Founded in 1954, St. Bartholomew’s continues to be a place where great care is given to worship—the liturgy, the music, and the sermons.

We know very little of Bartholomew. Bartholomew is a patronymic name, meaning “Son of Tolmai.” He is mentioned only in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), but he is generally believed to be the same person as Nathanael in John’s Gospel.

He is credited by several reliable historical sources with writing a gospel, but the Gospel According to Bartholomew is lost today. Tradition holds that he traveled to India and this is certainly not inconceivable. He is regarded as the founder of the Church in Armenia and may have been martyred there. An ancient tradition maintains that he was flayed alive at Albanopolis, Armenia, by the authorities as a consequence of his evangelistic work.

David Veal, Saints Galore, Forward Movement Publications


The Rev. Canon Dr. Angela F. Shepherd

The Rev. Canon Dr. Angela F. Shepherd

The seventh rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, a congregation deeply committed to radical hospitality, social justice, Christian formation, worship, and music.

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The Rev. Alex Sherrill

The Rev. Alex Sherrill

Assistant to the Rector

Alex received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and was ordained a Priest in 2020.

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Deacon Katharine Hilliard-Yntema

Deacon Katharine Hilliard-Yntema

 Joined the staff of St. Bartholomew in December 2018. She was ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta in 2011.

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All prayers are kept confidential.

To be added to the prayer list send an email to

or call the church office at 404-634-3336.

The Rev. Bill Deneke

The Rev. Bill Deneke

Assisting Priest

A native of Texas, has served churches in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

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The Rev. Barry Griffin

The Rev. Barry Griffin

Assisting Priest


Debbie Kerr

Debbie Kerr

Communications Director

Debbie was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as a teenager moved to South Africa with her parents.

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Charlene Smith

Charlene Smith

Finance Manager

Our Vestry

The Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s is composed of 12 adult members. These individuals represent the parish-at-large and are an important voice in the decisions of the parish. Candidates are nominated by the parish and elected at the Annual Meeting. The Vestry collaborates with the Rector in the spiritual and secular responsibilities of the parish. Vestry members oversee areas of ministry that may include committees, projects, or tasks. The Vestry at is comprised of the following members. Please feel free to contact them if you have a concern, question, or comment.

Executive Committee

John Ford

Senior Warden

Margaret Jones

Junior Warden

Charlie Michael


Peter Berg


Vestry Liaisons

Susan Boyer

Pastoral Care

Jim Engstrom

Music & Ten Talents

Bryan Jones


Cindi Knighton

Healing Racism

Susan Litton


Charlie Michael

Adult Formation

Chris Palmer

Buildings & Grounds

Clayton Powell


Italia Rolle

Children & Youth Formation

Margaret Jones


Vestry meeting highlights and financial reports are emailed the first of each month and posted inside the church.

Pledging 2021:
“Increase our faith!” the apostles said
to the Lord in Luke 17:5.

Our faith calls us to be grateful for God’s gifts and to be good stewards, trusting in God’s continued provision. Celebrating our 65-year ministry has shown us the importance of continuing St. Bart’s legacy of seeing needs, developing ministries to serve those needs, and supporting those ministries.

Prayerfully consider what is meaningful for you to give for the 2020 church year. For many, that means giving 10 percent (the biblical tithe) of your income to God’s work. For others, tithing is a goal reached by increasing giving by two or three percent each year. We invite you to make a pledge that reflects God’s generosity in your life, and if possible increase your previous level of giving. Your pledge helps the Vestry establish the Annual Budget and is very much appreciated.

Become a Member

Membership in the Episcopal Church is through Holy Baptism, Confirmation or Reception.

Membership through Baptism

Services of Baptism are offered throughout the year. Those who have been baptized in any Christian Church may register their baptism in the Episcopal Church by completing the Baptismal Form.

Reception into the Episcopal Church
The service of reception is for those who have been both baptized and confirmed in another Christian denomination and who wish to become a member of the Episcopal Church. These persons will be “received” into the Episcopal Church at a service with a bishop.
Confirmation into the Episcopal Church

Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Confirmation is an “adult” affirmation of baptismal vows. Please complete a Confirmation Candidate Form and return to the church office if you are interested in this sacrament.

Membership transfer to St. Bartholomew’s

Episcopalians who desire to transfer their membership registration to St. Bartholomew’s Parish may do so by completing our Transfer of Membership and Information Form and returning it to the church office.

Please contact the Church Office at 404-634-3336 for more information on Baptism, Reception, Confirmation or Transfer of Membership.

Forms & Resources

The forms listed below are all links to PDF documents that open in a new window for you to print and then return via fax, mail, or by-hand.

Membership Information

Baptism – Complete and return the Baptismal Form to the Reverend Dr. Angela F. Shepherd at

Confirmation – Complete and return the Confirmation Candidate Form to the Reverend Dr. Angela F. Shepherd at

Transfer of Membership – Complete and return the Transfer of Membership and Information Form to


The celebration of Christian Marriage is an occasion of great joy! The Clergy and Staff of St. Bartholomew’s are pleased to celebrate with you on your wedding day. Learn more here in the Wedding Booklet.

End of Life

There are many decisions to be made as we consider end of life issues. Information has been prepared to assist you in the Burial Planning Booklet.

If you are interested in your body being interred in the St. Joseph of Arimathea Memorial Garden, these forms will assist you: Memorial Garden BrochureMemorial Garden Regulations, and Plaque Application.


Pledges to the 2020 budget can be made On-Line; by printing and completing a pledge card and placing the card in the offering plate; by bringing it to the church office; or by mailing it to 1790 LaVista Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA  30329Click here to learn more about our stewardship.

Reimbursements may be requested by using this form Reimbursement Form.

Parish Facilities

Members and non-members may reserve the facilities. Please complete this Facility Use Application and send