The Rev. Dr. Larry Reid Hensarling began his service as the Rector of All Saints' on November 14, 2016. All Saints' celebrated Fr. Reid's institution on February 26, 2017. He was the Associate to the Rector of All Saints' from April, 2003 to December, 2015 and Priest-in-Charge from January 6, 2016 to November 13, 2016.
He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and received a BS degree from LSU in 1978 and an MA from the University of Texas in 1981. Fr. Reid went to seminary in the summer of 1989 and graduated from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in May, 1992. Thereafter, he has served churches in Shreveport, Louisiana, Bennettsville, South Carolina, and Memphis, Tennessee. He completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida in December, 2010.
Fr. Reid met his wife Deanie at the Catholic Student Center at the University of Texas at Austin and married June 28, 1980. Fr. Reid worked for his father in Lafayette, Louisiana as a geologist in the oil business from June, 1980 - June, 1989. Deanie graduated with honors from the University of South Louisiana in 1982. Fr. Reid and Deanie were raised in the Roman Catholic Church and began attending an Episcopal church in Lafayette, Louisiana in August, 1984. They were received into the Church the following year.
Deanie is a full-time teacher in the Polk County School system. Fr. Reid and Deanie have a daughter, Amy, and a son, David. Amy received a BA degree from Southeastern University and her Masters Degree in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College. David graduated from Florida Southern College in April, 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and works for JP Morgan Chase.
Fr. Reid loves the All Saints' family, his sacramental duties, building adult Christian education, and leading the parish in spiritual growth through the faithful proclamation and teaching of the gospel. He supervises the Director of Family Ministries and leads the young family and newcomer ministries. Fr. Reid is the Chaplain of the All Saints’ Doulos Chapter of the Order of St. Luke. Fr. Reid loves to preach and teach the Bible. He particularly loves the Wednesday Morning Bible Study, Men's Friday Morning Bible Study, and Wednesday Night Parish Academy. Additionally, he enjoys the Parent Class that meets twice a week and the All Saints' Sports Ministry.
Fr. Reid's hobbies include reading, running, football, Shakespeare, and movies. He also loves working in the yard and following the Dallas Cowboys football team, which he has enjoyed since 1965.
The Rev. Robert E. Merritt serves as an Assisting Priest at All Saints’ and a supply priest for the Diocese of Central Florida.
Robert (Buck) has served many churches in Central Florida in various roles as full time, interim, and supply priest. He describes his ministry as a worker/priest because of his 30 years history in the insurance business while maintaining an active ministry in the church. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL. He received his AA degree from St. Petersburg Junior college, a BS degree in Marketing from Florida State University, and a masters in Divinity from the University of the South. His civic involvement includes serving on the board of young life, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lakeland, and Habitat for Humanity. He views the community as a “parish at large.”
He has three children: a son who lives in Lakeland, a daughter who lives in Athens, Georgia, and another son who lives in Orlando. Barbara is the joy of his life. She is a retired professor of political science from Florida Southern College. She received her masters and doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee and is also an avid fan of the football team. She enjoys reading, traveling, decorating, and long walks with her dog.
Robert enjoys reading, traveling, playing golf, and exercising at the gym. He is naturally a fan of the Florida State football team. Aware of his many blessings, he is most grateful for his relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Dr. Canon John E. Birtch serves as an Assisting Priest at All Saints’ and a supply priest for the Diocese of Central Florida.
The Rev. Dr. John E. Birtch was born in Woodstock, Ontario Canada in 1929. He graduated from Woodstock Collegiate and the University of Western Ontario with a BA and from Huron College, London with a BD. He earned a commission in the Canadian Army. He did postgraduate studies for a year at the Central College of the Anglican Communion in Canterbury, England. He is a graduate of Virginia Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry. He was ordained a deacon June 8th, 1952 and a priest on May 31st, 1953.
Canon John and Joanne married in 1953. Joanne is a retired Registered Nurse and a retired organist and piano teacher and choir director. They have a daughter born in 1958 and a son born in 1963.
Canon John organized and served parishes in the Diocese of Huron, Ontario and in the Anglican Church of England before accepting a call to be rector of St. Bartholomew’s, St. Petersburg and then as rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach in the Diocese of Southwest Florida. He has been a Dean in three different Deaneries and he has served on a great many committees in Diocesan and National Church levels, including the AFP and as a Warden of the Order of St. Luke. Canon John and Joanne found it a great pleasure to escort many tours and cruises overseas. They both continue to enjoy photography, card games, and music.
The Rev. Bob Johnson serves as the Deacon at All Saints'. His ordination to the diaconate was September 10, 2016.
Deacon Bob was born in Wurtzburg, Germany and grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated in 1974 from Auburndale High School, and the University of South Florida in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. As a child Bob attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winter Haven.
Bob was an Eagle Scout with Troop 123 in Winter Haven. He was very active and became acquainted with the Brosseau family. Doug Brosseau was a Scout in the troop and his father Jim wwas very active also. He met Debbie Brosseau in the fifth grade and we went to school together through middle school and high school. They married in December of 1978 and have four wonderful grown children: Emily currently teaching English in China, Rebecca working at the Smithsonian Postal museum in Washington, D.C., Benjamin teaching in the Polk County School system, and Meredith working for Champs Sports in Sarasota, Florida. They have no grandchildren and are still hopeful.
Debbie has a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Florida State University and is working in the Polk County School System. The Johnsons' have been members of All Saints' Episcopal Church since 1985. Debbie has been serving as a Chalice and Subdeacon for over 25 years. In the 1980’s Deacon Bob served as the Acolyte Warden.
His ministry with All Saints’ is to communicate the needs of the community to our church and build up the members to love and serve our Lord in the community by addressing those needs.