The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

Interim Rector

The Reverend Dr. Alicia Alexis is a resident priest in the Diocese of North Carolina. She was the Chief Pastor and served as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, North Carolina. Alicia was installed as the first female rector of Redeemer in November 2008.


Alicia Alexis was born in Trinidad, West Indies and relocated to the United States in 1968 and later became a United States citizen.


Alicia Alexis received her Bachelors of Science Nursing degree from Salem State

College in Salem, Mass. She received her Master's in Theology degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University: The Ecumenical Institute of Theology in Baltimore, Maryland. A Master of Divinity from Bexley Hall/Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in New York, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.


Alicia Alexis has a daughter, Mary Coombs who lives in Allegany, New York.


Alicia Alexis was ordained to the diaconate in June 2006, at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Maryland by the Rt. Rev. Bishop John Rabb, and to the priesthood in March 2008 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland by the Rt. Rev. John Rabb. She began her ministry as Associate rector at St. John's, Harve de Grace, and has been rector at Church of the Redeemer since November 2008.


Alicia enjoys reading, writing, exercising, taking boxing classes, watching old movies, and spending time with nature and her daughter, Mary.


Ms. Martha Richard, Diaconal Minister and Chaplain 


Martha is originally from the Carolinas but moved to North Palm Beach, Florida when she was seven. She attended Wake Forest University for 2 ½ years and then transferred to the University of Florida where she completed her BA and MA in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Martha worked in long-term care as a social worker, administrator, and consultant in Gastonia for 25 years before she answered God’s call to ministry and entered seminary at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. There she completed a MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling and is ABD (all but dissertation) for a Ph.D. in the same. She was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister 

(Vocational Deacon) in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2003, serving as a long-term care chaplain at a nursing home in Minnesota for five years and as the Chaplain at Covenant Village for two and a half years. She completed two years of residency in hospital chaplaincy at Carolinas Medical Center and currently works as an Associate Chaplain at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland, Kings Mountain, and Caromont Medical Center. She is endorsed for chaplaincy by the ELCA and is a Provisional Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Martha is serving a two year non-stipendiary call to All Saints as a Deacon. Her area of ministry is Pastoral Care.   

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Bruce Kiser


Bruce has lived most of his life in Gaston County, NC. He attended Bessemer City High School, received his degree in Business Administration from UNC-Charlotte and an Associates degree in Accounting from Gaston College. He and his partner and live in Crouse, NC. He works in Charlotte with Walmart in their Accounting office.


Rebecca Beatty

Director of Music Ministries

Becky, who lives in Gastonia, is a United Methodist married to Rev. Dr. Wayne Beatty, a retired United Methodist minister. They have one daughter, Laura, who teaches elementary music in Hickory. Becky has degrees in Church Music/Organ from Greensboro College and East Carolina University. Since moving to Gastonia 21 years ago she has taught piano privately, accompanied voice students and school choirs, has been a substitute and interim organist at several churches, and held the position as director of music/organist at three different congregations in the area.