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Clergy & Staff

Rev. Duncan A. Burns, Rector

The Rev. Duncan A. Burns has served as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Huntington from 2014-2020. He has been married to Barbara McCartney Burns since 1982 and has three children. Fr. Duncan graduated from Bay Shore High School, Colgate University (Bachelor of Arts), and Seabury-Western (Master of Divinity). He currently serves as the treasurer of Episcopal Ministries. He was appointed on the Board of Directors of Episcopal Ministries of Long Island in 2015 and was elected to the board by the convention in 2016 and 2019. He also serves on the board of Rural Migrant Ministries on Long Island. Fr. Duncan was ordained a priest on January 17, 2004 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is a proud citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Fr. Duncan served at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria Virginia from 2003-2005 and as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kingston, New York from 2005-2014.

Claire Mis, Seminarian

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to serve at St. Johns, while completing my studies for the diaconate.  My husband Gary and I are originally from Western New York – having met at Niagara University.  We have been married for almost 42 years and have two wonderful sons, Jeremy, a legal aid attorney for Suffolk County, and Eric, an ICU nurse in Colorado Springs.  Gary and I have enjoyed travelling and the picture of us here is at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed, near Oxford, England. 

I spent over 30 years working as a School Counselor, as well as a Department Chair for school counseling—a career that brought me much joy and growth, both professionally and personally.  Upon retirement, I was able to ramp up my volunteer work in various ways:  serving on the Vestry at Caroline Church in Setauket, as the Lay Director for Long Island Episcopal Cursillo and as a volunteer with Good Shepherd Hospice.  My work in hospice has been varied and quite meaningful. It is a gift to be able to share that precious time with a patient as well as with the family as they say goodbye to their loved one. 

The seeds for my Christian journey began as a baby, and I am grateful for my parents who were faithful in bringing me and all five of my siblings to Greece Baptist Church – where early on my grandfather was the minister.  When Gary (formerly Roman Catholic) and I married, we knew that it was essential to find a church home in which to raise our children and thankfully, the Episcopal Church welcomed us with open arms.  This is our home!

Alex Pryrodny, Organist & Choir Director

Alex Pryrodny is a New York City based pianist, organist, composer, and music director. Originally from Ukraine, Alex started studying piano at the age of 3 and gave his first public performance at the age of 6. By his early teens, Alex has won the title of Ukraine’s best young composer twice, as well as several international competitions in classical piano, composition, and improvisation. At the age of 16 Alex moved to the United States where he studied composition and classical piano in the University of Maryland and jazz piano at the New School in New York City (BFA in 2008). Alex has performed in concert halls and jazz clubs in the United States, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Poland, and Ukraine. In 2012 he has been awarded the 2nd place at the highly prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Switzerland.

In addition to his career as a pianist, Alex has been studying organ and vocal sacred music since childhood and in 2002 he started working as a church musician on a regular basis. He has organized and performed in various fundraising and charity concerts for the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Deer Park, the Franciscan Episcopal Community of Little Portion Friary in Port Jefferson, NY and in his current capacity as the music director of St. John’s in Huntington. Whether in a church, concert hall or a jazz club setting, Alex’s goal is to use the incredible power of music to inspire, uplift and bring people together.

Jennifer Hebert, St. John's Nursery School Director

Jennifer Hebert has worked at St. John's Nursery School since 2009. She worked as the lead teacher in the 3 year-old class for 6 years. In 2015, Jennifer became the director of the nursery school.

Jennifer grew up in Nassau country in the small town of East Williston. She graduated from The Wheatley School in 1986 and attended college at Tufts University. After graduation, she received a scholarship and stayed on to obtain her Masters degree in teaching and her teacher certification in early childhood education from Tufts University.

Jennifer lives in Huntington with her husband, Jamie, and their three sons, Ben, Will and Sam. Having three boys in the Huntington School District, Jennifer also spent 9 years serving as a trustee on the Board of Education. She is currently serving on the board of the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education as the Vice President of Grants.

Coral Freas, Parish Administrator

Coral Freas started as Parish Administrator of St. John's in March of 2017 right before Holy Week. Before coming to St. John's, Coral worked as the bookkeeper for the Brothers of the Society of St. Francis, American Province and Little Portion Friary, as well as other local clients.

Born in Huntington, raised and educated in Hawaii, Coral graduated from H. P. Baldwin High School on Maui and received her BA in Theater from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she also studied music with an emphasis on vocal performance. Coral is currently Treasurer for the Northport High School PTSA and has served as President and Treasurer for the Norwood Avenue School PTA in Northport. Other distinguished titles include, Wife and Sweetie to Craig, Mom to Grace, Claire and Madeleine.