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 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.

  • ASSOCIATE RECTOR

    SAM FORNECKER

    Sam Fornecker serves as associate rector at the Church of the Incarnation. He and his wife Gina have three children: Brooks, Evelyn Rose, and Alder. They have served churches in North Carolina, and recently Cambridge, England where he did doctoral research in historical theology. Sam is a messy cook with an eclectic taste in music, and a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. 

  • 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.

  • Music Director

    ryan scarberry

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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.