St. Andrew's
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Clergy and Staff

Our Rector of 17 years, The Reverend Virginia L. Bennett, retired June 30, 2013. Fr. Ralph McMichael served the parish first as Interim Rector and then Priest in Charge, from 2013 - 2018. Fr. George Pence retired as Assisting Priest at the end of 2013 and Fr. Arnold Hoffman, a retired priest and member of our congregation, celebrates mass on First Tuesday and assists with pastoral care.

The Rev. Ralph McMichaelThe Rev. Ralph McMichael, Ph.D., Priest in Charge

Fr. McMichael retired as of February 1, 2018.

The Reverend Arnold HoffmanThe Reverend Arnold Hoffman, Ph.D., Pastoral Care

Fr. Hoffman was born in 1938 and raised in western Kansas. His Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are from the University of Kansas. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from Michigan State University. The topic of his dissertation was a Christian theme in three contemporary authors of fiction. He taught eleven years at Adrian College (Michigan) where he also served as Chair of the English Department.

In 1978 he completed his studies for a Master of Divinity degree at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest the same year. Fr. Hoffman served small congregations in the Dioceses of Northern Indiana, Quincy, Chicago, Missouri, and Springfield.

At retirement in 2004 he had been Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Springfield serving in the Hale Deanery for nine years. With The Reverend Virginia Bennett, he was co-designer of the Diocese of Springfield School for Ministry.After retirement, he served six years as a “long-term supply priest” for St. Paul’s, Sikeston, MO.

Henry EvansHenry Evans, Organist and Choir Master

Henry Evans has been organist and choirmaster at Saint Andrew’s since 2003 and Parish Administrator since 2011. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas.

From 2002 through 2003 he held the organ scholar fellowship at Church of the Incarnation (Episcopal) in Dallas, Texas. While at Church of the Incarnation, he learned the ancient and modern music of the Anglican church, played the organ and conducted choirs. His teachers include Jesse Eschbach and Kathleen Thomerson.

 He was one of the last American students of the French organist Marie-Madeleine Duruflé -Chevalier. He is currently the sub-dean of the Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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