In light of Bishop Stewart’s announcement of his leave of absence, we want to provide clarity around how the diocese will function during this time.
The Bishop’s Council has officially reached out to Archbishop Foley Beach with two requests, both of which he has approved:
During this time the Bishop’s Council will exercise ecclesiastical leadership and authority of our diocese (organizational leadership, vision, budgets, etc.), and will appoint a chairperson to lead it. Archbishop Foley will appoint an interim bishop or bishops to serve the diocese and fulfill the bishop’s liturgical and ministry functions.
We call on all our churches to be in regular prayer. Please pray for all survivors of abuse and the most vulnerable among us. Pray for Bishop Stewart and his family, and all our leaders, as well as the strengthening of our churches during this challenging season.
The Bishop’s Council
Diocese of the Upper Midwest
Our bishop and deans are bound together as beloved brothers, sons, and fathers in Jesus. This Christian solidarity filters down from our leaders to every diocesan church, where trust, honesty, and truth are considered essential to healthy leadership.
NOTE: Bishop Stewart is currently on a Leave of Absence.
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest
Bishop Stewart and his wife, Katherine, have six children, and their first love and passion is developing their family as a “domestic church.” As bishop, Stewart has another deep-seated passion: to plant a revival of Word and Sacrament infused by the power of the Holy Spirit across the Upper Midwest. The diocese does this through modeling the 5 S Church in relationship and mission, raising up leaders and artists, and following the Spirit to new things.
Early in his ministry, William Beasley had a vision of lanterns going out two-by-two from his small congregation in West Chicago: starting in local neighborhoods, then on to surrounding regions, and finally to the ends of the earth. Today William uses his passion for evangelism, mission, and worship by multiplying congregations through the Greenhouse Movement.
Canon for Prayer and Reconciliation
Executive Pastor of The Greenhouse Movement
Father Eirik, his wife, Jeanne, and their six children moved to Kenosha in 2008 for Eirik to become the rector of the newly-formed Light of Christ. The church’s mission is to shine the light of Christ’s love, hope, and healing across southeast Wisconsin.
Christian and his wife, Molly, followed the Spirit’s call for boundless revival when they planted Church of the Cross near Minneapolis in 2004, sponsored by Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL. True to its own pioneering and mission-minded spirit, Church of the Cross then sought opportunities for Gospel multiplication by following the Spirit to a new thing. In 2012, they planted their first daughter church, Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul; in 2017, they planted Restoration Anglican in South Minneapolis.
Canon Rev. Dr. Stephen Gauthier is a priest and Canon Theologian of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest. He assists the bishop on matters of theology and liturgy and is essential in helping to prepare candidates for ordination. Cn. Stephen also serves as Director of Formation for the Greenhouse Movement as the primary teacher in Saint Paul’s House of Formation, and the co-host of the Word and Table podcast.
Lay Canon for Church Planting
Canon Molly serves our diocese as the Lay Canon of Church Planting and broader province through her work as the Director of the Always Forward Institute for Church Planting, an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America.
Sixteen years ago, Fr. Christian and Molly planted the first daughter church of the Church of the Resurrection (now the diocesan cathedral) when when they moved to Minneapolis to start Church of the Cross. Together, they serve as the leaders of Gregory House North in Minnesota. Molly and Christian have four children: two in college and two at home.
Lay Canon to the Ordinary
Brenda has been a member of Church of the Resurrection (the cathedral church of the Upper Midwest) since 1984. She joined the Resurrection staff team in 2009, and became Bishop (then Father) Stewart’s assistant in 2011. After Bp. Stewart was consecrated bishop in 2013, her responsibilities have been split between the Upper Midwest Diocese and Resurrection work.
Brenda’s love for the cathedral and the Diocese of the Upper Midwest is deep: she was baptized, confirmed, and married husband Don at Resurrection. Brenda and Don have four children: Donny, Allison, Annalisa and James. Other than serving the Diocese and Resurrection, some of Brenda’s favorite things are: being out in nature, camping, kayaking, bird watching and reading. She is a lover of coffee, dark chocolate (ok, any chocolate really), spring flowers and midwestern fall colors.
Gregory House Executive Director
After 8 years on staff at Church of the Resurrection, Amy is delighted to focus her energy primarily on directing the Gregory House school.
Amy brings an incredible breadth of ministry experience, having served as Children’s Pastor, Formation Pastor (overseeing children, youth, and adult ministries), and Executive Pastor over the course of her time on staff at Resurrection.
Amy is married to Ryan, and they are raising their 3 boys to know their “delightful inheritance” in the Lord. They love living in Wheaton, adventuring with their boys, and drinking copious amounts of coffee to keep up!