Clergy and Staff

St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church enjoys the dedicated services of clergy, staff members and volunteers who help fulfill our mission. They include:

Bishop Itty head shotThe Right Reverend Johncy Itty, D.D., PhD.


The Right Reverend Johncy Itty, D.D., PhD served as the IXth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and ministered in a variety of urban, suburban, rural, and remote settings. In his ministry as a diocesan bishop he actively promoted congregational development, children’s’ and youth ministries, Christian spiritual formation, and the renewal and transformation of diocesan life through a gospel based focus on Christian Discipleship, Mission, and Evangelism. Bishop Itty also served as Chairman of the Board of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Oregon Episcopal School, and assumed oversight of a number of institutions in the Diocese of Oregon. He now assists in the Diocese of Long Island.


Actively engaged in humanitarian development and relief efforts, ecumenical, and interfaith conversations, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Church World Service, an ecumenical, global international humanitarian development and relief organization operating in over 70 countries around the world. Bishop Itty also served as a Vice President of the National Council of Churches, USA, an ecumenical body representing 37 protestant denominations in the U.S. Previously he served as Canon Residentiary of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, served as the Social Justice Officer for the Episcopal Church, and the Human Rights officer in the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations. He has served as a research consultant at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and has represented the Anglican UN Office at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. He has served as an editorial respondent for WCBS-TV, worked as a planner / portfolio manager for the United States General Services Administration, and also served as Instructor and Adj. Assistant Professor of Political Science in the City University of New York where he taught political science, international affairs and comparative government.


Bishop Itty holds advanced graduate degrees from Columbia University, the City University of New York, and completed his theological training at The New York Theological Seminary. He received his PhD from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, from The General Theological Seminary, New York, in recognition of his significant service to the Diocese of Oregon and his contribution to the ministry of the wider church. Bishop Itty has been awarded The Distinguished Ministry award from The New York Theological Seminary and has been the recipient of many other awards and citations for his contributions to ecumenism and ministry.


A native of New Orleans, Mark Engelhardt has served in similar positions since 1973. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from Louisiana State University and has studied organ and choral conducting in several venues in this country and in England. He returned to this position at St. Peter's, having served here from 1984 - 1989. Leaving St. Peter's at that time, he was Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, and Music Consultant for the Diocese of Massachusetts from 1989-2005. In that position, he was widely sought as conductor, conference music leader, and organist for many occasions at the local, regional, and national levels. Under his direction, the Cathedral Choir made a professional recording "Author of Light" and sang twice at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.


Leaving the Cathedral in 2005, he served as Lay Associate and Organist and Director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church in Salem, Massachusetts. His duties included Office Administration, some pastoral responsibilities and complete oversight of the music program. With the Rector, he founded the Choir School at Grace Church which seeks to educate young singers using the materials of the Royal School of Church Music.  

Answering the call to once again serve at St. Peter's Church, he brings years of experience working as a lay professional in the Episcopal Church, and a deep sense of the mission and ministry of St. Peter's parish. The musical history of the parish includes a long-held association with the Royal School of Church Music and developing the choristers' program is a primary goal, while continuing and building upon the recognized standing of the Parish Choir as a significant leader in liturgical choral arts.


As a concert organist, Mark Engelhardt has performed in some of the world's great venues, including the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles; Methuen Music Hall; Trinity Church, Wall Street; and in England, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Truro Cathedral. He also has performed and recorded two CDs with trumpeter Chris O'Hara: "Sound the Trumpet" and "johann sebastian BACH" which are available online at Mr. O'Hara and Mr. Engelhardt recently collaborated with stunning lyric soprano Sarah Moyer to form the trio "Illumine". Lux Aeterna is available at


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