Formed in 2005, Christchurch is an Anglican community of faith committed to loving God and loving others in Montgomery, the River Region, and the world.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we look to scripture and church tradition as the foundation of our belief. This means that we are a Bible-based and sacramental church, convinced that the Gospel and the Christian faith are vital to every aspect of our lives.
As Anglicans, we believe that the ancient worship and rhythms of the Church can help us as we seek to follow God in the modern world. Our faith and practices are rooted in the history and tradition of the Christian faith, even as we seek to embody the truth of Jesus in a complex and changing world.
As members of our community, we seek to be authentic witnesses of God’s love in Montgomery, the River Region, and the world. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly good news and that we are called to participate in God’s work of transformation in the lives of everyone we meet.
Christchurch is a parish within the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America.
Christchurch is a community of worship. We use liturgy within our services, which means that we seek to worship God through using a rhythm of ancient prayers, historic creeds, biblical preaching, and Holy Communion. We participate in the liturgy by praying and praising, listening and singing, reflecting and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. Our music in worship seeks to use the best songs of the Christian tradition, ranging from ancient hymns to contemporary worship songs.
What Worship Looks Like
Worship on Sundays begins at 9:30 a.m. Childcare is available for toddlers and infants and Children’s Church for the little ones.
Sunday Worship at Christchurch is a service of Word and Sacrament. Each Sunday, we hear the Word of God preached and then receive Holy Communion together as a community. All baptized believers are invited to join in the sacrament of Holy Communion. We receive communion by coming forward and kneeling at the altar rail. In Anglican churches, recipients are encouraged to receive both the bread and the wine. Children are especially encouraged to participate in this sacrament. Following Holy Communion, we return to our seats for a time of prayer, worship and reflection. Our Healing Prayer teams are also available during this time to pray with anyone who comes forward for personal needs.
Christchurch members dress in every attire, from suits and ties to golf shirts and blue jeans. All are welcome in God’s house.
The Very Rev. Andrew M. Rowell
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Fr. Andrew Rowell is delighted to be the second Rector of Christchurch Montgomery. He has a passion for preaching and teaching God’s Word and for sending the church out into the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Andrew also serves as the Dean of the Western Deanery of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese and on the Board of Trustees for the American Anglican Council and the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.
Prior to becoming Rector of Christchurch, Andrew was Associate Rector for Evangelism & Discipleship (2012-15) and Associate Rector for Youth & Families (2008-12) at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee, Florida. Andrew received his undergraduate degree from Duke University (1995), his law degree from the University of Virginia (1999), and his Masters of Divinity from the Duke University Divinity School (2008). In his prior professional life, Andrew served as a homeless shelter manager, a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and a tax attorney at Hogan Lovells LLP in Washington, D.C. Fr. Andrew is married to Miriam “Mimi” Suber Rowell, who is a Critical Care Registered Nurse. Andrew and Mimi have two sons, Stephen Ebenezer (Eben) and Ezekiel McConnell (Zeke).
The Rev. Morgan Clark
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Fr. Morgan Clark serves as the Associate Rector of Christchurch Montgomery. He oversees Adult Formation and is passionate to see people formed by the Scriptures and grow in the way of Jesus. Morgan joined the staff of Christchurch in 2018 and was ordained a priest in 2019. He received a B.A. in History from the College of Wooster (2014) and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (2018). Morgan grew up in Cattaraugus, New York, a small town in Western New York State. He is married to Elizabeth and they have a daughter.
The Rev. Alan Reid
Although Alan Reid knew he was called into ministry as a teenager, he, like Jonah the prophet, went the opposite direction by pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Relations at Western Kentucky University (BA, 1980). While he wasn’t swallowed by a big fish, in 1994 he finally relented but tried to do so on his own terms. Alan wanted to avoid preaching, so during his training at Asbury Theological Seminary (MA, 1997), he focused on Christian counseling. It was not until the Reids moved to Montgomery in 2000 that Alan entered vocational ministry—first as an administrative pastor, then as an associate pastor of discipleship and counseling. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2006 and later that year planted an Anglican church in Prattville. When that church closed in 2011, Alan joined the staff of Auburn University Montgomery. Fr. Alan and Teresa Reid joined Christchurch in 2015. He joined the church staff part-time as Pastoral Associate in 2017. The Reids have one adult daughter and two granddaughters.
