The Vestry of St. Andrew's announces with joy and thanksgiving that we have called The Rev. Christopher Cole to be our Sixteenth Rector.
Chris comes to us from the Diocese of Virginia, where he has served as Senior Associate Rector at St. Mary's Parish in Arlington since 2017. Ordained in July of 2012, he spent five years as Curate and Associate Rector at parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta. He is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and was raised in Western North Carolina.
This past November, Chris was married to Alexandra Bruemmer at Grace Cathedral in Charleston, S.C. Alex is the U.S. Managing Director of an international interior design firm.
Church School Director
Becky Marinov is a life long member of St. Andrews and resident of Highland Park. She and her husband Tony were married at St. Andrews. Previously, she has worked as the nursery attendant and Sunday School teacher. She also worked for over seventeen years in early childhood education before leaving to become a stay at home Mom to her son Drew. Becky has been active in many facets of life here at St. Andrews. She also enjoys volunteering at her son’s school, the Van Buren Point Women’s Club and Drew’s Cub Scout den but most of all she loves spending time with her family.
The Rev. Dean E. Byrom, pictured here with his wife Dawna, serves St. Andrew's as Assistant for Pastoral Ministry, is a minister of the United Methodist Church recently retired from his ministry as Pastor of Coraopolis UMC.
Benjamin Cornelius_Bates joins us as our Music Director and Organist.
Benjamin Cornelius_Bates, MM, AD, FAGO, grew up in Alaska, but did not study the organ until he attended the University of Montana, Missoula in 2001. There he studies with Dr. Nancy Cooper and earned a BM in Organ Performance. After moving to Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife, Benjamin studies organ with Rachel Alflatt and composition with her husband Denis Bedard. Benjamin earned his MM in Sacred Music from Duquesne University in 2009 and an Artist's Diploma in 2011 studying with Dr. Ann Labounsky, emphasizing improvisation. He has earned the highest level of professional certification, Fellow, given by the American Guild of Organists (FAGO). As a composer, Benjamin was recently commissioned by the 2018 Kansas City AGO National Convention for the work Sonata No. 1. He is currently finishing his doctorate in composition at West Virginia University.
The Rev. C. Don Keyes, serving St. Andrew's as Priest Associate, is an Episcopal Priest canonically resident in the Diocese of New York. He is Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University and the author of numerous books and scholarly articles.