The Reverend J. Douglas Ousley, Rector
The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley grew up near Boston, attending public schools before going on to Yale University, where he graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude in 1969. He went on to earn graduate degrees from New York Theological Seminary, the University of London, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.
The Rector’s first church position was Assistant Minister at St. Thomas Church Manhattan and Chaplain of the St. Thomas Choir School. He then served as Canon Pastor of the American Cathedral in Paris, France, and Rector of St. Paul’s Within-the-Walls in Rome, Italy, before coming to Incarnation in 1985.
Douglas Ousley has served in various offices for the church, including chairing the Board of Directors of Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and membership in ecumenical groups in France, Italy, and New York City. He currently is clergy liaison to the 17th Precinct of the New York Police Department. His writings have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Century, the Church Times and the Living Church. He now reviews books for Anglican and Episcopal History. He has lectured for various schools and groups as well as presenting programs for Italian radio (RAI), Vatican Radio and other media.
The Rector has two sons, John, an attorney, and Andrew, a marketing manager, in New York City. He is married to Dana Fern, an occupational therapist who works in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital and has a private practice in Manhattan.
Matthew Lewis maintains an active career as organist, choral conductor and educator. As Organist and Director of Music at the Church of the Incarnation, he directs a select group of professional singers in a wide variety of liturgical choral music. Dr. Lewis has served as Organist and Choir Director at Temple Israel in Lawrence, NY, since 1993. Artistic Director and Conductor of St. George’s Choral Society since 2005, he directs the 80-voice chorus in major works of the repertoire. He studied choral conducting privately with Robert Page.
Dr. Lewis has been a member of the Organ Faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College division since 1993, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College since 2006. His students range in age from teenagers to graduate students. He has presented solo organ recitals in the United States, Canada and France, has been a featured artist on WNYC, New York, and has performed the complete organ works of César Franck several times, including at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
At The Juilliard School, Matthew Lewis completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a student of Jon Gillock. While earning the Master of Music degree, also at Juilliard, he was the winner of the organ competition, resulting in a performance of Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Juilliard Symphony in Alice Tully Hall. Dr. Lewis is the former recipient of a Fulbright Grant and the Annette Kade Fellowship from the Council of International Education for study in Paris where he was a student of organ-virtuoso Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.
The Reverend Ginger Strickland, Assistant Minister
The Rev. Ginger Strickland is a native Texan who comes to Incarnation after five years of ministry in France. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant and then served for two years as director of a soup kitchen. She received her Masters in Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2006, while doing some masters’ coursework at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
After graduation, Ginger served as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the American Church in Paris. She went through the discernment process in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and was ordained to the priesthood at Incarnation in 2011. She shares in the pastoral and liturgical ministries of the church, and oversees Twenties and Thirties, the Women’s Group, and Children’s Ministries.