Contact Us / Clergy & Staff

Written by Wayne Whitney on Apr 07, 2013

Episcopal Church of the Nativity
22405 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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Phone: 480-307-9216

Clergy and Staff:

Interim Rector: The Rev. Gary NicolosiThe Rev. Dr. Gary Nicolosi D.Min began his tenure at the Church of the Nativity on September 5th 2017. Father Gary has extensive parish experience serving numerous parishes in both the USA and Canada. Recently retired as Rector of St. James Westminster Church in London, Ontario, Canada, he has settled in the valley with his wife Heather and Daughter Allison. He is also an accredited lawyer, practicing immigration law for the past year. He has published over 400 articles in journals, newspapers, and periodicals on such topics as Anglicanism, church growth, ethics, and pastoral issues.




Associate Rector:  The Rev. Wayne V. Whitney, Ph.D. is an enthusiastic teacher and preacher of the Bible.  Dr. Wayne received his doctorate in New Testament Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville; the M.Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City; and the B.A. from Kansas State University.  A confirmed Episcopalian since 1993, Dr. Wayne served as a Southern Baptist pastor in the late ’80s.  Dr. Wayne has been on staff at Nativity since 2010, and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in January 2014.

Mobile Phone: 303.809.1458


Sermon Blog: Evangelizomai!


The Rev. Martha DurhamDeacon:   The Rev. Deacon Martha Durham relocated to Nativity from the Midwest. She is passionate about the ministry of presence in all parts of her daily life. She loves to hear people’s stories. As a Deacon she strives to care for the poor and sick, the lonely and forgotten. Martha was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Chicago in 2008. She has a rich and varied background in Christian Education for all ages including EFM Mentoring and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Centering Prayer and reflection, Pastoral Care including CPE and hospice experience, work with children and adults with special needs and feeding the hungry. She loves to help others live out their baptismal covenant.



ilona kubiaczyk-adlerMusic Director: Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler received her Doctor of Musical Artes degree in organ performance from Arizona State University. She is an accomplished, enthusiastic and lively musician. She studied organ and church music in Poland and the Netherlands before coming to the United States. She leads our adults’ and children’s choirs and plays a beautiful range of music for us each week.  You can read more about Dr. Ilona and watch a video of her playing the Fritts organ at Arizona State University on our music page.

Telephone: 480.307.9216


Ilona’s Website:

ShelleyDirector of Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministries: Shelley Byrnes has a long history of involvement in Christian Education ministries. She has a passion for helping children to understand the most basic truth that God loves them, and that Jesus shows us who God is. She works with our teachers and leaders in coordinating our children’s programs through 5th grade, and also provides support for parents raising Christian children.

Office phone: 480.307.9216

Mobile phone: 480.993.7377


Our Parish Administrator: Mina Rafferty has been with Nativity since 2006 providing beautiful communications and terrific organization for the parish.

Office phone: 480.307.9216


Nativity’s Vestry:

Nativity is governed by a 12-member vestry which acts as its board of directors.  The rector serves as the chair of the vestry.  Other vestry members are:

Senior Warden: Suzanne Cohen,

Junior Warden:  Warren Sambach,

Treasurer:  Art Graf,

Sarah Banks,

Jon Bost,

Margaret Cohea,

Bill Deihl,

Jen Goins,

Art Graf,

Norma Hyatt,

Amy Miltenberger,

Paul Rank,