Membership Newsletter

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Welcome to our bi-weekly newsletter's current edition (Volume 48), "LEAD LIKE ANDREW." It's a quick-read, multi-topic news channel for members to see what is going on, what is planned, and what successes from the previous weeks.

We urge you to contact us with news, tidbits, or notices of upcoming events in your area so that we can include them! We also value your feedback on this newsletter or how your national office is serving you.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with Conrad Jones (email Conrad) or

Dr. Roy Benavides (email Roy) for feedback or for sharing newsletter information!

Please share this newsletter with other men in your parish or community.

1st Peter 4:7 - 13

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be honest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 

We all have the chance to stand up and build upon the gifts we are blessed to have received in birth... discernment, initiative, compassion, inquiry, emotional and intellectual intelligence as well as vulnerability. The use of them confronts our experience, our learning, our intrinsic values especially regarding our drive for engaged relationships.

We are to develop them through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.... we either do or don't... by fiat, experience, or individual initiative.

Brother Skip Griffin

St. Catherine of Sienna TX


The Brotherhood is blessed to announce a new interim President for Province IV, Brother David Penley. He's a member of the St. Mary's chapter in High Point, NC and has been in the Brotherhood since 1985 when his chapter rechartered. "I am excited and honored to be asked to serve as interim Province IV President for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. This has been a focus for me since we were able to reactivate our chapter in 1985. After almost 45 years in the world of transportation & transportation technology, I am happily retired and blessed to now work for our 9 grandkids plus do volunteer work for several non-profits and of course our St. Mary's church.

At this point I feel that God has led me in this direction, and I personally look forward to meeting as many folks as possible in Province IV and other across the country.

Special thanks go out to our National President, Conrad Jones who has been an inspiration & offered guidance to me in taking this next step to serve and continue to help lead men & youth in the path of Jesus Christ."

Chapter and Brother News!

Send us pictures and short writeups of what great things are going on in your Brotherhood world! We'd love to share!


By Jim Carlock, Trinity-Fredericksburg, Virginia, Chapter


Four Brothers Andrew from the Trinity Episcopal Church Chapter in Fredericksburg, Virginia, competed in a charity golf tournament held at Meadow Farms Golf Course in Orange County on Monday, June 12th. Jim Carlock, Richard Humphreys, Selby McCash and Jim Ripley formed a foursome with the team name “Trinity Brothers” in a scramble (best ball) with a shotgun start. Approximately 100 golfers were in the tournament.


The event was held to raise funds for Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a non-profit responsible for coordinating church efforts to cultivate community and care for neighbors. The ministries started in the basement of Trinity, when Patty Marion first offered herself and God's love to a person without housing by offering him a warm cup of coffee one morning. From then on, the need to address hunger and housing insecurity in Virginia has been a priority for the Downtown Fredericksburg congregations.


The Trinity Brothers and Dr. Claire Curcio also sponsored one of the golf holes which included a custom printed sign with the wording: “Brotherhood of St. Andrew Mens Ministry, Trinity Episcopal Church Chapter, Fredericksburg, Virginia.”


Jim Carlock, who coordinated the Trinity Brothers involvement in the tournament, commented “Although our team did not win the tournament, we all felt like winners since Micah Ministries met their goal in donations. Richard Humphreys, however, did win the 50-50 drawing and a new golf bag. We had a great time and helped with a great cause.”

St. Stephens & St. Martins Episcopal Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York

Executive Director Tom Welch got together with some of the brothers and associates of Province II on Sunday 25th.

Br. David King, Province II VP and National Treasurer Br. Cecil Buxo with their bishop Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano at Garden City, NY, Diocese of Long Island during Tom Welch's visit to NY

Ex. Dir. Tom Welch with St. John Evangelist chapter Treasurer Br. Roland Flowers. Br. Roland is "officially" retiring in July to spend time with family back in the Caribbean.

Christ Church

Shaker Heights OH

On June 4, The Kingfisher chapter at Christ Church held a banner installation service during their parish's 10:30am service with Rev. Sally Woodall presiding.

