Sunday, March 23, 2014

Former Missionaries to France to Speak at the Church of the Atonement


     The Rev. Canon William S. Jerdan, Executive Secretary of the Reformed Episcopal Board of Foreign Missions, will preach at the Church of the Atonement, a Reformed Episcopal parish of the Anglican Church in North America, on April 6 at 10am; he will be accompanied by his wife Dianne. The Church of the Atonement is located at 324 Fifth Avenue in Mount Pleasant.
      Canon Jerdan is no stranger to the South Carolina Lowcountry as his father, the late Rt. Rev. William H.S. Jerdan, came to South Carolina in 1958 to oversee what was then known as the Southern Missionary Jurisdiction of the Reformed Episcopal Church and led in its organization as the Diocese of the Southeast in 1973; Bishop Jerdan later served as Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church from 1987 to 1990. Canon Jerdan is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) and Reformed Episcopal Seminary. Following pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania he and his wife Dianne went to France as missionaries in 1972 where he worked in church planting with the Evangelical Reformed Protestant Church of France, founding four congregations before returning to the United States in 2009. In conjunction with his current work with the Board of Foreign Missions, the Jerdans participate in missionary work in countries and regions as diverse as Germany, Croatia, West Africa, Cambodia, and Nepal. They have four grown children and a number of grandchildren.
      For more information, contact the Rev'd Charles A. Collins, Jr., Vicar of the Church of the Atonement, at (843) 608-1796 or at drew.collins (at)