“We will not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time”
-T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets
We are a community coming home to Jesus and His Church.
Our dream is to see people who feel disconnected from Jesus and disenchanted with church “arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.” We find great joy in making the life and teachings of Jesus relevant and understandable. We are passionate about making the rhythms and thought of the historic Christian Church accessible to our rising generation. We believe the Gospel is good news. We believe nothing else has the power to quench our profound modern thirst for truth, beauty, meaning, and authority.
To hear to Scott preach on the heart of this vision, listen here.
Father Scott Cunningham - Pastor
Hailing from Tennessee and California, Scott and Marissa met at college in Chicago where they both studied music, the Bible, and literature. They have personally experienced a transformational homecoming to Jesus and his Church, and are passionate about being on this journey with others.
Scott has served in the Anglican communion in America and England for over a decade. He loves the Bible, literature, good songwriting, fly-fishing in the driftless, and serving the Church. Marissa gets excited about nurturing environments where people are known and loved. She enjoys singing, art supplies, organizing things, and bread. They have two bouncy boys, James and Aaron.
Kaitlyn Wallett - Ministry Director
Kaitlyn comes to Madison from Poland (originally) and Chicago (most recently). As our Ministry Director, she blesses our church through her oversight of Sunday mornings (including children’s ministry), administration, and communication. She loves geology, cuban salsa dancing, organic farming, and dressing up to go to the Renaissance faire. She is thrilled to be a part of what God is doing in Madison.
Maddy Hunt - Worship Leader
Maddy grew up in California, but currently jumps around as a proud student at UW-Madison. She serves Christ Church by leading Worship on Sunday mornings and creating spaces for the arts. She also writes some great songs, which you can listen to here.
Randy Birkey - Churchwarden
Randy comes to Madison from Oak Park, IL, and oversees all things operational, which includes sound, equipment, and web design. Besides being a proud father of 4 and grandfather of 11, Randy is an artist and can make a classic twin motorcycle engine sing like Patsy Cline.
Julie Olson - Sacristan
Julie grew up in Monroe, WI and is a proud alumna of UW-Madison. At Christ Church she is in charge of all things sacramental and beautiful. She leads the Altar Guild—which is a team of folks who serve in our Eucharistic ministry—and also blesses us by transforming a high school gym into sacred space.
Stewart Ruch III - Bishop
Stewart is the “pastor of pastors” in our family of churches across Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. Stewart is married to Katherine, and they have six children. Their first love and passion is raising their children and developing their family as a “domestic church." Stewart loves running, reading, and spending as much time as possible in forests and streams with his children.
Centered on the GOSPEL
Rooted in the GREAT TRADITION
Filled with the HOLY SPIRIT
Focused on the LOST AND THE LEAST
Committed to DEEP COMMUNION
Engaged in the ARTS AND CULTURE
Our Anglican Identity
To be Anglican is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity. Rather it is a distinct way of being a “mere Christian”—one that is at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.
The Anglican Church traces its roots all the way back to the 2nd Century, when the first Christian missionaries came to the British Isles. Our tradition is shaped by the historic teachings and practices of the apostolic Church, and also by the biblical and evangelical values of the Reformation. The Book of Common prayer shapes our worship and life together around this tradition, and we celebrate its beauty, stability, and power to put us in the way of Jesus.
To dive deeper, check out this helpful, introductory talk given by a theologian in our diocese on Anglican history and identity.
The Anglican communion is the third largest Christian body in the world (following the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church), with over 85 million members in over 165 countries. We are a member of the Global Anglican Future Conference, are proud of our diverse international communion, and value the encouragement and perspective this connection brings us.
Christ Church Madison is part of the Anglican Church in North America, in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, under Bishop Stewart Ruch III. Alongside many other growing churches in the Midwest, the heartbeat of our movement is to see a revival of Word and Sacrament, infused with the Holy Spirit.
Our faith is best summarized in the words of the ancient Creeds (Nicene and Apostles’), understood in their plain and historic sense. If you would like to learn more about the theology that unites our global faith community, you can read on here (from the ACNA, our national network) and here (from GAFCON, our global network).
We recognize that all of us are on a faith journey, and we warmly welcome those with questions and doubts.