Pictured Brothers: Cliff Spencer, John Mercer, Jack Shelley and Leland Metheny.

St. Paul's - Doylestown, PA

Holy Apostles & The Mediator - Philadelphia, PA

On June 9-11, 2023, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew conducted a men’s retreat at the DuPont Memorial House in Rehoboth, Delaware. Our group at the retreat consisted of 17 men from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown and from Holy Apostles and The Mediator in Philadelphia. Our friendships have grown over the years, and we are planning to further strengthen our bonds this summer by sharing Mass on July 16 and August 8. We had a wonderful retreat filled with fellowship, prayer, food and recreation. We studied “Centered: A Christian Discipleship Experience” developed by the Episcopal Church Evangelism Office. This is a series of short videos followed by small group discussions.

Even now, we are both invited to attend virtual Daily Office services transmitted from our Brothers and Sisters at HAM (Holy Apostles & the Mediator) on a daily basis. In particular, Morning Prayer is available live (or may be viewed later) at 7:30 am, 7 days a week.

A wonderful byproduct of our Retreat is a free exchange of ideas for Outreach/Service. At St. Paul’s we have pledged to construct a Little Free Pantry for HAM which will be modeled after our very successful pantry. Brothers from HAM have suggested how we might meet the needs of more folks by increasing the offerings in our pantry.

Peace, George Wiemann

Chapter Director - St. Paul's

Membership Updates

(Through 6/27/23)

1277 Sr. Members paid

175 New Members!

410 Life Members

11 Junior Members

33 Associate Members

That's 1731!

Coming August 26th ....New Member Orientation!

Recognizing our

Sustaining Members

Sustaining Members refers Brothers who have made a commitment to offer a monthly (or other frequency) donation to the Brotherhood over and above their regular Sr. Membership dues or a Life membership.

Many of us do make additional donations throughout the year (Ex: special appeals, purchase of the Sweepstakes tickets, etc.), but this a pledged commitment of recurring donations in a regular, consistent recurring donation throughout the year by month or quarter. It can be done via PayPal or bank draft or credit card. It represents a commitment to financially support our ministry on an ongoing basis.

At this time, the national office is aware of only 20 Brothers (less than 1% of our membership) who have made this commitment to ongoing support for our ministry. I'm asking you to pray about how you might also commit to this "sustained donor giving" if you are not already doing so. Please email me indicating your intention to support this effort. No need to inform me of the amount, just that you want to be a part of this and at what frequency.

Thanks be to these Brothers for their commitment to financially supporting our ministry throughout the year.

Br. James Miller Br. John Streeter Br. David Adams

Br. Evans Clements Br. Ellis Clifton Br. Nick Cox

Br. Cecil Buxo Br. Walt Joyce Br. Leland Metheney

Br. Louis Surles Br. John Blossom Br. Eric Fisher

Br. John Thompson-Quartey Br. Arthur Simpson

Br. Oliver Evans Br. Peter Gilmour Br. Ken Holloway

Br. Roy Benavides Br. Conrad Jones Br. Ed Milbrada

Br. Ray Talbird Br. George Shumard Br. Jeff Butcher

Can you commit to a $10/month donation to this ministry and community of men that you belong to? I pray you will consider this commitment as well. It is important, if not critical, to the ongoing vitality of our ministry to men and youth. I'm sure I can count on you. If you'd like to discuss more, email me by clicking here: conrad.jones@brothersandrew.net

Please reply back to me if you are already making a recurring monthly or quarterly recurring donation and don't see your name on this list so that I can double check with our national office to confirm and update your NEON profile and have your appreciation gift sent to you!

Members At Large

MAL News!

Bro. Lyn Reavis hosts a monthly zoom "breakfast" meeting for Members At Large (MAL). Using the Brothers Andrew Devotional Hand Book, the meeting ritual begins with our Chapter Devotional. His Life Line format focus on Study, Prayer, and a Commitment to Service in each members local parish or community. The Study usually considers a Saint from the church's liturgical calendar. Members At Large or anyone interested in the Brotherhood is invited.  Check our Members Newsletter "Lead Like Andrew" for more information about the zoom link and schedule. Otherwise, the session usually falls on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 Central Time. Bro. Lyn can be reached at lyn.reavis@brothersandrew.net.

