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Meet Our Interim Rector:

The Rev. Dr. Nancy C. James is serving as interim rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Fairbanks through the summer. The church is currently searching for a permanent rector to replace the Rev. Scott Fisher, who retired in November 2015.

James was raised at Eielson Air Force Base, where her father was a pilot. She received a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia. James is also an author of books centered on spirituality and faith. 

She served at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., for 16 years. 

“St. John’s is a lot like St. Matthew’s,” James said. “St. Matthew’s is diverse and bubbling with life. The church has frequent worship services and is rich with thought and prayer.”

Rev. Bella Jean Savino
Deacon, 2006, Ordained Priest 5-27-2012, the Daughters of the King

As a deacon, I am a servant of God and I serve others. In my ministry of course I help with the worship service on Sunday, help with funeral services, and other services when I am able to assist. I do a lot of one-to-one counseling, or just listening to others and praying with them. Every other Sunday, with the help of my friend Bernice Aragon, I go to Denali Center (and sometimes to the Hospital) and give them Communion, which is a blissful ministry in itself. If anyone is interested in doing private home Eucharists, I would love to have you come along and learn about it.
I was selected as a delegate to the Interior Deanery meeting, which was held here at St. Matthew’s June 2-4, 2006; and was elected there as a Member-at-Large to the Deanery Council, representing the Tanana Valley Region (which includes Fairbanks).
Daughters of the King meet the 2nd Sunday of each month here at St. Matthew’s. We do a lot of praying for the family of St. Matthew’s, the community of Fairbanks, the Bishop and his family and staff. We pray for military troops and their families, and our country.

We are keeping you all in our prayer and Love.

- The Rev. Bella Jean Savino

The Rev. Lee Davis
A Calling

Thank you St. Matthew’s for your continued love, support, and encouragement as I slowing progress, step by step, toward ordination to the priesthood. A calling that arose from ministering to our incarcerated brothers and sisters and which continues to lead me into a future known only to God, I was ordained to the transitional deaconate July 23, 2006, and have now completed the canonically required six month period as a deacon. A letter has been sent to Bishop Mark, requesting ordination to the priesthood. A letter of support from the Vestry of St. Matthew’s has been requested and must be sent to Bishop Mark and then the Standing Committee and Commission on Ministry make their recommendations. A long and holy process that seems to go on and on but a good process opens to the working of the Holy Spirit and the will of God.

What next? While I wait, I will continue ministering to the incarcerated and assisting at St. Matthew’s when in Fairbanks. February 12, 2007 Mary Margaret and I leave for Arizona where I will work with the Chaplain at Red Rock Correctional Center, Eloy, Arizona, as a Volunteer Chaplain to more than 1200 Alaskan inmates. We plan to remain in Arizona until the latter part of April, 2007 with occasional trips back to Fairbanks whenever necessary. Please keep all of our incarcerated brothers and sisters in your prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Lee +


Scott Fisher -- Retired Rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

The Rev. Scott Fisher served as Rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (6/91 - 11/28/15). He arrived in Alaska, through Bishop Gordon, as a volunteer layworker in  October 1970; and lived in the Interior villages of Chalkitsik, Stevens Village, and Beaver before leaving for seminary, under Bishop Gordon's direction, in the Summer of 1973. Receiving his Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, Texas) he returned to the Interior of Alaska, working for the Church in Fort Yukon and Beaver, before moving into the Diocesan Office. Serving under Bishops' Cochran, Harris, and Charleston, he was an Assistant to the Bishop, traveling and working extensively throughout the Interior and Arctic Coast, before coming to St. Matthew's in the Summer of '91. He has three children, Charleen, Shane (+9/21/00), and Rebecca; and five grandchildren and one great grand child. He is married to Elisabeth Hill of Minnesota. After much thought and prayer, Scott declared that he would "retire" (effective November 28, 2015) from St. Matthews and will continue to chat with God as to where his journey will take him next. sfisher mosquitonet.com) http://www.facebook.com/#!/scott.fisher2

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