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The Rev. James T. Said & his wife Kim Said

The Rev. James T. Said (Jim) joined St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church on December 1, 2016.  He was installed as the 7th Rector on March 8, 2017 by Bishop Scott Benhase the Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia. 


Jim is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), where he was the recipient of the 2013 Virginia Seminary Ford Chair in recognition of his strong commitment to the community life and mission of the Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station, Texas on January 18, 2014 by his father, the Rt. Rev. John L. Said, retired Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida on behalf of the Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick, the Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. In addition to serving as Associate Rector at St. Thomas, Jim has served as Chaplain and a member of the Ethics Committee for Baylor Scott & White Hospital, President of the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network, assisted in teaching a US Civics Class in Spanish, and has served on the Alumni Association Executive Council of the Virginia Theological Seminary.


The Reverend Said is very interested in ministries that provide outreach and real support to those on the margins.  He is a board member of the St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc., which is an Episcopal Church Founded organization dedicated to providing housing for persons with HIV/AIDS who are low income or homeless.  The mission of this program is to facilitate independence, dignity, and well-being through safe, affordable, and appropriate housing.  He is also on the board of the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta and the CSRA, which is a group of interfaith clergy and religious leaders committed to socially aware expressions of religious values in this area.


Jim and Kim both love the outdoors and spend a lot of time walking together on the trails in Two State area and in their neighborhood.  They both enjoy exploring cities and places they have not been before.  Jim is an amateur photographer and enjoys photography.  Kim is the Newcomer Inclusion Minister and teaches Invite/Welcome/Connect.  She also participates in the StoryBox Ministry. StoryBox is an outreach ministry of St. Augustine’s.  The mission of StoryBox is to help local children perform better in school by improving access to quality books and time spent reading. Kim volunteers reading to children at a local school.  Kim is also the Yoga Instructor at St. Augustine of Canterbury. 


Jim is a lifelong Episcopalian and has a long history of service.  In his youth, his parents where Episcopal Missionaries in Brazil, South America.  He has a Spanish Degree and a Business Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Before moving to Alexandria, Virginia to go to seminary, Jim and Kim were residents of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Jim had an extensive career in business and most recently was the North American Regional Vice President of Sales for a data technology company.


The Rev. Terri Degenhardt

Assisting Priest


The Rev. Terri Walker Degenhardt was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2017. She attended the Bi-vocational program at The University of the South, Sewanee for two years to prepare for ordination to the Bi-vocational ministry.


The Rev. Terri is currently taking part in The Sewanee Ministry Collaborative, a three-year program presently led by The Rev. Dr. Bill Brosend. The focus this year is “Thriving in Ministry” and offers minsters from all over the world opportunities for educational as well as spiritual growth. She is also serving as Chaplain for the Episcopal Church Women, serves on the board for a food ministry in Louisville, and is a member of Rotary.


Previously, the Rev. Terri served as Priest in Charge of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary Magdalen in Louisville, Georgia; served in an internship at Our Savior in Martinez; and served as deacon at St. Michael’s in Waynesboro. She began her path to ministry when she attended St. Paul's Augusta. While there, she met Walter Degenhardt. They married in 2004, and she moved to Waynesboro where she became involved in ministry at St. Michael's.


Before her ordination, the Rev. Terri taught English for 38 years for various institutions including Davidson Fine Arts and Augusta Technical College.


The Rev. Terri believes in community support. She loves being involved in the community in order to meet people, offer her assistance where needed, and share the love of Christ. In the past, she has volunteered with the Master’s Table, Interfaith Hospitality, Wimberly House Ministries, One Harvest Food Ministries, and the Burke County Detention Center, ministering and teaching incarcerated women. 


The Rev.Terri is married to Walter P. Degenhardt. They presently live in Waynesboro, Georgia, where Walter continues to run his law office and oversee their farm. They have one son, Walker Watson ( Longcreek, SC), a daughter, Amanda Degenhardt (Atlanta) and two grandsons Hampton Woosley (California) and Thomas Woosley (Atlanta).

The Rev. Terri enjoys studying all aspects of scripture, presently auditing a course in Hebrew. She loves reading and has recently begun studying iconography. Walter is an avid outdoorsman and spends many hours hunting, fishing, and tending the farm.

