Interim Rector

    502-228-1176 ext. 2428


    Educated in England, Simon is ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. Simon also holds an Overseas License in the Church of England and Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. A dual citizen, together with his wife Lucy, Simon has ministered on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably in the USA as Executive Director and President of the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS) and as Executive Vice President of American Bible Society. An experienced Christian leader and a gifted speaker, his travels have taken him across the world, although when not in Louisville he and Lucy make the village of Priston just outside Bath, England their home, together with a dog, two cats and three donkeys. Although they do not have children of their own, they are actively involved with scores of young people not least their fifteen Godchildren. Simon and Lucy enjoy entertaining and providing a welcome to scores of individuals who cross their threshold.

    As Interim Rector, Simon is passionate about building for the future as he brings his enormous energy, skills and gifting to the parish family as he steers the parish forward together with the staff and Vestry in St. Francis’ next chapter.


    Associate Interim Rector and Bishop in Residence

    502-228-1176 ext. 2981


    As a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Nashotah House Seminary, Bishop Russ was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of Milwaukee by Bp. Donald H. V. Hallock in 1970. After serving as curate at Trinity, Wauwatosa, WI, Vicar then Rector at St. Anskar’s, Hartland, WI, and Rector of St. Matthias, Waukesha, WI, he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, northeastern Wisconsin, in 1994. After retiring in November of 2013, Bishop Russ and his wife, Jerrie, have traveled across the US visiting family and friends from California to New York. A year later he accepted an interim position at St. Michael’s Church, Orlando, and a year following, accepted another interim position at St. Andrew’s, Fort Pierce, both in the Diocese of Central Florida. The Bishop says it was nice to return to pastoral ministry in congregations where he was again able to share in the joys and sorrows of the lives of parishioners. They grew to love Florida and last fall purchased a home in Leesburg, FL where they could live during the cold months in Wisconsin. He and Jerrie have been married 50 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

    Bishop Russ says, "I believe the Church is about relationships; our relationship with God and with each other. I pray that my ministry among you might help strengthen these relationships, and I know God will bless us as we move forward together in this ministry."


    Pastoral Care Associate

    502-228-1176 ext. 5099


    Bob has returned to St. Francis with his wife Evelyn after 12 years as rector of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Tallahassee FL. From 1996 to 2002, he was associate rector at St. Francis and helped develop Tuesday Morning Bible Study and The Alpha Course as well as ministering in the Pastoral Care area. Bob has an M Div. from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois.

    Bob is currently supervising the Pastoral Care Ministry and teaching the Bible which is his passion. He and Evelyn have begun to develop small group ministry commonly called “Home Groups” in the parish to help people deepen their spiritual life. Bob and Evelyn are delighted to be back with wonderful friends and family.


    Minister with Youth

    502-228-1176 ext. 3262


    Raleigh has been the Minister with Youth here at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church since the Fall of 1990. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990 with a Masters of Divinity Degree. His focus during seminary was Christian Education and Youth. His church in Columbia, SC, Grace Church, ordained him in 2006.

    Raleigh considers himself not a Youth Minister or Minister of Youth, but a Minister WITH Youth. There’s a big difference and it shows by the number of youth who are active in our church through service, missions and Bible Study. Along with leading our youth group and teaching Sunday school, he also coordinates our summer and Christmas missions and is called upon by many parents to help them navigate through difficult situations.

    Raleigh is married to Kristin Langley and has one daughter, Emma Grace Langley.