WHAT IS AN EPISCOPALIAN?
Being Episcopalian means we follow a faith that is still relevant to the world of today.
- Because the God we worship is the God of all truth, we do not separate our religious selves from the rest of life.
- Being Episcopal means being involved in the world we live in, while rising above it in hope and service.
- Episcopalians embrace the insights of modern science and psychology.
- As God seeks to include all His children in the community called the Kingdom of God, so Episcopalians try to do the same.
- Episcopalians can come from different spiritual experiences, yet find common ground in following Jesus. We will find ourselves in different places on our spiritual journey together.
- Most of all, being Episcopal is to be connected to God through Jesus Christ, who has called each of us by name.
RECTOR SEARCH IN PROGRESS
As the search committee works diligently to fulfill its mission, the congregation of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church looks forward with steadfast faith to welcoming its new rector. In the meantime, we are blessed with a dedicated community of clergy, staff, vestry, and congregants who keep our ministries going strong by God’s abundance grace. For more than 100 years, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has fulfilled the calling of Christ to love God and serve one another. We stand prepared to continue for 100 more years, supporting and uplifting one another through prayer, love, and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
The Rev. Charles Laskin David, Priest
Originally from Oregon, Father Chuck served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and later in the Church Army Society before completing a B. A. in Psychology at Goddard College in Vermont. He subsequently earned a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Father Chuck lives in Delray Beach with his husband Stephen.
Brian McDonnell, Administrator
Brian manages office operations and parish business for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. A practicing attorney in West Virginia and Florida since 1975, he brings additional experience as a personnel officer in the United States Air Force, and as an English teacher. He served previously on the vestry as Senior Warden, and currently serves on the special events committee. He has two daughters and three grandsons and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking and tending to his home and garden.
Ann Kreucher, Secretary
Ann takes amazing care of the office of St. Andrew’s parish and is an experienced office manager at a local physician’s office also. After moving to Lake Worth Beach in 2014, she began attending services and joined the choir. Ann was confirmed into the Episcopal Church in 2016 and now volunteers as a lay reader, Chalice bearer and Taizé musician, in addition to singing in the choir. A former mental health therapist and yoga studio owner, she also dances with DKDC-DIY and teaches yoga twice a week.
Chuck Jackson, Treasurer
Chuck manages financial reporting and budgeting for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. A Vietnam war veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force (1966-70) before earning a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In Florida, he was Budget Manager for a Special District in Palm Beach County for 25 years. After retiring, he began writing books, resulting in three published memoirs. Now working on a novel, Chuck also enjoys blogging about the craft of writing, the marketing of books, mental health and social issues. He’s an avid golfer, too. Chuck has one daughter and one grandson. He draws strength from his faith and church activities.
Lee Powers, Sexton
Lee has been maintaining the buildings and grounds of our parish since 2008. He keeps the Parish Administrator, Rector and Senior Warden informed of any safety concerns or necessary upkeep, sets rooms up for specific functions, monitors supplies and performs routine cleaning and maintenance. A lifelong member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Lee has served at the altar faithfully since his confirmation in 1979. When asked what St. Andrew’s means to him, he replied: “Peace and love.”
Mark Lynch, Choir Director
Mark holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College. His love of singing began in childhood as a boy choir soloist at a Catholic Church. Professionally, Mark has 30+ years of theatrical experience, with stage direction credits from Florida Stage, Cleveland Signstage Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Orlando Opera, Cornell University, Cleveland Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and the Core Ensemble. A frequent adjudicator and workshop leader, he has served on the Individual Fellowship panels for the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and the Ohio Arts Council. Grateful for this parish as a spiritual home, it is a privilege to work with such a dedicated group of men and women who, as St.Augustine is said to have stated, through singing help us all to pray twice.
Joanne Nelson, Organist
Joanne Nelson began piano studies in Kenya, East Africa, where she was born and raised. Winning the Head Cup in the Kenya Music Festival, in High School she played one of Rachmaninoff ‘s pianos that had been shipped to Nairobi for Mr. Foo Tsong. Returning to the United States, she was awarded a scholarship in piano at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Always drawn to the organ, Ms. Nelson later enrolled in Boston University, graduating with a Master of Music degree with honors in Organ Performance. Her current interests include coaching piano and violin and introducing Dalcroze Eurythmics to new audiences. She also takes great delight in her family and is looking forward to serving as Organist at St Andrews Episcopal Church.
In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to the parish’s corporate property. Vestry members serve 3-year terms on a rotating basis, and new vestry members are elected by the congregation each January at the annual parish meeting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The rector serves as presiding officer during vestry meetings, and the Junior and Senior wardens also serve in leadership capacities. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector; the junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a clerk maintain financial records and meeting minutes.
The responsibilities of the vestry as a whole include:
- to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation;
- to support the church's mission by word and deed;
- to support the search committee when selecting the rector;
- to ensure effective organization and planning, and
- to manage the parish’s resources and finances.
Barbara Richardson, Senior Warden
A member of St. Andrew’s since 2001, Barbara is serving for a second time as Senior Warden of the vestry. She also volunteers as an usher, serves on the special events committee and as the vestry’s liaison to Integrity Palm Beach. Barbara enjoyed an accomplished career in public relations, consulting and fund raising before retiring. She remains involved with the League of Women Voters, FAU’s Lifelong Learning Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Lake Worth Playhouse. She also enjoys cooking, exploring art galleries and museums, and her well-earned reputation as an avid shopper.
Steve Ragsdale, Junior Warden
Steve, who has been a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church since 2001, has served the parish generously for many years. In addition to serving as a lay reader, usher and chalice bearer, he chairs the annual golf tournament each November. He has also served in a governance capacity as vestry member and as both junior and senior warden. He brings 38 years of project management experience with a major communications company to his current role as Junior Warden, with responsibilities that include managing all buildings, grounds, equipment and facilities on our campus. St. Andrew’s is a special place for Steve because of his close relationships with the staff and especially the members. As Steve says, “We are family.”
Jean Howard & Mary Beth LaBrecque - Christian Education & Youth
Bama Lutes Deal - Liturgy & Music
Barbara Richardson & Mary Beth LaBrecque - Newcomer Ministry
Steve Ragsdale & Peter Wronky - Property & Grounds
Jean Howard & Bama Lutes Deal - Communications
Fr. Chuck - Outreach & Way Cafe
Sergio Palacio - Integrity Palm Beach
Pam Rush - Hospitality
Fr. Chuck & Peter Wronsky - Care Committee
Fr. Chuck David, Care Committee
Chuck Jackson, Treasurer
The Rt. Rev Peter Eaton, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida
The Right Reverend Peter Eaton was consecrated on May 9, 2015, to be the bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Southeast Florida and seated as the fourth Bishop Diocesan of Southeast Florida on January 30, 2016. Previously, he served as Dean of Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, from 2002 to 2015. Bishop Eaton is an experienced parish pastor, teacher, and community leader who has also served in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as in England and France.