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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.


The Rev. Ralph McMichaelThe Rev. 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).



The Reverend Arnold HoffmanThe 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 EvansHenry Evans, Organist and Choir Master

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 Southern Illinois 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 of Organists.







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