Born and adopted in Cincinnati, Ohio. Educated at Princeton University, Indiana University, Christ Seminary, Covenant Seminary, and the University of Chicago. Ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1981, as an Anglican priest in 2010. Parish pastor and church planter in Germany, Chicago, Augusta, St. Louis, St Paul, Plano, and Louisville. For the last four years on staff with Bishop Steve Breedlove, overseeing theological formation of next generation leaders and the ordination process, serving as member of the Diocesan Shepherding Team and theological advisor to the Bishop. Art also is executive Director of Anglican Missional Pastors (AMP), a two-year, cohort-based program of formation for curates, beginning pastors, and others seeking formation as Anglican clergy. He chairs the ACNA’s Committee for Catechesis.
Married for 37 years to Nancy, Executive Director of Vibrant Faith, an organization exploring the changing landscape of faith formation. Two adult children: Katie, interior designer and realtor, wife of Adam Davis and mother of Kherington (5) and Parker and Palmer (3); and Chris, musician and brewery owner, husband of Amy and father to Jack (10), Maddox (2), and Emerson (1).
I love music—all kinds of music, from Bach to Bluegrass. I love hymns new and old. I love to cook. Nancy and I enjoy travel and dream often of journeys to come—though the desire to be near grandchildren has killed the “dream” of retiring in Italy. (Truth be told, we don’t believe in retirement.) I am a passionate baseball fan (St. Louis Cardinals). Mountains or seashore—love them both.
At 18 I wanted to be a diplomat. There were people who had been telling me for years that I was going to be a pastor. I didn’t want to hear it. Loved the Lord, loved the Church, just didn’t want to follow that path. They knew … It is my life, and I love it (not every part of it, but I have never considered walking away). It is the calling on my life.
My husband, Patrick, and I met at a presidential inaugural ball, and we married and moved to Durham, while I was in seminary. We began attending All Saints the day after we returned from our honeymoon in August of 2007. We developed wonderful, rich friendships in our various small groups, and loved having ASC as our church home. Our daughter, Cecilia, was born in October of 2009, and she was baptized at ASC, just before her 1st birthday. Quite unexpectedly, in 2010, jobs took us to Charlotte, where I served as the Pastor of Family Ministries at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. A year later, we moved back to D.C., and while there, discovered that Patrick had brain cancer. He was treated at NIH, but despite all of their best efforts and our hopeful prayers, he died at the age of 34. In June of 2012, Ceci and I moved back to Durham, because the thought of being a single-mom in DC seemed practically impossible. We have loved being back here, and have credited our community and worship at All Saints as a major part of our healing process. In January 2016, we adopted sweet little Zachary Alexander into our family.
I love bringing order to chaos, establishing systems and mechanisms that can enable our life together to occur more easily, while equipping lay leaders to serve our church and community in fruitful, productive ways. I hope I can help All Saints journey through this season of growth, and help to make it a welcoming, accessible, and healthy place for new and old members alike.
My husband Michael, a UVA grad originally from Northern Virginia, and I met in Rome, Italy in 1999, while we were both living and working there. When my nannying stint in Italy came to an end, I moved to Arlington, VA in 2000 to work in government consulting. We started attending The Falls Church, as it was a perfect combination of my non-denominational church background and Michael’s Roman Catholic heritage.
Michael and I were married in 2003, and in 2006 I accepted the Assistant Director for Children’s Ministry position at The Falls Church. Ever since when I was in middle school, I have always loved serving and leading God’s children, so the transition from business to ministry was a great step of joyous faith. While on staff, we went on a mission’s trip to Rwanda, with our small groups, and through our time there and the amazing people we met (including the Kings, missionaries of ASC!), we developed a real heart for Rwanda and the global Anglican Church.
After we had our first son, Joseph Michael in 2007, we headed out west to Arizona for a few years, where Mike earned his IMBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management. While in Phoenix, we met some incredible folks, hiked a lot, soaked in tons of vitamin D, and welcomed Giuliana Marie to our family in 2009. In 2010 we moved back east to chilly Boston.
