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Stephen is a native of Valdosta, GA. He is a 1993 graduate of Lowndes High School and a 1997 graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. After graduating from college, he returned to Valdosta to marry Stephany on August 9, 1997. Two months later, he became a lay chaplain at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta. After three years of vocational discernment, Bishop Louttit and the Diocese of Georgia sent Stephen to Virginia Theological Seminary to study for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church. He was sponsored by Christ the King Episcopal Church in Valdosta, his home parish.
In May of 2003, Stephen graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master in Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest on August 20th, 2003 by The Rt. Rev. Henry Louttit. Stephen’s priestly vocation includes serving as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Moultrie, GA; Director of Pastoral Care at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, GA; Priest-in-charge of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Savannah, GA and subsequently, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Douglas, GA. On May 1, 2016, he was appointed Vicar of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Valdosta.
In addition to being an Episcopal priest, he is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc. Stephen also is licensed by the state of Georgia as an associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University. Stephen currently serves St. Barnabas part-time while maintaining secular employment. His secular work includes serving part-time as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor for Hospice of Tift Area in Tifton, GA.
Stephen’s wife, Stephany, is a double graduate of Valdosta State University earning bachelor and master degrees in the discipline of psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is the owner of Wellspring Center, Inc., which is her private counseling practice. Stephen and Stephany have two children: Jacob, age 15, and Benjamin, age 12. Currently, Jacob is a sophomore at Valdosta High School and Benjamin is a 6th grader at Valdosta Middle School. They both enjoy playing musical instruments and are active in the band programs of Valdosta High School and Valdosta Middle School.
Stephen serves St. Barnabas on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, he serves as Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor for Hospice of Tift Area in Tifton. Typically, Stephen reserves Saturdays for rest and being with his family. He maintains regular office hours at St. Barnabas on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00am until 1:00pm.
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Deacon Leeann was ordained to the vocational diaconate in 2013, and since then has helped develop several local and diocesan ministries. She founded and leads the diocese's Creation Care Commission, an environmental stewardship ministry, and serves on the Healing Justice Commission and the Commission on Ministry. Working with ecumenical partners across the state, she is growing anew ministry in immigration detention in south Georgia. She volunteers for Ruth's Cottage domestic violence shelter in Tifton, Hospice of Tiftarea, and Tiftarea Family Promise, a support program from homeless families. Professionally, Deacon Leeann is the South Georgia Outreach Coordinator for GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light), a faith-based environmental non-profit, and is a certified birth doula. She lives in Tifton with her husband and two sons, Zeke and Abe, and together they enjoy God's great outdoors and raise chickens, a rambunctious dog, and an unruly garden. In her spare time, she enjoys baking bread, cooking, and music.