Christ Episcopal Church of Pottstown, PA          
         
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  • William Rex
    Interim Rector

         The Rev. William Moyer Rex was born in NE Philadelphia. Around age 7 the family moved to Levittown. He attended Shippensburg State College (BA in English/Theatre Arts, 1970,) Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg (MDiv, 1974.). He has served since then in PA parishes in Erie, Pittsburgh, Vandergrift, and Ferndale. During his years of service he has served as a Pastor, as Communications Chair for the Western PA/WV Synod, as a member of 2 Synod Councils, served on the Lutheran Advocates for Maritime Mission for many years, Lutheran Disaster Response for many years, and the Emergency Response Committee for Nockamixon Twp.

     

          In addition to his duties as Interim Rector, he currently works in the Port of Philadelphia & So. Jersey where holds two positions. The first is as a Port Chaplain visiting seafarers providing services to Philadelphia from all over the world. With a special Synodical call he ministers to the maritime community through Word, Sacrament, and ministry of presence, providing for seamen’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs. He is an advocate for them in times of need and provides leadership in ways that give them the necessary tools to mitigate their situations. This position is funded by Seafarers International House (SIH) in New York NY, the Lutheran expression for maritime ministry. This is a partnership with Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia/South Jersey (SCI,) an ecumenical maritime ministry.


         The second role currently is that of Office Manager for SCI. He coordinates and manages the offices and
    ministry staff of the SCI center at 475 N. 5th St. Philadelphia. His work provides relational stability between
    the part time staff, volunteer staff and full time staff operating the maritime ministry of SCI. He also helps coordinate efforts to solidify the relations between the port maritime community and the mission of the church. He preaches, teaches, and provides sacramental worship when asked.


         He currently sits on the board of NAMMA (the North American Maritime Ministry Association) as the Lutheran denominational representative, is  the Treasurer of LAMM (Lutheran Advocates for Maritime
    Mission,) and until recently a Clergy at Large member of the Synodical Council of SEPA Synod
    In the course of his ministry in the church he has held many positions from activist to Chair of Communications, to membership on various committees of the synods in which he has been called.
        

         Fr.. Rex is serving Christ Church as  Interim Rector (started 5 June, 2016) and will continue in that position until we select a permanent Rector. As is usual with an Interim, Rev. Rex will be with us on Sunday’s and part-time during the week. His default hours are: Sundays, Tuesday  mornings, and Thursday evenings. He also serves as needed for special services and pastoral calls. Rev. Rex will is a welcome support for our ministry as we search for a new Rector.

  • Andrew Kline
    Priest Associate - Spanish Ministries
  • John Houghton
    Priest Associate

    Introduction to Our Clergy – The Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D.

     

    The Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D. is one of our associate priests, and Chaplain and Chair and Instructor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at the Hill School here in Pottstown.

    He grew up in Culver, IN, a town his family founded in 1844, and graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1971. His degrees include a BA (English, cum laude), Harvard; MA (English) Indiana University; MAR (Theology, summa cum laude), Yale Divinity School; Diploma in Anglican Studies, Berkeley Divinity School, Yale; MMS and Ph.D. (Medieval Studies), Notre Dame.

    Most of his career has been spent teaching English and serving as chaplain in independent schools in Indiana, Louisiana, and Missouri. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church on the feast of St. Bede the Venerable, 2007.

    Realizing that you are “called” to be ordained can be a confusing and difficult process, but Fr. Houghton’s first intimation of it was rather overt. Once, when he was a Culver cadet, visiting the Academy Chaplain and watching Rod Serling’s Night Gallery on TV, the Chaplain turned to him, and out of the blue said “You’re going to be a priest.” Sometimes God speaks clearly.

    Fr. Houghton always planned on being a teacher rather than a parish priest, and found that the Episcopal Church wasn’t really set up to deal with that. Nonetheless, he persevered and, while canonically resident in Louisiana, was ordained by The Rt. Rev. Stuart Little, II in the Diocese of Northern Indiana.