We loved our time in New England, where we have learned to smile regardless of whether or not the sun is shining (for a Floridian this was a hard lesson!), and in 2013 we welcomed our youngest son, Thomas Vincent. For the past several years, I have loved serving weekly in Pre-K Sunday School; leading kids in worship and sharing Bible stories in a fun and interactive way is a deep passion of mine.
Moving back to the Mid-Atlantic has been a hope of ours for many years, and we are thrilled to be closer to both of our families (mine in FL and Michael’s in VA). We love to play outside! Biking, running, camping, hiking, and grilling are just a few of the ways we spend our weekends.
I have been so amazed to watch how God has taken my professional skills in business, process, and communication consulting and has used them for ministry to his littlest children. I enjoy creating strategic vision for children’s ministry, developing clear, engaging plans, and working alongside a team of volunteers to execute the vision. Stepping back into ministry is an exciting adventure for me, and I look forward to walking on this path now with All Saints Church!
I began working in churches after volunteering at our family church in Arkansas about 15 years ago. I loved it so much, and was thrilled when I soon got a part-time staff position at a Disciples of Christ Church in that area. During our military moves, I also found fulfilling work in a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, and two Episcopal Churches. I am blessed to be a part of All Saints!
When I have free time I can be found at antique stores, area festivals and fairs, or watching a musical, play or dance concert with my family.
A Texan born-and-raised, I grew up in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area with most of my relatives only a two-hour drive away. That setting didn’t change much when I did my undergrad at Baylor University in Waco, as I found myself balancing study of philosophy and religion with visits to the Dr. Pepper Museum and attendance at the occasional football game (Sic ‘Em Bears!). From there I ended up at Duke Divinity School, where I’ve just finished my first year in the Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) program. The school has really helped me see more of the rich tapestry of faith, especially within the Anglicanism. Overall, my time in Durham has been great so far– a lot more beautiful greenery here than what I’m used to – and I hope that trend continues!
My faith journey been a winding one, with God always making known His presence in curious ways. Though raised in the Baptist tradition, I didn’t go to church very often in childhood. That tendency changed in high school, where I gained greater exposure to Christianity from both teachers and personal experience; that time led me to take my faith more seriously, and hinted to me that Christ was calling me to work for His Gospel. I experienced a season of spiritual doubt and misgiving during my college years, which impressed on me a need for change from my Baptist roots. This led to my attending an Anglican church in my hometown post-Baylor, and eventually my joining the ACNA in early 2016. I’m continuing to learn about the Anglican Way, in all its facets, and plan on making it a life-long journey.
I’m very excited to be working with the All Saints community this summer, and hope that I can get to know the people in it. It has been my Durham church-home since I moved here last August, so I hope to return at least some of the kindness that this wonderful congregation has shown me. Whatever needs doing, I’ll make sure to lend a hand. I’m happy to help as All Saints grows and flourishes more fully in God’s grace and love!
In my downtime, I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, biking, and trying new things. (In Durham, especially, I expect that last one will be easy to do!) I love film and music, too, and make time to see/hear both old favorites and new releases. Whatever the case, though, I’m always up for a personal chat, so feel free to say hello!
The Bylaws of All Saints Church define the role of the Vestry as follows:
“The Vestry, which shall include the Rector, shall be responsible for establishing, refining, communicating and defending the mission and values of All Saints. It shall be the duty of the Vestry to provide for whatever may be necessary for the celebration of worship and the encouragement of the ministries of All Saints, including all things necessary to support the worship and ministry of the Church, including buildings, offices and facilities as necessary.
“The Vestry shall be formed from individuals who are actively involved in the implementation of All Saints’ stated mission and values. Vestry members shall commit themselves to personal and spiritual accountability to one another and to God. Serving as a member of the Vestry shall be viewed as a spiritual and serious matter and the members of the Team shall be expected to order their lives and their work in accordance with the Leadership Covenant of All Saints. In addition, members of the Vestry shall earnestly and prayerfully seek God’s will with regard to the making of all decisions.”
Robbin Bixler (Senior Warden)
Cindy Broderius (Junior Warden)
Paul Bonner (Secretary)