The Very Rev. Joshua Mastine Nisbett D. Min. was ordained to the priesthood in 1975. During his forty-four years of ordained ministry, he has served in only two parishes. His second pastorate lasted thirty-four years despite tumultuous challenges at the outset.
His long tenure is largely due to his sense of vocational "calling", his radical trust in God, his patience, his deep spiritual life, and his courage, like that of his name-sake, Joshua. These virtues, along with his professional training, enhanced the growth and stability of the parish. With much team effort, the congregation built and dedicated a new House of Worship during the seventh year of his rectorship. With his leadership, the congregation adopted the principles of the 5-Star Church.
Dean Nisbett is very talented and has authored the book, "A Journey to the Promised Land." Additionally, he has composed the words for several hymns and has written a passion play, "Who's on Trial" in which he played the role of the main character, Jesus.
The author has done much research work on the town of Cambria Heights and has published the early history of the town in his book. He has a Doctorate in Ministry from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He earned a Master of Arts from Fordham University and Bachelor of Arts from the United Theological College of the West Indies.