Most folks, from children to adults, call me Richard. I was raised in another tradition, but, like many, I encountered and found a home in the Episcopal Church while I was in college.
I have been an ordained priest for over 40 years. In that time, I have served large and small churches and college chapels, all in the Southeast. When I came to St. Andrew’s I once again had that feeling of coming home; a relaxed community, committed to community service and open to intellectual challenge and exploration. This church has helped me to grow spiritually and intellectually, and I feel truly blessed to serve here.
Alongside my active ministry I have an abiding interest in the Christian Spiritual tradition. Exploring Christian Contemplation has been a passion since I was in seminary. As one of my teachers said, “God’s first language is silence, the rest is interpretation.”
I have two children, Sam and Alex (boy and girl), both of whom live in Los Angeles and work in different areas of the entertainment industry.
Healing Eucharist, Tuesdays
Our name says a lot about us: St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound. While not overlooking Wrightsville Sound, we are close enough to the beach that our basic attitude is pretty laid back. We can’t help but feel that we track a little sand into the church whenever we enter. Our worship is traditional, but relaxed; our focus is on living our faith as God’s family in this place. Young families with kids, retirees, and folks in between find a comfortable home here.
Bring your faith and your doubts, your experience and your questions, and, above all, your hopes. There is comfort and joy in our community as share in worship, fellowship, learning, and service.
Our namesake, St. Andrew was the first evangelist and came to Jesus trusting him as his teacher. Andrew wanted to learn, to know God, and to understand Jesus as Messiah.
We gather together in worship as we rejoice, pray, and contemplate the wonder of God. Our worship is best described as traditional and relaxed. Please do not worry about what to wear and when to stand up; after all Jesus wore sandals and we do too.
At St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound we do not tell you what to believe. You are invited into the journey at whatever place you are in your life. We are all sharing this journey together.What We Believe
7:45am Holy Communion Lebanon Chapel 9:00am, 11:15am Holy Communion at St. Andrew's
We are located on the way to Wrightsville Beach at the corner of Airlie Road and Military Cutoff Road/Oleander Drive, next to Airlie Gardens.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). We could as easily translate this as “where your money is…” and not miss the mark. When we give to support St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound we are helping to secure a place where our hearts feel at home. Everything we are as a loving community, our worship, our study, our service, and our play is founded on what we give together.
Come and see what God is doing in 2023
We are rediscovering what it is like for “two or three to gather” and we are rediscovering what it is to worship, study, and play together. We are grateful for those who support this church by their presence Sunday to Sunday, and we invite others to join us again. One of the sentiments I hear most often these days is, “It’s better when we’re together.”
As we move forward into 2023, we can only do so with your continued support...Click to find out more.