Clergy & Staff
Now in the eighth year of his episcopate, Bishop Scott A. Benhase knows of the vitality and commitment of many diocesan and congregational leaders. He understands his primary task to be the renewal and revitalization of the Diocese’s congregations. In this, he and his staff work with stable, healthy congregations to support their mission and with those in decline to redefine and reshape their mission focus. Much of this work comes through capacity building in leaders, training them in developmental skills, and equipping them to lead in a rapidly changing cultural context. He is hopeful for the future because the Diocese is blessed with two indispensable resources: an abiding faith in Jesus and a strong core of disciples. Bishop Benhase's weekly emails are online here: eCrozier.
St. Peter's Rector, 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 son Will (now at Sewanee) 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.
St. Peter's Associate Rector, The Rev. Kelly Steele is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and a highest honors graduate of Duquesne University (2012) where she majored in Theology and minored in Women’s Studies and Music. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree (summa cum laude) from Duke University Divinity School in 2015 with a certificate in Anglican Studies. She fell in love with the Episcopal Church at St. Joseph’s, Durham, where professors, students and panhandlers prayed the Daily Office and ate together on weekdays. She came to the Diocese of Georgia in 2014 and worked for St. Michael’s Episcopal Church as a curate and served as Missioner for Columba House. In 2016 she founded Epiphany, an experimental community seeking to serve Savannah newcomers and young creatives. She is married to the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, the priest-in-charge of St. Matthew’s Savannah. Together, they play “keep away” with their Border Collie, Reina and go on culinary adventures. Kelly+ loves to roller skate, jet ski, kayak and think out loud.
Director of Music Ministries 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.
Parish Administrator Amanda Ridberg provides general oversight and management responsibilities for parish administration and day-to-day operations. Among her responsibilities are management of Buildings and Events and Receptionist Ministry and production of church bulletins. Amanda moved from Connecticut to Savannah in June 2013 with her husband, David (retired Chief of Police) and their daughter Genevieve, a rising junior at a local Christian high school on the varsity volleyball team. Her stepdaughter Jacqueline graduated from NYU several years ago and currently works in the political field in CT. Amanda enjoys golfing, biking, walking, and the outdoors.
Associate for Finance and Administration Donna Garrison has responsibility for parish bookkeeping and provides general administrative support in finance and bookkeeping. 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, (the Rev. Dr. Jeff Garrison, senior pastor of Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church) moved to the Landings in Fall 2014, from West Michigan, with their daughter. They also have a son and two grandsons.
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.
Maintenance and Facilities Manager Nathaniel Hodges
started with St. Peter's in January 2016 as our part-time Event & Facilities Manager and was quickly promoted to that position full-time. He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi - 70 miles from Memphis, Tennessee. After the passing of his mother in 1978, he went to live with his sister and her husband and traveled as a military brat. After high school, Nate went on to Job Corps. He started Diesel Mechanics and Building Grounds Maintenance while in Morganfield, KY. Nate was offered a job in Raleigh, NC and moved to Durham where he lived for over 15 years. He studied Business Computer Science, receiving a BS from North Carolina Central University in Durham. He has worked for numerous companies where he held Information Technology jobs. Nate is married to Tamara Brown Hodges and they have four children.
Associate for Communications Susan Mallgrave coordinates all communications on behalf of St. Peter's, including our website, the weekly e-letter, the Sunday insert of announcements, 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.
Associate Priest, The Rev. Patty Mingledorff became a priest associate at St. Peter's in May of 2001. She recently completed her ministry of liturgical leadership. Once a priest, always a priest, so Patty's ministry will continue here and beyond (thanks be to God!) but she has discerned that she will no longer serve at the altar on Sunday mornings. 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.
Associate Priest, The Rev. Don Hands is a retired priest living in the Landings since 2011 with his wife and artist, Lydia Bishop. Ordained in 1979, he has served at parishes in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Savannah. He was Chaplain at Saint John’s on the Lake, a retirement community in Milwaukee, on the shores of Lake Michigan, for 5 years. He was a Jesuit from 1961-1970. He studied at Fordham University, Columbia University and the University of Buffalo. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with a certificate in Mental Health and Aging from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Marquette and Duquesne. He is interested in the interface of religion, Christian spirituality and psychology. His book, Spiritual Wholeness for Clergy (1994), sold over 17,000 copies. He is glad to be a part of St. Peter’s.