Clergy Corner


Barb Schmitz dkThe Rev. Barb Schmitz began her interim ministry at St. John’s in 2015 and concluded it on Pentecost Sunday 2017. She has served parishes in transition in several dioceses across the United States. Barb is a native of Buffalo, NY, and is a clergy member of the Diocese of Central New York.

Ordained for 26 years, Rev Barb has served parishes and dioceses as rector, interim, diocesan administrator, and assistant to the Bishop.  At one time, she worked full time in consulting and teaching conflict resolution.  She is completing her fifth year of study in the Organizational Development Certificate program with the Gestalt International Study Center of Cape Cod.

This is her third sojourn in Ithaca. A 1983 graduate of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, Barb returned to Ithaca in 2007 to serve as the Interim Chaplain for the Episcopal Church at Cornell. During that time, Barb joined us for a Lenten evening meal and also preached the sermon at a Maundy Thursday service at St. John’s. She is familiar with Ithaca and loves living here. Her focus while at St. John’s will be on assisting us with the developmental tasks of the transition time and guiding us through the search process for a new rector.

Rev. Barb especially enjoys preaching and congregational development.  On her days off, Barb keeps busy with the stock market, reading about medicine, following politics, walking, and cooking.