Dean and Rector
Scott came to the Cathedral as their 10th Dean and 17th Rector in April 2007, having served just prior as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Michigan. Summer 2014 he was on sabbatical, with part of that time including study at Oxford University an Oxford Foundation Fellow under the auspices of the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Born in Greenville, SC, Dean Hunter studied 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 completed his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation (South Bend/Oxford/Rome) focusing on leadership and spirituality. 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, his responsibilities as Dean of the Cathedral include chairing the Cathedral Foundation Board & Community Services board, 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, where he chairs the Quality of Care Committee, and on the board of Midtown Detroit, Inc. In the Diocese of Michigan he currently serves as a Trustee of the Diocese. 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.
The Reverend Canon Robert W. Alltop
Robert (Bob) Alltop is a native of Phoenix, AZ and has lived in Michigan since 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Arizona; a Masters of Divinity at Boston University; an M.B.A. at the University of Rochester; and a Certificate in Anglican Studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Ordained a Deacon in June 2012, Bob joined the staff of the Cathedral in September 2012 as Curate, and was named Canon Vicar in January 2014.
In addition to his ministry roles at the Cathedral, Bob works as an economic consultant, making him what some call “a tent-maker priest.” Until recently, he was the Board Chair of the Woodward Community Development Corporation, sponsoring outreach in Detroit’s North End. He also served as the Seminarian at St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Detroit, from 2008 to 2012.
Bob resides in Grosse Pointe with his wife, sons, and daughter.
The Reverend Deacon Brian Shaffer, OEF
Brian is a native of Western Pennsylvania and for the past 20 years has lived in Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy and a Master of Theological and Pastoral Studies from St. Alban Theological Seminary. He also earned a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Anglican Institute for Affirmative Christian Studies. Brian was ordained a Deacon in April 1997 with the Evangelical Anglican Church in America and was received into the Episcopal Church in April 2013 where he served at Trinity Episcopal, Capitol Square in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Deacon Brian is a professed member of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, a religious community, where he is known as Br. Brendan.
In addition to his diaconal ministry at the cathedral, Brian works for St. Joseph Mercy Home Care and Hospice in Troy/Oakland, serving as Bereavement Coordinator. He is a credentialed chaplain, grief counselor, and thanatologist and has presented both nationally and internationally in these fields. His ministry experience includes working with ecumenical and interfaith communities to partner in ministry initiatives. He has served on various ecumenical and interfaith boards working on projects that minister to families in need of care and services related to food, clothing, shelter, and spiritual and mental health care. Brian lives in St. Clair Shores with his partner, Tim, and their dogs.
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.
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 where, in addition to playing for liturgies and concerts, he conducts the famed Cathedral Choirs. Prior to this appointment he served as the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist joining the staff in 1994. 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. He is the founding director of the Cathedral Choir School of Metropolitan Detroit.
A student of the American organist and pedagogue Robert Glasgow, 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 sacred music. His other instructors include Betty R. Pursley, Corliss Arnold, and James Kibbie. He has had additional coaching with Lynne Davis.
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. 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 and has performed in regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 2008, Mr. Tarrant made his European solo debut with a recital in the Cathedrale de St. Etienne in Meaux, France, and in 2011 he played the closing recital of International Organ Week in Dijon, France. In 2012, he was a featured artist in the Pine Mountain Music Festival, presenting three solo recitals in Michigan’s upper peninsula.
In July, 2014 Canon Tarrant conducted the Cathedral Choir during their tour of England where they were in residency at Chichester Cathedral. This tour will also include concerts and services in Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals.
Charles works with Canon Precentor Jeremy David Tarrant in all aspects of the cathedral’s music program. A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Mr. Miller graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan in the class of Robert Glasgow, and his master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut. From 2006-2013 he was Minister of Music and Organist at National City Christian Church in Washington D.C. and from 2001-2006 Associate Organist and Director of Music at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, CT. He has been featured in solo recitals at the National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., St. Thomas Church and the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, York Minster, England and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He performed three times for the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and his 1995 performance there was featured on NPR’s Pipedreams. In addition to his work at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Mr. Miller will also assume a leadership position at Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists in September 2015.
Aaron Tan has been appointed Artist in Residence (non-stipendiary). Aaron is a passionate organist, pianist, and materials scientist. His primary musical tutelage was under John Tuttle, David Palmer, and Joel Hastings. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) as well as Trinity College of Music, London, England (Piano Performance). In addition, he has obtained Associateship degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada in both Piano and Violin Performance. He has won numerous noteworthy contests and scholarships both as pianist and organist including the Toronto RCCO Young Organists Competition, the Osborne Organ Competition of the Summer Institute of Church Music (Ontario), the RCCO’s National Organ Playing Competition, the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship for Church Musicians, the Lilian Forsyth Scholarship, the West Chester University Organ Competition, the Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition, and the XVI Poland International Piano Festival Competition. Prior to his Cathedral appointment, Aaron Tan was Organ Scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit.
Aaron Tan is also a postdoctoral researcher in the Univer sity of Michigan’s Laboratory for Complex Materials Research, led by Peter Green. His current work focuses on developing techniques for measuring localized dielectric and thermal properties of polymer thin films. More information about Aaron’s musical interests and activities can be found at www.AaronTan.org.