Bishop Stewart visits St. David’s Anglican Church in Durant, IA

On August 10, 2014, Bishop Stewart Ruch visited St. David’s Anglican Church in Durant, Iowa. St. David’s has been led by Father John Spencer since February, 2011. Bishop Stewart consecrated and blessed their altar, lectern, and baptismal font. Bishop Stewart celebrated the Holy Eucharist with Fr. John Spencer & Fr. Michael Brooks. Members of St. David’s, Harvey & Vonnie Dittmer, were overjoyed!

Photos of Bishop Stewart’s recent visit to St. David’s Anglican Church – Durant, IA

Fr. Keith on Sabbatical

Dear Upper Midwest Diocese,

Fr. Keith Hartsell, the Mission Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, and my Chaplain (communications, events coordination, etc) will be on sabbatical from April 24th through Aug.2nd.

Deacon Karen, Brenda & I will continue to be available throughout the summer. The Diocese has hired Abbey Siebert, to coordinate our Midwest Annual Gathering.

Summer is traditionally a slower ministry season so our communications should not be overly affected; but I did want to inform you of this change for the next few months.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Stewart has appointed The Rev. Dr. Stephen Gauthier as Canon Theologian of the Upper Midwest Diocese

Dearest Upper Midwest Family:

It is with great joy that I am announcing the appointment of The Reverend Dr. Stephen Gauthier to the ministry of Canon Theologian for our diocese. While any of us who know him are aware of his prodigious intellectual gifts and savvy marketplace abilities, Fr. Stephen is, first and foremost, a man of God. He is one I have come to trust deeply in both his understanding of and devotion to Holy Scripture as well as the reading of the Bible through the life of the Church throughout the centuries. He also carries a creative and studied liturgical expertise.

His role will be to advise me and the deans, to train our young leaders and artists as they start new works, and to help raise up a new generation of theologians for Holy Church. As time allows, he will also be available to visit and preach at parishes throughout the diocese.

He will be installed as Canon Theologian at our Clergy Retreat later this month.


Stephen J. Gauthier

Stephen J. Gauthier is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, a member of the preaching team at Church of the Resurrection (Wheaton, Illinois), and has served extensively as a teacher on an ongoing basis in a variety of capacities, both for Church of the Resurrection and for the Greenhouse Missionary Movement (Men’s Bible Study, Confirmation classes, adult formation, Catechist Training, formation of ordinands). He holds a Ph.D. (French) from Vanderbilt University and has devoted a lifetime to the study of Scripture, theology, church history, liturgics, the early church fathers, canon law, and Carmelite spirituality.

Gauthier also is a certified public accountant and has served for more than a quarter century as the Director of Technical Services for the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. He is the author of numerous books and articles on accounting, auditing, and financial reporting, including Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting, commonly known as the “Blue Book,” which is the standard manual for state and municipal accounting in the United States.
Stephen started attending Church of the Resurrection in 2004, and was ordained as a deacon in 2009 and as a priest in 2011. Prior to that, he was a parishioner for 17 years at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, where he was verger and acolyte master, and also served as chair of the Liturgy Commission. He has been married for more than 30 years to Barbara and is the father of three adult children, Marc, Paul, and Gregory.
Fr. Stephen Gauthier