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The Rt. Rev. Neil Lebhar
Bishop

BIO

The Right Reverend Neil G. Lebhar has been the first bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) since his consecration in 2010.

Before then Bishop Lebhar served as rector of Church of the Redeemer in Jacksonville, Florida, beginning in 1988.

He and his wife Marcia were married in 1971. They have two daughters and a son, and five grandchildren. They also have a foster daughter who has three children.

Before coming to Florida, he served as Assistant Rector at Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to ordained ministry, he served as Field Director of the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS), a ministry to private school students. He came to faith in Christ through the ministry of FOCUS.He currently chairs the Anglican Unity Task Force, and serves on the local advisory board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His wife Marcia previously directed CMJ-USA. Neil and Marcia have led dozens of groups to study in the land of Israel.

Bishop Lebhar received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1972 and holds masters degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1976) and Virginia Theological Seminary (1978).

Bishop Lebhar loves the Lord, his family, and is grateful for the Lord’s mercy.

Canons

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The Rev. Canon Jim McCaslin
Canon to the Ordinary

The Rev. Jim McCaslin is joyfully married to his wife Ginny, and they are blessed to have six children, and eleven grandchildren.

Jim graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1994, and then went on staff as an Assistant Rector at Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, and at Church of the Redeemer in 1996. After he served as the Rector of All Souls, Jacksonville from 1999-2007, he served as Dean of the Anglican Communion Network until the formation of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009. Jim has served as Bishop Neil’s Canon to the Ordinary since +Neil’s consecration in 2010.

Prior to entering ordained ministry, Jim served as a career Army Officer, specializing in Military Intelligence and Soviet Affairs. A highlight of his military service was his time as a Russian Presidential Translator on the “Hot Line” to Moscow. Jim also served in the Office of Inspector General, a time which proved to be of great value for later ministry. As an IG, he learned how to help agencies run well and conduct investigations while simultaneously providing for the needs of their people.

As a pastor in Jacksonville, Jim is committed to preaching and teaching the unchanging Word of God and focusing on the worship of the Living God in spirit and in truth, the starting point for all ministry and mission.



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The Rev. Canon Taylor Bodoh
Canon for Church Planting


Together with his wife Karissa and daughters Avila and Norah, Taylor has a special passion for raising up and sending out leaders into the mission of Christ, for racial reconciliation, and for calling artists and skeptics to give Jesus a fresh hearing. Taylor has also served on the national church planting leadership team for the ACNA called Always Forward, and is a founding member of the Anglican Multiethnic Network (AMEN).


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The Rev. Canon Mark DiCristina
Canon for Ordination Preparation
Mark grew up in the Boston area, and has served churches in Birmingham and along the coast from Gulf Breeze to Fairhope since 1986. Compassion for people and a passion for the transforming power of God’s Word is what motivate him as a pastor and teacher. He and his wife Brooke have three sons and seven grandchildren.

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The Rev. Canon Mark Eldredge
Canon for Congregational Health
Mark was born near Buffalo, NY but grew up in Palm Coast, FL. He received his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and his Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. After serving as an Associate Priest for three years at an Episcopal Church in Midland, TX, Mark moved to Jacksonville to be the Senior Pastor of Epiphany Episcopal Church. While leading that church through revitalization, he also moved the church into what has become the Anglican Church of North America. After 14 years in that church, Mark also serves a similar role as the Director of Church Revitalization for the American Anglican Council serving the Anglican Church in North America. Mark is married to his best friend, Ame, has three children from 26 to 16, and one grandson. 

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Jessica Jones
Canon for Next Generation Discipleship

Canon Jessica Jones was raised in parish and diocesan ministry. She has served in a variety of positions, including as a Director of Family Ministry, as a worship leader, as a Director for Christian Formation, and as an Executive Pastor. Jessica’s educational experience has set her up to blend education, worship, and theology; she holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education, a Master’s Degree, and a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership, a Doctorate in Worship Studies, and is working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Her current area of study includes applying what we know regarding how people learn in the congregational setting. Jessica is also the Associate Academic Dean, Thesis Director, and Professor at the Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Jessica also serves as the Director of Family Ministry for the ACNA Next Generation Leadership Initiative. Her areas of interest include education, worship and liturgy, catechesis, family ministry, and ministry to women.

 


Administration

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The Rev. Lynne Ashmead
Diocesan Secretary

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Barbara Bevis
Treasurer

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Liz Cohn
Communications Coordinator

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Harris Willman
Lay Administrator