The Reverend Christopher L. Epperson, Rector

The Reverend Christopher “Chris” Epperson has been called by the vestry to become the 35th rector of Bruton Parish Church.  Fr. Epperson, 41, has been rector of St. Columba’s Chapel in Middletown, R.I., since 2006. Before leading St. Columba’s, Fr. Epperson served as associate rector at St. John’s Church in Johnson City, Tenn., and as associate rector for Christian formation and pastoral care at All Saints’ Church in Atlanta, Ga. While at St. Columba’s he also was interim chaplain at St. George’s School in Newport, R.I.  A native of Tennessee, Fr. Epperson took his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, with a major in psychology and a minor in economics. After working in his family’s jewelry manufacturing business, he decided to enter the ministry. He received his M.Div. degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City, with a two-year field placement at Trinity Church in New York.


The Reverend Charles A. Robinson, Vicar

Born in Oklahoma, Charles spent his formative years in various areas of the Southwest United States. He enlisted in the Navy as a hospital corpsman in 1970 following high school graduation. After completing his baccalaureate degree, he was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps as an environmental health officer in 1980. Charles completed 28 years of service and retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1998. After serving as a corporate health care executive for two years, he returned to work for the Navy as a civilian scientist before leaving for seminary in 2001. Charles holds degrees from National University and Webster University, and he received the Master of Divinity degree from The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He was rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Suffolk, Va., before joining Bruton Parish in August 2007.     

The Reverend Mignon L. Brockenbrough “Sarah”
Associate Rector for Family Ministries
Sarah is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree.  She was ordained as a Transitional Deacon in May of this year and will be ordained to the priesthood at Bruton Parish in December.  She is married to William Brockenbrough. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Sarah served as Christ Church Episcopal’s Youth Director before moving to Virginia to attend seminary.  Sarah earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University; she also holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.

The Reverend Robert G. Gay, Deacon

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Bob graduated from Loyola University Chicago.  Upon graduation, he entered the Navy.  His career in the Navy was spent entirely in the Submarine Force including command of two submarines.  After 31 years of service, he retired in 1997.  He spent the next seven years managing research for The Johns Hopkins University.  He retired from Johns Hopkins in 2004 to return to the Diocese of Southern Virginia to pursue ordination as a vocational deacon.  Upon ordination in 2010, he was assigned to St. John’s Hampton.  He was subsequently assigned to Bruton Parish in 2012.