Father Garrin W. Dickenson, Rector
Fr. Garrin was born in Michigan and grew up in the middle of Atlanta, Georgia, and in rural Connecticut. That combination was confusing enough that somehow he found himself in an Army recruiter’s office, after which he did two and a half years as a tank driver, culminating in a combat tour during the first Gulf War. Having gotten that out of his system and having done his patriotic duty, he went to the University of Pittsburgh for a B.A. in English Literature. Since the rest of his family moved to the Pittsburgh area also, it became home.
After college, Garrin did a year of training for missions work with Youth With a Mission (YWaM). That included a month in Jordan and a month leading an outreach team at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In the course of that training, it became clear that God was calling him to the priesthood, so he went to Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Fr. Garrin spent three years as Curate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, PA. Then he accepted the call as Rector of Holy Nativity in 2005.
Along the way, Fr. Garrin met and married the luminously beautiful Jenny Higgins. They have three brilliant daughters: Lucy, Eleanor, and Mary.
Fr. Garrin is a devotee of the writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. He brews his own beer. And he thinks that the Church should be the center of everyone’s life.
Father John W. Kline, Priest Associate
The Reverend Canon John W. Kline was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia. Active throughout high school as both an athlete and musician, he graduated from West Chester University (1955) where he majored in brass and voice. In 1959 Fr. Kline graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with an Master of Divinity degree, later earning the S.T.M. degree from the same institution. He served pastorates in Bittinger, MD and Lancaster, PA prior to entering the Episcopal Church.
After a year of orientation in the “Anglican Ethos” at the Philadelphia Divinity School, Fr. Kline was ordained Deacon (April, 1965) and then Priest (August 1965) by the Rt. Rev. Harvey D. Butterfield, Bishop of Vermont, and was called to be Rector of St. John’s Church, Randolph and Christ Church, Bethel, Vt, where he discovered himself preaching before the retired Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Arthur C. Lichtenberger, D.D.
Returning to Pennsylvania, Fr. Kline served as rector of churches in Williamsport, Sunbury and Sharon. While at St. Matthew’s, Sunbury, he became active in the healing ministry of the Church, was made a Chaplain in the Order of St. Luke the Physician, and led healing missions in the dioceses of Central Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Northwestern PA.
While serving as Rector of St. John’s, Sharon, PA, the bishop, the Rt Rev. Donald J. Davis, appointed Fr. Kline to be his Archdeacon, with oversight of seventeen mission congregations. Four years later he was called to The Church of the Ascension, in Bradford, PA, from which he retired in 1997 after fourteen years as Rector.
While in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Fr. Kline served as secretary, and then president of the Standing Committee for nineteen years, and was eight times elected a Deputy to the Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church, where he served on the Music (Hymnal Revision) and Canons Committees. With his wife, he served on Marriage Encounter teams, and he also served as a Spiritual Advisor for Cursillo. He was also the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, and in 1995, the bishop, The Rt. Rev. Robert D. Rowley, conferred on him the honorary title of “Canon Ecumenist”, in recognition of his long-standing work for Christian Unity at the diocesan, state, provincial and national levels of the Episcopal Church.
Following retirement in 1997, Fr. Kline and his wife moved to Plano TX. In the Diocese of Dallas, with the permission of the bishop, The Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, D.D., he has served as interim priest at St. Matthias, Athens TX, and at the Church of the Ascension, Dallas. In 1999 he was appointed (part-time) Priest Associate at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Plano, where he also served as interim priest in 2003-04.
Fr. Kline is married to the former Jane E. Beeghley of State College, PA, and they have three children and two grandchildren, all in the greater Dallas area. They both enjoy gardening and travel, and cheering for Penn State. Fr. Kline is an avid golfer and is also active in genealogy.
Gabrielle Bronzich, Choir Master/Organist
Gabrielle Bronzich, M.M., née Joy-Noël Gabrielle Hosey, has served the Lord in the field of church music ministry for over twenty-five years. She was born in Charlotte, NC in 1969, but spent most of her early life in Auburn, AL. In Auburn, she studied piano, voice, composition and French horn with professors at Auburn University: piano and composition with Dr. John William Tamblyn, voice with Professor Mary Josiah Howard, and horn with Dr. Randall Faust. She received her Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Church Music, cum laude, in December of 1992. During that time, starting in 1991, she served in music ministry as Director of Music, Organist and Children’s Choir Director at Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Laurel, MS and Auburn, AL. She received her Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance, with a minor in choral conducting, from the University of North Texas in December of 1996. She has served as a music director, instructor, choir director and vocal coach in various churches and Christian schools in the Dallas and Fort Worth area since 1997, in particular the Catholic Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas. Her secondary professional field was Music Education with a choral emphasis. She taught general music and choir to children in grades PreK through 12 from 1998 to 2016, receiving her EC-12 Texas certification in Music Education in 2014. She retired from music education in May of 2016, returning to full-time work in her first field and greatest love, church music ministry. In addition to being an organist, Bronzich is a pianist, composer and arranger, harpsichordist, lyric mezzo-soprano, Celtic harpist, and French hornist. She is an aficionado and performer of Early Music. She has private students in piano and voice.
She came to Holy Nativity as Director of Music and Organist in September of 2016. Prior to that, she served as the Minister of Music at St. Sava Orthodox Church in Allen, TX and as Associate Choir Director at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney, TX. She is married to David Bronzich, who serves as the Parish Administrator and Book Keeper at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Bronzich are parishioners at St. Sava Orthodox Church in Allen, TX.