Meet Matt Arndt, our Pastor

An ordained Anglican priest, Matt Arndt has  been a pastor for over 20 years. Matt started Bread of Life because he felt called to establish a church in Madison that connects contemporary culture to Christian truth; a church that gives people a place to heal and renew; a church that unashamedly lives out the Good News of Jesus Christ declared in the Bible.

Matt attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a part of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.  He obtained his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

A Madison native, Matt has been married since 1983 to his treasured wife Sue, a registered nurse.  A proud and active father of four delightful young men, Matt finds his spare time filled with football, cars, woodworking, good music, meeting new people and ... more football.

He prefers to be addressed simply as "Matt" (rather than "Father Matt").  He is easy to get to know-being in his own words "just a regular guy."



Meet Eirik Olsen, our Dean

As rector, Fr. Eirik provides the main leadership at Light of Christ Church and the Wisconsin Deanery.  A bi-vocational priest, Fr. Eirik guides the vestry as well as leading the Sunday morning liturgy and celebrating the Eucharist.

When he is not donning the robes or flying off on business trips, Eirik enjoys photography, fine fountain pens, and running by Lake Michigan.  Fr. Eirik resides in Kenosha with his wife, Jeanne, and their 6 children.



Meet Stewart Ruch, our Bishop

Bishop of the Upper Midwest, Dean of the Greater Chicago Deanery, Rector

Stewart is married to Katherine, and they have six children. Their first love and passion is raising their children and developing their family as a “domestic church."

They also consider it one of the great honors of their lives to serve Church of the Resurrection, where they marvel at the move of God they have been swept up in for the last 25 years.

Stewart first came to Church of the Resurrection as a Wheaton College junior on Palm Sunday, 1988. Katherine and he learned from and served under Fr. William and Anne Beasley for a decade at Resurrection. During this time Stewart completed his Master's in Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School (where he was awarded the Kenneth Kantzer prize for theology) and ministered on college campuses in Chicago with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The combination of Resurrection, Wheaton College, and InterVarsity provided a most dynamic training season for the ministry. Here he learned how to lead (especially in regard to vision and liturgy), how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and how to read and preach God's Word and to study the teachings of the Great Tradition.

Stewart became rector of Resurrection in the winter of 1999. The last fifteen years have been a season of learning the power of Jesus amidst the immense pressures and joys of priestly ministry. With a focus on the presence of God, prayer and fasting, and a collaborative and creative leadership culture, Resurrection has quintupled in average Sunday attendance. In most recent years there has been an increase in conversions. Through a true miracle, Resurrection has transitioned from twenty years of being a mobile church to a new building—a Chicago Modernist factory that has been renovated into a House of God.

Another ministry passion of Stewart's is raising up leaders and church planters. In 2013, Resurrection sent out their fifth and sixth church planters.

In September 2013, Stewart was consecrated Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest (ACNA), and has a vision to see a Revival of Word and Sacrament infused by the Holy Spirit in the Upper Midwest.

Stewart is currently working on the completion of his Doctor of Ministry.

He loves running; reading novels, biographies, and leadership books; and spending as much time as possible in forests and streams with his children.



Meet Foley Beach, our Archbishop

The Most Reverend Doctor Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. 

Archbishop Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University, the University of the South, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He began his ministry by serving teenagers through Young Life. Prior to serving as archbishop and bishop, he planted and led Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. 

The scripture verse that has most guided his ministry is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)

Archbishop Beach can be heard on radio stations in the U.S. and around the world via his teaching ministry, A Word from the Lord, and his One-Minute Message, an evangelism outreach to the unchurched. 

He and his wife are life-long Georgians, and have two adult children.