The Rev’d Joseph A. Harmon
The Rev’d Joseph A. Harmon began his ministry as the eleventh rector of Christ Church on December 1, 2011. Father Harmon earned his bachelor of arts degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and his master of divinity degree at The General Theological Seminary in New York City. More recently he earned the juris doctor degree from Widener University School of Law. Since 1978 he has led parishes in Elizabeth, NJ, Albany, NY, Detroit, MI, and Chicago, IL. He has also taught in several parochial and private schools in Connecticut, Michigan and New Jersey and served as Dean of School in Chicago where he also taught religion and science.. After completing law school Joseph worked as an attorney in a major international law firm’s Harrisburg office. He remains an actively licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Father Harmon left the full-time practice of law in 2005 to return to full-time parish work as Priest-in-Charge of Church of the Incarnation in Jersey City, NJ. There he worked with parish leaders to revitalize the mission and ministry of the parish and led several innovations to spur parish development. He was also actively engaged in the community where he served on the Canterbury Board of Christ Hospital and as vice-president of Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation.
Father Joseph is involved in numerous diocesan activities where he currently serves on the Disciplinary Board, the Committee on Constitution and Canons, the Resolutions Committee, the Task Force on Clergy Bullying, the Convention Task Force, the Diocesan Missional Leadership Team, and the Commission on Ministry. He is also a deputy for the Diocese of Newark to the 2015 General Convention.
An avid reader, he also enjoys playing the piano, bike riding, computer graphics and website design, and listening to a wide variety of music with classical vocal and organ music among his favorites. He resides in the West Orange rectory.
The Rev’d George Kaswarra
The Rev’d George A. Kaswarra was born in Fort Portal, Uganda, and completed his undergraduate and seminary education in the Anglican Province of Uganda. He is a licensed priest in the Diocese of Newark and serves as a non-stipendiary Priest Associate at Christ Church. He previously served in this diocese as Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Church, Montclair, and in the Diocese of New York as rector of St. Francis and St. Martha’s Church in White Plains. He is married to Maude Katumwebaze and they have four children.