Clergy and Staff
Our Rector of 17 years, The Reverend Virginia L. Bennett, retired June 30, 2013. Fr. Ralph McMichael began serving as Interim Rector on September 15, 2013 and subsequently became Priest in Charge in October 2014. Fr. George Pence retired as Assisting Priest at the end of 2013 and Fr. Arnold Hoffman, a retired priest and member of our congregation, celebrates mass on First Tuesday and assists with pastoral care.
Ralph McMichael, Ph.D., Priest in Charge
Fr. McMichael began serving as Interim Rector at St. Andrew’s mid-September of 2013 and subsequently became Priest in Charge as of October 1, 2014. He has been an Anglican priest for over thirty years, having served as a seminary professor, dean of a diocesan school for ministry, canon for ministry formation, and in parish ministry.
He has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America. Author of two books and editor of another one, he has written, taught, and lectured extensively on the history, theology, and practice of the Eucharist. His textbook on Anglican theology was recently published by SCM Press, London. His publications include Walter Kasper's Response to Modern Atheism (2006). He is also co-editor of a two-volume work on Anglican Systematic Theology (SCM, 2007).
Reverend Arnold Hoffman, Ph.D., Pastoral Care
Fr. Hoffman was born in 1938 and raised in western Kansas. His Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are from the University of Kansas.
He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from Michigan State University. The topic of his dissertation was a Christian theme in three contemporary authors of fiction. He taught eleven years at Adrian College (Michigan) where he also served as Chair of the English Department.
In 1978 he completed his studies for a Master of Divinity degree at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest the same year. Fr.
Hoffman served small congregations in the Dioceses of Northern Indiana, Quincy, Chicago, Missouri, and Springfield.
At retirement in 2004 he had been Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Springfield serving in the Hale Deanery for nine years. With The Reverend Virginia Bennett, he was co-designer of the Diocese of Springfield School for Ministry.After retirement, he served six years as a “long-term supply priest” for St. Paul’s, Sikeston, MO.
Henry Evans has been organist and choirmaster at
Saint Andrew’s since
2003 and Parish Administrator since 2011. He holds
the Bachelor of Music degree from
University Edwardsville and the Master of Music
degree from the University of North Texas.
From 2002 through 2003 he held the organ scholar
fellowship at Church
of the Incarnation (Episcopal) in Dallas, Texas.
While at Church of the
Incarnation, he learned the ancient and modern
music of the Anglican
church, played the organ and conducted choirs.
His teachers include
Jesse Eschbach and Kathleen Thomerson.
He was one of the last American students
of the French organist
Marie-Madeleine Duruflé -Chevalier. He is
currently the sub-dean
of the Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild