The Reverend Andrew J. Archie is in the midst of serving his sixteenth year as the Rector of The Church of St. Michael and St. George Episcopal Church. Prior to moving to Missouri, he served for twelve years as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, Virginia. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Episcopal Seminary. He also serves on the faculty of Leadership In Ministry.
The Rev. Blake Sawicky came to the Church of St. Michael and St. George from Providence, Rhode Island, where he was appointed the Episcopal Campus Minister to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, a ministry undertaken in partnership with the Diocese of Rhode Island and St. Stephen’s Church. Before moving to Providence, Blake served as curate at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado (2011-2013),where he was ordained priest; while there he also served as a member of the Colorado State Medical Board. He went to seminary at Yale University (2008-2011), during which time he served various pastoral internships including the V.A. hospital in Durham, North Carolina, Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut, and Clare College Chapel in Cambridge (United Kingdom).
Before discerning a call to the priesthood, Blake’s undergraduate and graduate training was in the archaeology of the ancient Eastern Mediterranean world, first at Wheaton College in Illinois where he received his B.A. (2002-2006), and then at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where in 2007 he received his M.A. first class with distinction. He has been involved with several field projects on land and underwater in Italy, Cyprus, and Israel. As a priest he continues to be enthralled with the richness of this subject, and is convinced that history can have a strong, positive influence on religious imagination.
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Blake is a dyed-in-the-wool Packers fan, and attributes his unlikely survival in Bears, Broncos, and then Patriots territory to a minor act of divine intervention. He also enjoys fly fishing, hiking, music, art, and local history. Blake is a chaplain for the Royal School of Church Music summer course in Newport, Rhode Island, the same course which CSMSG musicians and choristers attended last year and will again in 2015. He posts his sermons online at www.frbsawicky.org.
She is a native of Turkey, and spent the first 17 years of her life in Izmir (formerly known as Smyrna), a Mediterranean city that is located in the western part of Turkey. As a daughter of a secular family who had high appreciation for the arts and classical music, she began her musical training at the age of 5, playing and singing with the piano as she was inspired by her brother, Berk, who later became the head classical ballet dancer in Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Company after having graduated from Ankara State Conservatory. After privately studying musical theory, piano, and voice during her early life, she was accepted to Izmir State Conservatory with honors to major in viola for five years (2000-2005) as part of their junior program.
She came to the U.S. to pursue her American dream as a Rotary Exchange Student in 2006. Ezgi spent her first year in a southern Missouri town, Mountain View, where she learned for the first time how to speak the English language. Upon her graduation from high school, she was accepted to Drury University in Springfield, Missouri to study accounting and finance. During her first year in U.S., she came to know and love Jesus Christ, and was baptized in the Southern Baptist tradition in the cool waters of Jack’s Fork River near Mountain View. During college, she discovered a small parish near Drury, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and fell in love with the beauty, music, ancient liturgy, and preaching of the Anglican tradition where she immediately joined the choir to rekindle her love of music through choral singing. She was appointed by the Bishop of West Missouri in 2008 to serve as a lay Episcopal campus minister for Drury University for four years. She graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude from the Breech School of Business in 2011. During these years, her small Anglo-Catholic parish discerned her call to the priesthood. Upon graduation, she worked in commercial lending at the headquarters of Great Southern Bank in Springfield for a year.
After much discernment and prayer, she completed the discernment process in 2012, and was accepted to Nashotah House Theological Seminary as a postulant for Holy Orders. Ezgi was ordained as a transitional deacon in March of 2015 at the Chapel of St. Mary, the Virgin at Nashotah House, and was priested soon after. Her seminary years were spent as a parish intern, and choral scholar at All Saints’ Cathedral, a member of the Royal School of Church Music, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she was trained further in the appreciation and deep study of the Anglican choral tradition as well as assisting with liturgy and preaching. Besides liturgy and classical music, Asia Minor iconography, opera, fly-fishing, hunting, cigars, and single malt scotch tasting are among her strong interests.