New church leader for Christ Episcopal in Lynbrook


Christ Episcopal Church, celebrating 110 years of ministry in Lynbrook, hosted an ordination for their new priest-in-charge, the Rev. JK Melton, on July 27 at Church of the Ascension in Rockville Centre.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, ordained melton, who has served the parish as a Deacon since May 1.

“It is a profound blessing to me to serve at Christ Church. Here, I have discovered a faithful community of people who love and care for each other and their neighbors, and who deeply love God,” said Melton.

Parishioners shared his enthusiasm and hope for the future. “We are all so excited about our new Priest-in-Charge, Fr. Melton, who is full of energy and new ideas. Since coming here in May, we have grown in many ways. We are looking forward to growth and renewal in the coming years under his leadership.” said Co-Churchwarden Marilyn Adamo.

Co-Churchwarden Janice Graffagnino said, “We are truly blessed at Christ Church to welcome our new priest-in-charge JK Melton. He is a young, energetic dynamo who will no doubt help us to grow into an even more loving, welcoming, and vibrant parish, here in the heart of the Lynbrook community. Our prayers have been answered!”

Melton is very excited about some of the fall programs at Christ Church. “This fall, we will bless our students as they return to school, celebrate our 110th anniversary, and host our 32nd annual Blessing of the Animals. We have much to celebrate this fall,” said Melton.

Before attending seminary, Melton taught middle school and served as a youth and young adult minister in Boulder, Colorado. He enjoys the outdoors, particularly skiing. Melton, along with his wife, the Rev. Heather Melton, have made Lynbrook their home since May, and they have quickly come to appreciate the close community provided by the village. Heather Melton serves at the Coordinator for the United Thank Offering, a grant program that provides funding for mission initiatives around the world, at the Episcopal Church Center in Manhattan.

The Rev. JK Melton can be reached at Christ Episcopal Church, 49 Blake Ave. in Lynbrook, (516) 599-4109; or by email at or by visiting