Two new clergy members join local Episcopal parish

November 25, 2022

The Episcopal Parish of All Saints’ Church and St. George’s Chapel announced two additional clergy members have joined its staff. With the expansion of weekly service offerings and the resumption of many of the ministries of the parish, it became necessary to bring additional staff on board.

The congregations recently added one additional service to each location. The new services include a year-round Saturday evening casual/contemporary service at 5 p.m. at All Saints’ and a 6 p.m. Sunday family service at St. George's. The new service times are in addition to the Sunday morning schedules of 8 and 10 a.m. services at All Saints’ in Rehoboth and the 9:30 a.m. service at St. George’s in Harbeson, so more clergy were needed to accommodate the growing parish.

The parish welcomed the Rev. Dr. Jack Anderson and the Rev. Celeste O. Cox to the staff of All Saints’ and St. George’s effective Nov. 1.

Following the completion of the process to transfer from the Roman Catholic priesthood, Anderson was formally received as an Episcopal priest Oct. 30 by the Most Rev. Kevin R. Brown, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. Anderson completed his master of divinity and master of theology degrees at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pa. He was awarded his licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in 1987 and his doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome in 1988. Ordained to the priesthood in 1983, he served as a parish priest from 1983-85 in Williamsport, Pa., before beginning postgraduate studies, and then served as a parish priest and tribunal judge in Scranton, Pa., from 1988-94. He worked as an elementary school teacher and counselor in the Central Bucks School District in Pennsylvania for 26 years before retiring to Delaware in 2019. He lives in Millsboro with his spouse, the Rev. Ted Olson.

Cox currently serves as priest-in-residence on the staff of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Middletown, where she participates on a regular basis as presider and preacher. Previously, she served as rector of Christ Church, Dover, from 1999-2013. She chaired the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware for eight years. Cox has particular interests in the biblical foundations of pastoral care and theology, and in a variety of contemplative prayer practices. Presently, she facilitates a virtual centering prayer group that includes group reflection on a variety of topics focused on contemplative practices and spiritual growth. She is a clinically trained, board-certified chaplain who served for a number of years as a member of the Professional Advisory Group for the Pastoral Care Department at Christiana Care Health System, where she also led didactic sessions for CPE students on the topic of self-care. Cox and her husband Dr. Louis Cox reside in Smyrna.

The Episcopal Parish of All Saints’ maintains two worship sites serving the communities of Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, western Lewes, Harbeson, Long Neck, Angola and parts of Millsboro as well as the wider community through its many ministries including the All Saints’ and St. George’s Thrift Shop currently located in Rehoboth Beach. The mission of the parish is to make the love of God more widely known in the communities it serves and in the world by welcoming all people, helping those less fortunate through service, and sharing God’s gifts with all.

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