The Rev’d Benjamin J. Anthony, Ph.D. has accepted the call to be Trinity’s new Associate Rector for Formation and Invitation and Chaplain to St. Richard’s Episcopal School.
Father Ben and his family will be moving to Indianapolis by way of Sewanee, Tennessee where Ben was the Assistant Professor of Preaching at the University of the South’s School of Theology. His wife, Katherine, has worked as a Campaign Assistant in the Office of University Advancement. They are accompanied by their almost two-year-old daughter Frances and their definitely two-year-old Springer Spaniel Murphy. While Katherine and Frances will be Indiana residents for the first time, Ben is returning to his home state and the diocese that ordained him.
Ben grew up in Kokomo before moving to Crawfordsville where he majored in religion at Wabash College (B.A., 2000). It was here in the religion classroom that Ben’s faith and calling to the priesthood was born. He was baptized at St. John’s (Crawfordsville) during the winter recess of his junior year at Wabash. After graduating from Wabash, Ben moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue further theological education and formation for the priesthood at Emory University (M.Div., 2003). Bishop Waynick ordained him to the diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral in 2005 and then to the priesthood at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Atlanta) in 2006. Ben began his pastoral ministry as the associate for youth and young adults ministries at St. Luke’s before becoming Episcopal chaplain at Emory University. After this pastoral work Ben moved to Nashville to study homiletics and liturgics at Vanderbilt University, earning a Ph.D. in 2015. He has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology (Sewanee) teaching courses on preaching since the fall of 2015.
Katherine grew up in Spartanburg, SC. As a cradle Episcopalian her affection for the Church is enduring and evident in her work at various non-profit settings. Her first work experience was at St. Paul’s Chapel (New York City) as the volunteer coordinator for those engaged in disaster relief at Ground Zero. The experience at St. Paul’s Chapel led Katherine to St. Luke’s (Atlanta) where as a program coordinator she innovated, developed and supported a diverse range of ministries—from children’s ministries to seniors and everything in-between. This programmatic work has shaped Katherine’s present work on the fundraising and development side of non-profit organizations.
Katherine, Ben, and Frances (and Murphy) are thrilled to join the communities at Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Richard’s Episcopal School. The opportunity to grow together and to raise their family at an urban parish defined by service to its immediate neighborhood and the city at-large was an irresistible call. They look forward to joining the good work and beautiful liturgy performed here in the heart of Indianapolis.