The Rev'd Christopher L. Epperson, Rector

Chris was called as 35th rector of Bruton Parish Church in 2011.  Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1999, he previously served parishes in Rhode Island, Atlanta and East Tennessee. Since his arrival, Bruton Parish has engaged in new ways of sharing its history, with creation of the group Friends of Bruton, and opening of the Heritage Center in the 1938 parish house. In 2015, Bruton Parish observed the 300th anniversary of the church building with a program of distinguished speakers and preachers, leading to a comprehensive campaign and commission of a new pipe organ for the church. Chris has steered growth of The Episcopal Church at William and Mary (Canterbury) and formation of community partnerships with SpiritWorks Foundation, Community of Faith Mission, and Habitat for Humanity.  Chris is an avid reader and competitive cyclist.  He and his wife Laura Burbank Epperson enjoy travel and activities that come with raising three school-aged children -- a son and two daughters. A native of Tennessee, Chris received a Bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee and Masters of Divinity from General Theological Seminary, New York, NY. 

 

The Rev'd Lauren M. McDonald, Associate Rector
Outreach & Women's Ministries
 
The Rev. Lauren McDonald joined the staff of Bruton Parish in May of 2016.  Born and raised in Georgia, she received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  After college, she spent 15 years as a professional stage manager, including 12 years at Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk.  In the year 2000, Lauren went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that led her to begin discerning a call to the priesthood.  She received her Master of Divinity degree from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in 2008.  After spending three years as the Associate Rector at Hickory Neck Church in Toano, Lauren began working as the Director of Spiritual and Community Programming at SpiritWorks Foundation, a community recovery organization here in Williamsburg.  For the past three years she has also served as the Episcopal Chaplain to Christopher Newport University.  As the Associate Rector for Outreach and Women’s Ministries, Lauren splits her time between Bruton and SpiritWorks.
 
 
The Rev'd Joshua P. Stephens, Associate Rector
for Family Ministry
 
The Rev’d Josh Stephens joined the staff of Bruton Parish in August of 2016 after receiving his Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Josh is the youngest of four siblings and was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, FL, where his family enjoyed all things beach, especially surfing. Josh was active as a teenager at Christ Episcopal Church (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) and it was there he first felt a nudge towards ministry. After high school, Josh received a soccer scholarship to attend Milligan College (Johnson City, TN) where he graduated with a B.A. in Bible/Christian Ministry with a minor in Church History. From 2010-2013, Josh served as Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA. He was ordained to the diaconate at Bruton Parish on June 11, 2016 and his ordination to the priesthood took place in December of 2016. Josh and his wife, Rosanna, enjoy mountain biking and whitewater kayaking.
 
 
The Rev'd Dr. Daniel W. McClain, Associate Rector & Chaplain to the College of William & Mary
 
Dan earned his MPhil and PhD in Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His dissertation focused on the theology of St. Bonaventure. He is also editor of Reading Scripture as a Political Act, and authored an article in the Anglican Theological Review on martyrdom and the poetry of John Donne and George Herbert. Dan has taught courses at Loyola, the George Washington University, and the General Theological Seminary on Children’s Literature and Theology. He hopes to publish a book this Fall on that same topic. Additionally, he writes about issues at the intersection of Theology and Science, and will be co-leading a seminar at the University of Notre Dame this summer on Atheism in Science and the Humanities.
     Dan’s personal, academic, and spiritual journeys have taken him all over the United States. He was born into a military family and was raised mostly in the desert in Southern California.  Although he was baptized in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dan later joined a Baptist Church in Northern Virginia, and then attended a Baptist college. In college and his early twenties, he played guitar and toured North America.
The Rev'd Jan M. Brown, Deacon
 
Jan M. Brown is the Founding/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, a community recovery organization located in Williamsburg, VA.  Jan graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and is one of four people in the country certified as a Master Recovery Life Coach.  She is also an Addictions Educator and sought-after speaker on topics of addiction, brain injury and recovery management.  She serves on the Board of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, the Board of Faces and Voices of Recovery, the SAMHSA BRSS-TACS Steering Committee and co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia and serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.   In 2015 Jan was appointed by the Presiding Bishop to serve on the Commission on Impairment and Leadership.  Jan was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by The Rt. Rev'd Herman Hollerith IV, Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, on Saturday, April 16, at Christ Church in Richmond, Virginia.