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.
The Rev. Corinna "Cori" Olson, Rector
Rev. Cori was installed as rector of St. Andrew's in May of 2020. Most recently, she served as priest-in-charge of St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church in Miami, Florida for 14 years. She attended high school in Palm Beach County and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She worked at Office Depot’s corporate level for several years before earning a Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 2004. “I love St. Andrew’s location—an urban setting where the church is part of the community and interfaith networks,” says Rev. Cori. “The parish has a rich history, is proactive about outreach and maintains a close connection to the arts. St. Andrew’s mission dovetails perfectly with my passion for social justice and offers a welcoming hospitality to all.”
The Reverend 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.
Ann Kreucher, Office Manager
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.
Tracy Simkowitz, Office Assistant
A proud New Jersey native, Tracy and her husband Mark have lived in Lake Worth since 1977. They have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren (also boys). Tracy’s background includes serving as a library assistant in both Boynton Beach and Palm Springs and as a medical secretary for 20 years with Palm Beach Neurology. She is very involved in her synagogue serving on several committees and the executive board. Tracy is currently both the Executive Director and a dancer with Demetrius Klein Dance Company. Tracy is thrilled to be part of the St. Andrew’s family!
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.”
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.
Barbara Richardson, Senior Warden - Newcomer Ministry
Steve Ragsdale, Junior Warden - Property & Grounds
Mary Beth LaBrecque, Secretary - Newcomer Ministry
Libby Bukley - Christian Education & Youth
Bama Lutes Deal - Liturgy & Music
Jean Howard - Communications
Pam Rush - Hospitality and Way Cafe
Peter Wronsky - Integrity Palm Beach
Anne Ryan - 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.