The Reverend Douglas Anderson, Rector

The Reverend Douglas Anderson was elected the sixteenth Rector of the Church of the Advent in November 2019 and began his ministry here in February 2020. The Andersons have three daughters:  Celeste, who attends Loyola University in New Orleans, and twins Maddie and Emma, who are completing high school in Canada. 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.

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The Reverend Jay C. James, Associate Rector

Father James, his wife Betsy, and their children Olivia and Sam came to The Advent after serving a twenty-five-year ministry at Saint Timothy’s Church and School in Raleigh, North Carolina.  They have been involved in the regular worship, ministry, and activities that mark life in a parish with definite catholic and evangelical history and practices.  They have also been very involved in teaching and promoting Christian education.  Father James served as both rector of Saint Timothy’s Church and the Chaplain to Saint Timothy’s parochial school, and Betsy taught in the elementary school.  Father James is also the Director of St. Michael’s Conference for young people and Betsy serves on the staff.

Prior to being called to Saint Timothy’s Church, Father James was the Curate at All Saints’, Ashmont, in Dorchester. The Jameses are delighted to be back in Boston where they can root for the Red Sox and the Patriots! They are happy to be able to answer this new call to The Church of the Advent and being a part of this parish family.

The Reverend Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson, Curate for Christian Education

the Rev Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson, PhDJeffrey 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.

Honorary Assistants

The Reverend Thomas Adams
The Reverend Dr Clarence Butler
The Reverend Dr Philip H. Pfatteicher

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.

Jeremy S. Bruns, Associate Organist & Choirmaster

Jeremy S. Bruns has held positions in Buffalo,  NY, Boston, MA, and Pittsburgh, PA, among other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of Saint Thomas Church-Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and three years as Organist & Master of the Choristers at All Saints, Ashmont. Mr. Bruns studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, earning his M.Mus. in performance and literature and the Performer’s Certificate. He has won prizes in major international competitions, and has been heard regularly on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipe Dreams, broadcasts on BBC Radio, and recordings on the Pro Organo label. Bruns has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has performed numerous recitals with engagements including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, and other venues in the United States and England.

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 Sextons

The everyday care and maintenance of our building is in the capable hands of Moses Sekajja (left) and Moses Buyondo (right). Collectively, Moses Sekajja and Moses Buyondo might be called "the Mosai" (although we're not quite sure how that's spelled). No matter how you call it, the Advent is very fortunate to have them keeping a close eye on things!

Simon Katz, Feline in Residence

newkit2To 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!

Telephone Extensions & Email


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

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

Main Number: 617-523-2377

Father Douglas Anderson, Rector: x131 / rector@theadventboston.org
Father Jay C. James, Associate Rector: x132 / frjames@theadventboston.org
Father Jeffrey Hanson, Curate for Christian Education: 617-552-3984 / frhanson@theadventboston.org
Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster: x141 / dwyer@theadventboston.org
Jeremy S. Bruns, Associate Organist & Choirmaster: x142 / bruns@theadventboston.org
James Singletary, Parish Administrator: x122 / office@theadventboston.org
Joseph Brown, Comptroller: x125 / treasurer@theadventboston.org
Kelly Walsh, Bookkeeper: x125 / bookkeeper@theadventboston.org
Moses Sekajja, Moses Buyondo, Sextons: x127 / sextons@theadventboston.org
Stephen J. Sampson, Sacristan: x151 / sacristanadvent@gmail.com
Julianne Ture, Webmaster / webmaster@theadventboston.org