Mark Your Calendars For

These Upcoming Events!


Tune in to our

next webinar


Wednesday, July 5 at 8 p.m. (EDT)

The Reverend David Peters, founder of Episcopal Veterans Fellowship, will present a review of his book Post-Traumatic Jesus: Reading the Gospel with the Wounded. The book takes the reader into the traumatic world of Jesus and offers hope for a wounded world. 

He served as an enlisted Marine and army chaplain, deploying to Iraq in 2005-6. His experiences in war and the trials of homecoming led to his founding the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship and St. Joan of Arc Episcopal Church in Texas, and the writing of several books about God, Sex, and War. He is an avid ultramarathon runner and is the thankful father of three children and one fancy cat. 

The monthly webinar is always the first Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. (ET).

Click here to join the webinar on July 5!

Do you know when your diocese is having their next diocesan convention? If so, please let us know so we can post it here! AND if you or your chapter can man a table or booth at the convention, The Brotherhood has the materials and banners for a booth and we can pay the booth registration fee!

Show the rest of your diocese what The Brotherhood is all about and see if there are parishes that may be interested!

 **229th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia will be held in Fredericksburg, VA Nov. 2-4 at the Fredericksburg Convention Center
** Diocese of East Carolina's Revival and Ministry Fair at Newton Grove on October 21st
** Diocese of North Carolina will be held November 17-18 at the Benton Convention Center in High Point, NC
**Diocese of Rio Grande November 9-11 at St. Alban's, El Paso,TX

Bob Dennis National Day of Service

In 2013, the Brotherhood introduced National Day of Service. Since then more than 180 new service projects have been undertaken by individual chapters. “Perhaps the most satisfying thing about National Service Day is the way Brotherhood chapters organize service projects that involve the entire parish,” said the late Brotherhood National President Bob Dennis.


Our National Day of Service will be July 29! Please begin planning your service project work with your chapters now and remember to send us pictures and stories of all the great service work you are delivering in your community!

Areas of community service are as varied as our membership. It’s where we get the most traction in our tenant of “service.” Here are some examples of community service efforts:

  • Sponsorship and active participation in Habitat for Humanity efforts.
  • Golf tournaments, cook-offs, silent and live auctions, etc., benefiting camps for children of incarcerated parents and/or those youth who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend church camping programs within their diocese.
  • Efforts in aiding homeless veterans through development of “Veteran-friendly congregations.”
  • Outreach programs to those temporarily without homes.
  • Support of feeding programs throughout the country.
  • In many cases community service conducted within one or more of the seven mission areas.

Brotherhood Virtual Silent Auction Is Coming!!!

August12- August 21st

Do you have any "collectibles" or items of value you'd like to donate to The Brotherhood?

Vintage baseball cards

Collectible Artwork or Antiques


Airline miles,

Sporting trips

Kentucky Bourbon


Hotel member points

Think of items you have valued at $100 or more that you'd be willing to donate to The Brotherhood that will be used in a virtual silent auction? Plans are in the works to hold an online silent auction in August. Br. Lyn Reavis will be coordinating the fundraiser even through an ONLINE Silent Auction site. Drop him an email at lyn.reavis@brothersandrew.net if you have something to donate! We'll be sending out another emails next week with more details as well!

August 26th, 11am-1pm EDT.

In a joint effort between our Membership Committee, Field Operations VP and the Stewardship and Generosity Commission we will hold a

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION! Stay tuned for details...the zoom call will be open to all members but focused on New Members who've joined us in 2023!




Pray Day

Join us...

What better way to level set during the middle of the week? We will hold a weekly Wednesday noon (CDT) prayer time over ZOOM open to all Brothers and guests. Let's pray for the Brotherhood, for our Brothers, and even share some stories of how Prayer has impacted you or someone you know!

