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.

  • 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 and she and her husband, Josh, are expecting their first child in September and look forward to raising a family in Harrisonburg. Email Laura 

  • Parish administrative assistant

    beth Nealon

    Beth is our parish administrative assistant. She is the only staff person who isn't a member of COTI, but considers herself a big fan, and an honorary member, as she has completed our Essentials course, and has fond memories of the Episcopal liturgy of her childhood church. She and her husband Dave have three grown daughters. She enjoys playing folk music, hiking, birding, and trees. She is a member of Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacey Spring.  Email Beth.

  • Curate

    Drew Dilday

    Drew Dilday serves as curate at the Church of the Incarnation. He and his wife Mary Elizabeth have three children—Audrey, Julie Ana, and Owen—and a dog, Henry. Drew was ordained to the priesthood in September 2017 and is interested in church planting. He loves reading books, drinking Americanos, biking in the valley, and playing soccer. Email Drew.

  • Children's director

    vicki nolt

    Vicki directs our children's ministry. She is married to Wes and they have three grown daughters: Danielle Rhodes, married to Joel, who attend Church of the Incarnation; Briana, (engaged to Brian Shenk), and Julia. 

    Vicki graduated from EMU in Elementary Education and has 19 years of classroom experience in the Christian school setting. She has also 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. She is certified by IDA and NILD. In addition to her career, Vicki enjoys reading, gardening, singing, exercising, and God's creation. She looks forward to working part time in the church setting and learning to know the families at The Church of the Incarnation. 

    Email Vicki.

  • Ryan Scarberry

    Music director

    Ryan is our music director. He is a native of Smithfield, Virginia but has gladly adopted the Shenandoah Valley as his home. He has served churches in the Carolinas and in Northern Virginia and is especially interested in the places where faith and art meet, as well as leading congregational song. He is married to Holly, a librarian at Blue Ridge Community College. They share their home with a shaggy, brown dog named Murphy.

    Email Ryan.

  • eric Kennedy

    Interim youth director

    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. 

  • Parish Council

    Bob Brown, rachel brown, aaron cook, Mike Deaton, Josh defnall, BARBARA FINNEGAN, caryn kozel, Josh Lowe, & Carolyn Miller

    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


  • 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.