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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. Mother Angela’s tenure began in March of 2018 making her 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 moving to 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: programs that supported children and youth, chief operation officer for Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program, chairperson Truth and Reconciliation Commission, ministries that dismantled racism, cared for the environment, and public policy; working with vestries by leading retreats, workshops and making presentations covering various topics.
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. A curiosity for money and faith led to the completion of an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She also holds degrees in human resources development and business administration, and marketing.
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, Daughters of the King, Union of Black Episcopalians, and Episcopal Preaching Foundation faculty member.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Rev. Peter Wallace is executive producer and host of the “Day1” radio program/podcast/internet ministry (Day1.org), which airs on over 200 radio stations (in Atlanta on WSB AM 750 and 95.5 FM Sundays at 7:05 a.m.). He is the author of 10 books, including Getting to Know Jesus (Again): Meditations for Lent; The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus About Love, Fear, Grief, Joy, and Living Authentically; and Connected: You and God in the Psalms. He is the editor of a church formation resource, Faith and Science in the 21st Century: A Postmodern Primer, as well as Heart and Soul: The Emotions of Jesus and the forthcoming Bread Enough for All: A Day1 Guide to Life. Ordained in 2014, he has served in several parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta. His website is www.PeterMWallace.com. He and his spouse, Dan Le, live in Midtown.
The Rev. Alex Sherrill joins us after completing the Master of Divinity program at Candler School of Theology, part of Emory University. He was ordained as a Deacon in the Diocese of Atlanta on December 14th, 2019 and expects to be ordained to the priesthood later this year. He recently served at Church of the Epiphany during seminary. He was brought up in the Episcopal Church in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. As a parishioner at, St Luke’s Atlanta, Alex was a youth mentor as well as the interim youth director, Godly play storyteller, verger, eucharistic minister and visitor, and served in many different capacities. It was during his time as interim youth director that Alex began to sense the call to ordained ministry. Alex is also entering a one-year clinical pastoral education (CPE) Chaplain residency with Emory Healthcare beginning in May and will provide spiritual support to patients and their families. Alex lives in the Decatur area with his wife, Anna, their two children, Penson (9) and Avery (5), and their two dogs Rover and Coco. Now that Alex does not have to devote all his time to reading theological books, he is looking forward to spending more of his free time outdoors and reading some good fiction.
The Rev. Dr. Stefanie Taylor is an Episcopal priest with a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Educational Ministry degree from The Columbia Theological Seminary. She serves as chaplain of St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta. She also works alongside her husband, a psychologist, speaking and facilitating groups. The Taylors have been working together in the field of integrative spirituality and positive psychology since they were married ten years ago. In that time, they have discovered that interacting with people on strictly a spiritual or psychological level is lacking. Human beings, whether they believe in God or not, are more than just physical or mental species; there is a soul to be accounted for and it needs to be nourished, healed and given attention. This work has led them to study the “wisdom path” under The Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault where they have completed several wisdom schools and began a contemplative path. Stefanie is passionate about the education and formation of children and adults, paying close attention to the gifts and challenges of each life stage.
Audry Gagnon serves as the Parish Administrator. A lifelong Episcopalian, she grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from UGA with degrees in International Affairs and Religious Studies. Before joining the staff Audry served as an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps in Maryland as the Intern for Mission at the Diocese of Maryland.
Stephen Frketic is passionate about the power of sacred music to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together. He seeks to expose people to a diverse musical repertoire drawn not only from our superb Anglican choral tradition, but also from the great body of spirituals and the music of living composers.
Stephen is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He obtained his Bachelors degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music, and completed his Masters degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto in 2013.
During his musical tenure in Toronto, Stephen worked with multiple choirs, and led his church choir on tours to Montréal, Québec City, Dublin, Ireland, and Oxford, England. He is also a recent Past-President of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Before pursuing his graduate studies, Stephen worked as a high school choir director in Houston, Texas, and also as an English Language Instructor in Tokyo. His husband Anson is a research scientist at Emory University in the department of human genetics.
Kenneth Hilson serves as Kitchen Manager and Sexton where he handles building maintenance and repairs, while also preparing meals for weekly church functions. Kenny joined the staff in 2005, part-time as Kitchen Manager. In 2007, he became the church Sexton, as well, serving the Parish on a full-time basis. Kenny is married and has 3 children.
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 (http://www.friendshipcenter-atlanta.org), helping with weaving and other textile crafts. She is a life vowed member of the Society of Saint Anna the Prophet (annasisters.org) 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 (http://www.everybodywinsatlanta.org/power-lunch/).
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.