John the Baptist
“A Homily for the Feast of Philander Chase”
The following homily was preached on September 22, 2020, being the Feast of Philander Chase, at the Daily Chapel service at Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland. Reading: Luke 3:15-22 Collect of the Day: Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith: We give you heartfelt thanks for the… Continue reading
“Speaking Truth to Power” (July 12, 2015: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost-Proper 10B; The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)
“…Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man…”—Mark 6.20 In the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen. In the movie The Dark Knight, there is a scene in which Batman interrogates the Joker regarding the whereabouts of Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent… Continue reading
“Time Is of the Essence” (January 7, 2014; Ascension Episcopal School–Sugar Mill Pond Campus, Youngsville, Louisiana)
For the Spring 2015 semester, during daily chapels at the Sugar Mill Pond Campus of Ascension Episcopal School in Youngsville, Louisiana, there will be a special sermon series on the Gospel According to Saint Mark. Below is the first of the several sermons i have been assigned to preach as part of the series. “And a… Continue reading
“Father Mead and John the Baptist–Pointers to Jesus” (December 7, 2014: The Second Sunday of Advent–Year B; The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)
“And [John] preached, saying, ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I…’”—Mark 1.7 In the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! This past Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, was the second anniversary of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. It was a day filled with… Continue reading
“Baptism–Is It Really Necessary?” (January 12, 2014: The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama)
“…Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”—Matthew 3.15 In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen! For quite some time, there has been a debate within Anglican and other Protestant Christian Churches concerning the topic of “Communion without Baptism”—a practice that allows individuals… Continue reading
The Rev. Brandt Montgomery is the Chaplain of Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, having previously served at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette, Louisiana as Chaplain of Ascension Episcopal School from 2014-2017, then as Associate Rector and All-School Chaplain from 2017-2019. From 2012-2014, Fr. Montgomery was the Curate at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel and Student Center at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, his first parochial appointment following his ordination by the Bishop of Alabama.
Fr. Montgomery received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, specializing in Trumpet Performance, from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama in 2007. He received the Master of Divinity (cum laude) in 2012 from The General Theological Seminary in New York City, for which he wrote the thesis “Time’s Prisoner: The Right Reverend Charles Colcock Jones Carpenter and the Civil Rights Movement in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.” In 2021, Fr. Montgomery received the Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, his thesis titled “The Development of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Saint James School of Maryland.”
Fr. Montgomery’s scholarly interests lie in the areas of American religious history, Episcopal Church history, the Oxford Movement and Anglo-Catholicism, the Civil Rights Movement, and practical theology.