• Father Ricardo Sheppard
The Reverend Ricardo Sheppard was born in Trinidad and Tobago and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1975 at the age of 9. His family settled in Brooklyn, New York, where his mother continues to reside. Rev. Sheppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps directly out of high school and served with distinction until he was honorably discharged in 1993 after serving 9 ½ years. Rev. Sheppard served as the Associate Minister for Youth and Outreach at the Hebron Baptist Church in Brooklyn before becoming a part of the Episcopal Church. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in Social Science from the College of New Rochelle, a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from the University of the South, School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee. Rev. Sheppard started serving at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church as Deacon-in-Charge, in September of 2016 and upon his ordination to the Priesthood in December of 2016, became the Priest-in- Charge. Rev. Sheppard is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing the love and hope of God to the greatest and the least in the Kingdom. He will join the Episcopal Church of the Atonement as the new rector in September 2019.
• Reverend H. Jocelyn Irving, Rector from 2005 to June 2018
Reverend Irving was ordained a priest on February 25, 2001. She served as a Deacon at Church of the Holy Communion, Paterson NJ; Associate Pastor & Interim Rector, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Montclair, NJ.
Reverend H. Jocelyn Irving was born in Paterson, NJ. She is the mother of three sons and one daughter all of whom have attended and graduated from academic institutions of higher education. She received her formal education from the public schools in Paterson, NJ. She was also a matriculate of the following: William Patterson College BA and MA - with a major in Speech Pathology, minor in Ed. Psychology & Early Childhood; Drew University, Masters of Divinity - Cum Laude; General Theological Seminary, Post Graduate Courses. She was a Speech and Language Pathologist in the Paterson, NJ Public School system for 20 years and classroom teacher for eight years of which she has retired.
Atonement initiated a Rector Search in response to the retirement of Reverend Irving. Until a new Rector is put in place, Worship Services will be the responsibility of the Rev. Louis E. Wheeler under a long-term Supply Priest Agreement with the Vestry. Fr. Wheeler will also oversee the planning and celebration of funerals and weddings.