Rev. Alison Schultz
Priest in Charge
Rev. Alison Schultz
Priest in Charge
I am so excited to serve Christ Church Parish!!!
As a cradle Episcopalian and Christian educator, I have been in and around the church most of my life.Growing up in northeast Ohio, church was a regular part of my small town life. Choir, confirmation, youth group, and the annual antique show and sale filled much of my time. After graduating from the University of Akron in 1981 I taught school for a few years while working toward a Masters degree in Applied Politics at the University of West Florida. That led to Atlanta where I worked, for a time, with a regional political consulting firm helping to manage political campaigns across the southeast. Not long after moving to Atlanta Todd, my husband, and I found a parish home, where we taught Sunday school and reengaged wholeheartedly with a parish community.
Working in the church allowed me to explore God’s call in new and different ways. My deep love of the church and of children worked together well in the parishes where I served as the Director of Education. It was in those experiences over the years that I gradually came to discern a call to serve God and the Church in a different way, as a priest.
Following three wonderful years at the General Theological Seminary in New York City my family and I returned to Atlanta and I accepted a call to serve Holy Innocents’, a large suburban parish.
My work covered the spectrum of parish ministry; from the formation of children and families to liturgy and pastoral care to community life. No matter the title or responsibility I am committed to facilitating our first attachment to the divine with silence, prayer, and service. My fervent prayer is that I help hold open space that allows us to continually discern how God calls us daily to participate in kingdom living.
I am married to Todd Broadbridge and we have 2 wonderfully grown sons, Ned and Frank, a very jumpy dog, Tinkerbelle, a docile cat, Sooki, and a grateful turtle, Myrtle.
I love to read and I’m trying to write a little. I enjoy knitting and sewing and cooking. Todd and I love going to the movies and look forward to taking full advantage of Portland’s diverse and lively art and music scene.
Rev. Iain Stanford
Rev. Iain Stanford
Iain was born in San Rafael, Ca into a Roman Catholic family at the cusp of two worlds. In the immediate aftermath of Vatican II, he learned to embrace the future, but also to respect the past. It was the great in the great aggiornamento. Ancient words and practices were given new more accessible forms; old ways were coming down and new ones emerging. Harvey Cox, in The Future of Faith, argues that the various reform movements—liturgical renewal, ecumenical dialogues, liberation theologies, emerging church and new monasticism—combine to form what Cox calls “the age of the Spirit,” where Christianity is moving towards an emphasis on spiritual practice and social justice. This spirit of transformation continues to shape the 21st century church and also Iain’s own spirituality.
From family, Iain learned to appreciate that each of us comes to God in their own way. His house had a “settlement” of sorts between my father’s pre-Vatican II Catholicism and my mother’s Presbyterian soul. My father had the heart of a mystic. He prayed to the saints, and told their stories. I learned to love the saints, and to see in their lives the gift of God’s love for humanity across time and space. Figures like Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King stood as modern day saints. From my mother, I gained an appreciation for the concrete, practical side of faith. It was enough for her to get up, say her prayers, and get to work. Taken together, I embraced contemplative practices in a way that feeds everyday action.
Iain studied Industrial Engineering at Oregon State, and his first professional job was as a consultant at Arthur Anderson & Co. After three years of working 80 hour weeks, Iain went searching for the next thing. Through discernment and random acts of exploration, Iain ended up in the study of theology and ministry.
Iain received his Master of Divinity from University of Notre Dame. He went on to receive a Theological Masters and do doctoral work at Harvard Divinity School in the Religion, Gender and Culture program. In 2003, just after the election of V. Gene Robinson to be the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire, Iain began exploring the Episcopal Church, and was received in May 2004.
For many years, Iain was an active lay leader in liturgy and education at Church of Good Shepard, Watertown. He left CGS in 2011 to join the Crossing@St. Paul’s Cathedral, “an emerging church community that seeks to walk in the life-changing, world-changing Way of Jesus, sharing the love, hope, beauty and justice of God in the city of Boston.” (http://www.stpaulboston.org/index.php/community/thecrossing) Iain also worked on staff at Episcopal Divinity School, where he managed a grant funded project to teach various commissions of the Episcopal Church how to use web conferencing to facilitate their work.
Iain began exploring his call to ordination and moved back to Oregon in 2013, He joined the Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, and the Holy Spirit opened a pathway. Iain did a Certificate of Anglican Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and was ordained to the priesthood on January 28, 2017.