Dear People of St. Anne's and the community of Warsaw,
It is both a blessing and a privilege to have been called as Rector of St. Anne's Episcopal Church. I hail from the wide open spaces of North Dakota and Minnesota where I was born, raised, and educated. Originally coming from a Lutheran background, I attended a Lutheran high school (Oak Grove, Fargo, ND) and college (Concordia, Moorhead, MN) but began my journey into the Episcopal Church as a student over twenty-five years ago. Finally, on March 25, 2018, I was received as a Priest in the Episcopal Church, Diocese of North Dakota after seventeen years as a Lutheran minister.
My theological formation took place at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, with a year of study abroad in Germany at the University of Munich. Following my ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, I was Interim Rector at St. Paul's in Grand Forks, where I received a Master's degree in public health (policy and administration). As your Rector, I hope to continue work in public policy advocacy toward affordable healthcare and good health for all people, believing that this is a direct extension of the Divine Physician's work.
My hobbies include "wrenching" on old cars, music, reading, and pop culture trivia. Do not be surprised if, when the weather warms up, you see me tooling around in one of my old clunkers that I've resurrected (a way of experiencing Easter!) When time permits, I am also known to use my car hobby as an opportunity for travel to club events across the United States. You will find that I am always up for some good conversation relating to hobbies or a variety of other subjects!
Finally, I extend my deepest thanks to the people of St. Anne's, especially the Search Committee and the Vestry, for the warm welcome I have received to the church and the community of Warsaw. I look forward both to my priestly duties and to becoming involved in the various activities around Wasraw and the surrounding region. Blessings to us all for a fruitful and joyful ministry together...
Father Ryan Fischer