Welcome to the Website of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church!
I’m Father Ryan Fischer, recently called Rector of St. Anne’s, and, being a newcomer to this parish and to Indiana, I would hope that you would find a welcoming place here just as I have! Please take a moment to browse our website so that you can acquaint yourself with the life of St. Anne’s and our upcoming activities. We have many opportunities for people to get involved both inside and outside our regular weekly worship. We gather to celebrate Holy Eucharist Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:15, and all services incorporate a full cycle of Scripture readings as well as a sermon based on them; we also invite all baptized persons, regardless of church affiliation, to receive the Sacrament, which we administer through the consecrated Bread and Wine of Holy Communion. With a liturgy that includes both God’s Word proclaimed and the Sacrament celebrated, we strive to feed both mind and soul through a multisensory experience of God’s mysteries revealed in and through our worship.
On an autobiographical note, I am a native of Fargo, North Dakota and, more broadly speaking, of the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, having lived somewhere up and down “the Valley” for most of my life. I graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1996, and from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with a Master of Divinity in 2000. I also pursued additional studies in theology at the University of Munich from 2000 to 2001, and, most recently, I graduated with a Master of Public Health in health policy and administration from the University of North Dakota in 2017. Prior to becoming an Episcopal priest in March, 2018, I was an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served parishes in Boyd, Minnesota, Hoople, North Dakota, and Milton and Osnabrock, North Dakota. More recently, I served in various capacities as an interim and supply priest in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. Outside the church, I have been a member of the Board of Directors for the Osnabrock Community Living Center and the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the North Dakota Public Health Association. My hobbies include collecting and working on old cars, playing and listening to music, reading history, public policy, and theology, and traveling (preferably somewhere in an old car!).
Finally, on behalf of St. Anne’s and myself, I wish you God’s blessings as you experience life together with us, whether you are with us in person here at the church or “virtually” on this website. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and, if you haven’t done so already, come and worship the Crucified and Risen Lord with us on Sunday mornings!
Yours, in Christ,
The Rev. Ryan Fischer, Rector
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church