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Fort Bragg, CA
The Reverend Mother
Fort Bragg – Evergreen UMC
The Rev. Edward Bledsoe
Camarillo, CA
All Saints Parish
I was born in the U.S. Naval Hospital, at the Naval Base Port Hueneme, Ventura County, State of California.  My education was achieved in California and Europe.  My most recent was at the University Sacramento, while serving as a Civil Servant.  During which I received several commendations and awards, including but not limited to a Presidential Citation for my work with U.S. Veterans and the people at large in the State of California.
The Rev. Jay Mueller
Albuquerque, NM
Vicar – EACA
Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Born and raised within the Anglican tradition, Fr. Jay Mueller, originally from Liberal, Kansas is rector/vicar of Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Jay was ordained to the diaconate in 2007 at the First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine by the Rt. Rev. Rusty Smith and the Rt. Rev. David Bellville. Two years later in August 2009 he was ordained to the priesthood at the Dominican Retreat House in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the Rt. Rev. Rusty Smith.  Fr. Jay has been active with the Chapel of the Holy Spirit faith community since its inception and was an original member of St. Stephen’s Anglican Spirituality Center in Albuquerque planted by Rt. Rev. Rusty Smith in 1999. Fr. Jay’s formation included coursework from the Anglican Institute of Affirmative Christian Studies.
The Rev. Jeff Hall
Long Beach, CA
All Saints Parish
Fr. Jeffrey Hall graduated from The Diocesan School of Theology, located in Seattle, Washington in 1993.

1992 – 1995 – On-call Trauma Chaplain for Harbor View Medical Center – Seattle, Washington

In 1997, completed studies with Anglican Institute of Affirmative Christian Studies to prepare for Ordination to Deacon April 19, 1997 with subsequent Ordination to the priesthood following on September 27, 1997.
The Rev. Kristina Russell-Elliott
Fort Bragg, CA
Assistant Pastor
Evergreen UMC
Kris Russell is a graduate of PSR’s CTEL program and an assistant pastor at Evergreen Methodist Church in Ft Bragg Ca. She is interested in all things interfaith and considers her ordination to the priesthood her greatest blessing.
The Rev. Nancy Morrison, MD
Palisade, CO
Boulder, CO

Author & Spiritual Director
The Rev. Russell Van Hoose
Povidence Village, TX
Social Media Minister
First Christian Church – Denton, TX
Russell is a native Texan and the grandson of two ministers. Being raised a Methodist and developing a deep appreciation for Methodism’s Anglican roots, his connection with the EACA was fore-ordained.

Russell has been involved in Christian ministry since 1991 serving in the United Methodist Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Having studied at Asbury Theological Seminary and completing the course of study through the Southwest Region of the Disciples of Christ, Russell was ordained in 2009 in the United Christian Church of America and has been affiliated with the EACA since 2011.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s of Education degree from Lamar University. Russell and his husband, Kenneth, own and operate a wedding planning business and a custom bakery in North Texas.
The Rev. Susan Draag
Linton, IN
EACA Communication Director
Born in Bronx, New York, March 3, 1946 to very strict Roman Catholic family.  As a teenager, left the RC church and struggled for many years trying to find a church home that would accept my sexuality. Attended SUNY F’dale Ag & Tech College majoring in agronomy, joined the Peace Corps in Bolivia, South America, after attending Utah State Univ. for Peace Corps Training.  Upon returning, worked many jobs over the years and finally actually came out in 1978. In 1996, God lead me to the EACA. I was ordained a Deacon in 1997, a priest in 2007. I am retired and working part time for Walmart. I currently live in Linton, Indiana (lived in New York, North Carolina and Tennessee), I have had very high paying jobs and very low menial jobs. I have been around the block several times and had it not been for my friends and colleagues in the EACA, I would have not survived. Life is very good. 
The Rev. Vangie Chavez
Albuquerque, NM
Rising Sun Christian Community
I am a native New Mexican currently serving as Pastor of Rising Sun Christian Community (RSCC) in Albuquerque, NM.  I have served in ministry for the past 30+ years with a calling and a passion for ministry to the LGBTQ community.  I was ordained on August 24, 2010 as Servant Priest in the EACA.  I hold a B.A in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible & Seminary.
The Rt. Rev Craig Bettendorf
Long Beach, CA
Founding Bishop
Evangelical Anglican Church in America
“I pray that none will be offended if I seek to make of the Christian Religion an Inn where all are received joyously, rather than a place where a few close friends of the family are received.” Richard Hooker
These words of Richard Hooker inspired Craig Bettendorf as he studied for ministry within the Anglican tradition. This message of creating a place of inclusivity and mutuality has been a hallmark endeavor throughout his faith journey and ministry. The study of Liberation theology as expressed by Gustavo Gutierrez and exemplified by the life of fallen Archbishop Oscar Romero gave Bettendorf great faith and spiritual determination. The following statement of events briefly depicts the journey that lead to the writing of A Biblical Defense Guide for Gays, Lesbians and those who love them.

September 27, 1959, Baptized, Gesu Roman Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI.
April 15, 1973, Confirmed, Apostles Lutheran Church, Franklin Park, IL.
December 6, 1992, Ordained Deacon, St. Jude Church, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican Catholic Church of the Philippines), Huntington Beach, CA +Juan Baladad, Missionary Bishop.
May 2, 1993, Ordained Priest, St. Jude Church, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican Catholic Church of the Philippines), Huntington Beach, CA +Macario V. Ga, Supreme Bishop.
December 1992-June 1994, served as assistant Rector and Rector within two parishes serving the Filipino community in Los Angeles, CA.
June 1994-August 1997, served as Rector of All Saints Anglican Church, Los Angeles, CA.
June 1994, Established the Anglican Institute of Affirmative Christian Studies in Redondo Beach, CA.
December 4, 1994, Elected and consecrated to the office of Bishop, Evangelical Anglican Church in America, All Saints Parish, Los Angeles, CA, +G. Stephen Trivoli-Johnson.
September 3, 1996, Denounced the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signing the National Freedom to Marry Resolution, All Souls Church, New York City, NY.
April 23, 1999, Presented to the students and faculty of The Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
May 27, 2001, Installed as Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America, Cathedral of St. Jerome, Tulsa, OK. +G. Stephen Trivioli-Johnson.
October 17, 2002, Facilitated a Concordat agreement between the Evangelical Anglican Church in America and the Open Episcopal Church of Great Britain and Ireland, bringing both churches into full Inter-communion.
August 27, 2004, Consecrated Carmen Valenzuela and Rusty Smith for the Office of Bishop for the Evangelical Anglican Church in America, Cathedral of Jesus of Nazareth, Tampa, FL. Announcing his own retirement.
Oftentimes cultural prohibitions thrive unchecked by the general populace eventually entering the world of “known understanding”. “It is this way because it has always been this way”, becomes the reflexive response to change for the dominant culture. This was certainly the case while institutional approval of human slavery existed. It was also the case when Women sought to exert their independence grasping for equality in a male-dominated world. Throughout the past three decades, members of the Gay and Lesbian community have sought freedom from hate as well as religious and societal tolerance gaining some small degree of success. A Biblical Defense Guide was researched and ultimately authored to be used as a tool for mutual understanding. Those who seek a clear understanding of the societal prohibition and oppression of cultural minorities will be well served in seeking answers outside of the known cultural understanding of “It is this way because it has always been this way”. A Biblical Defense Guide will offer interesting insights to all those who seek to understand the historical, cultural, and societal prohibitions that are at work in the world today.


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