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 has completed doctoral research in historical theology at the University of Cambridge. Sam has served churches in North Carolina as well as Cambridge. He's currently enjoying books by Tom Holland. When he’s not reading, hiking, or playing with the kids, he is usually around the city, cycling, cooking, playing tunes, or enjoying a coffee with a friend. Sam also serves as a fellow in Ecclesial Theology at the Center for Pastor Theologians and a volume editor for the Davenant Institute's Library of Early English ProtestantismEmail Sam, or schedule a time to meet.

  • 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 WORSHIP 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.

  • Church Planter for Staunton

    Jay traylor

    Jay serves as the pastor for the Anglican church plant in Staunton. He just finished a stint as Church Planting Resident at Church of the Apostles in Raleigh, NC. New to the ministry, he had a 15-year career in the bar and restaurant business before being called to the pastorate. Jay is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA) and Reformed Theological Seminary DC (MDiv). He and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 3 years and have a one year old boy named Gus. Email Jay

  • Interim Youth director

    eric kennedy

    Eric started to follow Christ in middle school through youth group and cared deeply about student ministry ever since. Originally from Suffolk, VA he came to Harrisonburg for JMU where he met his wife, Laurissa. They decided to make Harrisonburg home after graduation and became a part of Incarnation on Christmas Day 2016. Eric was part of our Fellows program in 2017-2018 and is now pursuing his Masters in School Counseling through Liberty University while serving as our Interim Youth Director. He enjoys Stranger Things, Dr. Pepper, board games, watching movies outside, and living in the Valley. Email Eric. 

  • Events & Media Coordinator

    Nursery & toddler coordinator

    Katy Napotnik

    Katy came to Harrisonburg in 2006 to attend JMU, where she met and later married Tristan. She homeschools their two children and loves to garden, create, and cook. She and Tristan have been members at Incarnation for about 7 years, where the body of Christ has held and encouraged them through numerous health trials and struggles. They’re members of the Sunset Heights small group and enjoy living in downtown Harrisonburg. Email Katy.

  • Parish Council

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    Aubrey Spears, Aaron Cook, Caryn Kozel, Sam Fornecker, Rachel Brown, Barbara Finnegan, Bob Brown, Josh Defnall, Carolyn Miller.  Not pictured: Josh Lowe

    The parish council is comprised of the Rector and nine 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

    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

    caryn kozel

    Caryn is the vice president/business manager of Dominion Educational Ministries, Inc., which she and her husband, Nick, founded in September of 1991.  It is the organization that operates the Good Shepherd Schools and Day Cares in the area.  She and Nick have seven married children, and twenty-six grandchildren.  They have been a part of the Incarnation community for the past year and a half.  Caryn feels blessed to have this opportunity to serve the church as the people’s warden.

  • 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.