The Reverend Eric Long, Rector
The Reverend Eric Long came to St. Christopher's in May 2007. Prior to coming
to St. Christopher's, Father Long was the founding pastor of St. Mary Magdalene
Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Eric was ordained to the diaconate in
June 1999, to the priesthood in January 2000 and is an alumnus of Memphis
State University (BA - Finance, '93), The Nazarene Theological Seminary
(Master of Divinity, '96) and The School of Theology at The University of the
South (Anglican Studies, '99). Eric is currently working on a doctoral degree in
Preaching at the University of the South.
Eric's gifts lie in the areas of preaching, teaching, church growth and lay ministry development. An absolute
priority of Eric's ministry is to demonstrate the relevance of the message of Christ for today. He believes the
fact that God came amongst us in the person of Jesus Christ means that our faith must intersect with the all of
life. Eric is married to Special Education/Remedial Reading Teacher, Shelley Henderson-Long and is the
father of two wonderful girls, Abigail and Madalene.
The Reverend Jessica Babcock, Associate Rector
Mother Jessica, our Associate Rector, graduated from The University of the South with her Masters in Divinity Degree in May of 2013 and was ordained to the priesthood here at St. Christopher’s in Pensacola in June of 2013.
Prior to attending seminary Jessica and her family were members of St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, Florida. After many years of funding her church-volunteer habit through real estate sales and training, Jessica perceived a call to ordained ministry while on a mission trip to St. Mark’s companion church in Itabo, Cuba. After serving in her parish as a Verger, Mission Chair, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Hospital Visitor, and a ‘Happening’ adult sponsor, Jessica entered the process for ordination in 2007. Prior to moving to Jacksonville she worked as a corporate trainer and instructional designer for fifteen years.
Jessica also holds a B.A. in English from The Centre College of Kentucky (1988) and a M.S. in Education from Georgia State University (1995). She is an Alabama native, born and raised in Anniston, AL and Grace Episcopal Church.
She and her husband, Dwight, met while serving in the Peace Corps in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific. They have been married for just over 20 years and have two daughters, Emory (16) and Adelaide (14) who attend The Catholic High School of Pensacola.
The Reverend Doctor Michael Moore, Assisting
The Reverend Dr. Michael Moore came to St. Christopher’s in 2005. Father Mike assists principally in the area of pastoral care. Mike was ordained to the diaconate in 1975 and the priesthood in 1976 and has served many churches as a non-stipendiary (tent maker) priest, generously offering his gifts to many churches that otherwise would not have the services of a priest. Mike has a PhD in Physics from Rice University and has long served as a nuclear physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico where he still continues to offer his expertise. Mike is married to Joan Moore and is the proud father of four children and seven grandchildren.