The Reverend T. Stewart Lucas, Pastor
Stewart hails from Macon, Georgia and majored in Horticulture at the University of Georgia. Having been heavily involved in the Canterbury Center at the Episcopal Chaplaincy there, he followed a call to seminary directly after graduation. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2001 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 at Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore. He was Associate Rector there working with children and youth and the newcomers and evangelism ministries. In 2007 he was called to be Associate Rector of St. Margaret’s Church in Annapolis. He served there as chaplain to the Day School and liaison to the Newcomers Commission. In addition, he was in charge of communications and taught several Adult formation classes and Bible studies.
Stewart lives in Towson with his partner Doug Campbell along with their two bassett hounds, Otis and Maddie.
The Reverend Don Burggraf, Pastoral Associate
Pastor Don has served as a pastor in the Delaware Maryland Synod of the ELCA for more than 40 years. His first call was to serve as an Assistant Pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Baltimore with special concentration in youth, young adult, and campus ministries. At the same time he also helped with the ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church of the Deaf, meeting in Towson Maryland. After three years, he received a call from Christ Lutheran Church in LaVale Maryland. He served that congregation for eleven years. Then he received a call to return to First English Lutheran Church, but this time as its lead pastor. He served in this capacity for 26 years until his retirement at the end of 2015. He began ministry at Nativity and Holy Comforter in June 2018 with special emphasis on Visitation and Bible study.
Pastor Don is married to Cindy (42 years and counting!). Their daughter Laurel is now working on her doctorate having previously served as a drama teacher for a private school and Christian Ed director for First English Lutheran Church. She and her husband have two children, who get to spend regular time with their grandparents. Their son Josh is an independent artist in New York City.
Pastor Don’s interests include birding (and bird photography), reading, and spending time with family. He is an active participant in the Renaissance Institute, an educational organization for seniors on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University, where he has taken many courses and taught one himself. He and Cindy live just around the corner from the church on Lake Avenue!
The Reverend Linda Hollis, Episcopal Deacon Associate
Linda was born in Baltimore and began attending Nativity in 1953. She met her husband Tony at summer camp at the Diocese of Maryland’s Bishop Claggett Center in 1957 in Buckeystown, Maryland.
With a degree in Sociology, Fine Arts and English, she joined other Episcopal women who felt called to work in the church. While living in community with women of the broader Anglican Community (Hong Kong, India, Korea, Canada, Caribbean and USA), she attended Union Theological Seminary and later completed a Masters of Art in Education with a certificate in Christian Education at Columbia University.
Tony and Linda married in 1965 after Tony was ordained to the priesthood. They moved to Western Maryland and then truly all over the world with Tony’s service in the army. All the while Linda engaged in ministry helping immigrants in Texas, teaching Sunday School in various churches, and ministering to soldiers in rehabilitation at Ft. Benning, Georgia they worked with the Vietnam orphans d dealt with the realities of racial segregation in the Deep South.
After time in Germany, they came back to Sherwood Parish in Cockeysville where Tony was rector for more than 12 years. Linda taught school and even started a childcare center. In 1992 they began ten years of ministry together in the Diocese of Bermuda when Linda was truly feeling the call to ordained ministry. This began a 5 -ear adventure from 2003 to 2008 when she was ordained as a deacon in June of 2008.
Linda currently serves on the diocesan Commission on Ministry, the Maryland Episcopal Clergy Association Board and is a mentor for the Education for Ministry program. She and Tony also serve at the Baltimore International Seafarers, the USO at BWI, and they represent our diocese for Episcopal Relief and Development.
The Reverend Anthony Hollis, Episcopal Priest Associate
Born and raised in Bermuda, Tony attended Saint Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, The General Theological Seminary in New York and Long Island University in New York. He was ordained in 1964 and served parishes in Western Maryland before becoming an Army Chaplain. He ministry has taken him to Georgia, Virginia, Texas, South East Asia, New York and Germany. God finally brought Linda and him back to Maryland to to parish life at Cockeysville, MD but then once more to Saint George’s in Bermuda before retiring in 2002. (He retired from the Army in 1993).
Tony hasn’t really retired though. He volunteers weekly at the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Institute, the USO and the Maryland Defense Force. Their three sons and seven grandchildren keep him busy, but in his free time Tony enjoys reading, especially history. He likes to travel and hike in the woods.
David Neff, Director of Music Email
David was born in the heart of Wisconsin dairy country, where his father practiced veterinary medicine. Tired of the fierce winters, his family moved to the desert Southwest, where at age 16 he took his first appointment as a church organist. He attended Loma Linda University in Southern California, where he met and married his first love, LaVonne. David graduated from the seminary at Andrews University in southwest Michigan and pastored several churches in Southern California before joining the staff of a collegiate church in Washington state. On the side, he played the organ for Episcopal, American Baptist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and Lutheran Church in America congregations.
After moving to Illinois in 1981, he edited magazines for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Christianity Today, where he became editor in chief. During his 32 years in magazine publishing, he also served as organist at St. Andrews Episcopal Church and organist-choirmaster at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Chicago.
The Neffs moved to Baltimore in 2014 to be closer to their daughter Heidi, a painter and art professor, and her husband and children. David and LaVonne share their Rodgers Forge home with their quintessentially cute Havanese mix Maisie Grace.
Carolyn Surrick, Parish Administrator Email
Craig W. Hart, Building Manager
Jeff Valentine, Vice President
Justin Dowding, Treasurer
Dottie Doepke, Secretary
Church Council Members
Class of 2019 – Sue Fowler, Dick Perry, Ellie Sharkey,
Class of 2020 – Susan Bollinger, Dottie Doepke, Justin Dowding
Class of 2021 – John Nefferdorf, Kari Ardolino Rudgers, Mary Schwartz