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The Rev. Buddy Crawford, Interim Rector
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Rev. Buddy comes to us from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, where he served as Senior Associate Rector of Liturgy, Prayer, and Community, taught Adult Formation classes, and had oversight for Parish Life events. He has served as a Member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese, the Board of the Foundation of the Diocese, the Diocesan Insurance and Benefits Committee, as a Search Consultant for parishes in transition, and as a faculty member for Learning 2 Lead, a program for newly ordained clergy and clergy in transition. Buddy is a spiritual director and retreat leader, and assists laypersons who are discerning possible calls to ordained life. He comes to St. Anne’s well prepared to shepherd us through our transition to a new Rector! When he is not working he enjoys reading, walking, cooking, and traveling with his partner Eric. They live in Brookhaven and enjoy the company of their Wire Fox Terrier, Sophie.

 

The Reverend Tim MeyersAssociate Rector
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Rev. Tim comes to us from St. James Parish in Wilmington, NC, where he served as Assistant Rector. Before that he was lay youth minister at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC, an experience that helped him discern his call to ordained ministry. In addition to youth ministry, Rev. Tim has a passion for Christian Formation and seeing how we all discover what the Christian faith teaches us about God, ourselves, and the world. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, running and swimming, watching movies, and experiencing different parts of the world through travel.

 

 

 

 

 


Ms. Tabi Tobiassen
, Director of Children & Youth Ministries
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Tabi is thrilled to be the Youth Minister at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church! She is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida where she lived with her grandmother and three siblings. She grew up attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a place that nurtured her faith and first saw it flourish. Through St. Andrew’s she was introduced to the Kanuga Key Conference community where her love for youth ministry began and where she learned so much about ministering to youth. She has been staffing Kanuga’s Youth Week conferences since 2006. Tabi says that joining the St. Anne’s community in 2018 was the beginning of a wonderful new chapter in her life.

 

Deacon Debra Aring, 404.2537.5589

Following her father’s example of community service, Deacon Debra started volunteering at a children’s psychiatric summer treatment program at age 14. It wasn’t until her early 20’s that she began to understand her service through the lens of her faith. Living by the passage from Micah (6:8) to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, Debra has been active in social justice movements ranging from the Death Penalty to HIV/AIDS advocacy. She is passionate about sharing the needs of the world with the church and helping the church discern how to meet those needs, and bringing forth the kingdom of God. A passionate sports fan from Arkansas, Debra lives in East Point with her spouse Julie and three retired Greyhounds.

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Ms. Kristin Watts, Director, St. Annes Day School
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Kristin Watts is the Director of St. Anne’s Day School and Enrichment Programs. Kristin values being an integral part of a church school community, especially one like St. Anne’s Day School which seeks every day to honor the unique gifts of each child. Prior to joining St. Anne’s, Kristin was the Director of Admissions at Trinity School for more than ten years and was the Director of Enrollment Management at University Lake School where she was exposed to the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Kristin received a BA in Spanish Literature from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She chose Spanish Literature as her major after an amazing study-abroad experience in Valencia, Spain. She earned an MA in Human Resource Development from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan to apply her passion for forging relationships. At the Day School she enjoys partnering with parents, educators, church, and most essentially with children.

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Mr. Pat Cobb, Facilities Manager
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Pat Cobb and Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mocking Bird, are from the same hometown in southwest Alabama, and share a certain sensibility.  Pat graduated from Auburn University with a BS in both business and textiles, which came in handy during his 36 years with Monsanto, where he served in a variety of marketing positions.  He and wife Gini will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary in 2020, “with options for another year.” Raised Baptist, Pat was confirmed as an Episcopalian in 1984.  He became involved in the St. Anne’s community when his spouse volunteered him to usher, without his prior consent.  It was one of the best decisions he didn’t get to make! Their son and two grandchildren were all baptized at Saint Anne’s and attended the Day School.

s6Ms. Scott Miller, Parish Administrator
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Scott came to St. Anne’s after teaching middle school math for seven years. She loved teaching, but wanted more time with family, especially her grandchildren!  Before teaching she held a variety of positions, including sales and networking director; features and sports editor for a small local newspaper; and executive assistant for a company president. Scott grew up an “Air Force brat” in a family that embraced new places and new cultures, so she had the opportunity to learn about and enjoy widely different types of people and places.  She serves as a verger at Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur,  a parish which is both nurturing and fun, much like St. Anne’s.

