The Reverend Douglas E. Anderson, Rector

The Reverend Douglas Anderson began his ministry at the Church of the Advent in February 2020. Father Anderson and his wife Traci have three daughters:  Celeste, who is in graduate school here in Boston, and twins Maddie and Emma, who attend college in Toronto. They also have a Lab/hound mix named Nellie.

Father Anderson is a native of Ontario. He took his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and sang in the Chapel Choir there and the in the Gallery Choir of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto. He then studied at Nashotah House, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1994. Father Anderson has spent his entire ministry in Anglo-Catholic parishes, including an internship at St. Clement’s, Philadelphia, a curacy at St. Matthias’, Dallas, and his first rectorate at Christ Church, Woodbury, New Jersey, beginning in 1997, before being called to St. James’ Church, Texarkana, Texas, in 2004, where he served until his election as our Rector.

The Reverend David J. Thompson, Parochial Vicar

Fr David Thompson and familyFr. Thompson joined the Advent staff in the summer of 2020. Previously, he served at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, TX, where he oversaw the launch of a “North Campus.” He has also served as Curate at St. James’ in Texarkana, TX and Vicar of All Saints’ in Atlanta, TX. He attended seminary at Wycliffe College in Toronto, ON, Class of 2016. In addition to parochial ministry, Fr David has experience in ministry to the homeless, schools, church planting, and evangelism to the unchurched. Fr. David and his wife, Heather, are originally from central Oklahoma. They have three school-aged children.

The Reverend Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson, Priest Associate

the Rev Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson, PhDFr Jeffrey Hanson and his wife Roxene were parishioners at the Church of the Advent from 2006 to 2010, while he was an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College. He began the ordination process in the diocese of Massachusetts in 2009, serving as an intern at Old North Church. In 2011 he and Roxene and their son Tristan moved to Melbourne, Australia, to take up a position as a research fellow in philosophy at Australian Catholic University. Jeffrey continued the ordination process in Melbourne, studying at Trinity College and doing his curacy at St. James Old Cathedral; he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Phillip Freier of the Anglican Church of Australia on November 30, 2014. He and his family returned to Boston in March of 2016 so he could work as a research associate in the Program for Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing at Harvard University; he remains an honorary fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. His publications include the edited volume Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment and Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought (co-edited with Michael R. Kelly). His first monograph, Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith, was published in 2017.

Advent Clergy

Our clergy team

Honorary Assistants

The Reverend Thomas Adams
The Reverend Dr Clarence Butler

Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster

dwyerMark Dwyer came to the Advent from St Paul's Parish, K Street, in Washington, DC, in 2007. He was formerly the Music Director at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY, and before that Associate Organist & Choirmaster here at the Advent. A Worcester native and 1985 graduate of the New England Conservatory (also earning a Master's Degree in 1990), where he studied with Yuko Hayashi, William Porter, Frank Taylor and Charles Krigbaum, Mark has also been a faculty member and choirmaster at the annual Saint Michael's Conference for Young People for many years. An active accompanist and recitalist, Mark has performed in North and South America and Europe. He is featured on several recordings by the Advent Choir as both accompanist and conductor, and is the performer on a JAV recording of the Advent's Aeolian-Skinner organ in the series "Great Organ Builders of America: A Retrospective." Mark and his wife Cheryl have a son, Douglas.

Andrew Scanlon, Associate Organist & Choirmaster

Andrew ScanlonAndrew Scanlon came to the Advent in September 2021.  From 2009—2021, he was the organ professor at East Carolina University and Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC.  Prior to Greenville, Andrew spent several years as adjunct organ faculty at Duquesne University, and he previously held positions at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (New York), St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (Buffalo), First Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh) and Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School.  A frequent performer at the organ, Andrew has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Organ Historical Society. He has been a clinician and workshop presenter, having given sessions for AGO chapters in Boston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Knoxville, and Richmond, as well as teaching and performing for the Royal School of Church Music in Charlotte and in Nigeria. Andrew has given recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Africa, performing in some of the world’s most significant religious venues, including all the major churches in New York and Boston, Cadet Chapel at West Point, Notre-Dame Cathedral, The American Cathedral and La Trinité Church (Paris) and other venues in England, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Croatia, and Nigeria.  Actively involved in the AGO, Andrew holds the Fellowship diploma (FAGO), has been a faculty member for four Pipe Organ Encounters, serves on the National Board of Examiners, and served six years on the Committee on Professional Certification.  He is a graduate of Duquesne University and Yale University.  His CD recording, Solemn and Celebratory, featuring the Fisk organ at St. Paul’s in Greenville, was released in 2013. The Organists’ Review (UK, June 2014) called Andrew’s playing on the recording “stately,” “well measured,” and “exemplary”; and The Diapason (Feb. 2015) describes it as “beautifully realized,” stating that “both performer and organ seem to excel in [the] French Romantic repertoire.” Andrew’s principal teachers have been John Skelton, Ann Labounsky, David Craighead, John Walker, and Thomas Murray.

Jim Singletary, Parish Administrator

Jim Singletary has served as an administrator for several churches (of various denominations) for the past ten years, most recently at Gethsemane Lutheran in Seattle. Prior to serving churches, he spent many years working films, concerts, courses and lectures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He lives in Salem MA with his husband, Jim Maynard.

Our Sexton

The everyday care and maintenance of our building is in the capable hands of Moses Buyondo.

Leo, the Church Cat

Leo came to us in July 2022 from the Animal Rescue League of Boston. When not lounging elegantly in the parish house lobby, he keeps the building clear of mice.

Contact Us

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm

Main Number: 617-523-2377


Fr. Anderson and his best four-footed friend, Nellie

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