OUR RECTOR: Fr. Brad Cunningham:
Fr. Brad Cunningham was chosen the second rector of Holy Trinity Church beginning June 1st, 2013. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Cranmer Theological House. Before Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Brad served as a missionary priest, founding successful missions parishes in Memphis, Tennessee and Jonesboro, Arkansas. Through more than fifteen years of ordained ministry, Fr. Brad has served as Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Mid America (REC) and as a member of the Presiding Bishop's advisory board for hymns and liturgical Music. He is also a member of the foreign mission board for the Anglican Province of America with special concern for Haiti and is a member of the Provincial Council of the APA. Fr. Brad and Diana have been married for over twenty years and are raising their six children on a hobby farm which they share with a growing menagerie of farm animals.
What is a Rector? A Rector is a priest in charge of the ministry of a parish church. In some cases, the person in charge of the ministry of a school, university, seminary, monastary or other religious institution may also be called rector. In any case, the rector is the person in charge.
What is a Parish? A parish is a local congregation within a diocese. A parish is under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of a parish priest who operates from a parish church.
OUR CURATE: The Rev. Deacon Brian W. Oldfield
Fr. Brian Oldfield was called to be curate at Holy Trinity on June 1, 2016. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama and Westminster Theological Seminary. Holy Trinity is his first calling in ministry. He previously worked in automotive logistics, and duped his wife Morgan into marrying him in 2011. They currently have one son, William.
What is a Curate?
The English word "curate" is used for a priest (or deacon) assigned to a parish in a position subordinate to that of the parish priest. In common Anglican usage, "curate" refers to priests (or, in the first year, transitional deacons) who are in their first post after ordination, and are completing their training (not unlike an apprenticeship). (Reference: Wkipedia
OUR BISHOP: The Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, D.D.
A native of St. Louis, MO, The Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, D.D. serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America and Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern U.S (DEUS). Bishop Grundorf is a graduated of Bob Jones University in South Carolina and completed his graduate studies in the 1960s. He was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity Degree (Honorus Causa) in 2005 by the Theological Commission of the Reformed Episcopal Church.
Bishop Grundorf became a member of the traditional Anglican Church movement while in graduate school and was ordained as deacon and priest in 1966. He served as rector of St. Michael's Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and rector of St. Paul's Church, Jackson, Mississippi. In 1979, he founded St. Alban's Mission Church. Today, St. Alban's is one of the largest churches in the traditional Anglican community, serving as the Cathedral Church of the DEUS and the Anglican Province of America (APA).
Bishop Grundorf was elected Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern United States (Anglican) in1976 and Diocesan Bishop of DEUS in 1995. In 1998 he was elected Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America. He has been a leader in the effort to unite Traditional Anglicans, forging intercommunion agreements with several Anglican provinces around the world. Bishop Grundorf is married to Mary Bennett Grundorf, PhD., and has 4 grown sons, 7 grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
What is a Bishop?
Scriptures call for three kinds of ordained ministers in the church: bishops, priests, and deacons. As a successors to the apostles, bishops are the senior members of the Christian clergy, typically in charge of dioceses, are empowered to confer holy orders, and are charged with the responsibility of defending the faith.
What is a Diocese?
A diocese, from the Greek word meaning administration, is a district in the church, usually geographical, under the supervision of a bishop.
OUR PARISH SECRETARY: Mrs. Linda Neal
Senior Warden: Lois Laing, elected 2017
Junior Warden: Martin Teaster, elected 2015
Treasurer: Jim Robinson, elected 2016
Vestry Member: Rosemary Skidmore, elected 2015
Vestry Member: Mary Kay Young, elected 2016
What is a Vestry?
The system of formally having a body of lay people to help the priest originated in parishes in England. In those parishes the lay leadership held its meetings in the sacristy or vestry (the room in which the priest dresses or vests). Over time, the lay leadership came to be known as "the vestry." This system was brought to America by the first English settlers. Vestries are made up of members of the parish who are elected by the members of the parish at an annual parish meeting. The primary duties of a vestry are to see to it that the parish has a rector, that he is paid, that he is given all the things he needs to function, that the church building is cared for, and that parish funds are properly administered.
Delegate to the Diocesan Synod: Mary Kay Young
Alternate Delegate to the Diocesan Synod: Judy Constant
Memeber of the Diocesan Standing Committee: Alex Constant
What is a Synod?
A synod, historically, is a council of a church or diocese, usually convened to decide issues of doctrine, administration, or application. In modern usage, the word often refers to the governing body of a particular church or diocese.
What is the Standing Committee?
Between meetings of the diocesan synod, the administrative authority of the Diocese shall reside in the Bishop and the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee is made up of bishops, clergy, and lay persons in accordance with the canons of a diocese or a church.