Meet Our Clergy and Lay Staff

Rector

The Rev. Richard Tarsitano

A life-long Anglican, Richard Tarsitano was born in Denver, Colorado, but moved around quite a bit including stops in Connecticut, South Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana, and Georgia.  He joined the Navy straight out of high school and spent nine years roaming the high seas aboard ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport.  He achieved the rank of chief petty officer before choosing to separate from the Navy in 2013 to pursue a calling to the priesthood.

 

Father Tarsitano has a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Jacksonville) and has been serving as rector since April 30, 2017.  His undergraduate work included a BA in English with a minor in Professional Education.

Fr. Tarsitano is the husband of the long-suffering Meghan Tarsitano who graciously puts up with his “book mountains” and incorrigible love of the Chicago Cubs.  The family also includes Madeline Rose Tarsitano, and her brother, Hugh Laurence Tarsitano.

Richard.tarsitano@gmail.com  |  Tel: 904-705-3614

Parish Organist

Carol Weidner

Carol is a great addition to the staff at St. Michael's.  She brings decades of expertise in both performing and teaching sacred music.  

Deacon 

The Rev. Mr. Brandon Cribbs

Deacon Brandon was ordained to the diaconate on May 1, 2020 by Archbishop Mark Haverland. He grew up in St. Augustine, Florida and attended the University of North Florida where he received his BA in Mathematics with a minor in History in 2010. He then attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity in 2018.

Brandon has a special heart for Hebrew and everything Hebrew related. He considers Biblical Theology one of the most important disciplines anyone can study because Scripture is paramount. One of his favourite theologians, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, firmly believed that scripture was of vital importance, so much so that our prayer book is loaded with scriptural references. Dcn. Brandon, in agreement with the 39 articles, sees biblical literacy as the cornerstone of faithful, continuing Anglicanism. Good orthodoxy leads to great orthopraxy! He loves talking about scripture, so just come talk to him!
The deacon's family comes from England and he is extremely proud of his Anglican heritage. He remembers one of the first times he heard the Bible was when he was reading it to his great-grandmother, Gladys Ethyl Lillian Turner, in the english town Ipswich, Suffolk. He loves the Anglican Church and considers it a part of who he is and is proud to be Anglican. 

Rector Emeritus

The Rev. Laurence K. Wells

Fr. Wells has been active with St. Michael’s since its first organization in 1980.  He became Rector after his Ordination to the priesthood in 1982 and continued in that role until 2013 after he had become disabled by stroke. He is a graduate of Davidson College (B.A. 1961, Classics) and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1963 (M.Div.).  He is pictured here with his lovely wife Olga

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