Rev. Parker H. Prout, Pastor
Paul J. Martinez, Director of Music
Ross Porter & Bobbie McCann, Lay Leaders
Marianne Baldwin, Secretary
Art Covey, Sexton
Pastor: Rev. Parker H. Prout
Pastor Parker began his ministry at UMC of Mount Kisco in July, 2015. He was part of the ministry team at NOW UMC cooperative parish in Putnam/Westchester prior to being assigned to Mount Kisco. He participated in the NY-CT District’s Certified Lay Minister (CLM) development program for three years and before that was a certified Lay Servant. Pastor Parker, a life-long United Methodist, also was minister of music at East Avenue UMC in Norwalk, CT where he has resided since 2003. He received a BA from Trinity College and an MS in counseling from the University of Hartford. Before being called to ministry, Pastor Parker was a corporate Human Resources executive and consultant. He serves on the NYAC Personnel Committee and has been a trustee for a YMCA summer camp in CT for over 20 years. Parker and his wife Diane DiBella have two adult children.
Director of Music: Paul J. Martinez
Paul Martinez has worked as a music director, vocal coach and accompanist for over fifteen years at young adult programs including the Vivace Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, Random Farms Kids’ Theater in Westchester County, and Astoria Performing Arts Center’s Summer Stars program in Queens. He has also served as pianist for both English and Greek services at the Steinway Reformed Church in Astoria.
Paul began his career primarily as an actor, and graduated with a BFA from the prestigious musical theater program at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the union Actors’ Equity since 1988, and Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA since 1991. His acting credits include four years with the first US touring company of Miss Saigon, original musicals for the Edinburgh Fringe and the NY Musical Theater Festivals, the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s opera Seance On A Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara, the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’ Nixon In China at Lincoln Center, as well as several lead and supporting roles in regional theater productions. Behind the scenes, Paul assistant directed and choreographed Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti for UCSB’s Opera Program; he co-produced the television pilot K’Pow!, a musical variety children’s program for World Asia Network; and most recently produced a short film, The Others, which is currently being screened at various international film festivals.
Paul has coached voice students of all ages (8 to adult) in all music styles. Whether you are preparing for an audition or performance, hoping to improve your vocal range or technique, or simply wanting to build your song repertoire, Paul would be happy to meet with you to address your vocal needs. If you would like to inquire about voice lessons, please feel free to contact him by email at PJMartinez@aol.com.
Art Covey, Chairman of Trustees, Sexton & Head Usher (pictured right) Andre Ferrara, Head Usher (pictured left)
Marianne Baldwin, Secretary
Bobbie McCann and Ross Porter, Lay Leaders