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The Rev. Thomas Barron

Assisting Priest


My ministry passion is to develop & disciple community that expresses their need for Jesus Christ. This passion flows from my desire to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to live by the teachings of Jesus, so I may be both priest and symbol within my community.


After graduating from seminary at Regent University, I spent the next six years working with youth and young adults within the church and para-church contexts. After serving two years as an associate pastor in the Vineyard association of churches, I planted Poema Community Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During my time at Poema, I worked as an adjunct professor at Regent University, teaching courses in New and Old Testament, Christian Ethics, Worldview, Youth Ministry, and Spirituality.


In 2013, having spent six years as senior pastor of Poema Community Church, I joined the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. With a generous grant from Bishop Benhase, I started a Community Youth Ministry in McIntosh County serving poor and at-risk children and youth surrounding St. Andrew’s and St Cyprian’s Episcopal Churches. I was ordained a priest in November of 2017, and moved to Augusta Georgia to plant a new Episcopal/Lutheran church in the thriving community of Grovetown Georgia.


Over the past couple of years, Grovetown Mission has emerged as a liturgical dinner church that meets on Wednesday nights at Liberty Park Community Center in the heart of Grovetown, Georgia. We are a diverse community living out the Gospel through prayer, teaching, partaking in Holy Eucharist and ancient liturgical practices, all within the context of preparing and sharing a simple meal together.


I am married to Amanda Barron and have two beautiful children, Valerie who is eight, and Tillman who is seven. We also have two miniature long-haired dachshunds Daisy Mae and Lily Rae. 

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The Rev. Dr. Kurt Miller

Associate Priest


A “cradle Episcopalian” he was baptized, confirmed and served as an acolyte at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey before joining the Army. He retired from the Army after 26 years active Federal Service.  His last assignment at Fort Gordon was as Sergeant Major of the Telecommunications Center Operator Courses. In 1982, he went to work with Civil Service as an Engineering Technician and Engineer Mobilization Planner at the Facilities Engineer on Fort Gordon. From 1984 to 2005 he was a Training Specialist in the Signal Regimental Officer’s Academy, now the 442nd Signal Bn. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Religious Studies at the Augusta-Fort Gordon Branch of Georgia Military College.



 He began his ministry as a lay minister at St. Alban’s Episcopal church. His religious studies began at St. Augustine’s with Education for Ministry from 1981 – 1985. He served as a Mentor in the EFM program; attended Cursillo in 1984; and took a pre-ordination retreat at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, in Pennsylvania. He was ordained Deacon in 1986 by Bishop Harry Shipps, his former Rector at St. Alban’s and entered the ministry as a Vocational Deacon in 1986. His assignments were at St. Alban’s and then in 1994 to the Church of the Atonement.


He has been involved in the KAIROS Prison ministry since 1986. He served on the first Board of Directors of St. Stephen's Ministry of Augusta, providing shelter to homeless victims of HIV/AIDS. In 1991, he began off-duty studies at Erskine Theological Seminary, in Due West, SC. In 1996, he graduated with the Master of Divinity degree and applied for ordination to the Priesthood. He began the process for ordination, again, with support and blessing of his wife, Man Sun and son David. In June, 1997, he was ordained a Priest, by Bishop Henry Loutitt, who was his spiritual director at Cursillo. Bishop Loutitt assigned him to St. Augustine’s to assist the Rector, the Rev. Neal Phelps, as a bi-vocational Priest.  Then in January, 1998, he was assigned, as Vicar, to the Church of the Atonement in Hephzibah. He graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in 2001 with the Doctor of Ministry Degree. From July, 2007 to July, 2010 he was a Caregiver for his wife, until she passed away, in March, 2010. He returned to Church of the Atonement, in July, 2010 until his retirement in July, 2018. He remains active in the Kairos Prison Ministry and teaching the Bible at Georgia Military College’s Humanities Department.


The Rev. John Warner

Deacon John Warner has been an Episcopalian his entire life also known as a “cradle Episcopalian.” A member of St. Augustine’s since the mid-1980’s, he served in many roles including youth and adult educator, usher, lay Eucharistic minister, vestry member, and Senior Warden. John was ordained into the diaconate in the Diocese of Georgia on July 9, 2002.

