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About Bishop Anderson

Bishop Jeff brings interesting experience and education to the priesthood and Christ Church.

His religious training began after he retired from the Army. He received seminary training at Sewanee: The University of the South, and Trinity Theological Seminary. After completion of graduate training in Greek and Hebrew through Valley Forge Christian College, Bishop Anderson was ordained as first a deacon and later a priest. He was received in the EMC in 2006. He was elected Bishop for the Armed Forces for the EMC in 2014 and was consecrated a bishop on February 14, 2015.  Bishop Anderson was previously the Chairman, Department of Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Valley Forge, Woodbridge Campus. 

Bishop Anderson's secular experiences and education provide an interesting framework for relating ecumenical topics to modern events. Fr. Anderson is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds graduate degrees in psychology, counter-terrorism, and international relations from the University of Washington, The Army Command and Staff College, and the Army War College. He is currently serving as a member of the Senior National Intelligence Service where he was previously the Chief Learning Officer of the US Intelligence Community and now serves as a Mission Manager for the National Intelligence Manager for Iran, having completed a broad military and counter-terrorism career with more than 45 years of experience. Bishop Anderson lives in Burke, Virginia with wife Debi Gower.

About Father Brian

Dr. Turner attended the Scott School of Theology. He has served a member of the vestry, a lay reader, a lay Eucharistic minister, and as the parish chancellor for Christ Church in Warrenton.  He is also the chancellor for the Diocese of the East.

Brian Turner was raised in northern New York State. He was both Valedictorian and the Outstanding Athlete of his high school class.  In college he studied geology earning a B.S. at the University of Rochester, a M.S. at Yale University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.  He was also a starting linebacker on his college football team.

He served on active duty in the Air Force from 1967 to 1971 performing specialized navigation duties on a C-130 and coordinating worldwide remote sensing research.  Following his time in the Air Force, Dr. Turner entered Albany Law School and earned his J.D.   He was admitted to the NYS Bar to practice before the Federal District Court NDNY in 1975.  He practiced environmental law and general law in Plattsburgh, NY, until 1979, when he accepted a position as a geology professor at George Mason University.  In 1985 he joined TRW as an electrical engineer using his combined interests in geophysics and radio theory.  He held a number of engineering positions in support of both the military and intelligence communities.

Father Brian lives in Woodstock, Virginia with his wife Martha.

About Rev. James T. Griffin

The Rev. James T. Griffin (aka, "J.T.") is the husband of Heidi; father of Virginia and Lauren, and grandfather of Ricardo (aka, "Rocky"), Olivia, Cecilia, and James.  J.T. and Heidi live in Fairfax, Virginia.  He originally is from northwest Florida, she from western Michigan.  J.T. was ordained deacon in the Episcopal Missionary Church, July 20, 2012, and priest, October 26, 2013; both times by the Most Rev. Council Nedd, II.  His BA, Anthropology, 1976; and Master of Public Administration, 1981, are from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He earned the Master of Arts in Religion, 2011, at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington D.C., and the Diploma in Anglican Studies, 2013, at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pa.  Currently, he is pursuing the Doctor of Ministry at Trinity School for Ministry.  J.T. understands his ministry as a clergyman to be a two-fold labor of word and sacraments, and gives primary emphasis to the conscientious preaching of God's word.

Bishop Anderson

Father Turner

Rev. J.T. Griffin

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The Reverend J. T. Griffin assists with many of our church services. He also works prominently with our outreach programs and at two local nursing homes in Warrenton, Virginia.