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Meet our Board of Advisors:

Jeremy Sullivan

Jeremy Sullivan has enjoyed the rarity of calling Virginia home despite being reared in a military family.  He 'caught' piano early on and was observed picking out melodies from hymns sung in worship on his grandmother's instrument.  His dream was to be another "Mr. Holland" from the movie, Mr. Holland's Opus, except as a choral musician.  A sense of calling to a vocation in ministry after his first year of college brought a shift to his studies and he completed his undergraduate degree in Church Music at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2001.  He earned his Master's of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005 receiving the Hoyt Hickman Award for liturgical scholarship and practice.  He was later ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  

Jeremy served two Nazarene congregations in Virginia as Pastor and Minister of Worship before joining other "evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail" finding a new home in the Episcopal Church.  Since 2011 he has served as Minister of Music for Trinity Episcopal Church, a diverse, multicultural parish in the heart of south Arlington, Virginia.  

Jeremy is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and serves on the Committee for Liturgy and Church Music in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  He is quite fond of Metro rides in the capital region, long walks through DC, and uncomplicated knitting projects.  A contemplative with a love for monasticism, he craves prayerful silence as much as he delights in sacred song.  

Jessica Nelson

Jessica (b. 1983) is a native Mississippian and holds degrees from Millsaps College and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, as well as the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. She served All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo, MS as organist/choirmaster from 2010-2017 and currently serves as organist/choirmaster of St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS.

She directs the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy, which draws participants from all over the United States and from beyond the Episcopal Church. In 2015, she was appointed to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church in the United States and also serves on the board of the Leadership Program for Musicians. Jessica has taught on the music faculties of the University of North Alabama and Northeast MS Community College. In her spare time, she composes a little and watches Netflix a lot. Her other choral works are available from Paraclete Press and Church Music Forward.