Rev. Canon Dr. Helen Van Koevering
The Rev. Canon Dr. Helen Van Koevering, recently of Charleston, West Virginia accepted the call to be our Rector. Rev. Helen holds a Doctorate of Ministry from the Virginia Theological Seminary; a Masters of Philosophy: Theological Studies from Trinity College, Bristol, UK, and was ordained a Priest in June of 2003.
From 1985-2015 she served in various positions in the Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique. Her last position prior to moving to the US was serving as Rector of the Parish of Sanjala, building the church literally from the ground up to 800 members. She was instrumental in developing curriculum for children, youth and families; not only for this parish, but for the entire Diocese of Niassa. Rev. Helen speaks English and Portuguese.
She most recently has been serving parishes in Charleston, WV as a supply priest since returning from Mozambique. Her husband, the Rt Rev Mark Van Koevering serves as Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Lexington from the Standing Committee. The Van Koeverings have three adult children; Jake, Matt and Kylie.
Deacon Charles Halton
Charles Halton is with us as a transitional deacon as he prepares to be ordained as a priest in 2021. Charles brings much to offer St Raphael’s, including experience in digital media, a PhD in Hebrew studies, and even great culinary skills! You may see him, his wife, Lori (a radiologist) and 10 year old daughter Grey at our in person services and/ or look for Charles on our Morning Prayer videos at 8.30 on our Facebook page.