Leadership


  • Rector

    Aubrey Spears

    Aubrey serves as the Rector (Senior Pastor) of the Church of the Incarnation. He and his wife, Janielle, have five children. Raised in Houston, TX, Aubrey received a BA from Houston Baptist University, a MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool. Some of the things Aubrey loves are: "My beloved wife and our dear children, good neighborhoods, gardening, the fiction of Dorothy Dunnett, Cry the Beloved Country, coffee, tea, watching and discussing movies, a fire in the fireplace when it's cold out, my parents and wife's parents and our siblings and their families, cooking with my wife, leisurely meals with friends, great discussions about big questions, my work, and the life and thought of Abraham Kuyper." In addition to pastoring the Church of the Incarnation, Aubrey serves as a Fellow in Practical Theology for the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology and on the committee for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar. Email Aubrey.

  • Parish administrator

    Mike Medley

    Mike Medley serves as parish administrator at the Church of the Incarnation. He and his wife Debbie have four adult children and several grandchildren. They have lived in Harrisonburg since 1999.  Debbie is a reading specialist at Spotswood Elementary School. Following a call to serve the church, Mike has recently taken early retirement from Eastern Mennonite University, after 18 years of service, where he taught linguistics, English to speakers of other languages, provided training for pre- and in-service English language teachers, directed the Intensive English Program, and chaired the Department of Language and Literature. He is a published author in the field of second language teaching. From 1983-94 the Medleys served in Pakistan as mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA), where Mike administrated church-related educational programs. He and his family love to cook and eat spicy Pakistani (North Indian) food. Mike loves gardening, edible landscaping, and reading good fiction and poetry. Email Mike.

  • Curate

    Drew Dilday

    Drew Dilday serves as Curate at the Church of the Incarnation. He and his wife Mary Elizabeth have two daughters, Audrey and Julie Ana. Drew graduated with a BA in Classics from the University of Kentucky, and with a MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served for several years as Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. Drew loves watching Netflix shows with his wife, introducing his young daughters to the sugary cereals of his childhood, reading books, and playing soccer. Email Drew.

  • Director of Children's Spiritual formation

    Laura Lowe

    Laura decided to make Harrisonburg home along with her husband after graduating from James Madison University. She and her husband fell in love with the Valley, the Harrisonburg community, and Incarnation. She majored in History and minored in Social Studies. She was a fellow for a year at Incarnation working on developing the children's ministry before becoming Parish Admin. Reading books about theology, cooking, gardening, and enjoying good wine and food with her her husband and friends brings her joy. Laura is pursuing a masters in biblical studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. Email Laura.

  • Director of worship arts

    john Bennetch

    John has had a career in music ministry and performance arts that has spanned more than 40 years. He was a member of the U.S. Army Chorus in Washington D.C, from 1976-1996 where he served as soloist, section leader, announcer, and producer for the nation’s premier male chorus, performing for presidents, visiting heads of state, and in public concerts around the country. He has also served in music and pastoral ministry on the staff of 4 churches from 1986-2016 prior to coming to Incarnation. John serves as a music, worship, and liturgy consultant as well as a mentor to young pastors and worship leaders. He and his wife Debbie have two grown sons and three grandchildren and live at Kingsfolde, their home on the Middle River, where they host ministry couples for renewal through worship, reflection, and encouragement. Email John.

  • Parish Council

    Bob Brown, david cooper, Josh defnall, Mike Deaton, Barbara Finnegan, Josh lowe, jeanne wenos, & Leanne Wickline

    The parish council is comprised of the Rector and seven lay persons. Together, the council governs the church’s administrative and financial affairs and seeks to broaden the base of leadership in the parish. The lay members also provide counsel, accountability, and support for the Rector.

  • Rector's Warden

    Mike Deaton

    Mike is the Rector's Warden for the Church of the Incarnation. Mike and JoEtta have been married for 38 years. For the past 20 years, Mike has been a professor in Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. Mike and Jo have two married children who live in opposite corners of the US (ID and GA). Their home borders JMU and they love being so close to the campus. Both grew up in a fundamentalist church heritage that blessed them with a great love for scripture and for God's people. Their unexpected journey toward the Anglican church has been filled with blessings through the Incarnation community. Mike enjoys the Valley by riding his bike and hiking local trails.

  • People's Warden

    Leanne wickline

    Leanne Wickline was born outside of Charlottesville, but spent the majority of her childhood in Papua New Guinea where her parents were missionaries. In 1995,  she met her husband, Phil, while a student at JMU. She and Phil began attending Incarnation in 2012 and have been delighted by the community of like-minded believers that they’ve found. Leanne and Phil have five children, 3–13, and work to raise them in a way that helps them to follow Christ in their community. Leanne spends the majority of her time managing the many tasks involved in childrearing and housekeeping. She also works part-time for the local Community Services Board, providing emergency mental health treatment to people who are in crisis. Leanne is passionate about learning to live in a way that invites Christ into the nooks and crannies of daily life, from cleaning the house, to interacting with neighbors, to working in emergencies. 

  • Treasurer

    Josh lowe

    Josh was raised 170 miles north of Harrisonburg, at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains, just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended a Reformed Presbyterian church in Mechanicsburg for most of his life, accepting Christ there in the fall of 2002. Josh began attending Incarnation while at JMU in the fall of 2012 and counts it a blessing to be working, worshiping, and living in a community he loves. Josh met his wife, Laura Lowe, while at JMU through their joint leadership with InterVarsity. Graduating from JMU with a BA in Finance and concentration in Financial Analysis led Josh to Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor, a vocation he felt called to from a young age. Institutional leadership has been a consistent out-working of his faith and he is excited at the of woking in this way for our Church as Treasurer. 

  • Writer-In-Residence

    Craig Bartholomew

    The Rev. Dr. Craig Bartholomew is an Anglican priest, university professor, theological leader, and Writer-in-Residence for the Church of the Incarnation. As such, Craig visits Harrisonburg throughout the year to spend time among us writing as well as teaching. Craig is an expert in the Dutch Calvinist tradition. He was born and raised in South Africa. He studied at the University of South Africa, Potchefstroom University, Oxford University, and holds a Ph.D from the University of Bristol. Craig is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He also currently serves as Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Bristol, and as principal at the international Paideia Centre for Public Theology. Craig has written numerous books, articles, and publications. One of his recent publications is Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today.

  • Bishop

    Steven Breedlove

    Rev. Dr. Steve Breedlove is the founding ector of All Saints Church in Durham, North Carolina. He and his wife Sally have been married for thirty-nine years and have five children, four in-laws, and eight grandchildren. He has a great passion for next-generation leadership development and many opportunities to invest deeply in younger clergy.  

  • Archbishop

    Foley Beach

    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Archbishop Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He began his ministry by serving teenagers through Young Life. Prior to serving as archbishop and bishop, he planted and led Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. He and his wife are life-long Georgians, and have two adult children.