Interim Pastoral Care
Reverend James Nolan
The Rev. Jim Nolan, a retired minister with the United Church of Christ, has been asked by the Vestry of St. Andrews to take care of the pastoral care needs of the congregation until such time as a new Rector is called.
Pastor Jim began worshiping at St. Andrews last fall after stepping down from his judicatory duties with the Central/Southeast Association of the United Church of Christ. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, he is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Cami. Between them they have seven children and 18 grandchildren. Pastor Jim is a graduate of Indiana University (and still a diehard Hoosier basketball fan) with a bachelor’s in journalism, an MBA from Colorado State and a master’s of divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.
He spent nearly four decades as an award-winning journalist/editor and publishing executive at big city newspapers (Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver) before trading in pen for pulpit as a United Church of Christ pastor. Before relocating back to Columbus, Pastor Jim and Cami served churches in Fairview Heights, IL and Wadsworth, OH.
In his ministry, Pastor Jim is intimately familiar with churches in transition. In addition to attending to the pastoral care needs of St. Andrews, Pastor Jim is teaching a class on the Book of Acts and will be conducting a series of at-home interviews with every household to listen to what’s on the hearts and minds of parishioners during this time of transition in pastoral leadership. Pastor Jim will also be preaching occasionally over the summer.
Pastor Jim is available for prayer and conversation at email@example.com or via cell, 614-716-8519.
Music, Family, Youth, and Children Minister
Thomas believes in building community and helping young people find hope in a world that often seems to be hopeless. His focus is never telling a person what to believe, but rather helping people ask the questions to help them discover what their faith means to them. He enjoys teaching from the gospels in a way that helps him discover the basic beauty in loving our neighbors as ourselves. He spends time reading, blogging, and podcasting as ways of helping him grow in his own life. He believes strongly in a people active in their communities and seeking to change them with the example that come from Christ’s love.
He enjoys spending time outside either hiking, gardening, and cycling. He is a Trekkie (Star Trek Fan) who enjoys reading and watching science fiction, anime and fantasy. His love for learning has helped in earn a Bachelors and Masters Degree in ministry.
Thomas has been attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for three years now with his wife Rebecca. They live in Columbus, Ohio with their two cats Princess Leia and Tuna.
Interim Minister of Music
Kristin Anderson is a music educator, gold-star Aunt, and wannabe-yogi from Columbus, OH. She grew up in the Methodist Church at Linworth United Methodist where she was confirmed and also helped start the praise band, “Contagion,” which she named after the idea that the love of Jesus is contagious… if only she could’ve known that just years later this would be the title of a questionable sci-fI film.
Kristin studied K-12 Vocal and General Music Education at Ball State University, home of Garfield the Cat, David Letterman, and the ball jar! She began her career in 2011 as an inside sales representative at Echo Global Logistics in Chicago before she found a better fit as director of choirs at Griffith Middle and High School in 2012. In 2017 she moved back to Columbus and began teaching privately at Allegro Studios under the amazing, Jodi Quint, studio owner. In the upcoming Fall Kristin will take on a new position as director of choirs at Wilson Middle School in Newark, OH.
To her delight she discovered the episcopal church through her participation in Capriccio Columbus choir under the director of the wonderful Larry Griffin, where she met the, also wonderful, Senior Warden of St. Andrews Pickerington: Grant Patterson— and she’s been hooked ever since! So far her favorite thing about the Episcopal Church is the motto: “all can, some may, none must.”
Kristin believes we each have a unique relationship with God and she also believes in meditation and prayer. She is also an avid believer in and lover of people and enjoys hearing the stories and experiences of others. It is her aim to serve St. Andrew’s by lifting and uniting the congregation in a meaningful way, through song. She is committed to the ideas that everybody can sing and we are born musical. Kristin hopes to welcome and invite all to sing during worship and for those looking for more, that they come up after service and chat with her about our very special and talented choir and/or the instrumental music opportunities we have to offer at St. Andrew’s.
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.
The 2019 Vestry Members of St. Andrew’s
Class of 2020: Amanda James; Andy Taylor; Robbin Zaborniak; Abby Segelken (Youth Member); Fred Stutske (Jr. Warden)
Class of 2021: Keith Hays; Jana Mielcarek; Eve Wright; Grant Patterson (Senior Warden)
Class of 2022: Rob Barr; Debi Chakeres; Albert Chappelar