We can all spare 20 minutes in prayer. It's like stopping at the faith service station to fill up your prayer tank!

Please join us every week when you can to recharge your prayer batteries!

The Zoom link can be accessed by clicking here. 

Copy and paste this Zoom link into your calendar so you can join us for 20 minutes

every Wednesday at 1 pm EST/noon CST/11 am MST/10 am PST!


If you'd like to help lead, pick an empty date and contact conrad.jones@brothersandrew.net or roy.benavides@brothersandrew.net

it's simple...we already have the script made out (in our devotional handbook or the Book of Common Prayer)!

Prayer Leaders Schedule

June 28 - Tom Martin

July 5 - Dick Hooper

July 12 - Bill Grenek

July 19 - Chris Matthews

July 26 - Peter Gilmour

August 2 - Roy Benavides

August 9 Jerry Johnson

Our National Council Meeting will be held on October 7. If you are considering any amendments to our ByLaws, they must be seen by the Executive Board no later than July so that the proposal can be posted in our Cross publication for at least 60 days prior to the meeting.

To view our ByLaws, click here


Elections for national office will be held during our National Council meeting in February 2024. Please begin to think of Brothers you might nominate for any one of multiple offices! Use the form below to make those nominations BEFORE September 29, 2023

Ministry News!

Scouting and Youth

Racial Reconciliation

Social Justice



Restorative Justice

Discipleship and Mentoring

Last week Br. Keith Purser, Program Development VP, hosted a call with the ministry VP's for them to share what their committees are working on and a look at their individual ministry web pages on our website. It was encouraging to hear of all the resources available to our members and chapters when they want to get involved in their local parishes and communities, especially with the National Day of Service coming up!

Does a particular ministry speak to your passion and desire to serve others? Check out the webpages and reach out to the Ministry VP. They would welcome an opportunity to speak to your parish or chapter or lead a workshop!

(click the blue link to go to the webpage)

Br. Ed Milbrada - Scouting

Br. Darren Kendrick - Discipleship/Mentoring

Br Lee Wright - Recovery

Br. Everett Price - Veterans

Br. Rory Smith - Racial Reconciliation

Br. John Thompson-Quartey -Social Justice

Keith Purser - Restorative Justice

Episcopal Scouting Needs You!!

Forward in Faith!

The Scouting ministry of the Brotherhood of St Andrew will be operating an exhibit booth at the 2023 National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America, held this July at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

The Episcopal Scouting booth will profile each day the life of a different Saint, and how they moved their communities “Forward in Faith”. We will also be creating an awareness of The Episcopal Church, and the various Scouting religious awards available to Episcopal youth. Scouts who complete a majority of our program days will receive an Anglican Prayer Bead kit.

We are expecting to hold an Episcopal Mass on Sunday, July 23rd celebrated by the Bishop of West Virginia. We are in desperate need of booth staff. Volunteers are welcome to join as day staff for 1-2 days at a time. Day staffers visiting for more than 2 consecutive days will be charged a small fee for visiting Jamboree, but for 1-2 days, there is no charge. Volunteers are also welcome to join the exhibit full time staff for either 5 day session or for the full event, July 19-28. Volunteers who are not currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America will need to take a short online youth protection training, and be background checked or submit evidence of a background check by another youth focused organization.

Those who are not able to volunteer but wish to support the Scouting Ministry financially may send a donation to the Brotherhood of St Andrew specified for the Scouting Ministry-Jamboree Fund. Our expenses for printed materials, the cost of the exhibit space, and the prayer beads, were much higher than expected this year, so any support is greatly appreciated.

For more information, please contact:

Mel Chapman

Jamboree Lead -Scouting Committee

Brotherhood of St Andrew



Racial Reconciliation Committee

Greetings Brothers and Friends,

We extend to you an invitation you to join us on our journey toward Becoming the Beloved Communityhttps://www.episcopalchurch.org/beloved-community/ Becoming the Beloved Community is a faith walk built on Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream, Practicing the Way and Repairing the Breach.

