April 28, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of St. Andrew’s Cathedral,

The theme throughout our profile was, “May the One We Long for Long for Us.” It is with great joy that we announce that the Vestry has called, as the thirty-sixth Rector, and Bishop Seage has appointed, as the ninth Dean, the Reverend Anne M. Maxwell.

The Reverend Anne Maxwell, now Associate Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana, has accepted our call. Anne will begin her ministry at St. Andrew’s on July 15. She will celebrate her first Eucharist with us on Sunday, July 21.

Anne is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology, Georgia State University with a Masters in Community Counseling, and The University of the South School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity, where she received the preaching award her senior year. She was ordained in 2004. Prior to coming to Christ Episcopal Church in 2009, she served as Associate Rector at Holy Trinity Parish, Decatur, Georgia (4 years), and St. Dunstan’s Church, Atlanta, Georgia (2 years). Prior to attending seminary, Anne worked as the youth director at All Saints’ Church, Atlanta, Georgia, and in the counseling/psychology field as a program director, therapist, and adolescent program coordinator. 

Anne is a cradle Episcopalian and the daughter and sister of Episcopal priests. She and her husband Bill have been married for 19 years and they have one son Sam (12) and a sweet lab-child named Maggie. Anne prefers to be called by her given name, though you may certainly use Dean if you are more comfortable doing so.
Please join us in congratulating the members of our profile and search committees for their success. They deserve our sincere thanks for their resolve, devotion, and hard work.

The Transition Committee will host events to give all members of St. Andrew’s the opportunity to welcome Anne and her family. Look for announcements of dates and times in the Sunday bulletin, the weekly Epistle, and your email.

Please continue to pray during this time of transition as we “prepare the way” for our new Dean, the Very Rev. Anne Maxwell.
Christ’s Peace,

Joe Surkin
Senior Warden
Henderson "Hinky" Hall
Junior Warden
The Reverend Anne Maxwell's Message to the Parish

Alleluia, He is risen! My Dad, who was also a priest, used to wake me up every Easter with that statement and I would boldly respond, “The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!” My first year at Boston College, Dad called me late Easter morning and was rather grumpy. Turns out he had woken up at least four other people in Boston because he kept dialing the wrong number!
We certainly have something to celebrate this Easter. It has been quite a year for all of us praying and wondering and discerning this call. From the first time I read the profile back in September, I have been excited about the possibilities. I was traveling in Scotland on my way to Iona the first time I heard of your search. That seems appropriate. The tag “Cathedral in the City,” caught my attention as it is such an inviting and engaging statement of commitment. The ministries you have for the people of the city from the feeding programs to the grand musical offerings show your hospitality beyond your own walls. The attention to racial and civic issues and taking a stand in healing divides shows compassion. The people I met through this process from the Search committee and the Vestry were so wonderful. They were so passionate about St Andrews and where you could go from here. You may have had some rough patches but it sounds like you are ready to get back to work being that haven of God’s word, God’s forgiveness, God’s glory in the world. I am certainly looking forward to being on that journey with you.
My husband Bill recently left his position with a construction company and will be exploring all possibilities in Jackson. Sam will be entering the 7th grade and hopes to continue with archery, tennis, and lacrosse. My dog Maggie just wants to be fed and loved on. See you in July. I hope you have a blessed rest of the Easter season. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!