Life in church is never dull and I have spent my entire life in it as an Episcopalian. Raised in Ocala, Florida, I was baptized and confirmed at Grace Episcopal Church, one of the oldest Episcopal churches in Florida.
The church has led me to many different places where I’ve worked and met a great diversity of people. I’ve been called a Sunday School teacher, a Director of Religious Education( Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) a seminarian (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.), an Assistant Priest (St. Paul’s Rock Creek parish, Washington, D.C. and St. Michael’s, the Upper West Side of Manhattan), a Canon (and sometimes loose canon) for Evangelism ( St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Florida), and a Vicar (St. Gregory’s, Woodstock, New York) – each title giving me some sort of identification but I’ve never been called a PIC (short for Priest-in-Charge) which is how someone referred to me when I arrived at St. Alban’s – a term of endearment I hope.
I live in Gulfport, just a few minutes away. Gulfport’s motto is: Keep Gulfport weird – so I feel right at home. I have one daughter who lives in St. Petersburg, and one who lives in New Orleans. Iona, Scotland and Holy Cross Monastery, in West Park, New York, are the places I go to get recharged, sing new music, pray with others from around the world, and learn how to be more inclusive in worship and incorporating new members, especially those who might consider themselves as ‘nones’ (checking the box on religionaffliation: none) or ‘dones’ (as in I’m, done with church).
My office hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10:30 am – 5 pm and other times as needed. My phone # is 727-744-3785 if you need me for a pastoral emergency or want to set up a visit. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also part of a design team for a new conference endeavor in the diocese: Food for the Journey. Our aim is to provide ‘nourishment’ for all people – believers and doubters – for their life’s journey. We do this through inspirational speakers, music, and liturgy at our diocesan conference center – DaySpring. In addition to this group I also work with clergy who are newly ordained or new to a position or to the diocese in a program called Fresh Start.
St. Alban’s is a community made of wonderfully dedicated, faithful, and loving people. Here is offered a beautiful facility in which to worship God, and an inviting place to explore your own faith journey. I look forward to getting to know you as we all strive together to live out the Gospel of Christ.
The Rev. Muriel deBussy: Assisting Priest
Pastor Muriel joins us with full enthusiasm during her months of Florida residency – November through April. A valued member of the clergy team, Muriel adds a welcome dimension to the depth of parish ministries. Professional studies: Rutgers University (1987); Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary (1994). Four years as hospice chaplain, two as hospital chaplain. Part-time assistant at St. Peter’s, Spotswood, NJ. Rector of St. Thomas’, Glassboro, NJ from which she retired in 2005, to marry Bob deBussy and become a snowbird! Interests: gardening, reading (mysteries), and cats (have 2). Also, addicted to crossword puzzles!
Martha is being sponsored by St. Alban’s for ordination to the Diaconate. Martha is also Parish Administration Resource for the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
Jim Inmon – Parish Musician
Nancy is in Monday -Wednesday in the morning, She will be glad to help with any financial questions you may have.
The vestry is the governing board of the church. Members typically are elected to serve three year terms. At monthly meetings the vestry reviews and takes action on accounting matters, the physical plant, and spiritual well-being of the parish. Working closely with the priest-in-charge, the vestry provides an energized core group who advocate tirelessly for the parish, the community, and beyond.