From Senior Warden Milissa LaLonde:
Dear Friends, It is with great joy that I announce to you that St. Francis By-the-Sea has a new Priest!
After careful, prayerful and thoughtful consideration by our Discernment Committee, the Vestry has called Reverend Dr. Brent Was to become our new Rector. He comes to us from the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Eugene, Oregon where he has served since 2011. After serving in the Marine Corps., Brent earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard and a Doctor of Ministry from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. He has great interest in agriculture and social justice and plans to move to Brooksville in February with his wife Windy and their daughters Hannah Maeve (12) and Brigid (10). He will begin his ministry at St. Francis on Ash Wednesday.
Let me assure you that this wonderful choice was not made quickly or without careful consideration. Nine candidates were vetted by the Discernment Committee and each was given time and effort. Video interviews were conducted, visits were made and in the end, Reverend Was became the committee’s unanimous choice.
Our Discernment Committee has worked hard and I know you join me in offering so much gratitude. These are exciting times at St. Francis! We have much to do and many things to celebrate.
Blessings to one and all,
Milissa LaLondeSenior Warden
From Fr. Brent’s Bio
The following is edited from the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Eugene, Oregon website: https://resurrectioneugene.org/staff-2/staff-frbrent/
Originally from the North Shore of Boston, Fr. Brent served as a tank and infantry officer in the Marine Corps before spending a couple of years in corporate management and sales. His trajectory changed abruptly in 2000 when he felt an urgent (and wholly unexpected) call to ministry. He completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School in 2005, and a Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School (also in Cambridge, MA) in 2010, where he completed a thesis on the theology of sustainable agriculture.
Fr. Brent was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts and served as Curate at St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury, Massachusetts, before being called to serve Church of the Resurrection, where he arrived on All Saint’s Day, 2011. He was elected Rector in 2013.
A spiritual descendant of the Oxford Movement, Fr. Brent is a careful liturgist and is engaged deeply in social gospel ministry. He was a founding board member of Opportunity Village Eugene (a self-governed, micro-housing project for the unhoused), and has his fingers in many other pies in the greater-Eugene community. As St. James wrote, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Fr. Brent is married to Windy Dayton, and they have two daughters, Hannah Maeve (12) and Brigid (10).