To follow Christ and lead others to him.
"Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen."
The Rev. Dr. John F. McCard
Rector 404-261-4292 firstname.lastname@example.org
John F. McCard has served as Rector of St. Martin in the Fields Church in Atlanta since 2004. He grew up in Macon, Georgia. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City. Since graduating from seminary, he has received a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Nashotah House and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to Cynthia King McCard and is a proud father of three daughters: Florrie, Clementine, and Matilda.
The Rev. Lauren Kuratko
Associate Rector & Director of Children's and Youth Ministries 404-228-0754 email@example.com
Lauren grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, where many in her family still reside. Lauren received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Rhodes College in 2002 and she graduated from the Virginia Seminary in 2005. In 2007 Lauren married Ryan Kuratko, also a priest in the Episcopal Church whom she met at Seminary. Currently, Ryan is a graduate student at Emory University pursuing a PhD in theology. Lauren will be living in Decatur with Ryan and their dog Hannah. An interesting fact about Lauren: her mother, Catherine Collier was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2009.
The Reverend Wells Newell Graham
Senior Assistant to the Rector 404-228-0790
The Reverend Wells Newell Graham, a native of Kentucky, was ordained to the priesthood in 1963. Serving in the diocese of Southwest Florida for 26 years, he was the vicar of three missions, rector of St. Wilfred's in Sarasota and Canon to the Ordinary working out of the diocesan office in St. Petersburg, FL. During the Florida years, Father Graham also served as the Chaplain to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, traveling to many of the 90 cities visited by the two units of the Greatest Show On Earth. Eleven and one-half years followed as rector of St. Luke's in Mobile, AL. For the past ten-plus years Newell and Mary Graham have resided in Lawrenceville. Father Graham has done interims at Emmanuel, Athens, Holy Innocents and St. Luke's, Atlanta, St. George's, Griffin, Holy Spirit, Cumming and St. Patrick's, Dunwoody. The Grahams share their home with three retired racing greyhounds.
The Rev. Noel C. Burtenshaw
Assistant Priest for Pastoral Care firstname.lastname@example.org 404-228-0758
Father Noel Burtenshaw was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta for over twenty years. In 1994, he was recieved into the Episcopal Church. His first assignment was the founding of a new parish in Alpharetta, Georgia named "St. Aidan's." He worked with the new parish for over ten years. During that time, he directed the building of the new church, followed by a new parish center. The parish named the new center Burtenshaw Hall in his honor. For many years, Father Noel has ministered in Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna with psychiartic patients dealing with depression, addiction, and anxiety. He is married to Marillyn Sue Hughes and together they live in the Northlake area. Father Noel will celebrate fifty years of priesthood in May 2012
The Rev. Dr. James E. Hamner
Headmaster of St. Martin's School
The Rev. Dr. James E. Hamner, IV has served as Headmaster of St. Martin’s Episcopal School since 2000. He holds a BA from Washington & Lee University, a Master of Divinity from The University of the South, Sewanee, and a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in England. He also is a graduate of St. Albans School and was ordained at Washington National Cathedral.
Prior to taking leadership of St. Martin’s school, Dr. Hamner served as assistant headmaster at Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge. He has served on the board of the Georgia Independent School Association and is an active member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Hamner has three daughters. The two oldest are graduates of St. Martin’s and the youngest currently attends St. Martin’s. He is a lifelong skier and also plays tennis.
The Rev. Stefanie Taylor
Chaplain to St. Martin's School
Mother Taylor did her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2007. She was graduated from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church with a Masters Degree in Divinity in 2011. Before entering seminary, Mother Taylor served as the interim Canon for Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the diocese of Western North Carolina. She was also the Director of the diocesan camp, Camp Henry. Before joining the staff at St. Martin’s, Mother Taylor served as the Assistant Rector to St. John’s Episcopal Church and Assistant Chaplain to St. John’s Episcopal School in Tampa, Florida. Mother Taylor is married to Arthur Taylor and together they have a son, Mattis. Dallas, the big orange cat, makes the family complete. Mother Taylor enjoys anything that makes her body move, sets her soul on fire, or challenges her mind.
Organist and Choir Director
Ingrid Siegert, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has been the organist and choir director at Saint Martin in the Fields Church since 1996. She has served as the Chairman of the Commission on Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta since 2004. A graduate of the University of Louisville, she received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees of Music with high honors, in organ performance and church music, under the direction of Melvin Dickinson. She has performed in Master Classes with Robert Shaw, Jesse Norman and Marie-Claire Alain.
Ingrid lives in Atlanta with her husband, astronomer Tim Puckett. An avid amateur astronomer, she participates in her husband's Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search. With over 200 supernova discoveries to Tim's credit, Ingrid has discovered two supernovas as part of his search team. Ingrid is also the President of SpayGeorgia, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost spay/neutering services for dogs and cats.
404 228-0756 email@example.com
Susan has worked at St. Martin’s Church as the Business Manager since January, 2005. She attended Emory’s Oxford College and earned a Mathematics (B.S.) degree from Georgia State University. Her previous work-life included 10 years in IT at EDS and C&S Bank. She has been married to Ned since 1981. She and her family have been parishioners of St. Martin’s Church since 1994. Susan is a Master Birder, a certified Scuba diver and enjoys gardening and hiking. She is a native of Atlanta.
I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to become part of the St. Martin's community. I am looking forward to working with Mthr. Lauren, and building relationships with our youth and their parents. I cannot wait to meet everyone and to begin my ministry in my new church home.
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