Our Rector

The Rector is the “head priest” of a congregation

The Rev. Mike Angell is the 13th rector of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. He began his tenure in March of 2015. Before accepting his current call, Mike served on the Presiding Bishop’s staff as the church-wide Missioner for Young Adult & Campus Ministries. For three years after seminary, Mike was Assistant Rector at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, Washington DC. At St. John’s, Mike led justice and outreach ministries, a large young adult ministry, and also served as primary priest for the Spanish-speaking congregation.

Mike is the recipient of the Bishop John Hines’ award for preaching. The award is given annually to the outstanding preaching entry “where prophetic voice is central within the sermon.” He is the author of the forthcoming How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice? from Church Publishing. Mike is also a board member for Cristosal, a human rights organization based in El Salvador.

Mike comes from a long line of Episcopalians and was baptized in his home parish, St. Paul’s in Lakewood Colorado. His mother (also an Episcopal priest) and his father (an attorney) are both retired and live in the Denver area. Mike gets back to Colorado to ski at least once a year. He is especially fond of Winter Park.

Mike graduated from the University of San Diego with honors in theology. He received his Masters in Divinity with honors from The Virginia Theological Seminary. He also studied at Oxford University and ITESO, the Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Between college and Seminary, Mike served for a year with the Young Adult Service Corps of The Episcopal Church at a foster home and school Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Mike also re-established an Episcopal campus ministry at The University of California, San Diego.

Mike is an enthusiastic traveler, ukulele player, and counts reading as a hobby. You can often find him running in Tower Grove park or practicing yoga at a local studio. He loves the theology of Jon Sobrino and Kelly Brown Douglas, the fiction of Madeleine L’Engle, and the poetry of Nayyirah Waheed. He maintains a connection to Central America through his service on the board of Cristosal, an Episcopal-founded Human Rights organization based in El Salvador.

Mike and his husband Ellis Anderson were married in Washington DC in 2013. They had their civil marriage blessed at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis in May of 2015. Ellis works as an English Language Learning Specialist (formerly called ESL) at a charter school in the city of St. Louis. Ellis and Mike are the proud parents of Silas, adopted in 2020 from the foster system in the city of St. Louis. Their family is rounded out by a sweet Labradoodle named Oscar.

Contact:

Mike can be reached via email at mangell@holycommunion.net
or by phone at the church: 314-721-7401 ext 303

He posts his sermons on his personal blog: angellmike.com