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Fr. Van Culin was installed as the 10th Rector of Christ Church on May 14, 2013. Prior to coming to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Fr. Drew served as Sub-Dean at the Cathedral Church of Saint John in the Wilderness, a large, urban parish in the heart of Denver, Colorado. At Saint John's he oversaw the corporate life and operation of the Cathedral, working with and directing a staff of 18 to fulfill the mission of the cathedral church. In addition to his principal role as Sub-Dean, Father Drew shared the responsibilities of daily prayer, pastoral care, worship development and leadership, preaching, and teaching as a member of the Cathedral Chapter.
Prior to his ministry at Saint John's, Father Drew served ministries in Hawai`i, Colorado, and Florida. Following his ordination in 1999, Fr. Drew began his ordained ministry working with three Episcopal Churches on the Big Island to develop the West Hawai`i Youth Ministry. He then became Priest-in-Charge and Rector of Saint David of the Hills in Woodland Park, Colorado. During this period, Fr. Drew also served as a Chaplain at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2005, Father Van Culin was called to serve as the Associate for Christian Formation at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a large, vibrant parish in Palm Beach, Florida.
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, and the son and nephew of Episcopal priests, Father Drew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Humanities at Davidson College, N.C. in 1995, and a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. in 1999. He was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai`i in 1999 and as a priest in 2000. In 2003, he married his wife, Jessica, who is a nurse. Together they have two young children and a wonderful "poi dog," Maggie.