Staff and Leaders
Acting Pastor Erich Kussman
Pastor Erich is unabashedly Christian, but his message is full of hope, faith, revolutionary social justice, combined with piercing insight into the power of radical love. He served time in prison and has graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Virgie has lived in the Trenton area since 1989 and has been a member of St. Bart's since 1994. She has two sons. In her spare time she likes to play bingo, bake, and help out at the church and in her community.
Jo-Ann Sciarrotta is a critically acclaimed collaborative pianist, music director and award winning music educator. She has performed at the White House, United Nations, Atlantic City Casinos, gubernatorial inaugurations, Amato Opera and numerous theaters, churches, colleges, universities and concert venues on the East Coast. She has accompanied Broadway and Metropolitan Opera stars and collaborated with countless conductors, vocalists and instrumentalists. Television credits include featured pianist in the PBS documentary, “To Grandfather’s House We Go”. She is best known for her sensitive playing and sight reading skills.
Mrs. Sciarrotta (nee Rubay) graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), holds a Master’s degree in Music from Boston University and did additional graduate study at Westminster Choir College and in Europe. As a music educator, she was the recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award and from a field of over 1,000 teachers, was chosen Hamilton Township Teacher of the Year. She was an adjunct faculty member at TCNJ, Guest Artist at Beaver College (Acadia) and taught at numerous public and private schools.
In addition to her position at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Mrs. Sciarrotta is presently on the Professional Performance staff of The Central Jersey Choral Society, Trenton Children's Chorus and St. Paul’s Children's Choir.
She and her husband Nick are both Gold Card Members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local No. 62 and reside in Chesterfield, New Jersey with their son Christopher.