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.
I was born in Iran, spent five years in Cairo, Egypt, but for the most part grew up in a quiet suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attended Wheaton College (IL), and graduated with a BA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. Seeking the excitement of a big city, I moved to Washington, DC upon graduation, and spent three years working on Capitol Hill as the Scheduler for a U.S. Senator, and then was on staff at The Falls Church (Anglican) for two years, running their young adults community. I earned my M.Div at Duke Divinity School in Durham, and was ordained by the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) as a Vocational Deacon on All Saints Day of 2008.
My late 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 am recently engaged to be married to Mark Stump, my high school sweetheart, with whom I reconnected over the past year, after his late wife, Emily, passed away from breast cancer. We will be married on November 18, 2017, the same day as my ordination to the priesthood!
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!
A hobbit at heart, Evan grew up in Ames, Iowa, fed on a steady diet of corn on the cob and rhubarb crisp. Evan’s love of J.R.R. Tolkien has stayed with him throughout the years and became the topic of his senior thesis while studying literature and classical languages while getting his undergraduate degree at Baylor University. Upon graduating from Baylor, Evan married Bethany, his long-distance girlfriend who had been studying music education and piano at Iowa State University, and so started the Year of Many Moves. From Iowa to Delaware to Kansas City over the course of 10 months, Evan and Bethany moved around quite a bit before finally settling in Durham, NC, where Evan started his M.Div. at Duke Divinity School. It was while at DDS that Evan and Bethany found themselves drawn to All Saints, which they joined in early 2015. Since finishing his M.Div., Evan has worked as a Web Developer and high-school teacher in addition to his various duties with All Saints Church. Evan and Bethany are expecting their first child in January.
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.
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)