Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven
“I love preaching, celebrating the Eucharist and sharing the love of God with others who, like me, seek healing, wholeness and freedom in Christ. Jesus ‘went about the towns and villages preaching…and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom’ (Matthew 4:23). That’s my model for ministry.” Those are the words of Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven now serving as Priest-in-Residence at the Church of the Holy Innocents.
Originally from the diocese of Rhode Island, Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven, was ordained over 25 years ago. She grew up the daughter of a naval chaplain and a mother who had a Master of Divinity. The second of four children, Rev. Anne was raised on stories, sea stories and gospel stories–stories of God ever alive and at work in beautiful, life-giving ways and often in unexpected places.
Rev. Anne graduated from Barnard in 1981, cum laude, with a BA in Religion. She received her Master of Divinity at The General Theological Seminary in New York in 1988 and was the first woman ordained priest in Brooklyn at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity on March 3, 1990. She was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the YWCA of Brooklyn, in 1991 and was named by The New York Daily News as one of “Ten Future Pulpit Stars” in 1994. She has published poetry, written book reviews and produced a personal column for an Episcopal News publication.
After moving to New Jersey, Rev. Anne served the Diocese of Newark for 5 years as Co-Chair of the Women’s Commission of the Diocese (2000-2005), then Education Chair of the Committee on Priesthood for the Commission on Ministry for 8 years (2005-2013) and also spent 12 years on the North Porch Board of Trustees, which provides critical supplies to babies and toddlers in need. During her 20 years in the Diocese of Newark Rev. Anne has made a ministry of serving over a dozen churches as interim, sabbatical priest or supply, including 10 years as priest associate at St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange.
Rev. Anne currently lives in Maplewood with her husband, Paul, recently retired after many years of leadership in Union Square Hospitality Group, and their two children, Emma and William.
The Venerable Archdeacon Christine McCloud
The Venerable Christine (Chris) McCloud, Archdeacon, is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point Community Services, Inc. (TPCS), a small not-for-profit agency located in Irvington NJ that provides emergency housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children. The goal of TPCS has been to develop and implement programs that facilitate a woman’s ability to become self-sufficient by helping them to break the cycles of violence, substance abuse, poverty, and incarceration that have permeated their lives and have placed them at increased risk for homelessness. Chris has spent over twenty-five years working in the not-for-profit sector and has expertise in the development of special needs housing, job training programs for formally incarcerated individuals, organizational development, and program development.
Chris was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in June 2006 by Bishop Jack Croneberger and was sponsored for ordination by her home parish, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Maplewood, NJ. She is the proud mother of two sons Bilal, 25 and Ramadan, 23. She and her partner Janet, live in Union, NJ. Chris loves music, the New York Yankees, traveling, reading and playing any type of word games.
Deacon Chris is the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Dignity (the diocesan anti-bullying committee); Chair of the Marge Christie Congregational Growth & Vitality Fund Board; a member of NAMASTE (the diocesan anti-racism committee), a member of the Diocesan Standing Committee; is a diocesan Congregational Consultant; and is a Spiritual Advisor for the Diocese of New York Episcopal Cursillo program. In May, 2016 Bishop Mark Beckwith appointed Chris as Archdeacon for Administration and Formation.
Chris is also a veteran of the United States Air Force where she was a Law Enforcement Specialist having served in special assignments in Panama, the Philippines, was appointed as the Air Force Crime Prevention NCO Liaison to the Fort Sam Houston SARPMA program in San Antonio, TX and was named Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year (1983) for the Tactical Air Command Forces.