Church Leadership

Resurrection Episcopal Church is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Therefore, the rector (or head pastor) is the Bishop of the Diocese of Arizona, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall. Bishop Reddall appoints a pastoral leader in her stead called a Vicar. Additionally, there is an elected group of people from the membership of Resurrection who serve the community by conducting the business, administration, and visioning for the church. They are called the Bishop’s Committee and they are led by a Senior and Junior Warden.

Interim Vicar

Fr. Craig Smith grew up in a Marine Corps family, surrounded by veterans of World War II and Korea until his father retired and moved his family to a farm in western Washington. There Craig learned about animals, how to understand horses and how to be an Episcopalian. Since then he has preached, taught (in schools and in churches), ministered, studied, become an Anglican Dominican, studied and preached some more, become an Episcopal Priest, and kept on studying and preaching. Is it genetic? Maybe. Whatever it is, history, literature, ancient languages, and science is where he spends his free time (and the occasional working on cars when he can). Fr. Craig has been with the Resurrection family since our time in the Gilbert Community Center, presently enjoys our current worship location and the help we are to the community, and is always looking forward to our next opportunities to serve and help.

Doug Haas (Class of 2023)
Senior Warden

Doug serves as our Senior Warden. He served on the property committee and the Bishop’s Committee prior to becoming Senior Warden. Doug and his wife Susan have been attending Resurrection since its founding and are lifelong Episcopalians. They both enjoy traveling in their leisure time and being an active part of the Resurrection family. They are looking forward to the next chapter in Resurrection’s story.

John Issitt (Class of 2024)
Junior Warden

John was raised in the Episcopal Church, growing up at several churches in Michigan, and was involved early on as an acolyte for 10 years. He and his wife Karen have been at Resurrection for about 5 years. They have one son, Brian, who’s a police officer in Phoenix and 4 grandkids that they both love very much. He’s an alumni of the University of Michigan and is passionate about Michigan football. In his spare time he likes to golf and volunteer at the USO in Sky Harbor Airport.

Anita Joy (Class of 2024)

Anita has been a member of Resurrection for about 5 years and an Episcopalian since she was eighteen. In addition to being clerk of the Bishop’s Committee, she is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Chair of the Newcomers Ministry & works with the Outreach Ministry. She enjoys baking (especially cookies), travel, retreats, group study, and is on her H.O.A. Board. (She REALLY likes meetings). She has 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-granddaughters.

BILL SENTER (Class of 2023)
Member At Large

Born and raised in Virginia, Bill was an Episcopalian before he was born, as was his mother before him. He feels blessed to have attended the very first “get together” meeting to form a church plant called Resurrection (there were 12 people in total). His wife, Camille, and he have been married for 51 years and have 2 sons, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. He loves the Episcopal Church as it has been an integral part of his life and is proud to serve on Resurrection’s Bishop Committee.

Hazel Scott (Class of 2025)
Member At Large

Hazel retired and moved to Arizona to be close to her son and two grandchildren. She is a recent Episcopalian, joining Resurrection about five years ago. During this time, she served on the Welcoming Committee and is active in the community service activities of the Outreach Committee. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, traveling and sporting events.

KAREN BICKFORD (Class of 2025)
Member At Large

Karen was a 20 year member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Connecticut and a 10 year member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Oregon. Three years ago she moved with her sister to Mesa and joined Resurrection Episcopal Church. She currently serves on the Root Thrive and Soar Committee and the Newcomers Welcoming Committee, in addition to her interest in Pastoral Care, which she faithfully participates in by joining her prayers to those in the Prayer Group Ministry. She loves walks with Chevas and Abby, and herding Bingo, Abby and LittleMiss. She tries not to miss a Cardinal or Sun’s game and is a life member of The Jane Austen Society of North America.

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