BRADLEY S. WIRTH
Bradley and his wife, Jeannine, live in Bigfork, Montana, about 41 miles south of All Saints'. They have two daughters. Christine is a teacher, currently taking a leave of absence to raise her daughters. She is married to Derrick, a Federal officer, and lives in Eureka, just north of Whitefish. Jennifer, and her partner, Marc, live in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is studying for her doctorate in Human Ecology. Marc is employed with a firm that works in the fields of computer coding and GPS technology. Jeannine is a consulting engineer in private practice working on issues pertaining to transportation mainly in Utah and also is a personal career trainer. They have two wonderful dogs, Little Bear and Brandie.
Bradley is a native of Great Falls, Montana; attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he gained two degrees in Speech Communication and Classical Rhetoric; and he attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was awarded a Masters in Divinity in which his area of concentration was Systematic Theology. His current continuing educational interests rest in physics, astronomy, and geology.
Bradley was ordained in 1980 and has served in an urban setting as a member of the staff of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Salt Lake City; Canon to the Ordinary or primary assistant to the Bishop of Utah; the Rector (pastor) of All Saints Church, a large parish in Salt Lake City; and as an interim priest to churches in Libby (St. Luke’s) and Troy (Holy Trinity) Montana. Currently, besides being the Rector of All Saints’ Church, Whitefish - Columbia Falls, Bradley is the Western Regional Canon for the Diocese of Montana. In that role, he assists the Bishop of Montana as well as the clergy and parishes in this part of the Diocese. Bradley joined All Saints' when it was actually two congregations, Holy Nativity in Whitefish and St. Matthew’s in Columbia Falls, back in 2004.
He has had extensive experience in the workings of the church. He has been a Deputy to General Convention (the assembly of The Episcopal Church that meets every three years) attending most of them since 1985. He has been a member of two standing commissions involved with the development of Canon (church) Law and the structure of the church. As well, he consults with other parishes or churches on becoming a welcoming church and developing stewardship programs based on giving out of the abundant blessings of God rather than from a fear of scarcity. He is the author of two books, A Grace Observed and A Christmas Offertory.
Bradley has been active in community affairs for the entirety of his ministry by working with homeless and transient individuals and families; by serving on various boards of trustees and directors which have provided low income housing and housing for developmentally disabled people; and by serving as a chair to two state task forces which were convened by the Governor of Utah to help unemployed people get emergency work and accompanying stipends and to develop programs to help low income people avoid winter shut-offs and pay for utility bills. He has run for the legislature and is fully committed to having one’s faith be informative to one’s sense of living in community.
To relax, Bradley gardens, enjoys water skiing, golfing, sailing, and occasionally cross country skiing. As well he is an insufferable fan of the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks, and the University of Washington Huskies, so much so that the license plate on his car reads, DAWG FR (the Dog-Father).