Rev. Bevan Stanley

The Reverend Dr. E. Bevan Stanley, Rector

The Reverend Dr. E. Bevan Stanley has spent most of his adult life in Connecticut. While focused on his parish ministry, he also serves as a spiritual director, leads retreats, consults in parishes, and trains parish leaders. Bevan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, except for four years he spent with his family in Tokyo when he was six to ten years old. He came to Connecticut as an undergraduate at Yale. Bevan joined the Episcopal Church at St. Andrew?s, an inner city parish in New Haven, where he learned about every aspect of parish life, even serving as Senior Warden for one year. In 1972 he married Alinda, and together they opened Logos Bookstore in 1974, which they owned and operated for ten years. Having received a call to ordained ministry, Bevan studied for his M.Div. at Yale Divinity School. Ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984, he served as Curate at Christ Church, New Haven, and then was appointed Vicar of St. Peter’s on the Hill in Hamden. By 1990 the small, struggling parish had become a vital congregation with young families and had more than doubled in size. In that year, Bevan led the merger of St. Peter’s on the Hill with Grace Church, also in Hamden. When he left in 1999, Grace and St. Peter’s was a strong, diverse parish on the cusp of becoming a program size parish with an attendance of about 140 on a Sunday.

During those fifteen years he became a trainer and consultant in all dimensions of parish development, teaching the diocesan Parish Development Course for a number of years. He also was trained in community organizing by the Industrial Areas Foundation and was active in working for change in New Haven. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary in 2003, with a thesis on training lay leaders. A deputy to four General Conventions, Bevan served on the Prayer Book and Liturgy Committee three times. For the last five years Bevan has been a Reader of the General Ordination Exams for the national church.

In 1999, Bevan was called to a parish in New Jersey. After eight years, he returned home to Connecticut, where he has served as interim first in Orange and most recently in Bethany.

Bevan and Alinda share interests in pre-Norman Britain, reading, hiking and canoeing in the Adirondacks, theater, and travel. A particularly memorable experience occurred in 2005 when Bevan and a friend took two solo canoes and paddled the Hudson River from its source at Lake Henderson in the Adirondacks to New York City. The 313 mile trip took thirteen days. Bevan and Alinda have made four retreats on Iona, Scotland, a small isle of the Inner Hebrides, where they enjoy worshiping with the ecumenical Iona Community at the restored medieval abbey, walking amidst the stark beauty of the rocks and heather of the island, and absorbing the deep peace of this ancient center of spirituality. They have two grown daughters, who live in Anchorage and Minneapolis. Sarah and Ellen enjoy meeting each year in a different city to run a marathon together.

Bevan came to St. Michael’s in October 2012 as our Priest in Charge. Effective July 2015, Bevan is St. Micheal’s 36th Rector.