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Staff

Rev. Tom Rutherford, Rector

The Reverend Tom Rutherford has been Rector (senior pastor) of the Messiah family since 1996 ("NOT LONG ENOUGH!" he says.). He's married to Debbie, and between them, they have 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Before coming to Messiah, Tom was Youth Minister at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 11 years where he took teenagers all over the western hemisphere as missionaries, wrote youth ministry books and magazine articles, and helped coordinate national Episcopal youth worker conferences. He went to seminary at Sewanee and served as Assistant Rector and then Interim Rector of St Christopher's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina before coming to Messiah.

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Rev. Tracy Dugger, Assistant Rector

The Reverend Tracy Dugger joined our staff full time in June, of 2016. She is married to Will Dugger and they have one daughter, Evie. Tracy has previously served as an Associate Priest at St. Benedict's Church, in Plantation, FL, hospice chaplain with VITAS, and worked in Children's and Young Adult Ministry. Tracy first came to Messiah in 2008 and did much of her Seminary training while attending here. Tracy received her Master's in Divinity, from Asbury Theological Seminary, and received a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Nashotah House. Tracy is delighted to come home. 

 

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Deacon Tim

Rev. Tim Wetherington

 

Deacon

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Rev. Julie Altenbach

 

Deacon

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Janie Walton

Youth Minister

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Angela Lopez

 

Children's Minister

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Barbara Ellerbe, Preschool Director

Barbara Ellerbe has been the Director of Children of the Messiah Preschool since 2003 and is a 3rd generation native Floridian. She met and married her husband Doug in 1988 while earning her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Central Florida, and they have two beautiful grown daughters. Barbara taught Pre-K at Children of the Messiah prior to becoming Director. Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto me and do not hinder them because such is the Kingdom of Heaven." This Biblical foundation and a genuine love of young children are the cornerstones on which she has based her administration of Children of the Messiah Preschool.

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LaVerne Woods

Parish Administrator

You can contact her at:  churchofthemessiah@embarqmail.com