THE REV. CANON DR. ANGELA F. SHEPHERD is the seventh rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, a congregation deeply committed to radical hospitality, social justice, Christian formation, worship, and music. Her tenure began in March of 2018 and she is the first woman and African American to be called as rector. She is a contemplative, Gospel based strategist who enjoys bringing people closer to God and working with others for the common good.

Mother Angela was ordained deacon and priest in 1996. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, she enjoyed a rich and wide-ranging ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland where she served on the Bishop’s staff for seven years as Canon for Mission (2010 – 2018) and rector of St. Philip’s, Annapolis (1999-2010). Her first call was to St. Augustine’s, Youngstown, Ohio where she was vicar (1996-1999).

In addition to leading congregations her ordained ministry has included: chief operation officer for Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, dedicated to leading and supporting ministries that dismantled racism, care for the environment, public policy, and support to children and youth. She enjoys leading workshops, retreats, and making presentations.

Angela’s commitment to the Episcopal Church extends beyond the nave.  Her gifts and skills have been shared in three dioceses and the broader church: Commission on Ministry, Standing Committee, General Convention Deputy in 2003, 2006, 2009, Diocesan Chaplain to Daughters of the King, Diocesan Council, Budget and Finance, Disciplinary Board for Bishops, and the Executive Council Committee on Antiracism. As a public theologian she has given time to a variety of civic boards, marched in rallies, and testified before the state legislature, putting her faith in action.

Dr. Shepherd is a lifelong learner, who earned a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Becoming Beloved Community from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Master of Divinity degree from the former Seabury Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL where she received the Field Prize for homiletics, and an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She also holds degrees in marketing, human resources development and business administration.

Angela enjoys exploring the intersection between contemporary Christianity and culture, travel, smooth jazz, houseplants, the outdoors, fine arts, Bikram yoga, and sporting events. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Daughters of the King.

THE REV. BILL DENEKE, is Assisting Priest at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. A native of Texas, has served churches in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. He came to Atlanta in 2000 as rector of Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur and served in that position for ten years until his retirement. Since then he has been an interim rector in the diocese on several occasions and also serves as a church transition consultant.

Among Bill’s interests is the development of clean water sources in communities where they do not exist. He serves on the board of Water, Life, Hope, which provides clean water to people in Haiti.  In addition, he has led numerous mission trips to Honduras. Bill is married to the Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver. They live in Decatur with their Tibetan Terrier, Toby. They have two grandchildren.

 DEACON KATHARINE HILLIARD-YNTEMA joined the staff of St. Bartholomew in December 2018. She was ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta in 2011.  She has served at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Atlanta from 2011 to 2014 and St. Timothy’s, Decatur from 2014 to 2018.  She had practiced psychiatry in a number of settings (private practice, care of mentally retarded patients, children in foster care, community mental health centers, correctional detention centers, Army Behavioral Health Center) until her retirement from the practice of medicine in 2011.

She has been active in leading worship and singing in skilled nursing homes since 2005.  She continues volunteer activity in the Arts Program of the Holy Comforter Friendship Center (, helping with weaving and other textile crafts.  She is a life vowed member of the Society of Saint Anna the Prophet ( following vows of Simplicity, Creativity and Balance.

She welcomes others joining her in giving a voice to those who have been marginalized in our society by poverty, illness, racial bias, and lack of competent representation in the criminal justice system.  She very much enjoys reading to students as part of the Everybody Wins Power Lunch Program (




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    Wednesdays at 12:15pm
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