St. Mary's Church is happy to welcome our new Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Izak McKenzie!
The Rev. Izak McKenzie
Izak was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. Izak earned a Bachelor of Arts from Morehead State University, studying a wide range of subjects including history, philosophy, literature, and religious studies. After joining the Episcopal Church in 2014, Izak felt a call to the priesthood and, after a very formative period of discernment, attended seminary at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Upon graduation and ordination, Izak followed his passion for rural parish ministry to St. Mary's.
Interim Choir Director & Organist
Edwin Langford was born in Harlan and grew up in Central Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Cumberlands and a Master of Music degree from the old Southern Seminary School of Music in Louisville. His areas of specialization were music history, organ, and choral music. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kentucky State University and has done graduate work in the fields of education and psychology.
Edwin's 35 years of service as a church choir director and organist included lengthy tenures at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Louisville and the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Frankfort. He has served on the Commission for Music and Liturgy for the Diocese of Lexington and is a long-time member of the Lexington chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Edwin and his wife Judy have relocated to Judy's family home near Pineville following their retirements from careers in government and education, and are delighted to be part of St. Mary's parish community.