Our Church Staff

  • The Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Church
  • Reverend Michael Durning, Priest in Charge
  • Reverend Timothy MacDonald, Deacon in Charge (our new minister starting mid-June, 2024)
  • Reverend Rosalind Hall, Deacon
  • Martha A. Lopez, Music Director/Organist
  • Bruce Simington, Sexton
  • Gloria Kloss, Parish Secretary
  • Linda Papke, Treasurer

Reverend Michael Durning, Priest in Charge

The Rev. Michael Durning has been serving the parish “in retirement” as part-time Priest in Charge since September of 2022.  For 22 years, he served as Canon to the Ordinary (Chief of Staff) for the Diocese of Southwest Florida.  He and Bonnie Jean Durning have been married for 50 years.  They have three grown children and six grandchildren.  As Deployment Officer of the Diocese, he managed over 200 transitions of pastoral leadership. 

Timothy MacDonald, our soon-to-be new Priest

The Vestry has called the Rev. Timothy C, MacDonald to serve as our Deacon in Charge effective June 17.  Deacon Tim is now concluding his education at Nashotah House Seminary.  Following his May 23 graduation, he will begin the process of relocating to Florida.  He will be ordained to the Priesthood some time after July 20.

Learn more about Tim

Rev. Rosalind Hall, Deacon

Deacon Ros is a native Floridian and member of Church of the Nativity since 1986. Deacon Ros grew up in Tampa where she attended Catholic schools and transferred into the Episcopal Church in 1978. She is a 1981 graduate of LSU Medical Center as a Radiologic Technologist – a position she now holds at Intercoastal Medical Group in Sarasota as a mammographer.

In 2015 Ros became an ordained parochial deacon after completing her studies through the Episcopal Diocese of SW Florida. As a deacon at Church of the Nativity Ros assists in pastoral care duties of the parish, assisting in weekly services and other duties as our Lord directs. Deacon Ros is married to Dennis Hall. Ros also has a daughter, Rachel, who resides in North Carolina.

Martha A. Lopez, Director of Music

Martha Lopez is Director of Music at the Church of the Nativity, where she serves as choir director and organist.  First trained as a classical pianist, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Stetson University and earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Florida, Tampa.  Martha is a lyric-coloratura soprano and  performs nationally in recital and as a concert soloist.  She has performed with Opera Tampa, Saint Petersburg Opera, The New Century Opera, North Port Symphony and the Pops Orchestra of Sarasota.  Martha has released four recordings with pianist Lurray Myers and has served on the music faculty at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota since 2007. She also maintains a private voice and piano studio.