Reverend George French Kempsell Jr.

Reverend George French Kempsell Jr.

Reverend Kempsell holds a newly baptized infant in front of the hand painted mural of The Nicene Creed at The Episcopal Church of St.James the Less. This photo was taken during the early 1950’s.

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July 1, 2012 · 8:05 pm

3 responses to “Reverend George French Kempsell Jr.

  1. Martha Jones

    My father, I’m honored to say. Martha

    • Dear Martha,
      You should be proud indeed. Your father was a great person. Though not a communicant of his church, I participated in St. James the Less’ York Nativity Play in 1959 and 1960 (as Herod, grrrr!), as did, btw, Raymond St. Jaques (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_St._Jacques), “the first black actor to appear in a regular role on a western series, playing Simon Blake on Rawhide,” and Jill Scully (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gillian_Spencer), later a prominent soap opera star, writer, and producer. I remember Jill, a Roman Catholic, saying, “I wish my church could have priests like Father Kempsell.”
      I know about your father’s enlightened stand mentioned on the Scarsdale, New York, page of Wikipedia, but I’d love to have any other information on him.
      With best wishes.
      Bill Stott

    • L Paul Gratz (The Rev.)

      It is All Saints Sunday 2021 and as I prepare to deliver yet another All Saints sermon I remember “Fr. K” as my Rector at St James the Less and the sermon he delivered and the courage it took to take the stand. So, once again, I remember him as one of the saints in my life who bore witness and faced the pain often associated with it. I know that moment helped to shape my life, for the good.

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