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Meet our new Interim director
By Jack Hanstein Senior Vice President

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our new interim director, Thomas A. Welch. Tom comes to us from the Diocese of Mississippi where he has just completed an assignment as the Director of Camp Hardtner in the Diocese of Western Louisiana. Tom has extensive experience in planned giving, financial planning and as Marketing Director for National College Funding Services.

Tom is a licensed Lay Eucharistic Minister, former National Committee member for the Episcopal Cursillo, Chairman of the Cursillo Secretariat, lay rector of both Episcopal and Methodist retreats, and Director of Camp Funshine, a ministry outreach with the Mississippi Burn Foundation. Plan to attend the National Council meeting in July and introduce yourselves to our interim director.

Greetings Brothers Andrew;

I am excited about this new shared ministry before us. Over the last few weeks as I have visited by ZOOM and conference calls with the Board and we have begun to gain a greater understanding of one another, our passion for evangelization opportunities in our environments, the power of prayer and our love for Jesus.

As I have studied BStA’s mission and ministry I see we have some shared interests from support of youth programs, Scouting and ecumenical efforts. I’ve always held the opinion that the Boy Scouts of America provide the single best opportunity to build character and good citizenship outside of the church itself. To this day my brother and I remain so grateful our parents encouraged their sons to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Our love for Scouting fostered my love for church camp ministry as a volunteer adult. Throughout 30 years in the business world that love was constant. As I exercised a buy/sell agreement in my firm it led me to become Director of a church camp/conference center in the Episcopal Church. This summer I have returned to metro Jackson, Mississippi, to live. The move has afforded me to give two weeks as a “Cabin Dad;” one week with adults with “diverse-abilities” and the other with 5th/6th graders at Gray Center in Canton, Mississippi.

A career in insurance, investments and risk management gave me the opportunity to work with 501c3’s in Planned Giving and Strategic Visioning. I believe I can help grow these areas of ministry for the Brotherhood. It all starts with relationship building and visioning. Those two single pillars are the platform for my time with you.

Please pray for me, as I do you. Let’s get to work!

In Cheerful Service,

Tom Welch, Interim Director

October Breakfast

Guest: Rev. Freddie tellis - Allen Chapel AME church

September Breakfast

Guest: Bishop Russell Kendrick

Bishop Russell Kendrick spoke to the group on “Where the Diocese Is Now?”  The Brotherhood of St. Andrews inducted Glen Berry, Rev. Berry Crow, Vicar St. Andrews by the Sea Destin, and our own Rev. Michael Hoffman.  

August Breakfast

Guest: DR.Martha Saunders, President of UWF

Hayneville Pilgrimage

The Brotherhood of St. Andrews and Episcopal Church Women took their Annual Pilgrimage to Hayneville, AL. This year’s pilgrimage commemorated the 52nd anniversary of the martyrdom of the Episcopalian Seminarian Jonathon Myrick Daniels and 13 others who were killed in 1965 during the summer of civil rights protests in Alabama. The keynote speaker was Dr. Bernard LaFayette, a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer and an authority on the strategy of Nonviolent Social Change.

June Breakfast

Guest: Ken Fagan, Commander of Pensacola Salvation Army


Brothers St. Andrew learned about the ministry of the local Salvation Army Church at their June 17 meeting.  Major Kenneth Fagan, Commander of the Pensacola Salvation Army, listed the wide ranging ministries of his post which include temporary shelter for the homeless, children’s outreach to keep the under privileged in school and off the streets, support for households, and even a smoking cessation program.  The army also teaches such basic tasks as household shopping and budgeting.  Commander Ken emphasized that the army’s focus is to build responsible, independent citizens rather than donate to “toxic charity.”

He also pointed out that the Salvation Army sponsors the Angel Tree, and only 10 out of over 600 angels last year did not find a sponsor. Church is a Ken praised the Pensacola community as one of the most generous he has encountered in his career as a minister in the army. Christ Church is a proud sponsor of the Angel Tree.  Much of the funding for the army’s missions comes from the “Christmas kettle donations.”  90% of these donations stay in Escambia County while a tithe goes to regional headquarters in Tampa.

Also, Brother John Griffing hosted Father Michael Drinkwater to the meeting.  He is now the Canon to the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque NM and is a former parishioner of St. Francis Gulf Breeze.

Photos from the June meeting

BStA Board Meeting 1 June 2017

Members present: Donovan Chau, Dick Hooper, Bill Bragwell, Ebb Ebbesen, Don McShan, Don Meyer, Glen Berry.
Meeting called to order by Donovan Chau, Vice Director. 
Opening prayer - Chaplain, Ebb Ebbesen
Dick Hooper announcements:

  1. Mail Chimp software being used to contact brothers via email to get accurate count for monthly breakfasts and to communicate coming events.  Calling tree has been discontinued.
  2. Funds from the Easter breakfast champagne (net profit) will be donated to the Cooper’s charity.  Treasurer will contact CCP and Coopers to get ID for charity.
  3. Father Michael has joined BStA

Donovan Chau announcements:

  1. Date for annual BStA BBQ is 29 September 2017
  2. Bill Bragwell is cook captain for BStA breakfast on Saturday 17 June 2017

Treasurer’s Report (Don Meyer)

  1. Operating budget approximately $6000.  Seminary fund $7400.
  2. Monthly breakfast just breaking even – not everyone pays.

Glen Berry gave detailed presentation on Samaritan Purse’s program “Operation Christmas Child”
       1. Shoe boxes filled with necessities for children around the world
       2. Gift boxes built by donors
       3. Contribution of $9/box for shipping
       4. Area organizational breakfast 15 July 2017
       5. Glen looking to see if CCP is interested in participating

Dick Hooper additional announcements:

  1. Proposed BBQ for kids at Children in Crisis.  Event would take place at Ft Walton campus Sunday 16 July.  Dick will promote and ask for volunteers at the June breakfast
  2. More bibles need to be ordered for presentation at baptisms.  Dick will get info on bibles to church office so they will be ordered.
  3. Need to get tickler in advance from church youth ministry to order bibles in advance for those graduating from high school.  Dick will talk to James.
  4. BStA Pamphlets for outreach and recruitment are available from the National office.  Board approved the purchase of 100 member version and 50 clergy version
  5. CCP Brofest. When to schedule?  Summer?  Or as discussed last meeting in October.  Bill Belk possible volunteer to cook. Dick will explore options
  6. Boy Scout Liaison to National BStA Organization.  Dick will explore possible candidates for this position.
  7. Joe McDaniel will fill new National Office position for Racial Reconciliation
  8. Recommendation to name the CCP Flower Delivery in honor of Bob Gaines.  Board approved.  Bill Bragwell will see cards with flowers reflect this.  Dick will get a certificate of recognition from the National Office.
  9. BStA T-Shirts.  Order at the next breakfast.  John Kendall has prices.  Don Meyer and Lee Wright will assist with orders.

Future Breakfast Programs:
July – Marianne Weber: Racial Reconciliation
August – Martha Saunders: University of West Florida
Closing Prayer – Bill Bragwell
Meeting Adjourned – Donovan Chau
Minutes recorded by Don Meyer
Respectfully submitted by Lee Wright, Secretary


May Breakfast

GUEST: Ed costello, eds interim headmaster

Photos from the May Breakfast



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