Clergy and Staff
Kurt is the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT arriving with his wife Darlene just in time for their daughter Sienna to be born (March 31) and for 2015 General Convention. He earned a B.A. in Vocal Music from the University of Indiana and an M.Div. from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. He was ordained in 2002 and served first as Curate and then as the Canon for Congregational Life at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. Kurt was the rector of All Saints’ Littleton, NH from 2008 until January 2015. He is currently the Chair of The Diocese of Utah’s COM, he serves on the Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Women, Truth and Reconciliation, is in his seventh year as a Spiritual Faculty for CREDO, and occasionally takes to the internet to marvel about the band U2, check in on his seminary Fantasy Football team, and to discuss what the WORLD CHAMPION 2016 Chicago Cubs are now doing.
Selma Afridi is the Parish and Rector’s Assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She has been with St. Paul’s since September of 2015 and works closely with the parish priest, congregation, Vestry and volunteers to plan special events, worship services and day-to-day church responsibilities. Selma s a Utah native, born and raised in Salt Lake after her parents migrated from Pakistan in the late ‘60s. Her family has been here since. She describes herself as a locavore, lover of all things summer and a dog mom to a T-Cup Yorkie named Ash. To contact Selma at the Church office, please call or email at: 801-322-5869 Admin@Stpauls-SLC.Org.
Charles Black currently serves as Music Director and Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City where he has been since 1997 working with St. Paul’s Choir and orchestrating and composing music for special occasions. Prior to this, he filled the same positions at United Church of Christ in Bountiful. He has studied organ under Linda Margetts and Heidi J. Alley. Charles has also served as accompanist for the Salt Lake Men’s Choir. His lifelong study of music began as a child when he learned to play piano largely by ear. Throughout school, he played the clarinet in marching band and the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones in jazz band. At Kansas State University while Charles was earning a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, he always took music classes extending his piano skills with private lessons and continuing to study jazz. At the University of Utah, he sang with the A Cappella Choir for several years under the direction of Edgar J. Thompson.