After many years of dreaming, Gregory House officially launched in the winter of December 2017. We began with just one Church Planting Resident in partnership with a handful of staff from Church of the Resurrection and sister churches in Chicago and Aurora.
Although we’ve grown to include hubs in Minnesota and Wheaton with both Ministry and Church Planting Residents, our mission remains the same: We want to raise up the next generation of leaders and artists for the work of planting a revival of word and sacrament infused by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Preparation for ministry does not happen only in a classroom. It takes real ministry experience and close partnership with seasoned pastors to prepare for the demands and joys of ministry.
We equip residents with theological and leadership training coupled with real responsibility in our core ministries including discipleship, worship, and mission. This training and experience combine to equip residents to go into a variety of contexts as church leaders, staff, or missionaries to impart our mission and values in their unique context.
We want to see hundreds of Word & Sacrament churches planted and sustained in the Midwest, and that vision can only be realized by investing in the next generation of leaders: you!
The vision of Gregory House is to raise up the next generation of leaders and artists for the work of planting a revival of Word and Sacrament infused by the power of the Holy Spirit.
After first attending Church of the Resurrection as a college student in 1988, Stewart became the rector in the winter of 1999. With a focus on the presence of God, prayer and fasting, and a collaborative and creative leadership culture, Resurrection has experienced growth in attendance as well as in conversions.
In September 2013, Stewart was consecrated Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest (ACNA), and has a vision to see a Revival of Word and Sacrament infused by the Holy Spirit in the Upper Midwest. In the first seven years of the diocese, numerous churches have been planted.
Stewart is married to Katherine, and they have six children. Their first love and passion is discipling their children and developing their family as a “domestic church.” Gregory House is one of his greatest ministry passions.
After 8 years on staff at Church of the Resurrection, Amy is delighted to focus her energy primarily on directing the Gregory House school.
Amy brings an incredible breadth of ministry experience, having served as Children’s Pastor, Formation Pastor (overseeing children, youth, and adult ministries), and Executive Pastor over the course of her time on staff at Resurrection.
Amy is married to Ryan, and they are raising their 3 boys to know their “delightful inheritance” in the Lord. They love living in Wheaton, adventuring with their boys, and drinking copious amounts of coffee to keep up!
The diocese was founded in 2013, and is a Regional Diocese in the Province of the Anglican Church in North America. It is led by Bishop Stewart Ruch III, along with our deans, Frs. William Beasley (Greenhouse Movement), Eirik Olsen (Kenosha, WI), and Christian Ruch (Hopkins, MN)
Over thirty congregations call our diocese home, with churches in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Our diocese is made up of distinct worshiping communities—rural, urban, suburban, and storefront—from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. But together, cared for by the same bishop, united in mission and values, we are building a movement where people can experience boundlessness: limitless love in Jesus, unification through vision, and being equipped for new things.
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