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.