St. Andrews Deacons

Bill Baker - Deacon In-Charge

Leadership: Bill is responsible for assisting members in building personal relationships with Christ while maintaining a spirit of corporate worship. He aspires to help those whom God puts in his path be it through provisions or a listening ear, while fearlessly promoting the Gospel of Christ.

Family: Bill married Andrea on June 16, 1990 and was blest with the arrival of their daughter Elizabeth in 2010.

Qualifications: Bill became a Lay Reader at St. Andrew’s Church in December 2007, four years after accepting church membership. Answering the call to ministry in the Anglican Church in 2008, Bill was licensed as a chalice bearer in 2010 and entered the Postulancy program in 2012. After being ordained to the Diaconate on Oct. 20, 2013 by Bishop Walter Grundorf of the APA, he is continuing to answer God’s call by pursuing Ordination to the Priesthood through studies with Cranmer Theological House.

“It is my hearts desire to do nothing but that which is pleasing to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: to preach truth in this current world and focus lost lives to the path that leads to our Father in Heaven.”

Deacon Chris Smith has lived in the Rogue Valley for over 20 years and began attending St. Andrew’s in 2003. Under the direction of Fr. Creighton Barnes he was licensed as a Lay Reader in November 2007, licensed as a Chalice Bearer in September 2010, and Ordained as a Deacon in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church on October 20, 2013. He is currently studying at Cranmer Theological House and endeavors daily to walk the path God has placed before him that leads to Ordination to the Priesthood.

The Acts of the Apostles (6:1-7) tells the story of the first seven men chosen to be Deacons. These men were Ordained to this Holy Order by the Apostles and called to serve the needs of the early Christian community in a special way. They were men “of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” appointed to minister to the needy and to proclaim the Word of God. Deacon Chris strives to live this Christ-centered life of service and obedience in the Church, at home, and in the world.

Deacon Chris lives in Medford with his wife Lisa and their daughter Hope. His son, Alex, is in graduate school at WVU and his daughter, Ashley, is a senior at SOU.

Please contact us at St. Andrew's Anglican Church if you have any questions.