The Rev. Canon John Johanssen
The Rev. Canon John R. Johanssen went to Virginia Theological Seminary after a twelve-year career as a lawyer focusing on international law in the Asian-Pacific basin. After seminary he served churches in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Colorado. He served as a Canon for the High Plains Region under the Bishop of Colorado and retired from serving as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Southern Ohio in 2011. He has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University. Fr. John and his wife, Pam, currently live in Columbus, Ohio, where they live close to their three sons and nine grandchildren. They have a fourth son who lives in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. We are thrilled to have him with us as our Interim Rector.
The Rev. Amanda K. Robertson
The Rev. Amanda K. Robertson was born in the nation’s capital and grew up in the surrounding suburbs. She began to discern a call to the priesthood in college and participated in the Young Priest’s Initiative of the Diocese of Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Religious Studies, Amanda went on to receive a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. From her ordination in 2006 until October 2011, Amanda served at the Church of the Incarnation, New York, New York. Amanda’s husband Terry is well-known in Charlotte for founding Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service in 2007. The couple and sons T.J. and Townsend live in South Carolina. Amanda's responsibilities at Holy Comforter include newcomer welcome and incorporation, coordinating parish-wide programs, and leading the Spanish-language worship service.
The Rev. Deacon Gene Humphreys
The Rev. Gene Humphreys has lived in Charlotte most of his adult life. Gene grew up nearby in Shelby, NC, until his family moved to Canada. He went to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and later returned to the states and settled in Charlotte. He mentored Education for Ministry programs for 18 years, was an active member of St. Peter’s, and completed a Masters in Social Work at Chapel Hill. His theological studies for the diaconate were through the Center for Anglican Studies at Duke University. Since his ordination in 2009, he has served in three Charlotte churches, St. Andrew's on Central Avenue, St. Peter's downtown and The Chapel of Christ the King off North Davidson Street. After having been non-parochial for nearly two years, Gene graciously answered the call to help guide Holy Comforter’s active outreach ministries. Gene shares his home with two golden retrievers and spends his (about to become much more infrequent) free time with the dogs, gardening, and friends.
The Rev. Canon Gay Silver
Gay was born, raised, attended college, married and had her first child born in New York, most of that time in the city. She worked for a chemical company doing radio assay studies for the government until her family moved to Charlotte in 1973. Their second son was born, and some time later Gay was employed as the part-time lay chaplain at Thompson’s Children’s Home. In the late 1980’s, Holy Comforter hired her as the part-time Director of Children and Adult Christian Education. She filled both those posts till HoCo hired her as full-time DCE. In 1994, sponsored by Holy Comforter she went off to General Theological Seminary once again, returning to NYC for her M.Div. Ordained deacon in 1997 and priest in 1998 (by God’s grace here at HC) she served as Curate at St. Patrick’s in Mooresville until 2000, when she was called as Associate for Worship and Education at Trinity Church Wall Street, returning once again to NYC. Serving through the tumult and devastation of 9/11 she remained at Trinity until 1994 when she moved to Florida and became Archdeacon and then Canon to the Ordinary for the Rt. Rev. John Howard. She served in Florida until she retired in 2009. Returning to Holy Comforter to finish her ministry is “just pure joy” and the welcome and inclusion she felt was more than she could hope for. “Holy Comforter is an amazing place and I am so thankful it has played such a part in my journey.”