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.

  • ASSOCIATE RECTOR

    SAM FORNECKER

    Sam serves as Associate Rector at the Church of the Incarnation. He and his wife, Gina, have three children: Brooks, Evelyn Rose, and Alder. Sam received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in historical theology from the University of Cambridge. Sam has served churches in North Carolina and Cambridge. He's currently enjoying books by Tom Holland. When he’s not reading, hiking, or playing with the kids, he is usually either cycling or cooking. Sam serves as a fellow in Ecclesial Theology at the Center for Pastor Theologians, and is currently lecturing on Anglican history and theology at the Ridley InstituteEmail Sam.

  • Executive Director

    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 has had several different jobs at Incarnation, including serving as the Director of Children’s Ministry for two years prior to being the Executive Director.  Laura is pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington DC. She and her husband, Josh, have one son, Timothy, born September 2019and look forward to raising their family in Harrisonburg. Email Laura. 

  • DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS

    LINDI JENKINS

    Lindi serves as Director of Worship Arts. Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Lindi is a lover of nature, family, and small-town culture. She and her husband, Chris, live in Luray with their two girls (Nellie and Gwyn). Lindi has a love and passion for worship through the arts. She earned her Bachelor's degree from George Mason University's School of Music, and studied music therapy at Charleston Southern University. Lindi has served in church worship ministry since she was 14 years old, and has served as church worship staff for nearly 10 years. Lindi enjoys hiking, being outside, traveling, cooking, reading, and keeping bees. She and her husband own and operate an event venue and vineyard in Luray. Email Lindi.

  • CURATE (Pastoral Resident)

    WILSON WEST

    Wilson West serves as our curate. He and his wife Callie have one son, Harry, born in September 2019. Wilson received a BA from Mississippi State University, and his MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Before coming to Incarnation, he served at a church in New Orleans for two years. Wilson's loves are his family, music: discovering, listening to, and playing it; reading, traveling, and spending good time with people. Email Wilson.

  • Parish administrative assistant

    beth Nealon

    Beth is our parish administrative assistant. She grew up in Richmond. She met her husband Dave at UVA. They raised three daughters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Lacey Spring since 1999. They are members of Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacey Spring. She considers herself an honorary member of COTI, as she has completed our Essentials course, and has fond memories of the Episcopal liturgy of her childhood church.  She enjoys playing folk music, hiking, birding, and trees.   Email Beth.

  • Children's director

    vicki nolt

    Vicki directs our children's ministry. She is married to Wes and they have three grown daughters. Vicki graduated from EMU in Elementary Education and has 19 years of classroom experience in the Christian school setting. She has volunteered at Highland Retreat Camp, a local Christian camp, in many roles from Fireside Speaker to Board Chairman. Vicki also has a Master's in Education specializing in Educational Therapy. She works in private practice with children with learning difficulties. In addition to her career, Vicki enjoys reading, gardening, singing, exercising, and God's creation. Email Vicki.

  • Events & Media Coordinator

    Katy Napotnik

    Katy came to Harrisonburg to attend JMU, where she met and later married Tristan in 2008. She homeschools their two elementary aged children and loves to garden, create, and cook. She and Tristan have been part of Incarnation since 2010. They’re members of the West Wolfe Street small group and enjoy living in downtown Harrisonburg. Email Katy.

  • Facilities Manager

    Molly O'Hear butler

    Molly serves as the facilities manger at Incarnation. She is a mom to seven kids and has lived in Harrisonburg for 25 years. She grew up helping her architect dad with projects around the house and developed a love for fixing things and creating. She graduated from JMU with a teaching degree and visual art minor. In between her time as a Special Ed teacher and 'retiring' to adopt and raise her children, she spent a year as the general contractor on the home she helped build for her family. She also did much of the interior construction of her home. She now extends her interests to our church building to help keep it well maintained and prepared for Sunday worship and other gatherings. Her loves include time with family, church community, nature, the arts, laughter, streaming sermons, traveling, and working on projects around her home.

  • Parish Council

    Within the Anglican tradition, the Parish Council (also known as the Vestry) provides counsel to the rector (senior pastor) and manages the church’s property and finances to support the vision and mission of the congregation. Incarnation's Parish Council is comprised of eight lay leaders, the assistant rector, and the rector. Lay members are elected during the annual celebration to represent the larger membership of the church. Lay members can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. Our current lay Parish Council members are: Aaron Cook, Barbara Finnegan, Bob Brown, Carolyn Miller, Daniel Zimmerman, Eric Codding, Josh Lowe, Kim Hewavita and Nell-Marie Colman.

  • Rector's Warden

    Bob Brown

    Bob has been a professor of religious studies at JMU for ten years. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Divinity School, after which he served as a youth pastor at a church in Indiana. He returned to school and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, teaching at a number of universities before coming to JMU. His teaching and research interests center around Religion in America. He has been a member at Incarnation since 2012, and helps lead the Lakewood small group. He has served on the Parish Council for the past four years.

  • People's Warden

    Nell-Marie colman

    Nell-Marie has lived in Harrisonburg for over 25 years — falling in love with Harrisonburg as a JMU student and deciding to make it her home. She is a full-time writer for a global technology company, where she has worked since 2005. Nell-Marie and Gil have two children, Daniel and Anna, and they have been a part of the Incarnation community since early 2012. During that time, she’s served as a small group leader and prayer team member. She and her family belong to the West Wolfe Street small group.

  • 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, accepting Christ in 2002. He began attending Incarnation while at JMU in 2012 and counts it a blessing to be working, worshiping, and living in a community he loves. Josh met his wife Laura while at JMU. He earned a BA in Finance with a concentration in Financial Analysis which 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 outworking of his faith and he is excited for the opportunity to serve the 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 rector 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 lifelong Georgians, and have two adult children.