Leadership

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.

Bishop John Guernsey

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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!

Founding Planter & Parish Priest | Fr. Justin Clemente

“For there [are] three points of his duty – the one, to infuse a competent knowledge of salvation in every one of his flock; the other, to multiply and build up that knowledge to a spiritual temple; the third, to inflame this knowledge, to press and drive it to practice, turning it to reformation of life, by pithy and lively exhortations.”

George Herbert, The Country Parson

Fr. 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 in 2012, 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.

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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 supportive and strong homemaking wife (Brooke) of eighteen years and six beautiful children (Lucy, Forrest,  Copeland, Crosby, Theodore & Clive). 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.

Vestry | Melissa Dasch, Stephanie Sipes & David Breisch

The Vestry is the primary leadership group at New Creation. Under our Bylaws, the Vestry is our parish council. Vestry has oversight of temporal matters, while the Parish Priest has oversight of spiritual matters.  Except for the Parish Priest, who also serves on Vestry as its chairman, Vestry Members are all lay persons, elected by voting members at our Annual Meeting (normally in November or December) to serve staggered three-year terms. Within our Vestry, Dave Breisch currently serves as our Senior 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

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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: everything from bulletin and liturgy preparation to expenses book keeping and personnel needs.

Minister of Music | Mack Berry

As Minister of Music, Mack works closely with the Parish Priest to provide excellent and God-honoring musical leadership for the public worship of New Creation.

As a full-time musician, Mack brings a wealth of musical experience and leadership into his role at NCC. Most importantly, he brings a love for corporate music (sung prayer) and a practical understanding of the role music plays in our liturgy & worship of the Lord.

Also, he owns a keytar. Shh – don’t let him know this picture is on here!

Nursery Coordinator | Brooke Clemente

Brooke Clemente serves as our nursery coordinator, organizing childcare for ages 3 and under during our events. Is she qualified? She homeschools her six kids. ‘Nuff said.

Her goal as a Nursery Coordinator is to keep our nursery as a safe environment for kids, and to support the families of our church, especially young moms & dads.

New Creation is proudly a MinistrySafe congregation. Find out more on our approach to kids over at our Children & Teens page.