Meet The Vestry

Jean Dickson

Jean Dickson

Senior Warden
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Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: I’ve always known there was a God and I grew up loving him and knowing He loved me. He was like a “Santa Claus”. I’d make my list of wants and needs and give them to him through prayer and “expected” they would not only be fulfilled, but the way I wanted them fulfilled. I was at times joyous and then there were times I was disappointed and even angry when I didn’t get my way. When I decided (or rather God decided) that I should go to a Cursillo weekend, that was my game changer…my “Ah Hah Moment” when my relationship with my Lord and Savior changed… It was not all about me!!!. I have realized He wants me to be a servant for Him and to serve as He leads and guides me on His path.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.

A: My personal blessing was the first Sunday my husband and I attended CHC and the warmth and inclusiveness I felt…not as a stranger dropping in for a visit but this was where I belonged.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….

A: I feel an important challenge of CHC is to work on getting our expenses more in line with our income while also helping members find an area they can use their unique gift and talent. REMEMBER… everyone at CHC has a gift and/or talent given to us by our Lord to be used for His Glory.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: If elected to the Vestry I would seek ways to strengthen the lines of communication within the parish. As an individual Vestry member, I pray to be open to listen to parishioners and be open minded and discern God’s direction.

Robert “Bob” Allan

Robert “Bob” Allan

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Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: When I graduated high school in 1969, I was deployed to Japan with the US Army. My faith had me trusting in the Lord to guide me, and do the job I was assigned to.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.


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My personal blessing are the members of the Church. After I made my Cursillo in Feb. 2017, I was invited to join the Men’s Ministry. Great group of guys.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….


A:
Expanding our membership, by getting new members into the congregation.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….


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I would to establish a children’s/student ministry, so that young people could come to know and love Jesus, as they mature in age.

Fr. Bob Anderson

Fr. Robert Anderson

Rector
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Bishop Gregory Brewer recommended Fr. Bob to serve as our rector in charge, and it soon became clear, as Sr. Warden Jean Dickson met with him, that God’s hand was at work in developing this relationship, and your vestry unanimously agreed.

Fr. Bob is a native of Orlando and very much a cradle Episcopalian, as his grandfather served as Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. He has shared some of his story with us on Sundays, so you may already know that he spent some time in college at the University of Florida, the adventure there not ending quite as successfully as he might have hoped. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, however, he later returned to college, graduating from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. He then joined the USMC again, this time as an officer and pilot, flying the F-4 in hundreds of missions and serving as a forward air controller in Vietnam.

Before his call to the priesthood, he developed property, particularly The Forest in Lake Mary. He attended seminary from 1979-81 and refers to himself as the “first openly declared charismatic ever at Nashotah House, except maybe for a closet charismatic.” He credits his introduction to the Baptism by the Holy Spirit to Virginia Lively who asked him if he wanted all that God had to offer him–well, he said, there was only one answer to that question. He was surprised to learn that it was possible to have a relationship with the Lord, saying that he had thought of it more of a duty until then. His “life changed radically from that moment.” It is still changing he says, and he says he is finally growing up. He first served at Holy Cross, Sanford, later planted St. Peter’s in Lake Mary, served at Holy Trinity in Bartow, and then retired from Holy Presence in DeLand. He has survived cancer twice, in 2003 and 2005, and has served in several interim positions since his healing and “retirement.” In helping her husband’s curative process Becky became connected with health and healing God’s way using essential oils, clean, healthy foods, and prayer to the extent he was cured without using potentially devastating conventional medicines. This has become a special ministry for Becky and she is available for information and counseling.

Fr. Bob and Becky have seven children in their blended family, five boys and two girls, and theirs is a second marriage for both. One son, Jason, for whom they have asked us to pray for miraculous healing of his liver, lives with them, along with his son Dylan. Dylan looks like the “mini-me” of Jason. Fr. Bob and Becky have been married for thirty years, and while he is a cradle Episcopalian, he refers to his “Beauty” as originally a mountain Baptist.
Becky is a native of North Carolina and was a former Miss Hendersonville. If you have seen her with Dylan, you will understand why she is known as Granddear. Her passion in ministry is intercessory prayer. She said she had no clue what power there was in prayer until the Holy Spirit took hold of her. Fr. Bob often talks about how favored she is, beyond anything he could ever imagine. She is involved with a 24-7 intercessory prayer organization, the scope of which covers the entire United States and has some international reach as well. We can rest assured that she is continually praying for Church of the Holy Child, that God will use us to serve our community and to bring others to know the love of Jesus Christ.

Robert “Robbie” Harlow

Robert “Robbie” Harlow

Robert “Robbie” Harlow
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Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: I have always had a good relationship with God and Jesus. I fell away from the church in my mid twenties and found my way back here in Church of the Holy Child. I feel closer to the church than ever.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.

A: Very easy question! Cursillo!!!! Also the relationships I have built with Father Steve and the men’s ministry, the music ministry, and my grouping family.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….

A: Financial stability and doing everything possible to curb expenses.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: As a former business owner, I would look at the current budget and try to find items to change or condense that will not effect the mission of Holy Child.

June Rhodes

Senior Warden Emeritus
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Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: I have loved the Lord since I was a small child. My faith has been with me all my life. I was brought up in a Christian home and taught that God loved me. Since then I have had times when my faith was challenged, but I always knew God was with me through whatever was in my path. All of us are faced with life’s difficulties, but prayer and reading the Bible will give us the answer.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.