Over the past two years we have modeled our Brotherhood commitment to Prayer, Study and Service to live into our church’s long-term commitment to racial justice, healing and reconciliation. We meet every third Monday evening and our attendees stretch all across the country. Our conversations start and end in prayer. Our discussions lively and our discernments are based on scripture. We also invite you to join or host a Sacred Ground Circle, which is an important part of our Prayer, Study and Service. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/

If you are interested in finding an achievable path to racial reconciliation, please join us. 

Contact me at: racial.rec@brothersandrew.net

Your Brother in Christ

Rory Smith

Chair, Racial Reconciliation Committee

Vice President for Racial Reconciliation 

Information Resources!

We have initiated a new Direct Line or "Hot Line" for Province Presidents, Diocesan Coordinators, and Chapter Officers who have an urgent need to contact our national leadership at any time. Our Executive Director will have this cell phone at all times. In addition, the executive leadership of the Brotherhood will also be available for return calls by simply leaving a voice mail message on this phone. We have committed to responding ASAP.

The Hot Line Number will be sent to the field leaders under a direct message.

We need stories from Chapters and Ministries

Our editor Kathy Copas really would like to include news of chapter events and ministry meetings or events. If you have something to share, please send to


Prayer Requests

If you have a personal prayer request please contact (502) 450-5809 to access the list and/or submit your requests. Accessing the list to join in the power of praying for those in need.

Many chapters have used various methods of keeping track of their prayer request. One such form has been used that organizes the requests and corporate prayers.

Click Here to submit your request

Learn to Pray the Anglican Rosary


Hymns with Link

When Christ Our Lord to Andrew Cried

When Christ Our Lord To Andrew Cried Lyrics

Jesus Calls Us, o'er the Tumult

Eternal Father

Brotherhood of St. Andrew Asset Map

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Books and Articles

Some Recommended

Books to Read

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to A Spiritual Life


Derek Olsen

Post Traumatic Jesus:

Reading the Gospel with the Wounded


Rev. David Peters (our July Webinar Speaker)

Do you have any book recommendations? Write to us and give us the title and author so we can share it with your Brothers!

Financial Dollars and Cents


Cash Flow Statement for May 2023

From the Director’s Chair

By Executive Director Tom Welch

June has been an eventful month in the life of the Brotherhood administration for me. First, we have welcomed our new Staff Specialist, Libby Craven. She settled into her position on 6/8. We are certainly grateful she has joined us. 

As I write, I am concluding several days in New York City, establishing new relationships with men's ministry in Manhattan and fortifying existing ones in the Diocese of Long Island. First are two very worthwhile meetings with the "Trinity Men" at

Trinity Church/Wall Street. We first chartered a chapter there in 1919. We may see a re-charter in the not-too-distant future. For now, join me in prayer for the progress they have made these past four years in holding a men's ministry group together. What a remarkable collection of men from all walks and stations in life there. I was also blessed with good in-person conversations with more than a couple of clergy in Manhattan and other parts of the country during my stay at House of the Redeemer, a retreat house in NYC. I was most appreciative to have the good fortune to chat with a friend of the Brotherhood, Melissa Skelton, Bishop Provisional for the Diocese of Olympia, who was a guest at the retreat house as well.

Sunday morning, I worshiped at one church and another at 3 pm for the Memorial Service of Remembrance on Long Island. My time in the NYC area ended with the Bishop to the Diocese of Long Island, Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano at his office in Garden City, NY. Joining me for that meeting were Province II Vice President David King and National Treasurer Cecil Buxo. My thanks to Province II President Nick Cox and Treasurer Cecil Buxo for opening their home to me for special conversations with each. The Diocese of Long Island has one of the largest diocesan memberships in the country. At the conclusion of our meeting, it was clear that the bishop would be working with us to expand our ranks even further in other areas of the diocese. The time during that meeting couldn't have gone any better. Believe me when I say great strides were made across the board. Look for more good news from the area in the months ahead.