The Very Reverend S. Scott Hunter, D.Min.
Dean and Rector
While serving as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Michigan, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul called Scott to become their tenth dean and seventeenth rector in March 2007. He was formally welcomed and seated as Dean by Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. on April 30th.
Born in Greenville, SC, Dean Hunter was educated at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (Bachelor of Science cum laude with a major in Economics and minor in Biology); at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL (Masters of Divinity); and at the College of Preachers of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. He received his Doctor of Ministry (DMin.) degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation (South Bend/Oxford/Rome) in 2012. Ordained deacon in 1988 and priest in 1989, Dean Hunter served parishes in South and North Carolina, in Illinois and in West Virginia, prior to coming to the Diocese of Michigan.
In addition to his roles as pastor, priest and teacher, responsibilities as Dean of the Cathedral include chairing the Cathedral Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of Cathedral Community Services, and serving on the Cathedral Chapter. The Cathedral Chapter oversees certain aspects of building and property ministry related to the Diocesan-Cathedral Center campus, also known as the Cathedral Close or Cathedral Green. The dean is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Crossroads of Michigan.
Additionally Dean Hunter is involved in several other leadership areas. He is a member of the Board of Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, and a member of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, and a former Trustee. He has worked locally with Mariners Inn. Nationally, he served on the board of directors of the Conference of Diocesan Executives and was a two-term president. He served on the founding board of The Nathan Network, a ministry of the church committed to a safer church environment for all people from 2001 to 2010. He was a founding board member and first president of the first recycling efforts in Buncombe County, NC.
He resides in Detroit with his wife and daughter.
Office Administrator and Assistant to the Dean
Ms. Combs joined the Cathedral staff in April 2012. It is her voice you will most often hear when calling the Cathedral Office about any number of subjects -- general questions about events, schedules, making appointments with Dean and other clergy, requesting information on baptisms, weddings and more. If Susan does not know the answer she is committed to finding out or connecting you with the person who can best assist you.
Clerk of the Works
In conjunction with the Altar Guild, Mrs. Hooker brings artisan skillls to care of the interior of the Cathedral -- its unique Pewabic tile floor, carvings, stained glass and other works of art, sacred vessels, vestments and paraments. One of our resident historians, she has an exceptional understanding of mission and ministry of the Cathedral through the years.
Director of Religious Education
Kit Ilardi has been teaching Sunday School and doing Youth Ministry for over 20 years. The focuse of her work at the Cathedral includes not only religious/faith education offerings, but Youth and Young Adult ministries as well. She is also working with others to build up campus ministry at Wayne State and the College for Creative Studies. She was the Sunday School Director and Youth Minister at Christ Church Cranbrook before coming to the Cathedral in 1998. Kit has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has done graduate work in Education. She has attended numerous conferences on Christian Education and Youth and Young Adult Ministry. She is currently a member of several on-line groups that keep her informed of the latest ideas in children, youth and adult ministry.
As the Financial Administrator Ms. Doher handles all pledge and contribution records as well as overseeing many of the day-to-day aspects of the financial operations of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Chapter, the Cathedral Foundation, Cathedral Community Services and the Cathedral Choir School of Metropolitan Detroit. Robin joined the Cathedral staff in March of 2011. Prior to joining us she worked for the Country Club of Detroit and Wayne County Clerk/3rd Circuit Court.
Jeremy David Tarrant
Organist and Choirmaster
Since 2000, Jeremy David Tarrant has served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, where, in addition to playing for liturgies and concerts, he conducts the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (now in its 125th season), The Choir of Women and Girls, and the Schola Cantorum. Mr. Tarrant joined the Cathedral staff in 1994 as Assistant Organist and prior to that appointment, worked in several parishes in his native Michigan. In April of 2007, he was seated as Canon Precentor of the Cathedral in thanksgiving and recognition of his role in the liturgical and musical life of the Cathedral community.
Jeremy David Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance and church music studying with Robert Glasgow and James Kibbie. During his time at Michigan, Mr. Tarrant pursued additional study in Paris. His early training was with Betty R. Pursley and Corliss Arnold.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was awarded First Prize in the Ottumwa National Organ Competition in 1997 and Second Prize in the Arthur Poister National Competition in 1998. In 1993 he was a Winner of the Lucille Mehaffie Young Artists’ Auditions which resulted in a televised performance during the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. Mr. Tarrant has also been a finalist in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competitions.
Mr. Tarrant is in frequent demand as a teacher and clinician, and regularly serves on the faculties of the Royal School of Church Music summer courses as well as the American Guild of Organists summer Pipe Organ Encounters.
An active concert organist, Jeremy David Tarrant has performed widely in North America in such venues as the Washington National Cathedral; St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York; and Chicago’s famed Fourth Presbyterian Church. He frequently appears with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. In May of 2008, Mr. Tarrant made his European solo debut with a recital in the Cathedrale de St. Etienne in Meaux, France.
Dr. Marilyn Biery
Interim Associate Organist
Marilyn Perkins Biery is an organist, conductor, composer and hymn writer, currently on the music faculty at Wayne State University. From 1996-2010 she was Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, sharing the position with her husband, James Biery. Since moving to Michigan in 2010 she has served as interim Minister of Music at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit and St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Marilyn holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Northwestern University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Minnesota. An ASCAP award winner, her hymn texts, choral and organ compositions are published by GIA, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress, OCP and Concordia. Her hymnary, Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty was published by MorningStar in 2011, containing twenty-five original hymn texts, set to existing tunes as well as seven original tunes by James Biery. Her latest collection of organ music, Gathered into One, has just been released by Augsburg; several other texts, anthems, and a collection of organ preludes is soon to be released by GIA Publications.
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