    He has been a chaplain at independent schools in Indiana, Louisiana, and Missouri before coming to Pottstown.

    Fr. Houghton has a number of publications, including a novel-Rough Magicke, poetry-Falconry and Other Poems (both available on Amazon). He plans to publish a sequel to Rough Magicke this summer, tentatively titled Like a Noise in Dreams.

    He has also published a number of academic essays, particularly in the area of medieval studies. He has a particular passion for the works of J. R. R. Tolkien—Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, etc. and, as a result, is on the editorial board of Mythlore and The Journal of Tolkien Research. His recent article for Connections, “Holidays as Signs of the Timeless,” can be read on the Hill School website[i].

    His work has been recognized with the Nelson Burr Prize of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church in 1998 (“No Bishop, No Queen: Queens Regnant and the Ordination of Women” and the Dorothy A. Given Fellowship of the Episcopal Church Foundation, 1990-1993

    Fr. Houghton is also active in the community. He and his students participated in the parish shelter ministry, serving a meal to those spending the night, and he is using his discretionary fund to help buy and install one or more street cameras to help decrease crime locally. He also serves on diocesan committees both here in PA (as an Examining Chaplain) and in Northern Indiana (as a member of the Committee on Constitution and Canons).

    [i] http://www.thehill.org/Customized/Uploads/Secure/Docs/229/JohnHoughtonHolidays.pdf

  • James Shelly
    Associate Pastor
  • Morris Longstreth
    Priest Associate

    The Rev. Morris Longstreth is one of our associate priests, and is retired as an English teacher from Montgomery County Community College.

    He is a native and long-time resident of this area, born in Gladwyne, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.

    Morris is a graduate of Episcopal Academy (1951) and of Haverford College in 1959. While in college, he was drafted into the US Army. After training at Ft. Dix, NJ and Ft. Holabird, MD, he served in the Counter-Intelligence Corps at Ft. Meade, MD. He was released from the Army in 1958 and returned to college to complete his degree in English. He also received a Master of Arts in English from Villanova (1970).

    For a year, he taught English at the Booth School, "A Country School for Boys and Girls," in Rosemont, PA. The Booth School was a private school in the Philadelphia Main Line suburbs from 1938 to 1976.

    In 1960 he married his wife, Barbara, and shortly afterwards entered Philadelphia Divinity School (now Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA) to pursue ordination, graduating in 1963. He was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of PA on June 14th, 1963 and in Rochester, NY, on December 14th, 1963 was ordained a priest. While in Rochester, he served for three years as curate of St. Luke’s.

    Morris’ calling was to teach and work with students, so most of his career has been spent teaching English. He was one of the early teachers at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), 1967-1976, when it was still located in Conshohocken, PA.

    In 1981 he and his family moved to southern California for him to teach at the Seal Beach Episcopal Mission School and at St. Timothy’s School. Barbara coached hockey and lacrosse and Long Beach State through 1977. They then moved to Palo Alto where he worked for the Youth Development Services coaching disadvantaged youth through the process of getting a G.E.D. and employment, and where Barbara coached field hockey and lacrosse at Stanford University.

    In 1989 they returned to Pennsylvania where Barbara started Longstreth Sporting Goods, and Morris returned to teaching at Montgomery County Community College. He has also taught courses at Penn State (Reading), Temple University, and Philadelphia Community College.

    Morris is retired from MCCC and is active as an associate priest at Christ Church, a supply priest in the diocese, a leader of Bible studies at Manatawny Manor and Manor Care. His stated plans for the future are to read, think, contemplate, and grow in the Spirit.

  • Robin Robb
    Deacon
  • Erma Magee
    Parish Secretary
  • Shirley Dietz
    Minister of Music
  • Frank Benne
    Sexton
  • Cindy Smith
    Treasurer

 

 

 

 


 
 

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