Our Wonderful Clergy
THE REV. H. WILLIAM (BILL) WALKER, JR., INTERIM RECTOR
By at least one significant measure, I am the junior member of the St. Philip’s clergy team. My calling to the priesthood was more a long low hum than a great loud shout. I had been practicing real estate development and finance law for more than 30 years before I started seminary. Even then, the Bishop of Southeast Florida allowed me to attend a nondenominational seminary in Miami so that I could continue practicing law while a seminarian, making my educational journey six years of night and weekend classes, rather than the customary three.
As a result, I was just a few weeks shy of my sixty-fifth birthday when I was ordained about five-and-a-half years ago. While lawyers are counselors of sorts, there is simply no parallel in law practice to the honor and privilege of sharing in people’s highest highs and lowest lows – weddings, births and baptisms, illnesses, deaths and other traumatic reversals, and their most private concerns and fears. And a big part of me wishes that the hum had been a whole lot louder a whole lot sooner. In short, my experiences since ordination have been showered with love and grace, and my life has never been better.
I am doubly blessed to be able to serve here at St. Philip’s. The unconditional love and the deep concern for others that define the St. Philip’s community are both unique and compelling. I have been an Episcopalian since about age four and I have not known any other church community – not one – that so lavishly and selflessly gives and gives and gives some more. Generosity here is an epidemic. When my interim term is over, I have no doubt that my wife, Laura, and I will return to St. Philip’s often, and gratefully.
THE REV. DEACON DIANE LIVINGSTON
I have been serving as Deacon at St. Philip’s since August 2013. I was ordained to the order of deacons in January 2003 in the Diocese of Mississippi, where I worked until the end of 2009. Following a couple of years in Hickory, NC, at St. Alban’s, my husband, Bill (who is a priest), and I moved to Brevard, where we enjoy the seasons, the small community, and the varied opportunities to enjoy the arts and the beauty of nature.
I have come to appreciate many aspects of parish life, from pastoral care to outreach to community involvement. I advocate for St. Philip’s to be a community that cares for and loves one another and that extends this care and love to others in the local community and beyond.
THE REV. JIM CULLIPHER, ADJUNCT CLERGY
My life in “the ministry” has been one of resistance and trying to say no. While working as a research chemist in atomic energy at Oak Ridge, TN, I experienced my first “call.” I just knew that the Lord was mistaken, that I was not the one he needed. However, after some time I decided to test the waters and entered seminary. This led to ordination and the beginning of my ministry in the Church. In the 1970s my wife and I became interested in Jungian Psychology and we held a teaching mission in my parish in Jacksonville, FL, to combine Jungian Psychology and Christian spirituality. On the last day, we invited the community to join the seminar and had an overflow crowd (so much so that the septic system of the parish hall overflowed). The popularity of this and a second seminar prompted us to launch a series of “Journey into Wholeness" conferences that we ran for 30 years.
In retirement, I have ministered as one of the adjunct clergy through St. Philip’s Parish in Brevard, now caring for the Episcopal residents of College Walk Senior Living with a monthly Holy Eucharist.
THE REV. ANN HOPE FRANKLIN, ADJUNCT CLERGY
Born and raised in Mount Airy, NC, I was active in both parish and civic life while growing up. As an adult, I moved with my two children to the Detroit area, where I worked in marketing for Bell Telephone for nearly 20 years, until going to seminary in Cambridge, MA. I attended Episcopal Divinity School while working in the school’s development office. After receiving my M. Div. and Doctor of Ministry degrees, I became rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown, MA, and remained there for 18 years; served as Dean of the Alewife Deanery for six years; and continued my work at the seminary on a part-time basis.
After retirement in 2010 we moved to Brevard, returning to my beloved Blue Ridge Mountains and joining St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
THE REV. G. KENNETH (KEN) G. HENRY, ADJUNCT CLERGY
I grew up in Asheville as an SOB (Son of a Bishop), and probably resisted thinking about being a member of the clergy because every little lady who I encountered would inquire, “Are you going to follow in your father’s footsteps?” I graduated from The University of the South, at Sewanee, TN, and taught school for four years to prove to myself that I could make a living doing something besides the ordained ministry! After my wife and I married, I obviously had a change of heart, because I entered the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.
After ordination, I served in a number of parishes throughout the south before retiring to the mountains of WNC (God’s country) here in Brevard. I enjoy painting with acrylics (and sold my works locally until I got tired of painting waterfalls for the tourists!). I help out at St. Philip’s when needed. I've also served on the Foundation at St. Philip’s, the Conference Center Board at Lake Logan (WNC Conference Center) and the Board of Visitors at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC.
THE REV. BILL LIVINGSTON, ADJUNCT CLERGY
I've been an adjunct priest at St. Philip’s since retiring from full-time ministry in 2011. After working in public mental health services for 23 years, I attended seminary in Austin, TX, and was ordained as a priest in 1999 in the Diocese of Mississippi, where I served as parish rector and, following Hurricane Katrina, as Canon Pastor-Missioner providing support to clergy and clergy families and to 12 damaged/destroyed parishes. Since 2009, I have served parishes in the Diocese of WNC as full- and part-time interim rector. I'm an emotional wellbeing staff member of CREDO and a consultant and trainer on emotional and spiritual recovery after disasters for Episcopal Relief and Development. I also advise vestries and parishes on visioning, transition, stewardship, conflict resolution, and mutual ministry review.
My wife, Diane (our Deacon), and I chose WNC because of our love of the mountains and hiking. The abundant recreational opportunities, performing arts, and good restaurants and the small community atmosphere drew us specifically to Brevard. My interests include photography and traveling with Diane. We have three adult sons and three grandsons.
THE REV. DICK TUCKER, ADJUNCT CLERGY/PASTORAL ASSOCIATE
I'm a retired American Baptist pastor and a long-time member of the Alliance of Baptists. I have served as a local church pastor, nursing home chaplain, and hospice chaplain. I was received into the Episcopal Church and became a member of St. Philip’s, where I now serve as a Pastoral Associate for pastoral visitation. In addition, I'm active in one of our Centering Prayer groups, coordinate the St. Philip’s Prison Ministry, and preach occasionally.
I volunteer at The Haven shelter overnight once a month. My wife, Carol Moore, and I have two adult daughters and two teenage granddaughters. We retired to Brevard in 2011, and have no regrets about doing so!
The Rev. William A. (Bill) McCleery, III, adjunct Clergy
My call to ordained ministry came at church camp when I was a youth growing up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Ohio. After getting my undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary and then was ordained in the United Methodist Church. Two summers of field work as a chaplain at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico inspired a 31-year career in youth ministry with the Boy Scouts of America.
My next adventure came in the form of a second career as a development officer at my alma mater, where I directed a capital campaign to build the Ohio 4-H Youth Development Center. Yes, I exchanged my scouting fleur-de-lis for a cloverleaf! My third, and final, career was as an Episcopal priest serving two small but mighty mission congregations in the Appalachian region of southeastern Ohio.
After attending a conference at Kanuga several years ago, my wife, Linea, who is an ELCA pastor, and I fell in love with the mountains of western NC and decided to retire here. We clearly see God’s hand in leading us among kindred folk who love this sacred place as much as we do. Thanks be to God!