Al is an Episcopal Priest who retired in 2010 as Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Barrington, Illinois. As a parish priest he has started a new church and redeveloped an existing church with a renewed focus on reaching out to people in need, forging substantial partnerships with neighboring congregations, developing and deepening faith, and healing. Al’s current position is a half-time Canon for Congregational Vitality and Innovation with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Al is a 1979 graduate of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and also has a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Congregational Development from the same institute (1998) and wrote on how congregations recover following trauma. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Missy grew up in Erie, attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence Park. She has been an active member of the diocese, participating in Summer Camp, Youth & Young Adult Communion, Episcopal Youth Event, and much more. She continues to work with the diocese on the Formation Advisory Board. Missy attended Penn State University, graduating with a degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. After working in child care for two years, she attended Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Theological Studies, focusing in Christian Formation. Working in christian formation blends her passion for life-long learning and building the Kingdom of God.
Sunny Saunders was born and raised in Erie. After receiving a B.Music from Houghton College and a M.Music from Miami University, she played as an orchestral violinist in Cincinnati, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Atlanta. She retired 3 years ago and moved back to Erie where she teaches music at the Neighborhood Art House.
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