St. Barnabas welcomes a new priest
The Rev. Alexander D. Martin is joining St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village as Priest in Charge. He is currently the associate rector at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Anderson Township (suburban Cincinnati) of the Southern Diocese of Ohio.
Fr. Alex started at St. Barnabas on Aug. 20. His first Sunday service will be on Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. at the church, 468 Bradley Road. All are invited and encouraged to attend the welcome party hosted after the church service.
Fr. Alex is known for his pastoral care, gifted preaching and passion for leading liturgical worship.
”I was attracted to St. Barnabas because it is a place where those who have felt left out elsewhere can find a community to embrace them. It’s a place committed to unapologetically proclaiming God’s boundless love for all people, without exception,” he said.
“Father Alex’s passion and energy for God’s call for radical inclusivity was evident from the first time we talked to him, and that’s really important to us at St. Barnabas. We are beyond thrilled that he accepted our call, and excited for this next chapter in St. Barnabas’ history,” said Clare Long, senior warden of St. Barnabas.
Fr. Alex is a member of the board of directors (and chair of the board’s governance committee) of El Hogar Ministries, a non-profit organization which raises $1.6 million annually to support the life-changing work of El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza, an Episcopal school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in history from The Ohio State University (where he dotted the “i” in the marching band) and a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, where he serves as a member of the Alumni Executive Committee. A native of Ashtabula, he will be relocating to Bay Village with his husband, Rob.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 440-871-6200.
Halley Marsh is a resident of Bay Village and a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church's vestry.