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Episcopal Church
of the Advent

March 25 - Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms
7:30am (Church), 9 & 10:45am (Montgomery Commons)
March 26 - Monday in Holy Week
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
March 27 - Tuesday in Holy Week
5:30pm Holy Eucharist and Healing
March 28 - Wednesday in Holy Week
7pm Tenebrae
March 29 - Maundy Thursday
7pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy
March 30 - Good Friday
12:15pm Good Friday Liturgy
March 31 - Holy Saturday & Easter Vigil
9am - Holy Saturday Liturgy
7pm - The Great Vigil of Easter (Incense)
April 1 - Easter Sunday
7:30, 9 & 11:15am Festival Holy Eucharist
10:30am Easter Egg Hunt 

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Sunday Services, March 25
7:30am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:45am Holy Eucharist Rite I (Incense)

Weekday Services | Olney Chapel 
Monday-Friday at 8:15am
(when the office is open)
 - Morning Prayer


141 Advent Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone 864-585-2268
Fax 864-585-2202

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The Reverend J. Edward Morris (Ned)
MORRIS, J EDWARD_150x188Ned grew up in Virginia and Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Roanoke College (R.C.) in 1988. It was at R.C. that he met his wife, Ellen, and had his first inclination of being called to the ordained ministry. After graduation, he lived in Washington, D.C. serving with the Cathedral Volunteer Service Community program of the National Cathedral. In 1989, he went back to R.C. and worked as the Assistant to the Chaplain until 1997. While working at his alma mater, Ned earned his Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1993, Ned and Ellen were married. They moved to New York City in 1997, where Ned graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in 2001. After seminary, Ned and Ellen moved to Staunton, Virginia where Ned served for three years as the Associate Rector at Trinity Church, and where he was ordained to the priesthood just three days after 9/11. In October 2004, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Ned served as the Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church until July 2009. He became the 18th Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Advent on August 1, 2009. He, Ellen, and their four children (Halstead, William, Lou Lou, and Evers) enjoy reading, playing and spending time with family and friends.
The Reverend Deborah D. Apoldo (Debbie)
Associate Rector for Christian Formation
APOLDO, Deborah D_150x188Debbie found her way to ordained ministry after years working in not-for-profit advocacy organizations in Washington, DC where she and her family lived for twenty-four years.  She grew up in the northeast, mostly in Connecticut, and graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management. In 2000 Debbie was accepted into the process toward ordination in the Diocese of Virginia. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and earned the degree of Master in Divinity in 2003. She was ordained in that same year. In August of 2003 Debbie was called to St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church as Associate Rector for Discipleship. She and her family moved to Louisville, KY to accept that call and she served at St. Francis for eleven years. In 2014 Debbie returned to school and earned a Master of Christian Spirituality degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville. Debbie began serving The Episcopal Church of the Advent as Associate Rector for Christian Formation in January of 2015. She has three grown daughters and a son-in-law; Kelley and Jason Lyle, Mandy, and Emmie.
The Reverend Paula R. Griffin
Associate Rector for Pastoral Care
Paula Griffin headshotAlthough Paula is originally from Virginia and spent most of her formative years in Charleston, SC, she has lived in Upstate SC before. She earned her B.A. from Furman University and M.Ed. from Converse College. In 1994, she received her M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While in seminary, she completed a chaplaincy internship and discovered a deep passion for pastoral care and chaplain ministry. Following seminary, Paula served as a hospital chaplain in several locations in the Southeast. Her journey eventually led me to Boone, NC where she served as Director of Christian Education at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Through worship and formation experiences, she came to recognize how liturgy and ritual offer profound comfort, healing, and transformation particularly as they are experienced during life’s transitions. After a lengthy time of discernment, Paula began the process for ordination to the priesthood. She completed a Certificate in Anglican Studies in 2015 from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the diaconate in 2015 and then to the priesthood in January 2016. Prior to coming to Spartanburg in August 2017, she served as the Curate at St. James Parish, Wilmington, NC. Paula and her husband, T., made their home in Mount Olive, NC. T. worked as the lead Chemistry Instructor at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro and retired in July 2017 after spending 34 years in the education field. They have two very spoiled toy poodles, Jack and Colby.

141 Advent Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone 864-585-2268
Fax 864-585-2202


Sunday Schedule 
Holy Eucharist Rite I

Holy Eucharist Rite II

Sunday School 

Holy Eucharist Rite I or II (alternating

Weekday Services | Olney Chapel 

Monday-Friday 8:15am  Morning Prayer
Tuesday  5:30pm - Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
Thursday 12:15pm - Holy Eucharist and Healing Service