Before coming to St. Catherine’s, I was Rector of St. Mark’s in Waterville, Maine and St. John’s in Charleston, West Virginia . I was ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta in 1992, after completing a Master’s of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude, at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. For the first 8 years of my ordained ministry, I served as Assistant/Associate Rector in three large parishes in the Atlanta area. During that time I was able to concentrate on spiritual formation for all ages. I learned several types of contemplative prayer, including Centering Prayer, Taize’ sung prayer, and walking the labyrinth. I led retreats and small groups focused on spiritual growth. My husband, John, and I also were blessed with two children during those years –Franklin and Hugh. As a Rector, my greatest joys are celebrating the liturgy and leading groups focused on spiritual growth and congregational development. I love the wonders of God’s Creation – particularly the ocean – and I am passionate about our responsibility to be good stewards of Creation. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to minister with you at St. Catherine’s!
Dear People of St. Catherine’s, I am delighted that Mother Susan has invited me to assist her in the ministry of St. Catherines and I am writing to tell you a little about me. I was born in Ft. Myers and grew up in south Florida, graduating from high school in St. Petersburg. I went off to Indiana University Music School to become a professional singer. However, along the way God called me to ordained ministry and I attended Yale Divinity School, and received graduate degrees from Nashotah House seminary and the University of Connecticut School of Law. After a brief time in ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church I was ordained priest in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. My journey then took me to Ft. Lauderdale, northern Wisconsin, central Illinois, Litchfield, Connecticut and finally to Buffalo, NY where I served for a decade as Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
I retired as Dean in 2004 and have continued to assist my bishop in interim ministry and for the past 8 years as part time vicar of St. David’s Church in West Seneca, a first ring suburb of Buffalo. When I retired as dean I also began a law practice in immigration law, mostly representing persons in immigration court facing deportation. But over the years, Florida kept calling me back. Our younger son, John, came to the University of South Florida for college and stayed. He married a beautiful young woman from Land o Lakes and they now live in Wesley Chapel with our two wonderful grandchildren, Clair and Liam. My wife Galen and I bought a winter home in Wesley Chapel in 2015 and when we searched for a church in which to worship our search led us to you! You welcomed us warmly and we felt at home, complete with grits at breakfast! We will be in Wesley Chapel from December to May and I look forward to getting to know you, preach and celebrate for you, visit some of you in the hospital and enjoy your company in Christ. Thank you so much for your welcome.
Rachel Rubottom began as the part time Director of Christian Formation in mid September 2016. She oversees the Christian Formation classes and events for children and youth, including Nursery, Children’s chapel, Sunday School, and The Journey to Adulthood Program.
Brenda schedules the facility use calendars, takes care of all parish records, and prepares the weekly worship bulletin, the monthly Wheel, and all other printed materials for St. Catherine’s. She also handles the parish financial records, and is working to update the church’s communication processes.