Note: November 5, All Saints Sunday, is our fall pledge campaign ingathering date. In the days leading up and immediately following, we will feature stories about why three St. Michael’s families pledge to support our ministry.
Gregory Bryant and Victor Hernandez, parishioners for seven years, were married at St. Michael’s in 2014. They live in Harlem.
Gregory, born and raised in Brooklyn, is the Early College Liaison for the Borough of Manhattan Community College. And he’s the grandfather of just-born Nia Higuchi Bryant.
Victor, born and raised in Harlem, is an administrator for the New York City Department of Housing and Preservation.
Gregory serves on the vestry and as an acolyte. He’s also a member of the Racial Justice Dialogue Committee. Victor, formerly on the vestry, is an usher and member of the prayer chain.
Gregory and Victor plan their stewardship contributions separately.
“I’m moving gradually toward a tithe but I’m not there yet,” says Gregory.
“I try to figure out what my year will look like and then I choose a number as my goal,” says Victor. “I give because I believe in what we do at St. Michael’s — and so long as this church’s heart is in the right place, I’m going to keep giving.”
“I give because it’s my gift back to God,” says Gregory. “I also give because I want a church that does a lot — the youth programs, the adult lessons, the community outreach and so much else. I’ve been a member of several churches prior to coming St. Michael’s, and I’ve learned that all those things happen only because of the support of the people who believe in them.”