The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, President of FIFNA
Bp. Ackerman was born in McKeesport, PA in 1946. He and Joann married in 1967 and they have three children and three grandchildren. He was ordained in 1974 at Nashotah House. He has served parishes in New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Texas before being elected as the Eighth Bishop of Quincy (IL) from 1994 until his retirement in 2008. He has been a member of FIFNA since its inception in 1989 and is their current President. Bp. Ackerman serves on the Prayer Book and Liturgy Task Force and is a member of ACNA's Archbishop's Cabinet and College of Bishops. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including To God be the Glory, co-authored with his wife. Bp. Ackerman and Jo own Dove Tracts and have just acquired Parish Press (www.theparishpress.com). Having just completed a set of DVD's (Instructed Eucharist for Children, Instructed Eucharist for Adults, Introduction to the Book of Common Prayer, and Praying the Daily Office), he is currently gathering data for his next book entitled, Dies Irae: An Analysis of Death and Dying in Traditional Institutions. Residing in Keller, TX, he is close to his family where he enjoys his role as "Dad" and "PaPa". Bp. Ackerman enjoys family-oriented activities, baseball and music. He speaks several languages including Spanish, Italian, French, and Swedish. He is currently serving as Interim Rector at St. Timothy's in Fort Worth, TX and as a therapist in the Pastoral Counseling Department at Central Dallas Ministries where most of his therapy to homeless or under-employed persons is done in Spanish.
The Rev. Canon Lawrence D. Bausch
The Rev. Canon Lawrence D. Bausch was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from San Diego State University. He is a graduate of Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He married in 1973, and he and his wife, Carol, have four grown children. He served as an assistant priest at two churches before becoming Rector at Holy Trinity Parish in Ocean Beach in 1979. Father Bausch has conducted many Retreats and Quiet Days including several based on the writings of St. Patrick. He has served on the National Council of Forward in Faith North America since 1994. In 2001, he took a sabbatical in Ireland and the results of his study have been published in his book : The Conversion of the Irish from St. Patrick to 700 AD: A Study in the Relationship between Gospel and Culture. (Ekklesia Publications, 2007) He resigned from the ministry of the Episcopal Church in September 2006, and was received as a priest in good standing in the Diocese of Argentina, in the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. Holy Trinity Parish also elected to leave ECUSA in September, 2006, and Fr. Bausch accepted the call to continue to serve as their Rector. Holy Trinity Parish has since aligned with the Anglican Church in North America.
The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton
Bp. Sutton serves as Bishop Coadjutor within the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church and as Rector of Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas. He also serves as Chairman of the Ecumenical Relations Task Force of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and is involved with the Steering Committee in his Region of Anglican 1000. He often lectures at REC and ACNA seminaries, and is a popular retreat speaker. A native of Kentucky and Dallas resident since he was 13, Bishop Sutton received his BFA from Southern Methodist University and his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. From 1976 to 1991, he served as a parish minister. Following this, he pursued doctoral studies in a Coventry University program associated with Oxford University where he received his PhD. He served as professor and dean of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, and continues as an adjunct professor today. Later, Bishop Sutton functioned as dean at Cranmer Theological House, where he continues to teach. He has authored four books on theology, his most recent being Signed, Sealed and Delivered: A Study of Holy Baptism. He is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas, a fellow graduate of SMU. The Suttons have seven children and three grandchildren.
The Rt. Rev. Donald J. Parsons
The 14th Dean of Nashotah House (1963-73) and VI Bishop of Quincy (1973-87). Professor Emeritis of New Testament, Bishop Parsons been teaching at Nashotah House since 1950. Author of several books, including The Holy Eucharist, Rite 2: A Devotional Commentary (1976), A Lifetime Road to God (1969 and 2012) and The Transformed Resurrection Body: the Origin of the Pauline Concept (1952), Bishop Parsons continues to serve Nashotah House as an adjunct professor of New Testament and Ascetical Theology, as well as a spiritual director and confessor to Nashotah students.
His frequent presentations and sermons at FIFNA assemblies have showcased his skill as an outstanding educator with enormous popular appeal.
"Colossians Live" by Fr. Gordon Schroeder
Thursday night's entertainment
Fr. Gordon has been memorizing Scripture on a regular basis since he was a child. Later he was encouraged to memorize books and then encouraged to present the books and long passages to the public. He pastored Bible churches for nearly 20 years. Recently he was ordained as priest in the Anglican Church of North America in the Dallas, Texas area. Presently, he is an interim priest at St. James Anglican Church in Oklahoma City. Fr. Gordon graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas with a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He has performed dramatic monologues of several books and passages of Scripture. He is married to Martha and they are blessed with three daughters and 8 grandchildren.