THE DEANERY OF THE OZARKS was created by Archbishop Stephen C. Reber, Sr. in 1994 to coordinate and supervise the remarkable growth the UECNA had seen in the Ozarks region and in the upper Midwest.

The Deanery of the Ozarks is headed by Fr. Glen Hartley, Rector, St. Francis Anglican Church, Ava, Missouri. Dean Hartley has been delegated authority to act in the name of the Archbishop in all but episcopal functions. From his central location in Missouri, Dean Hartley has been able to assist in the establishment and maintenance of parishes in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, as well as Arkansas.

If you have an interest in forming a parish or mission in the Ozarks region or in the Midwestern states, we invite you to contact either Dean Hartley by telephone at (417)683-3592 or by email at or The Venerable Sam Seamans, Archdeacon, by phone at (870) 425-8099 or by email at

After the Deanery meets again in late May with Archbishop Reber, we will post new photographs of the group and the individual members.
FR. GLEN HARTLEY is Rector at St. Francis Anglican Church in Ava, MO. Ava is located in southern Missouri in Douglas County about 35 miles southeast of Springfied, MO.

Fr. Glen's parish is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The 30th Anniversary celebration will kick off on May 24th with an Episcopal visit by Archbishop Reber. Fr. Glen's day job is owner of the Hartley Shoe Store, Ava, MO.

Fr. Glen was born April 17, 1948. He holds an AB degree (Art) from Drury College; an MA (Art History & Archaeology) from the University of Missouri; and Ph.D. in Theology from International Bible College and Seminary. He and his wife Laurie were married in 1979. His hobbies are genealogy, reading mystery novels and gardening (he is a Missouri Master Gardener). He has been involved in the parish since 1982.
THE VENERABLE SAM SEAMANS is Rector at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Mountain Home, AR. Mountain Home, AR is located in the beautiful lake country of North Central Arkansas about 15 miles south of the Missouri/Arkansas border. St. Thomas Anglican has a new church home, which is being dedicated on Sunday, May 25th with a visit by Archbishop Reber.

Fr. Sam is a sergeant in the Mountain Home police force, in which he has served since mid-October 1990. He holds a Master of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary and a General Studies degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

The Venerable Fr. Sam is Archdeacon of the Ozarks, one of three Archdeacons of the UECNA. His primary responsibility in that position is assisting Archbishop Reber in the management of the denomination's affairs, with special emphasis on recruiting new priest and parishes, especially those in the Midwest and Upper Midwest.

FR. JIM MCTAGGERT is Rector of St. Joseph's Anglican Church in Bransom MO. Branson, MO, on US Highway 65 about 40 miles south of Springfield, MO is famous for its entertainment complex which attracts visitors from around the country and for its relaxed lifestyle in the mountains and lakes of the Ozarks. Fr. McTaggert's parish is featured in the current issue of Glad Tidings which is accessible on the Glad Tidings menu tab at the left of this page. The article is on pages 3 and 4. St. Joseph's parish came into being under the guidance and leadership of Dean Glen Hartley.

The photograph, from the Lent 2008 issue of Glad Tidings, shows Fr. Jim with parishioners Alyssan Barnes, Dr. Stephen Barnes and newly-born Mary J. Barnes. The picture was taken at St. Joseph's Anglican Church in February 2008.

During the week, Fr. Jim is machine tools sales manager for United Machinery, Springfield, MO. He has been married to his wife Bobby Sue for 42 years. Jim and Bobby Sue have two children, Lt. Cmdr. Josh McTaggert, of Nashville, TN, and Sara McTaggert. Fr. Jim's hobbies are tennis, walking, yard work and "doing what my wife asks me to do."

FR.PHILIP SCHAFFNER is Rector of St. Stephen's United Episcopal Church in Cedar Grove, WI. Fr. Philip was born on August 1, 1952 in Van Wert, OH. He holds a degree in Engineering from Lasalle Univesity. At the University of Wisconsin he earned several certificates (management of difficult people, effective management, and engineering management). He was awarded a Masters degree in Biblical Theology and a Masters in Biblical Counselling from the Graduate School of Divinity, Evansville, IN. He has completed three units in Clinical Pastoral Education.

He and his wife Cynthia reside in Cedar Grove, WI. In addition to their work at St. Stephen's, they also operate Gables on the Pond Mission at Random Lake, WI, where they celebrate evening Mass on Wednesday. Fr. Philip is a member of the UECNA's Order of St. Benedict. You can learn more about the Order of St. Benedict by clicking the O.S.B. tab in the left Menu bar.