Our Clergy & Staff
Questions regarding pastoral care should be made initially to the church office at 618-656-1929. In an emergency, contact Fr. Ben Hankinson directly (information below). Alternatively, send email to St. Andrew's.
The Rev. Benjamin Hankinson
The Rev. Benjamin Hankinson, was called to St. Andrew's as of February 1, 2020. Bishop Dainiel Martins installed him as St. Andrew's 34th Rector on February 15, 2020.
Fr. Hankinson earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of South Carolina, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2009. He subsequently attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary, obtaining his Master of Divinity degree Cum Laude in 2014.
In August 2014, Bishop Daniel Martins ordained Fr. Hankinson to the priesthood. Fr. Hankinson became Priest in Charge at Trinity in Mt.Vernon in 2014 then subsequently Rector.Within the Diocese of Springfield, Fr. Ben has served in these roles:
- Dean of the Eastern Deanery*;
- Member of Diocesan Council*;
- Coordinator for Youth Ministry*;
- Chair, Department of Youth;
- St. Michael's Youth Conference Director*;
- Episcopal Church Camp Board Member and Lead Spiritual Director;
- Member of Constitution and Canons Committee.
Organist and Choirmaster
Henry Evans describes himself as “Someone who loves to play the organ!” He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree and a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of North Texas. In 1992, He was awarded the Organ Scholar Fellowship at Church of the Incarnation (Episcopal), Dallas, TX. He has played the organ and conducted church choirs for thirty-six years. During his extensive training, he studied with several well-known organists. His teachers included Kathleen Thomerson and Jesse Eschbach, and he was one of the last students of the French organist Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier. He has served as dean of the Saint Louis and Southern Illinois Chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
Under the leadership of Jane Weingartner, eight parish volunteers currently work in place of an office staff member and oversee the printing of bulletins for Sunday services and special services, handle office phone calls and voicemail, distribute mail and packages, declutter the office, and help with organization in the choir room and the kitchen.
Current Office Volunteers are Marianne Cavanaugh, Mary Jane Helsel, Velma Schmidt, Marilyn Strangeman, LaVernn Wilson, and Cindy Yelverton. Contact Jane Weingartner to become a volunteer in the parish office.