Although he retired from the State of Georgia in 2009 after 34 years of service in mental health administration working with the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and those with addictive diseases, he continued a ministry in this area by serving as a board member for the Friendship Community Center, a day services program for the severely mentally ill. Other community ministries include the Augusta chapter of Mental Health America; and the Augusta Coalition for Mental and Spiritual Health Ministries. He is also employed as an adjunct assistant professor in psychology at the local campus of Georgia Military College.

He is married to Marsha Lord Warner and has one daughter, Samantha who is married to Atul Sinha. He has three grandchildren, Shaun, Simran, and Jay Kumar Sinha.


The Rev. Faye Forbes

Deacon Faye Forbes was ordained at St. Augustine’s on March 27, 2009, but has been a member of the parish for many years.  Both of her children were baptized and confirmed in this parish.  A special ministry of her service is Youth Challenge Academy, a program for at-risk youth which is located at Fort Gordon.  Faye is employed full time in an internal medicine/allergy practice as a Physician Assistant.

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Paul Hennessy

Director of Music

Paul Hennessy, an Augusta native, holds a Bachelor of Music with a major in piano from The Catholic University of America.  He has performed as a soloist in Switzerland, Italy and various locations throughout the United States, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  During the school year, Paul is the advanced piano instructor and chorale pianist at Davidson School of Fine Arts.  He and his wife, Bernadette, are parents to six children and attend St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church.    


Lillian James-Thomas

Office Assistant


Lillian is known as a cradle Episcopalian, meaning she has been in the Episcopal church all of her life. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lillian has been at St.Augustine's for twenty two years. She has served as a Lay Reader, vestry member and chair of the Outreach Committee for seventeen years. In addition to her duties at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, she is also a Board Member of St.Steven's Ministry, an organization that supports clients  that are dealing with HIV/AIDS; a Board Member of Augusta City Classic, Inc. that provides scholarships for High School Graduates in the CSRA area going to College; Treasure of St. Clare's Guild an Episcopal Church women's ministry that raises funds and donates those funds to assist various groups in the CSRA and the diocese  of Georgia; and she also works with one of the newest ministries at St.Augustine's organizing trips and planning functions for Senior Citizens .

Lillian is a widower, a mother of two sons, Keith and Kelly. A grandmother to two granddaughters and one grandson and a great grandmother to Bella and Brielle.


New Missioner to be announced

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Lahoma Rachels

Lahoma Rachels is a UCC seminarian who has been serving as our Field Education intern. She is  working towards her M.Div. at Pacific  School of Religion, which is part of the Graduate Theological  Union at U.C. Berkeley. Lahoma also holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Colorado State University, and has  been  teaching sociology courses for CSU since 2012. When she is not studying or working, Lahoma enjoys spending time with her husband Daniel and their  dog Nana, playing video games, and keeping  honeybees on their family property in Appling. Lahoma is also an artist/craftsperson – she knits, crochets, weaves, and spins yarn,  in addition to oil and acrylic painting and digital art.  

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Lara Fort

Business Administration


Lara is responsible for all the financial aspects of the church, along with Treasurer, Jane Taylor. She has been with us since 2017 and also works with other area churches with their financial operations. Lara is married to Kevin, who works for Columbia County. They are the proud parents of two boys and a girl.

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Valerie Crumpton

Marketing & Communications Consultant


Valerie (Val) owns VTC Consulting LLC, a social media marketing and consulting firm. She is working as a consultant to assist St. Augustine in marketing and communications and manages our website, social media platforms, designs and publishes the weekly Canterbury Tales. Val is also serving her third term representing the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia as a Sewanee Trustee (2021-2024) Val graduated in 2011 from the Sewanee School of Theology with a Master of Arts in Theology and is a recipient of the School's award for Community Service. Val has extensive international work experience in nonprofit management and fundraising working for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, YMCA, and the Community Chest. Val's husband, The Rev. Al Crumpton, is the rector of Our Savior Episcopal Church in Martinez, GA.  In her spare time, Val loves to travel, cook, bake, watch movies, and is an active volunteer at her church.

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LD Newman


I have been a member of St. Augustine’s parish since 2009.  My wife, Trish and our daughter Kai are also active members of the parish.  I have been a GA Bar licensed attorney since 1997. I currently serve as Assistant Vice President of International Initiatives at Augusta University.  I recently celebrated 20 years working in immigration law and 40 years working in higher education at universities throughout the southern and mid-Atlantic U.S.

