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A native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Father Ackerman received a Bachelor’s of Science in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 and spent eight years as an active duty Surface Warfare Officer. He traveled extensively during his naval career, and enjoyed the opportunity to be stationed in numerous places, including the United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the United States Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy. Chase left active service upon receiving his call to ordained ministry and entered the General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he studied for a year and a half before transferring to Sewanee to complete his theological education. During seminary, Chase had the pleasure of serving at both Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in New York City and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Chase is married to Jeanne, who is a native of Atlanta, and they have one son.
The Reverend Doctor Robert O. Baker serves as Chaplain to St John's School. Robert earned a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary with a specialization in New Testament Studies. Robert earned a Ph.D. from Baylor University in Religion. His academic specialty is the Johannine Literature. Robert also has twenty years of experience as a Critical Care RN. Robert enjoys reading and doing activities outdoors with his wife, Evelyn and their four children: Jeremiah, Henry, Helen, and Richard.
Kathleen Moore serves as St John’s Parish Deacon and also assists the Bishop as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. She grew up in the north of England and began her professional career in Europe as a teacher of English as a second language. After coming to the USA in 1977, she spent more than thirty-five years as an administrator and teacher in adult and higher education. She was a senior administrator at the University of South Florida from 1990 to 2014, and also taught in the College of Education. Kathleen holds a BA degree in Modern Languages, a MS in Counseling and Human Development, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She also completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education program in the Management of Lifelong Education. Following her retirement from the University of South Florida, Kathleen completed the diaconal formation program through the diocesan School for Ministry and was ordained by Bishop Smith in December 2016.