About the Rector
Fr. Paul Williams
Fr. Paul Williams was born in High Point, North Carolina, and raised as a Southern Baptist. He sang in the youth choir and was mighty quick in “Sword Drills” and Bible “Memory Work.” He was first introduced to the Episcopal Church as a college student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at The Chapel of the Cross (which was across the street from his fraternity house, Lambda Chi Alpha) where he found himself using the Book of Common Prayer on late nights after studying. After several years in the corporate travel business in the Southeast, he went through the Ordination Discernment Process in the Diocese of Atlanta from his home parish of All Saints, Atlanta. He then attended The General Theological Seminary in New York City (where Bishop Breidenthal was one of his professors) and graduated in 1996. He was first called to serve at the Church of Holy Trinity in New York City from 1996-2001, and then at Christ Episcopal Church in Bloomfield/Glen Ridge, New Jersey from 2001-2006. After spending a 2-year sabbatical in Switzerland with his partner who took an overseas assignment in a Swiss bank, he joined us here at St. Andrew’s in June of 2008.
Fr. Paul is an avid runner and has completed 13 marathons: Columbus (3x) , Air Force (Dayton), Indianapolis, Chicago, New York (3x), Berlin, Zurich, and Milan (Italy), and several half-marathons. Outside of Larry his fav people are their two dogs Hobbes and Cooper, each of whom is an adorable rescue mutt. The family claim is that his brother John met Billy Graham and Johnny Cash at his fraternity house (SAE) at Furman. Well, that and the fact that Larry and he met Patricia Rutledge (Keeping Up Appearances, BBC) after a play outside of London.
About our Music Minister
Ms. Amy Oblinger
Amy Lianne Oblinger received a master’s in music from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a bachelor’s in performing and visual arts from King University in Bristol, TN. In addition to her love of church music, she enjoys theater, travel, and cooking and baking. Amy is a native Virginian, but she has happily adopted central Ohio as her new home. Amy lives in Granville with her partner Brandon and their two cats, Abraham and Olive.
Michael Tigner is a postulant of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and a student at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. He is completing his first year of studies in partial completion of a master of divinity degree. Michael is pursuing ordination to the priesthood. Michael is married with four children.
About Saint Andrew
Who is Saint Andrew?
The New Testament reveals he was St. Peter’s brother. Also, he was the son of Jonah/John, as well as a disciple of John the Baptist.
Andrew immediately recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and quickly introduced his brother to him. Afterward, the two remained Disciples of Christ. The Gospel refers to St. Andrew as one of the Disciples more closely attached to Jesus. He was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Achea.
Before Peter and Andrew joined Christ in his Ministry, they were both fishermen by trade. Jesus consistently referred to Andrew and Peter as ‘fishers of men’.
About the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)
About the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)
The American Book of Common Prayer (1979) is the latest edition in the Episcopal Church which was taken from the last revision of the English Book of Common Prayer in 1662.
The first Book of Common Prayer of 1549 consolidated numerous Mass books, Prayer books, and other liturgical literature. The 1549 Book of Common Prayer was important because it was the first to use the spoken language and put the prayers of the Church into the hands of the people.
The Book of Common Prayer contains sacramental services (Eucharist, Ordination, Confirmation, Marriage, Baptism, Burial rites, and Confession), Morning, noonday, Evening prayer, and special services for major feast days (Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Easter, and others).
In addition, the Psalms (the Psalter), Holy Days and the Lectionary are within the Book of Common Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer also contains the historical documents of the Church and the Catechism of our beliefs.
Each week we offer Prayers of the People for our community, including other churches and community organizations.
The Prayer Net, is a team of people who commit to pray for the needs and concerns of the parish.
Do you have a prayer request? Contact us by clicking here.
Each Sunday, during Communion at the 10:00 AM we have a Prayer Team stationed in our back chapel to pray for any concerns, thanksgivings or more. Again, you do not need to give them any details unless you want to. God knows your request.
On the first Sunday of each month we ask people to come forward who have birthdays and/or anniversaries that month and we ask God’s blessings on their “new year”.
Bringing God further into our lives: Christian Education, Bible Study, Men’s Monthly Saturday Breakfast, Share Groups and more!
Christian Education for Kids. After the 10:00 AM service from September to June. Classes are for all ages, from Toddler to High School. We also have special events, movie nights, sleep overs, Rule 3 (bowling) outings and more!
Check out our Youth Activities page for more information about Christian Education.
Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 PM. Join about 20 or so of us as we study the book of Exodus through Inductive Bible Study methods. We share refreshments beforehand and have a great time. No question is out of line! Newcomers always welcomed and brief introduction to what “Inductive Study” is given around 6:00 PM each Wednesday.
Men’s and Women’s Share Groups. We have several men’s and women’s groups who meet weekly to encourage one another in their walk with Jesus.
Last Saturday Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study of each month. Come at 9:00 AM for eggs, sausage and who knows what else. Each month, a different man of the parish offers a Bible passage for study and discussion.
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• Sunday 8:00 a.m. – Contemplative Rite II Holy Eucharist
• Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with Choir and Hymns of Praise. Child care provided.
• Wednesday 12:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist and interactive sermon, in the Chapel (Rite II)