The Reverend Jay Weldon- Rector

Fr. Jay will be leaving the end of May, 2016, for Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban (Boston), Massachusetts. Check this site for updates to Clergy leadership during the transition.

Fr. Jay Weldon came to St. Patrick’s in 2009.  He came to us from NYC where he worked at Grace Church in Manhattan, serving as Associate Rector, and completing a Master’s of Sacred Theology at the General Theological Seminary.  Previously, he served as Curate at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, Georgia, and Youth Minister at Peachtree Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Atlanta while completing a Master of Divinity at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.

Jay was ordained by the Rt. Reverend Henry I. Louttit, Jr., as Deacon on July 2, 2008, and as Priest on February 11, 2009.  He serves as chair for the Albany/ SW Regional Discernment Committee and was named by the Albany Herald as one of Southwest Georgia’s 40 Under 40 in 2013.

Fr. Jay grew up in Griffin, GA, and attended the University of Georgia in Athens.  While in college, he also studied for one year at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg in Germany.  Man spricht noch Deutsch.

In seminary in Atlanta, Jay met a beautiful young pharmacy student named Alison Sarrat. As an Air Force child, she grew up in Indiana, Guam, and Georgia. They were married in Atlanta in 2006.  Alison is a pharmacist.

On Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, Alison and Fr. Jay welcomed their first Daughter, Elizabeth, called “Ella.”  While most people have been much more impressed by Alison than by Fr. Jay, Ella is giving her a run for her money. On Aug. 27, 2015, James III was born, and now he is giving Ella fits.

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The Revd Joy Davis- Deacon

Deacon Joy Davis was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on June 2nd, 2012, on the Eve of Trinity Sunday.  If you take a deep breath, you will notice that Joy still has that “new deacon smell!”

Before pursuing diaconal ministry, Joy was a member at St. Paul’s for many years.  She served in various capacities through the years, including Vestry leadership and serving as Sr. Warden.

Joy’s diaconal ministry is caring for people as they prepare for death.  She serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Willson Hospice House in addition to many other community-focused ministries.

Joy has been married to husband Tim for longer than either remembers.  Tim is an attorney and works locally in Albany.  They have two sons, Rackley and Mason.

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The Revd Bill Stewart- Priest Associate

Fr. Bill recently retired as Rector of St. John and St. Mark in Albany, where he served for five years. Health concerns, generally complications from Post Polio, were the reason for his retirement. Fortunately, with his many talents and abilities still available, he has come to St. Patrick’s where it is easier for him to get around. The children built him a special Communion table where he is able to celebrate Eucharist without going to the High Altar.

Bill has been married to Sharon for years and years, and they have three grown children. Bill and Sharon have played an important role in Cursillo in the Diocese of Georgia, and he has served as Chair of the Cursillo Commission.

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The Revd Charles Thompson-

    Lutheran Pastor in Residence

Pastor Thompson is a native of North Dakota who came to Georgia over thirty years ago. Before retirement, he served as pastor of the Lutheran Church of our Saviour in Albany, which recently has become a part of St. Patrick’s. Pastor Thompson serves as the Pastor of St. Andrew in Plains, and serves in a limited role as our Lutheran Pastor in Residence. He is particularly helpful when we need a Lutheran minister for baptisms, funerals, confirmations, and Reformation Sunday.

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The Right Revd Scott Benhase-

    Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Georgia

Bishop Benhase is the tenth Bishop of Georgia, and has served as Bishop since 2010. Bishop Benhase works out of Savannah, spending a lot of time visiting his churches from Augusta to Savannah to Albany and beyond.

Bishop Benhase’s time as bishop has been a positive time for the Diocese of Georgia. His wife is Kelly and they have three adult children.

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The Right Revd Julian Gordy-

    Lutheran Bishop, Souteastern Synod

Bishop Gordy is the ELCA Bishop of the Southeastern Synod, which encompasses Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. His office is in Atlanta, his home is in Nashville, and he spends most of his time adding miles to his car while he works with churches across four states.

Bishop Gordy has been a great friend to St. Patrick’s and has helped to make our work with LCOS a success.

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