Meet Our Team
ROBERT H. SEAWELL / RECTOR & FOUNDING PASTOR
Robert, his wife Ruth and four children moved to the Eastern Shore in the summer of 1999 – called to begin the work of planting a new church in the Mobile Bay area. They began hosting church gatherings in their home, and on Easter of 2000 Apostles moved to its first storefront on Main Street in Daphne. Regular Sunday services began and the church body grew. Two other storefronts would follow before the current site was purchased in the winter of 2007.
B.S. - Southern Oregon University | MDIV - Virginia Theological Seminary
MARK J. DICRISTINA / ASSOCIATE & TEACHING PASTOR
Mark grew up in the Boston area, and has served churches in Birmingham and along the coast from Gulf Breeze to Fairhope since 1986. Compassion for people and a passion for the transforming power of God’s Word is what motivate him as a pastor and teacher. He and his wife Brooke have three sons and five grandchildren. He likes running, reading, Boston sports, good coffee and good beer. Mark also works with the bishop as diocesan Canon overseeing the ordination process.
B.A. - Gordon College, Wenham, MA | MDIV - Gordon-Conwell / Virginia Theological Seminary
Taylor Ishii / Director of Student Ministry
Taylor grew up in Orange County, California and has served in churches in California, Texas, and now Alabama. He is passionate about equipping teenagers to learn Scripture, understand God’s call on their life, and serve both the church and the community in which they live, all while having fun and celebrating the lives God has graciously given us. Taylor was ordained a priest in 2016.
He loves to watch and play soccer, read theology, and play board games. He is married to his wonderful wife Hillary.
B.A. - Wheaton College, IL; MDIV - Fuller Theological Seminary, CA
Walt Howard / Deacon
Walt leads our congregational care team, with wide experience across the country in service, hospice and pastoral care. He is an ordained Vocational Deacon and serves as Hospice Chaplain with Springhill Home Health and Hospice when not calling on and praying with those in the hospital. Walt’s wife Martha works with Ecumenical Ministries of Baldwin County as Emergency Aid Director, and works closely with Apostles in meeting the needs of low-income and struggling families in our community.
B.S. - San Jose State University; M.S. - University of Southern California; Ordained Deacon on August 5, 2000.
Ruth Seawell / Director of Children’s Ministry
Ruth leads one of the strongest foundations of Apostles – our family liturgical celebrations and children’s ministry. Building on her own spiritual journey as a mother and seeker, Ruth brings to Apostles the cornerstone of our Sunday morning offerings: Godly Play. The program helps children explore their faith through story, wonder and play combined with special family gatherings centered on the rich Anglican tradition and church calendar.
Ruth and Robert grew up in Montgomery as childhood friends and married in 1985. She’s a registered forester and Vice President with Larson & McGowin, a forestry consultant firm in Mobile. The Seawells have four children and a granddaughter.
B.S. - University of the South, Sewanee, TN; M.S. - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Hillary Ishii / Nursery Coordinator
Hillary helps to run and organize our infant and toddler nurseries. She loves serving the youngest members of our church and their families. Hillary is from Dallas, TX where she and Taylor met playing soccer and were married in 2016. She loves to curl up with a cup of tea and a good novel.
B.A. - University of Texas at Dallas, TX
Wendell Kimbrough / Artist-in-Residence & Worship Arts Director
Wendell is a singer/songwriter and award-winning hymn writer who loves singing with his church. His newest album, Psalms We Sing Together is a collection of scripturally-rich songs with singable, memorable melodies, rooted in the sounds of American folk and gospel music. Visit wendellk.com to learn more about Wendell's music.
Wendell came to Apostles in 2014 after seven years in Washington, DC working as a singer/songwriter and serving at Church of the Advent. He is a 2006 graduate of Furman University. When Wendell is not writing new psalm arrangements or planning Sunday worship, he loves ultimate frisbee and premier league soccer. Wendell lives in Fairhope with his beautiful wife Hahna.
B.A. - Furman University
Gabe Holloway / Communications Coordinator
Gabe works with Apostles to ensure the clear communication of mission, vision, and faith within the church and throughout the larger community. He is also the co-owner of Soul Caffeine Coffee House in Daphne, a missional enterprise for the Kingdom of God. He and his wife Lynne have been married for 11 years and have 3 children: Sara, Samuel, and Brighton.
B.A. - Auburn University | MDIV - Asbury Theological Seminary
Pam Durst / Church Sexton
Pam maintains the church facilities and is the quiet force that follows up virtually any gathering from Sunday service to meetings, bible studies, dinners and the enthusiastic morning of Godly Play in the children’s ministry. When a tree, or flowers, or other bits of art appear painted on the walls of our classrooms, these are often Pam’s gifts at work.