CLERGY & STAFF
The Rev. Brian Coleman is the Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, serving the church as pastor and organizational leader. His passions in leadership include helping others claim their God-given authority through discernment of their own gifts for ministry, and helping them experience more deeply a sense of God's call in their lives. He works with parish leaders to shape a strategy for effective ministry development based on the parish's mission priorities of worship, youth, and discipleship.
Fr. Brian's ministry at St. Thomas includes, among other things: pastoral care, which he understands as being alongside people in their daily hopes and fears, sorrows and joys; preaching as effective Christian communication, both in word and deed by helping others understand how the Bible relates to their lives; daily prayer, through the public worship services provided in the Book of Common Prayer, and through personal prayer and spiritual disciplines, including iconography; and community action and outreach, through service, support and collaboration with local community leaders and organizations.
His responsibilities in the wider church include participation in local ecumenical efforts including membership in a clergy colleague group. In the wider church Fr. Brian serves as a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Society of Catholic Priests, an international organization of Anglican Clergy who support the full inclusion of women and gay and lesbian clergy in the life of the Church, and whose rule of life emphasizes priestly formation and catholic evangelism.
Ordained a priest in 1999 by the Right Reverend Fred Borsch, Fr. Brian has served in urban parishes in Los Angeles, California, and in Sheffield, England (Church of England), where he lived for eight years. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton (B.A. in Philosophy), and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois (M.Div.). He is married to Dr. John Moore, assistant professor of psychology at Olivet College.
Father Brian can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen G. White, Ph.D. is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Battle Creek, Michigan where he oversees the parish music ministry, conducts the graded choral program (RSCM), and plays for all parish liturgies. He has served parishes of various denominations in Michigan, Florida, Kentucky and Texas, coordinated the music for the consecration of the IX Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan, and has served on both public school and university music education teaching faculties. Dr. White is also active as a recitalist having performed at the Cathedral of St. Paul (Detroit), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Port Huron), Grace Episcopal Church (Holland), St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Louisville, KY), First United Methodist Church (Midland, TX), St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evantson, IL), as well as Coventry, Bristol, Southwark, and Truro Cathedrals in the United Kingdom.
Dr. White is an elected member of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), serving on both its Professional Concerns and Development and Gerre Hancock Fellowship committees, is Dean of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of The American Guild of Organists, is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the College Music Society (CMS). He is a Fellow of both the Fraternity of St. Cecilia and the Guild of Musicians and Singers, and holds degrees in Music Education from Florida State University (PhD), Northwestern University (MMus), and Michigan State University (BMus). You may reach Dr. White at music@StThomasBC.org.