(The Most Revd) Foley Beach
Archbishop of the ACNA
The Most Reverend Doctor Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
Archbishop Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University, the University of the South, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He began his ministry by serving teenagers through Young Life. Prior to serving as archbishop and bishop, he planted and led Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia.
The scripture verse that has most guided his ministry is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)
Archbishop Beach can be heard on radio stations in the U.S. and around the world via his teaching ministry, A Word from the Lord, and his One-Minute Message, an evangelism outreach to the unchurched.
He and his wife are life-long Georgians, and have two adult children.
(The Rt Revd) Stephen Wood
Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas
Steve Wood has been Rector of St. Andrew's Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, since 2000. He was elected as the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas by the College of Bishops in 2012. He was consecrated Bishop in 2013.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Cleveland State University in 1986 and his Masters of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1991.
Bishop Wood grew up in Northeast Ohio where he came to faith in Jesus Christ and married his childhood sweetheart Jacqui. Together, they have four sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.
(the Rt Revd) David Bryan
David is a graduate of the University of Florida (BSBA '79), and Trinity School for Ministry (M. Div. '83) where he continues work on his Doctor of Ministry degree. He has been in ordained ministry for 28 years, serving in five churches in Florida and South Carolina. David has a passion for seeing God's Word and Spirit shape men, women and children into fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of Christian community. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children and live in Murrell’s Inlet, SC where currently serves as Sr. Pastor of Christ Church, Murrell’s Inlet, SC. David was consecrated right here at Apostles on the 18th of September, 2013, a great honor for our parish.
(the Very Revd) Chip Edgar
Fr Chip Edgar became the founding Rector (Sr Pastor) of Church of the Apostles in March 2004. In September of 2014, Church of the Apostles was consecrated as the Cathedral for the Southeast Region of PEARUSA by our bishop, David Bryan, and Fr Edgar was installed as the new Cathedral’s Dean.
Chip and his wife, Beth, have five children. “Our three oldest kids are now out of the house, and successfully making their ways in the world, leaving a much smaller group at home,” he says, “but I resonate completely with St John who wrote, ‘I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth’” (3 John 4).
Regarding the parish, Fr Edgar comments that "we are people who have benefited from God's grace, and we hope to be people who live that grace and make it known to others." Raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Chip received a BA in Physical Education from Wheaton College. He then worked as a Campus Minister for the Coalition for Christian Outreach before studying theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Chip was ordained a presbyter in May, 1994 and served parishes in Tennessee, Florida, and Illinois before being called to Church of the Apostles.
(the Revd Canon) David Pucik
With a Baptist background, Fr David found himself drawn to the Anglican tradition early in his pastoral career.
Emotionally, he found that Anglicanism validated the full spectrum of life with God, not just the “nice” parts. Confession of Sin, the lectionary, and the Christian Calendar (especially Lent and Advent) affirm our experiences of suffering, faltering, waiting, and trusting.Intellectually, Anglicanism is respectful of the traditions of the Church, knowing that to study the history of the Church is to study the work of God.Aesthetically, Anglicanism affirms the Beauty and Goodness of God’s Creation through art, craftsmanship, and music.Relationally, Anglicans share common ground with Baptists and Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Presbyterians, working towards Christ’s desire that we may all be one.Pastorally, an Anglican priest has more tools at his disposal for caring for people’s souls.Finally and most simply, Fr David was drawn to Anglicanism because of the inexpressible grace which he experienced in the Eucharist.
He completed his Masters of Divinity in Colorado at Denver Seminary in 2012 and was ordained into the Anglican church in 2013 by Bishop Ken Ross.
(the Revd) Tom Garman
Fr Tom's dynamic set of talents, interests and experiences started with an AA in Graphic Arts and Photography, training in Homiletics and Hermeneutics from New Tribes Bible Institute, a BA in Bible and Theology from Columbia International University, and a Master Level in leaded stained glass which he taught in the Art departments at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Milwaukee Technical college. He has been teaching Bible in various settings to Youth, College and Adults throughout the past 30+ years while working in blacksmithing, mechanics, farming, beekeeping, and construction. His interests have led him to book collecting, violin repair, leather craftsmanship, with his first love of pastoral ministry recently leading him into the Priesthood, being consecrated into that order at Church of the Apostles in February 2010. In addition to his long standing role as Director of Adult education at Church of the Apostles, Tom now also serves as Assisting Priest.
