Parish Team

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Parish Administrator Liza Henderson ​provides general oversight and management responsibilities for parish administration and day-to-day operations. Among her responsibilities are the supervision of an Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, Buildings and Events Manager and Voluntary Receptionists. Liza and her husband, Paul moved to the Landings from St. Louis several years ago, happily leaving behind the very cold winters and very hot summers of St. Louis. While living there, Liza operated a successful catering business for over a decade. She and her husband have six children and four grandchildren.. 

Contact Liza at lhenderson@stpeterssavannah.org

Associate for Communications  Susan Mallgrave coordinates all communications on behalf of St. Peter's, including our website, the weekly e-letter, and our social media presence. She provides leadership and support for all parish organizations and ministries to encourage an effective and robust culture of communication within our community and into the wider community as well. Susan holds the Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Design from Illinois Institute of Technology. She and her husband Harry, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and author, live in Oakridge.

Contact Susan at communications@stpeterssavannah.org​

Music Director Dr. Tim McKee  grew up playing piano and organ for First Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida, where his great-grandfather had moved the family from Skidaway Island. He earned the Bachelor of Church Music degree from Stetson University, the Master of Music Degree from the University of Kansas and the Doctor of Music from the Juilliard School. Further study included a year with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and conducting and composition studies at the Royal School of Church Music, UK. McKee and his wife, Mary Watanabe McKee also founded Amelia Arts Academy, a community school at Amelia Island, Florida. Tim, Mary and son Spencer come to us from Christ Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, where they headed up the Choir School Program for children, the adult choirs  and ensembles, a concert series, summer camps, and various other arts ministries.
Contact Tim at tmckee@stpeterssavannah.org


​Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Dr. Doris Buchanan Johnson, Associate Rector, arrived in  Savannah from the Diocese of Maryland following 7 ½ years as Rector of St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, Severna Park. Prior to that she served 7 years as the Associate Rector of St. John’s, Ellicott City, the largest church in the diocese.  Her gifts and greatest joys center in building relationships between the people of God as they gather together with God in Jesus Christ through the sacraments of the church; in Christian Education for all ages, from birth to death; in Pastoral Care to all in need of concern or hospitality; and in creation of interactions between members, staff, and clergy.  She has two grown children: her daughter, Lindsey, and her husband, Sean, who live in Smyrna, GA with their two children, Madison 13, and Braxton, 10; and her son, Carter, and his wife, Lindsey (no error there!) who live in Gainesville, FL with Doris’ newest grandbaby, Casey Ann, 14 months. Life is full of hope and joy!  Contact Doris+ at djohnson@stpeterssavannah.org

Maintenance and Facilities Manager Nathaniel Hodges recently moved to Savannah from the Triangle area of North Carolina, where he handled IT responsibilities. 

At St. Peter's he is responsible for cleaning the Parish Hall and education wing, setting-up for events, opening and preparing the Sanctuary on Sundays and closing the church after services each week. Nate and his wife Tamari (a Savannah native) have 4 children.

 The Rev. Hunt Priest  began his ministry at St. Peter’s in September 2016. Prior to his call here, he served as rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island, Washington (2008-2016) and as Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newnan, Ga. His wife Lisa and their high school senior son Will love being in Savannah and on Skidaway Island. Hunt has a B.A. in English from Hanover College and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. A Kentucky native, Hunt grew up in a small town near Lexington and moved to Atlanta after college to work for Delta, which is also where he and Lisa met. 
     Hunt’s professional and spiritual interests beyond preaching, teaching, congregational development and pastoral care include contemplative spirituality, peace and justice work in the Holy Land and our own country, discovering ways to stem the corrosive impact of fear on our civil society and working with congregations to be better stewards of God’s beautiful gift of creation. Hunt takes Fridays as his Sabbath.  
Contact Hunt+ at hpriest@stpeterssavannah.org

Fr. Don Hands, Ph.D is a retired priest living at the Landings with his wife, Lydia Bishop. He was ordained in 1979 and assisted parishes in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Savannah with liturgy and adult education. He has two adult children: Jessica who teaches Special Education in inner-city Milwaukee, and Zachary who is in the US Army Special Forces. Don has taught classical languages at Xavier High School in Manhattan and psychology at Duquesne, Mount Mary and Marquette Universities. He has been a member of St. Peter’s since 2011. Contact Don+ at drdonhands@gmail.com

Associate for Finance and Administration Donna Garrison has responsibility for parish bookkeeping and provides general administrative support in finance and bookkeeping, records management, including the parish data base, and Sunday worship bulletin production. Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Buffalo State University and a Master's of Art in Health Communication from Michigan State University. She and her husband Jeff (Dr. Jeffrey Garrison, senior pastor of Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church) moved to the Landings in Fall 2014, from West Michigan, with their daughter, a high school senior this year. They also have a son and two grandsons.

Contact Donna at dgarrison@stpeterssavannah.org

                                                           

Parish Nurse Janet Kuhn is a Registered Nurse in the state of Georgia. She received her BSN at Michigan State University, her MSN at Texas Woman's University and her EdD at Temple University. She is a retired nurse educator who taught at Villanova University and University of Texas. She initiated a parish nurse program at a previous church in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is married to Wayne and has three adult children and five grandchildren.

The Parish Nurse arranges for medical programs within the parish and coordinates with other agencies to provide programs such as flu shot clinics, CAT scans, etc. Office hours are scheduled and home visits are available by request during which blood pressure and blood sugar readings are offered as well as general consultation about other medical topics.

Contact Janet at 5rivercircle@gmail.com

The Rev. Patty Mingledorff  became a priest associate at St. Peter's in May of 2001. She serves on Sundays and in pastoral care. Patty+ is a native Savannahian married to Fred, also a native Savannahian who attends St. Peter's. They have three children and six grandchildren. Patty attended St. Mary's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, the University of Georgia, Armstrong State University, and the School of Theology, the University of the South.

Contact Patty+ at pattyming@hotmail.com

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

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Associate for Youth and Children's Ministry  Matthew Rice is staff liaison to the Sunday School and coordinates Children's Chapel, as well as our corps of acolytes. Matt serves as a mentor for the Journey to Adulthood program and provides leadership for SPY, our Sunday evening program for youth, to which he also brings his gift of music. Matt is a graduate of Savannah Arts Academy and holds a Bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Armstrong State University. 

Contact Matt at mrice@stpeterssavannah.org