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Jane Taylor


I grew up in Huron, South Dakota. I married Robert Taylor in 1968. We have 2 children: Matthew Taylor and Christine Hicks (Nathaniel). I graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in math education and taught school for several years. I graduated from Augusta College with a business degree and became a CPA.  I worked for Fuller, Frost & Associates, CPAs, PC until retiring in 2017. We have been members of St. Augustine’s since moving here in 1981.  I have been on Altar Guild since then, as well a participating in various other projects and activities.

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Donna Tumm

Artist in Residence

Arts and crafts and gardening have always been favorite pastimes for me.  My mom worked in a craft shop when  I was a young teenager and provided me with ideas and supplies to keep me occupied.  Over the years I’ve dabbled in many forms of art.  In 2005, I discovered a new project. I was replacing the old windows in my home and used the old windows to paint flowers and plants on them.  The idea was to paint as if you were looking out your window into a garden.  This was the first time I felt the hand of God in my work.  This project also led me to St. Augustine's. I was invited to participate in the annual art show.  I was immediately welcomed and will always remember how I felt as if I belonged there. My daughter, Hannah, and I started attending and soon joined St. Augustine’s.  Whether it is creating flower arrangements, painting rocks, providing craft projects for the Senior Ministry, or sewing “Episcomasks”, I am thankful for the many opportunities St. Augustine’s has offered me to “play”!

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Carolyn Igo

Artist in Residence

By way of introducing myself, I am Carolyn Igo and I have come by way of Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida and now find myself once again in Georgia. As best I can describe my path in life it has been as servant / caregiver. Many years ago I had a degree and career in retail display but , as things go, lots changed; children with their many activities, elderly and ill parents, church families to be part of, volunteer work , mixed with part time jobs and now , senior years .


A cradle Episcopalian would describe my religious background, as well as cradle artist. I use the term artist lightly as I am in no way professional in my abilities. God has endowed me with a family that was and is artistic. I live in the sure and secure knowledge and love of God , striving to serve and  recognize Him by responding to whatever I can see that He places in my path. My art is fully tied to my spiritual life.


St Augustine’s has been my church home only for about a year now. My husband and I moved here to be near our grown children and grandchildren. One son lives in NY but the other 3 and 6 grandkids are here. Even with COVID-19 restrictions, I have become part of this warmly knit  and welcoming community, well- served by the clergy and parish family. Amazing love is present here and I am honored to be involved . Artist in residence is a title I happily and thankfully accept, praying that God will empower me serve in this way.

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Shelley Martin

Shelley Martin has answered the call to ordained ministry. In May 2020, following the completion of her internship with The Canterbury Club, Shelley Martin was asked to serve as Missioner to Augusta University. This mission is a joint venture of The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. She and her family have been parishioners of St. Augustine’s since January of 2018. It was here that both she and her husband, Peter, were confirmed in The Episcopal Church and their daughter, Penelope, was baptized into the body of Christ.  

Since coming to St. Augustine’s, Shelley has served on Vestry as the Christian Formation commission member. She has also facilitated the Meal Ministry for over a year, contacting parishioners in need of meal assistance and coordinating volunteers to provide those meals. Additionally, she has given of her time and talent to many other ministries of the church including Godly Play, StoryBox, and Christ Church Community Meal, as well as being a dedicated member of the Racial Healing group.  


A self-described lifelong learner, Shelley’s collegiate course work has covered a wide variety of interests including Archaeology, Art History, Russian and Communications. She will be graduating from Augusta University this summer with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies degree focusing on Anthropology and Communications. A member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, she been awarded Chancellor’s and Dean’s List every semester of her undergraduate studies. Looking to the future, it is her hope to enter seminary and there continue her education while growing in her faith and the call to serve God and God’s people.

St. Augustine's 2022 Vestry

In the Episcopal Church, the members of the Vestry serve as the elected leaders of a congregation.  Our vestry members are elected to three-year terms, with three new vestry members being chosen each year at the annual Parish Meeting in early December.

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Ray Sigg
Sr. Warden


Katie Hall

Christian Formation

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Lynda Smith

Pastoral Care

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Brenda Green 
Jr. Warden


Adelaide Vaughn

Evangelism & Outreach

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Tommie Richmond

Parish Life & Newcomer

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Donna Tumm
Communication & Admin

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Emily Fields
Music, Worship & Liturgy

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Gary Jones