1971 :: Met the Lord Jesus Christ at 20.
1981 :: Moved to Columbia, SC in order to attend then CBC (Columbia International University) and has been living here ever since.
Ministry History (from point of conversion)
- Involved in evangelism and church planting through home bible study groups.
- Started coffee house and did street evangelism
- Degree in graphic arts Milwakee Technical College.
- Attended New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WS.
- Moved to Columbia to attend CBC and received BA degree in Bible Theology/Greek.
- Ran construction company, T. Garman Associates, Inc.
- Had radio program called Taking a Walk with Jesus on WQXL.
- Guest teacher/speaker at CIU.
- Youth Ministry at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
- Presently Assisting Priest at Apostles in charge of Building, Adult Christian Education, and Evening Service.
Carol moved to Columbia after graduating with a BA in Bible from Columbia International University in 2004, where she first learned of Church of the Apostles when the college hosted Bishop Thad Barnum as a guest speaker. Stirred by Barnum's passion for and description of the Anglican church, she began attending Apostles regularly. She began her involvement at Apostles helping with the youth which eventually evolved into her current, full-time position as Parish Administrator.
Dr Rod Lewis
Lay Pastor of Music and the Arts
Rod was raised in West Virginia, and received a BA in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus College. He has served a High School band director, and coached high school basketball and track and field. His graduate studies were completed at The University of South Carolina.
Rod has served on the Faculty at Columbia International University for 20 years, and has been involved in church music since childhood.
Rod believes that as a Christian he is called to use his music in three ways: to worship, to express the gospel, and to encourage other believers. The desire to participate in all these areas has led him to simultaneously explore diverse musical paths. Rod recognizes that the art of learning, creating, and making music is a parable for life, and specifically, the Christian life. He finds it difficult to separate music and art from any aspect of life; therefore, it is an expression of his relationship with Christ, a tool for evangelism, and an offering back to the Giver.
Rod, and his wife Allison have three children, Jack, Will and Molly.
Children's Ministry CoordinatorJane Speight joined Apostles during its first year, and now she is honored to be working with the children's ministry. She worked in Christian education positions in early years at various churches, and also retired from the public schools as a teacher and a librarian/media specialist. She continues to enjoy working with children at Apostles since retiring. "I believe that Apostles is blessed with the most beautiful, creative children of any church," she boasts. She builds on the great comprehensive plans and curriculum ideas that previous children's ministry leaders have developed.Jane has lived in Columbia for 43 years and has three children and five grandchildren. She likes to garden, travel, read, and spend time with family and friends.
(the Revd) Guy Rainsford
Guy Rainsford serves as missionary in Kenya where he works closely with the tribal people there sharing the gospel. He and his wife, Susan, have seven children and often spend a portion of their summers in the United States in Columbia where they consider Church of the Apostles their home church family.
The four Rainsford children pictured here (from left to right) are Josie, Joshua, Rehema and Grace.
Eric Geisbert and his wife, Shea have four children, Caleb, Isaac, Jane, and Ruth who continually bring them joy, and challenge them to be more selfless and loving. They have been attending Apostles for almost three years. Eric came to Christ at the age of 16. However, his life didn’t change much until he attended a summer college ministry training program through Rock the World Youth Mission Alliance. That summer, he experienced such a profound shift through Christ and the loving Christian community that surrounded him. He began pursuing God and the things of God. It is his hope that teenagers who know Christ will have a community like he had that summer, a community that will encourage them to become more like Christ. Since then, Eric has stayed involved in supporting youth ministry in one way or another. He enjoys the questioning, the desire for truth, the creativity, the fun, and the pressure of knowing he only gets a few years to work with the youth. He especially loves seeing the presence of Jesus Christ transform someone’s life. Youth ministry also gives Eric the opportunity to work alongside Shea and their children, as well as the fantastic team of volunteers. As the team continues this ministry, their hope is to walk alongside youth and their families, providing support and encouragement as parents disciple their teenagers.