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 will start college in Canada in fall 2020. 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 David Thompson and familyFr David Thompson comes to the Advent most recently from the position of Associate Rector of the North Campus of the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas.  “Incarnation North” is a church-plant of the main campus, and Fr David was the founding priest of that effort, essentially building a church from scratch.  Apart from parochial ministry, Fr David has experience in ministry to the homeless, schools, and primary evangelism to the unchurched.

Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, Father Thompson grew up attending All Souls’, Oklahoma City.  He was a practicing churchgoer in his years leading up to college.  In 2008, he experienced a pivotal and personal conversion which changed him into a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.  A year later he and his wife, Heather, married. He studied at Wycliffe College, Toronto.  The Thompsons 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
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 Sexton

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

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!

Contact Us

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

Fr Anderson and his best four-footed friend, Nellie

Main Number: 617-523-2377

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Father David Thompson: x132 /
Father Jeffrey Hanson: 617-552-3984 /

Mark Dwyer: x141 /
Jeremy S. Bruns: x142 /

James Singletary: x122 /
Comptroller & Bookkeeper
Joseph Brown: x125 /

Moses Buyondo: x127 /

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Altar Guild
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Church School
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Flower Guild
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Tuesday Night Community Supper
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