Rev. Cornelius Jackson
Pastoral Associate for Students and Families
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Leah Slawson joined Christchurch’s staff in December of 2020 as Pastoral Associate for Students and Families. Prior to coming to Christchurch, Leah taught high school English at Trinity Presbyterian School, worked as a freelance writer, and trained as a spiritual director before enrolling in Fuller Theological Seminary to pursue her Master of Divinity.
Leah received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Secondary English Education. She has been married to her husband Guice for 34 years and they have a son, a daughter and a son-in-law.
Director of Parish Life
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Lee Ann Hester
Director of Children’s Ministry
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Lee Ann Hester serves as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She longs for children to know God and live in His presence day by day. Prior to coming to Christchurch, Lee Ann taught sixth grade Sunday School for over fifteen years, was a director of Vacation Bible School, and led the preschool choir at Trinity Presbyterian Church. For three years, she was the librarian at Montgomery Christian School. Lee Ann, a native of Tuscaloosa, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and has completed one third of the coursework towards a master’s degree in Childhood Education from Auburn University in Montgomery. Lee Ann and her husband, Roland, enjoy their three married children and grandchildren, spending as much time as possible at their farm in Grady, Alabama.
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry
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Ruth Wible Brewbaker joined the Christchurch staff as an Assistant Children’s Ministry Director in May 2019. She has a great love for helping children grow in Christ through their time of spiritual formation during Jr Worship and B.L.A.S.T. Praying over our Christchurch children, parents and volunteers each week, and sharing prayer needs with others who have a heart for the children of our church, is also an important part of what Ruth enjoys in Children’s Ministry. She is a Montgomery native; has a BFA in Art from Belhaven College; and a M.Ed in Elementary Ed from Auburn University in Montgomery. Ruth and her husband, Dick Brewbaker have five adult sons, three wonderful daughter-in-laws and three grandchildren.
Director of Mission and Outreach
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Katherine joined Christchurch as the Director of Missions and Outreach in 2016. After growing up in Montgomery and graduating high school from the Montgomery Academy, she attended Vanderbilt University where she majored in psychology. After spending 15 years in New York City (go Yankees!) God opened doors for her to return “home” in 2016. She has known her husband, Andy, since grade school and they are kept very busy as they shuttle two active kids around town!
Director of Music
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Thomas Bowers was appointed Music Director of Christchurch in 2015. He has a love for early music, particularly its role in the spiritual life of the Church throughout history and its unique ability to connect people with their creator.
Thomas received his BA in Music and Philosophy from FSU, and his MA in Harpsichord Performance from the Longy School of Music in Massachusetts, where he worked as a church music director and harpsichord builder. He is a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Incendium Novum.
Thomas lives in Montgomery with his wife, Kellie, who is an archaeological curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and their two kids, Jack and Josephine.
Director of Media Ministries
Ben joined Christchurch in January of 2015 as Director of Student Ministries after Student Ministry experiences at Frazer UMC, Aldersgate UMC, and Millbrook UMC, and after five years in that capacity is currently serving as the Director of Media Ministries. Ben is from Dothan, Alabama, and grew up attending First Methodist Dothan. He earned his B.A. degree in History and Religion from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and his M.S. in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ben is married to Jordy Allen Cheney, and has two daughters, Anna and McAllister.
Director of Chi Rho Kids
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Leah Blanks joined the Christchurch staff as the Rector’s Assistant in November of 2017. She supports the efforts of the Rector and staff at Christchurch, creates many of our print materials, and facilitates our weekly Scripture Walk. Leah earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Troy University. Prior to joining Christchurch’s staff, she worked as an Executive Assistant at a bank and then as the Administrative Manager at a local accounting agency. Leah is a native of Montgomery and is married to Brian who is a Market Manager at a bank. They have a daughter and a Mini Goldendoodle.
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Melissa Leisy joined the staff of Christchurch as Parish Administrator in June of 2019. Melissa and her family have been members of Christchurch since 2011. She has served as a volunteer with Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Youth Sunday School Teacher, VBS, HarvestFest, The Bazaar, Wednesday Night Cook Team, Family Promise, and Paseo. Melissa has also served on the Vestry and as a LEM at another liturgical church, all giving her a unique overview of the life of the church. In her prior professional life, Melissa was in sales in the pharmaceutical and specialty medical product industry and a secondary math teacher.