Ms. Holly Raindrop, Finance Administrator
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Holly is a native Atlantan and a proud alum of the University of Georgia, where she obtained a BBA in Finance from the Terry School of Business. Additionally, she holds an MBA from Mercer University with a concentration in International Business. Holly has been employed in the accounting industry for 25+ years and spent a great amount of that time at Elizabeth Baptist Church as the Senior Accountant. Holly is family oriented and currently lives with her mom, Jacquelyn, sister, Sabrina, and two cats, Myles and Morgan. When not at work, she loves to read and travel.

Mr. Lee Cousins, Sexton

“I believe the Lord brought me here, and my spirit is holding on.” I was born in Carroll County, GA and my father taught me everything I know about plumbing, appliances, and electricity. I worked as a plumber most of my working life, and I LOVE being here at St. Anne’s; it makes me so happy to be a part of this parish and to have meaningful work to do. I enjoy fishing but don’t often get to go.

Olan Mills, IncMrs. Julie McClatchey, Assistant Junior Choir Director

Mrs. McClatchey attended the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree in general and instrumental music.  She has taught piano and guitar lessons, children’s pre-school music and movement classes, and played the bassoon professionally, most notably with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and as an extra with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw.  She is the longest serving staff member at St. Anne’s, having begun there as the Assistant Junior Choir Director in 1976.

s11Mrs. Lori Moorhouse, Assistant Organist

 

 

 

12Dr. Joyce A. Schemanske, Director of Music
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Dr. Schemanske received her Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Before coming to St. Anne’s, she was the Associate Organist-Choirmaster at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, IL where she worked with noted composer Richard Proulx. She has also served on the faculties of St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN and St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN. During her tenure at St. Anne’s, the music program has grown from two choirs to a full graded choral program and a five octave handbell choir.

Lisle Waits, Office Assistant

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Lisle Waits is a life-long member of St. Anne’s and a graduate of Mercer University in Macon. She brings to bear many skills as she assists the Parish Administrator in producing Orders of Service and readings for Sundays, the Wednesday healing services, and the many special services throughout the year. She also serves as co-chair of the Altar Guild, following in the footsteps of her late mother, who led the Altar Guild for many years. Her sense of humor and her straight-forward approach to life have been known to perk up the parish office.

St. Anne’s Vestry

The canons of the church give exclusive authority to the Vestry for the fiscal affairs of the Parish. The Vestry consists of twelve lay members of the parish who are elected at an annual meeting, held in January.

Four members are elected each year to serve a three year term.  Although Vestry members are responsible for tending to all areas of the church, each Vestry member has an area of focus within St. Anne’s. The Vestry representative acts as a facilitator and liaison for committees by sharing information, communicating back to the Vestry and assisting committee heads as needed.

Vestry members also handle specific duties each Sunday and certain major celebrations.

Class of 2020
RJ Briscione
Marla Moore
Bret Schiller
Nancy Skinner

Class of 2021
Judith Brown
Jeffrey Collins
Dick Haining
Leah Tennille

Class of 2022
Mike Ecker
Chase Long
Irene Pedersen
Heidi Swygert

MEET OUR NEWEST VESTRY MEMBERS

As candidates, our newest vestry members were asked to share with you their answers to several questions. Their responses follow:

MIKE ECKER

How long have you been a member of St. Anne’s and what brought you to St Anne’s? I’ve been a member since 2015.

What ministries have you been involved with at St. Anne’s? I’ve served as an usher and have worked with the EYC program.

What are your personal spiritual practices?
Prayer is a critical and big part of my spiritual life. I also listen to a weekly Bible study podcast for continued insight.

What is your favorite bible verse/story? Why?
“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48) My grandfather and father have recited this verse as long as I can remember. It has always made me ask myself, “what are you going to do with God’s blessing upon you?”

What is the most exciting thing going on at St. Anne’s?
For personal reasons, I think Tabi and her efforts with the youth will determine the future of the church.

What gifts would you bring to the St. Anne’s vestry?
I will bring the perspective of a parent of teenagers who are engaged with the church as well as experience in business and manufacturing for over 20 years. I travel the world for work and I see how different cultures perceive and do not always understand the basis of Christianity.

 

CHASE LONG

How long have you been a member of St. Anne’s and what brought you to St Anne’s? I’ve attended Saint Anne’s since moving to Atlanta in September of 2018. My previous rector knows Rev. Tim and introduced me.

