Archbishop Foley Beach
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Archbishop Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He began his ministry by serving teenagers through Young Life. Prior to serving as archbishop and bishop, he planted and led Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. He and his wife are life-long Georgians, and have two adult children.
Our regional family is led by the Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic, the Right Reverend John Guernsey. He was elected to be the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic of the Anglican Church in North America on May 21, 2011. Bishop John also connects us to the wider Anglican Communion. We highly value the direction and guidance of Bishop John and the rest of the leaders and pastors of the Diocese!
Justin Clemente – Founding Planter & Parish Priest
Rev. Justin brings over a decade of experience in parish ministry to his work as a parish priest. In his Gospel ministry of Word and Sacrament, his passion and desire is to see the “amen” and “alleluia” of every person at NCC grow stronger and brighter as they come to know their Savior more and more.
Prior to his calling to begin NCC, Justin served as Pastoral Assistant/Liturgist for Church of the Saviour of Rohrersville, MD (2007-2012). He was ordained to the transitional diaconate in December 2015 and ordained a priest in June 2016. In terms of pastoral credentials, he wants you to know he has never owned a pair of skinny jeans. You can read his “Anglican story” here and his full spiritual biography here.
Justin earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Trinity College of Florida and earned a Master of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He has a wonderful wife (Brooke) of fifteen years and five beautiful children (Lucy, Forrest, Copeland, Crosby, and Theodore). If he’s not in church, with his family, or reading, then he is definitely fishing.
Have a question? Reach out to Justin at RevJustin [at] ncchagerstown.org.
Deanna Martin – Children’s Initiatives Coordinator
Our Children’s Initiatives Coordinator (CIC) oversees all weekly, monthly, and quarterly children’s ministry. Deanna’s primary role is to lead, facilitate, and promote age-appropriate initiatives and at the same time recruit, train, and develop team members as needed (leaders, teachers, nursery attendants, etc.). Within the common ministry of the Body of Christ, the team works together to help transform our children into committed disciples of Christ who love others, and know, love and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Vestry – Jackie Crews, Karen Burger, Mike Shives, and Melissa Dasch
The Vestry is both a temporal and a spiritual governing body at New Creation Church, advising the Parish Priest in his role of overseeing the Spiritual life of the Congregation, and overseeing many different areas of congregational life. Within our Vestry, Mike Shives currently serves as our Senior Warden and Jackie Crews serves as our Junior Warden.
Treasurer – Melissa Dasch
Melissa serves our community by keeping our books and record keeping in order, and by reporting out to the Vestry and congregation on how we’re doing as a church family. Melissa also works closely with leadership as a member of the Vestry.
Parish Administrator – Sally Breisch
Our Parish Administrator works closely with the Parish Priest, caring for the life of the church in important, diverse and yet humble ways. The PA cares for many “behind the scenes” aspects of church life.
Our “Servants Council” is made up of the Ministry Team Leads within the church. It’s a time to touch base on how things are going across the ministry of the Body, and to brainstorm about potential new ideas as we continue to grow.