St. Peter's Anglican Church

Leadership Development

Raising up leaders

Program Description

Introducing the Leadership Development Program

As a church community, one of our core values is leadership development.  Archbishop Foley Beach (ACNA) has asked that St. Peter’s be a training site for Anglican clergy and leaders.  Hence, our internship program is central to our church’s identity.  We have many arenas for ministers-in-training to get involved and gain experience.  For these reasons, our community is committed to theological education, ministerial training, and mentoring.  All of our present interns are currently enrolled in programs at Beeson Divinity School.


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What does the Leadership Development Program look like?

  • The typical intern works approximately 10-12 hours per week in parish ministry.

  • Responsibilities include:

    • Preparing service books and set-up for worship services

    • Leading weekly Morning and Evening Prayer

    • Conducting services at a local assisted living center

    • Accompanying clergy on home, hospital, and jail visits

    • Serving on the intercessory prayer team

    • Teaching Sunday School classes

    • Ministering to youth and children

    • Participating in staff meetings

    • And more!

  • Interns are also mentored by clergy and other leaders within the congregation

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All of those individuals who have gone through our Leadership Development Program and been ordained as deacons and priests within the Anglican Communion.

Current Interns

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Zach Miller

Enrolled in: M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School

Ministry Areas at St. Peter's: leading morning prayer, pastoral care and teaching at Columbia Cottage, Family Promise, welcome ministry

Hobbies: sailing, reading, hiking, cheering on the Tottenham Hotspurs (COYS!!)



Katherine Ladd

Enrolled in: M.A.T.S. at Beeson Divinity School

Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: coordinating worship services, leading morning prayer, pastoral care and teaching at Columbia Cottage, arts ministry, outreach ministry

Hobbies: reading, writing (science fiction short stories), playing video games, baking, and hanging out at art museums/galleries


Anna Russell

Enrolled in: M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School

Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: youth ministry, leading morning prayer, pastoral care and teaching at Columbia Cottage, teaching, communication

Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, coffee, baby animals


Andrew Russell

Enrolled in: M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School

Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: pastoral care and spiritual formation, preaching, leading morning prayer, Family Promise, youth ministry, teaching Sunday School

Hobbies: film, writing, Spikeball, fancy pencils, watching/listening to stand-up comedy, reading theology and fiction


Contribute to the Program

Why Contribute?

Many parishes want to support theological education, but they often do so by contributing money directly to a theological school, a faceless, impersonal way to assist in training future Anglican ministers. St. Peter’s Leadership Development Ministry’s seminary internship program works hand-in-hand with Beeson Divinity School’s* Ministry Leadership Development program to prepare candidates for Anglican ministry through both in-class scholastics and in-church hands-on training.

  • The average annual cost of funding an intern position is $9,400

  • Your parish’s contributions will go directly to funding a seminary intern

  • Nothing will be spent on overhead costs

  • You will receive the name and contact information of the particular intern you’re supporting so that you can pray for and encourage the seminarian

  • You might even consider having the student intern come to your church to preach

Levels of Support

Whether your parish can fund a portion or the entire amount, you can be sure that you are investing in Kingdom work which glorifies Jesus Christ by raising up the next generation of Anglican leaders.

On average, these are the kind of expenses a typical Beeson student incurs:

  • $600 for books for two semesters

  • $1,400 for a Jan-term’s tuition

  • $2,400 for three months’ rent

  • $6,000 for one semester’s tuition**

Make checks payable to:
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Memo: Leadership Development Program

Send to:
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
3207 Montevallo Rd.
Mountain Brook, AL 35223

* Check out The Institute for Anglican Studies at Beeson (

**After the average scholarship amount is deducted.

For practical reasons, some interns are enrolled in a distance program via Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. The in-church internship responsibilities are largely the same in either program. Your parish has the option designate funds for an intern in the Beeson, Gordon Conwell, or either program.

The seminary internship program is not directly involved in the ordination or licensure for vocational lay ministry processes (these are diocesan functions) and participation in the program does not guarantee ordination or licensure.

There may be are both male and female interns. Your parish may designate whether to support students of one or both genders, depending on your congregation’s or diocese’s view on women in ministry.