Our Rector


The Rev. Dan Handschy earned a BA in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1980. He worked for several years for International Business Machines in Essex Junction, VT. In 1982, he matriculated in the MDiv program and Harvard Divinity School, and graduated in 1985. In 1986, Bishop Robert Shaw Kerr ordained him to the diaconate in Vermont and to the priesthood in 1987.

Handschy served as assistant to the rector of All Saints’, Attleboro, MA for five years, and then held two interim positions in the Diocese of Rhode Island. Church of the Advent called him as rector in November of 1992, and he has been here ever since.

In 2004, Handschy entered the PhD program in Historical Theology and Saint Louis University, and earned the degree in May of 2012. Handschy serves as the Dean of the Episcopal School for Ministry, and teaches ethics and Anglican Studies as an adjunct professor at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves.

Handschy is the chair of the board of SAJE Senior Ministry, an ecumenical ministry enriching the lives of seniors in the Crestwood/Sunset Hills area.  He serves on the Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains.  He has served several terms on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Missouri and on the Board of Episcopal City Mission.  He has made two trips to the Diocese of Lui, our companion diocese in South Sudan, and serves on the Companion Diocese Committee.

Read our rector’s blog.

Professional website here.

Our Deacon


The Rev. Dr. Deb Goldfeder

Seelam Sujanna Raj


Sujanna has been appointed as pastoral associate at Church of the Advent with responsibilities for an Asian Indian Christian Ministry.  There is a strong Asian Indian Christian community in the Crestwood/Webster Groves area.  Sujanna is an ordained presbyter (priest) in the Diocese of Vellore of Church of South India (a province of the Anglican Communion), and has been licensed to preach and celebrate the sacraments in the Diocese of Missouri by Bishop George Wayne Smith.  Sujanna will gather the community monthly at Church of the Advent, visit members in their homes and conduct worship for this community in its own language.

Sujanna will also assist the rector with services at Advent, preaching and celebrating on occasion.  Members of Advent are always invited to join the Asian Indian Christian community when they gather at Advent, especially for Indian festivals.  Watch the Scroll for the ministry’s schedule.