Our clergy represent Christ and his Church by caring for parishioners, proclaiming the Gospel; administering the sacraments; and overseeing the church.
The Rev. Greg B.F. BrownRector
Fr. Greg Brown was born in and raised in Southwest Michigan and attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Biology as well as his secondary teaching certification. He taught high school science in Central Florida and East Grand Rapids, Michigan, for eight years before the call to seminary. He began seminary at St. Andrew’s Anglican Seminary in Mexico City and finished at General Seminary in New York. Fr. Greg’s previous calls include Trinity Church in Grand Ledge and Emmanuel Church in Petoskey, both in Western Michigan. He loves to travel and spend time with family. He has a passion for soccer and has spent 29 years as a soccer referee in his spare time. His wife Cathy Brown is an Alumna of Alma college where she studied Spanish and traveled abroad, and Spring Arbor College where she received her Master’s degree in School Counseling. Cathy is an elementary school counselor for CMS. Greg and Cathy have three daughters: Lara, a passionate equestrian and in her first year at Meredith College; Jenna, a senior at Michigan State University studying Nursing; and Taylor, a grad student at Northwestern University studying Biomedical Engineering. The whole family has enjoyed taking part in mission work, be it local, regional, or international.
The Rev. Cat ConnollyAssociate Rector
The Rev. Cat Connolly came to us as Associate Rector from Ipswitch, England where she served as curate. A priest, poetry writer, food appreciator, novel reader, wife, singer, pianist, and cat lover, Cat was born in Bristol, England and has lived in several cities, including Cardiff, Hong Kong, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Oxford and Ipswich.
She studied English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University (BA Hons), followed by training for ordination at Cuddesdon, Oxford, during which she completed a degree in Theology (University of Oxford, BA Hons). She completed a MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (Durham University), while developing her ministry as a curate in Ipswich.
Her passions in life include music, reading, photography, writing poetry, seeing the beauty in small things, and spending time with friends and family.
The Rev. Barry VaughnPriest Associate
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, the Rev. J. Barry Vaughn was ordained to the priesthood in 1993 and has served parishes in Alabama, California, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. He was an undergraduate at Harvard University where he earned a BA in history and literature. Then, he attended Yale Divinity School where he received his M.Div., and from 1984 to 1987 he was a student at the University of St. Andrews where he received his Ph.D. in church history. He was also a visiting student at Oxford University from 1986 to 1987. In addition to his parish ministry, Barry has taught at Samford University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Barry and his partner Sebastian enjoy traveling together. In addition to his years in Great Britain, Barry has visited many European countries, including a month-long sabbatical in Madrid learning Spanish; several trips to Israel and Palestine; as well as a trip with his clergy group to India and Bangladesh to meet with religious leaders in those countries.
A well-known preacher, Barry has preached at Harvard University’s Memorial Church; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; and New York’s Chautauqua Institution. In 2013, the University of Alabama Press published his first book, Bishops, Bourbons, and Big Mules: A History of the Episcopal Church in Alabama.