particular affinity for accompanying and service playing. William attended the University of South Carolina and strengthened those skills and others through his studies with Dr. Jared Johnson and Dr. Kenneth Miller for organ, and Dr. Jerry Curry for harpsichord and continuo while obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. William was a recipient of the Summerall Award from the University of South Carolina and a scholarship winner from the Greater Columbia Chapter of the AGO.
William has previously served on the staffs of Shandon United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, and St. John’s Church (Anglican), Florence, SC.
William has performed primarily in the Southeast with recent recitals at; Trinity United Methodist Church in Clio, SC, St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Charleston, SC, Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, FL, Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, FL, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC.
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Meredith Ewbank joined the Cathedral staff as administrative assistant to the Dean in late August of 2018. A life-long Episcopalian, Mrs. Ewbank comes to us from the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, MO, where she was active in the St. Paul Guild of Readers and Chalice Bearers. Mrs. Ewbank served as the parish secretary and administrative assistant to the Rector of her former parish, the Episcopal Church of Saint Andrew in Mountain Home, AR, where she was also a Mentor to adults in the Education for Ministry curriculum of The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She is a Daughter of the King, newly affiliated with the chapter at The Cathedral of All Saints. In prior parishes, she has also served as a Eucharistic Visitor, a Welcome/Hospitality Coordinator, and a member of the Altar Guild.
In addition to having been a parish administrator, Mrs. Ewbank has held other administrative positions in the fields of education, financial services, and health services. She is an experienced educator who has taught English and French in both Missouri and Quebec City. Mrs. Ewbank has been a lifelong volunteer and advocate in the fields of educational governance, literacy, services for vulnerable women and children, and access for people with disabilities.
In her personal life, Mrs. Ewbank shares with her husband, Jon, a retired Naval officer, a love of music (especially orchestra and opera, choral singing, Dixieland jazz, and barbershop), history and historical fiction, and travel. Both are happy that their relocation New York brings them nearer to her two children, a son who lives in Boston, and a daughter who lives in Clinton, NY.
Stuart holds a bachelor’s degree in social services from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree in political science and history from the college of St. Rose which, he notes, debatably qualify him for the Presidency. Even so, Stuart reports that he enjoys his current position as sexton for The Cathedral of All Saints. In contradistinction to the feelings of the Cathedral’s visionary and the first bishop of Albany, William Croswell Doane, Stuart considers it his good fortune that the State Education Building was erected next to the Cathedral in 1908; this affords Stuart a short commute to his other job: in the afternoons he walks across the alley to work as a security officer.
Stuart’s pastimes are petitioning the Cathedral’s organ scholar to replicate Ray Manzarek’s organ solo on the long version of “Light My Fire” by The Doors, and reading. Stuart is currently considering hiring a sexton for the maintenance of his towers of books.