A: I was sponsored to go to Cursillo by Joanne Clements who was a dear friend for many years. I was a recent widow when I went. I did not know what God had in his plan for me at that time, but I listened to see what he wanted me to do with my life. I later realized what God wanted me to do, which have been to be a reader, a LEM, Christian healing and help to the elderly.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….

A: To enlarge our faith based membership throughout our community. Increase our pledges with the growth of the church community. We also need to include the youth in our plan and support their activities. Always have a positive attitude.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: Invite others to come to our church. Be an example for others in my daily life and activities. Use my knowledge and abilities in the church.

Cathleen Hayes

Past Senior Warden Emeritus

As the Emeritus she has no vote or voice (unless permission is granted). This position will sustain continuity and aid the new Sr. Warden with the support of past leadership.

Jim Clements

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Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: I was brought up Roman Catholic and even went to Catholic school from 4th-8th grade. I knew about Christianity but, I did not know Jesus. Around thirty years ago, I had a motorcycle accident which resulted in a head injury that left me semi paralyzed on the left side of my body. Six months later after regaining full use of my left side, my oldest son, Patrick was born. These two factors brought me back to church. I began worshiping at Holy Child because my parents worshiped here. Seeing my father’s faith as he was dying of cancer, was the catalyst that sent me on a journey to find that faith for myself. There were many thing that brought me to that faith. This church family was one of them.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.

A: My blessing is this churches strength. I am blessed to have a loving church family that I like to be around. When I am here I can sense God’s love.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….

A: To find ways to share the love that we have within these walls with others who don’t yet know that love.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: I would find ways to support programs that help us share our love with others. Programs like our cold weather shelter for the homeless and the program that the Men’s ministry is working on to support Grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Stephen Knight, M.D.

Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: My two loving parents baptized me as a baby and all my youth I went to Sunday School, summer church camps, youth groups and as an Eagle Scout took personal ownership of the scout law that “a scout is reverent”. As a searching youth I convinced myself that I could worship just as well if I met God on his beach or on my bicycle so my days in the pew dwindled. One summer day before I turned sixteen, I walked over the sand dune in Cocoa beach to check the waves and lo and behold there were six young lovelies, one of which was Nancy. Many twists and turns and eight years later she became my beautiful wife of now 42 years. Thanks be to God, she was Episcopalian, knew the Lord better than I and was a girl I could take home to meet mom. These “God appointments” still amaze me, but they seem to be the way He works and I love Him for it.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.

A: Having sat on many pews, heard many different teachings and been to services large and small, it was at Church of the Holy Child that I heard this over and over: my mission was to use my spiritual gifts in my own personal style and with my own personal passion to be a witness for Him.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….

A: Although we are not large in numbers, we can seek ways to be salt and light to each other, our families and our community. We are part of an enormous force that is changing the world.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: Likely, life will throw us plenty of curve balls. Another storm will come, the roof might leak, the sprinkler fizzle. Whatever the detail, it will be our opportunity to work together to support our wonderful leadership, to steer a safe heading and keep us off the rocks, to be a witness than we can be good stewards and faithful witnesses of God at work in our personal and collective lives.

Thalia Smith

Thalia Smith

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Q: What is your “faith” story?  How did you come to know and love the Lord?

A: I have always been raised in the church and was christened and confirmed in the same church back in the US Virgin Islands where I was born and raised. As I grew up I began to own my faith and was compelled to figure out what the Lord meant to me and how I can design my steps to walk in not only his purpose but the path that was created for me. As I graduated from secondary schooling and entered the “real world” I realized that it wasn’t enough to know the Lord but I also had to have a place that I called my church home and have a church family. The minute I identified that home in the Church of the Holy Child I felt closer to the Lord and had a renewed sense of purpose.

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshipping at Church of the Holy Child.

A: One particular blessing I have had as a result of worshipping at Church of the Holy Child is finding a job that I love and one that allows me to utilize both my Bachelor and Master degrees. When I first began worshipping at the Church of the Holy Child I had recently relocated from Gainesville, FL and moved in with my sister while I got myself settled. During that time I started a small business selling hand-crafted items, while I searched for employment. Since that time, and our first time attending Church of Holy Child and identifying this church as our Church home, not only did I find a job that I love but my sister and I just recently purchased our first home.

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….  

A: One important challenge to the parish is recruitment of new members. I think it is important that as a parish we identify and recruit members in the community to join our church.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: As a vestry member I would employ current members of the church to join an Outreach Ministry to identify events that the church can hold to invite members of the community to attend; events similar to the Breakfast with Santa and the Ladies Self-Defense class that was held this year. I think as a church our increased visibility within the community can lead to an increase in the attendance and subsequent church membership.

Michael DeLong

Michael DeLong

Junior Warden
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Q: What is your “faith” story?  How did you come to know and love the Lord? 

A: I was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church in Tampa and Palm River, Florida at a young age, so I grew up with three sisters and one brother along with my parents worshipping in the Episcopal Church.  I have always felt the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit upon me through all the good and bad times in my life.  However, after attending an Episcopal Cursillo in 1991 is where I   truly experienced a Living GOD!

Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshipping at Church of the Holy Child

A: The fellowship of a loving and caring congregation which is truly filled with the Holy Spirit.  I believe a Christian life is the window through which others can see Jesus!

Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….

A: Reaching out to our local community who are in great need of GOD’S will for us all and not our own.  Another challenge is to balance the operating budget thru increased pledge’s, fund raisers, etc.

Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….

A: Welcome new outreach ministry for CHC, as well as researching new ways to increase income for the operating budget. The Vestry needs to continually strive to be a living example to everyone we meet of GOD’S LOVE for all of us!