New rector happy to be part of church during challenging times


The Rev. Cynthia P. Brust is the new rector at Hope Episcopal Church.

Adam Palumbo

The Rev. Cynthia P. Brust was installed as rector of Hope Episcopal Church (190 Interlachen Road) at a special Celebration of New Ministry worship service held during the global pandemic.

Brust and her husband, the Rev. Canon Ellis E. Brust, also an Episcopal priest, relocated from Kansas City and will live in Indialantic. He serves as the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Pierce.

Hope Episcopal Church is Brust’s first church as rector. Her first day was July 1.

The Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, was the preacher and celebrant for the Celebration of New Ministry on July 12. He was joined by the Venerable Kristen N. Alday, the bishop’s chaplain, and the Rev. Canon Dr. Justin S. Holcomb, the canon for vocations.

The COVID-19 virus has affected every aspect of life, including religion. Brust said the challenges of today make it a perfect time to turn to the church for guidance.

“The church remains the church, no matter what. We at Hope Church, and all the other churches in the area, will continue to move forward in mission and ministry. And, we will not let the pandemic stop us. It’s been very unnerving. The church is a beacon of hope, always. Hope is what keeps us going, I think,’’ she said.

Hope, Church already live streams its church services on Facebook. It will soon add Zoom for virtual Bible study, she said.

 “These are things that are to nurture our congregation, but we will be inviting all people if they are interested. I think people are struggling right now’’ she said.

 “In my first sermon, I told the congregation to expect us to more than survive together, more than perservere together. We’re going to triumph together through this,’’ she said.

“My goal is to get as involved, and the church involved, in the community as much as I can. We’re in the process of re-imaginging what Hope Church can be. You have to nurture both the spiritual lives and a sense of community within the congregation,” she said.