Rev. dr. benjamin shambaugh, st. luke's 8th rector

joining us may 1, 2023

Reverend Dr. Shambaugh has lived and ministered in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Paris, Barbados, and around the American National Parks system. In addition, he has been involved in development work in Africa, Haiti, and First Nation Reservations in the American West. He has also led study tours to the Holy Land.


Ordained in 1988, Reverend Dr. Shambaugh has served four congregations. Prior to being in Maine, he spent ten years as Rector of St. John’s Church and School (home of African Palms) in Olney, Maryland.  In addition, he has a wide variety of mission experiences, including time as a chaplain at the National Cathedral in Washington, as Canon Pastor to the American Cathedral in Paris, and in his current position as Dean of the Cathedral Church St. Luke.  He has held numerous diocesan positions, including chair of the Standing Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and chair of the Maine Deputation to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention. He has served as an Aucillary Chaplain of Support for the United States Coast Guard in Sector Northern New England and as Branch Assistant for District One, with oversight of ACS chaplains in New York and New England. 


He has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Northwestern University, a M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Seabury Western Seminary. 


Reverend Dr. Shambaugh and his wife Shari have two grown children Scott and Kate. While Shari is an educator and artist, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, and playing the tuba. 

REV. JOSEPH L. CUNDIFF, INTERIM PRIEST-IN-CHARGE

Fr. Joseph L. Cundiff began his ministry at St. Luke's in September 2021. A child of a multicultural household, Joseph was raised in Indiana and Alabama. Fr. Joseph earned his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and his Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. While at Yale, Joseph played an active role in developing communities for seminarians of color within Berkeley, Yale, and The Episcopal Church, as well as communities for multi-ethnic students at YDS. His undergraduate studies were completed at The University of Alabama, earning his Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature with International Honors. 


Joseph has previously worked as an English teacher in Korea and as a paralegal in New York City. He spent the summer of 2021 in South Korea in an intensive Korean culture course.



An avid athlete, Joseph enjoys playing and watching rugby, soccer, baseball, and more.


If you would like to reach Fr. Joseph by telephone please call 631-329-0990, or you may email him by clicking on this link:  curate@stlukeseasthampton.org