What ministries have you been involved with at St. Anne’s? I am currently a Eucharistic Minister and Usher. I recently represented Saint Anne’s
as a lay delegate to the 2019 Annual Diocesan Council and at the 2019 Covenant House Young Professionals Sleep Out.

What are your personal spiritual practices?
I typically attend the 10:30 Holy Eucharist service at Saint Anne’s on Sundays. Outside of formal worship I read the Bible and pray regularly. I also try to take advantage of special materials, like The Way of Love Advent Calendar, and attend special events, like ReviveATL, to grow spiritually.

What is your favorite bible verse/story? Why?
I can’t claim to have a single favorite Bible verse or story. Different portions of God’s Word have spoken to me at different times in my life. Recently I’ve been thinking about the parable of the Lost Sheep and the reassurance it gives us that God does not expect us to live perfect lives. Instead the rejoicing in heaven occurs when we realize we are lost and turn back so that God can find us and bring us home.

What is the most exciting thing going on at St. Anne’s?
There are so many exciting things happening at Saint Anne’s. I’m always amazed when I listen to the announcements on Sunday and read through those in the bulletin. There’s always a new good cause being supported by the members of Saint Anne’s and new opportunities to further God’s kingdom on earth. I’m currently excited for the Bishop’s visit in January and for the Baptisms and Confirmations that accompany it. The initiation of new members into the Church is one of the most beautiful and exciting events we undertake.

What gifts would you bring to the St. Anne’s vestry?
I bring to the vestry a level head, a deep faith, and whatever other gifts God gives me.

IRENE PEDERSEN

How long have you been a member of St. Anne’s and what brought you to St Anne’s? I am a cradle Episcopalian, steeped in the traditions of the church, which fills my soul. I became a member of St. Anne’s in 2003 having transferred my membership from St. Paul’s in Newnan where I once lived.

What ministries have you been involved with at St. Anne’s? I have been involved in many ministries, having served as ECW president three times; was tasked with starting up and then facilitating COHI with two other individuals; I sing in the choir; I am an EM (Eucharistic Minister); and I was on staff for six years as the Director of Children and Youth Formation.

What are your personal spiritual practices?
Almost every morning, I read a devotion and journal while I have a cup of coffee. It keeps me centered and it is a ritual that brings me peace before heading to work.

What is your favorite bible verse/story? Why?
I have too many favorite verses so I am not able to choose just one!

What is the most exciting thing going on at St. Anne’s?
There are many exciting things happening at St. Anne’s, something for everyone. I am blessed to have a life partner in Bob. He has three grown children and six grandchildren who keep us very busy. Family means everything, loved ones and church family. We are all one with God.

What gifts would you bring to the St. Anne’s vestry?
Life has taken me down many paths and depending on that path, it has often led me to specific ministries. I was asked to consider the vestry and prayed about it. God provided me multiple signs one Sunday morning at church that I could not ignore. It is a commitment I take seriously, as I do other responsibilities.

 

HEIDI SWYGERT

How long have you been a member of St. Anne’s and what brought you to St Anne’s?
I’ve been a member since 2008. My best friend, Marjorie Jenkins, is Mimi and George Baird’s niece and she recommended St. Anne’s, which I attended for the first time circa 2005, and the rest is history.

What ministries have you been involved with at St. Anne’s?
I participated in the youth program and children’s ministries early on, then in the last two years I have been part of the Stewardship team and I love it. In 2019, I was asked to join the board of St. Anne’s Terrace and I have enjoyed it as well. I’ve been involved in the Monday night ECW chapter for many years and am currently the Chapter President.

What are your personal spiritual practices?
Each morning I start my day with prayer and a devotional as well as journaling with my cup of joe and, weather permitting, on my front porch. Great way to get my head straight before the business of the day unfolds.

What is your favorite bible verse/story? Why?
I am working on figuring out my favorite Bible verse so more to come on that later in the year. My favorite story is when Peter denied Jesus but Jesus still showed him love and compassion. It is comforting to know that we as humans can sin and make mistakes – big or small – and Jesus still loves us and forgives us. Unconditional love is something extra special.

What is the most exciting thing going on at St. Anne’s?
The most exciting thing at St. Anne’s for me is the diversity of the relationships I have built over the years. It is easy to feel the love the parish has for the church itself and each other.

What gifts would you bring to the St. Anne’s vestry?
I am open-minded and enjoy hearing all thoughts from people, and I enjoy coordinating a process. Also, being in commercial real estate working on a project team gives me the exposure and assets to work on a team and be a good team player.