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 attends Loyola University in New Orleans, and twins Maddie and Emma, who attend college in Toronto. They also have a Lab/hound mix named Nellie, who is learning to coexist with Simon the church cat.
Father Anderson is a native of Ontario. He did 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. Thompson joined the clergy of the Advent 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
Fr 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.
The Reverend Thomas Adams
The Reverend Dr Clarence Butler
Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster
Mark 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.
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.
The everyday care and maintenance of our building is in the capable hands of Moses Buyondo.
To adapt a popular phrase, cats are what happens when you’re making other plans; you don’t find a cat - the cat finds you, and so it was that a little fellow we named Simon showed up in July 2012 and immediately took charge. Simon is always eager to make new friends, so stop by and say hello!
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