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The Rev’d Kenneth Swanson, PhD., Rector V
Ken Swanson has been in parish ministry for over thirty years, serving churches in California, Scotland, New York, and most recently Tennessee, where he was Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena; and the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. He is the author of numerous articles on theology, spirituality, biblical studies and social ethics as well as three books, including Uncommon Prayer, Approaching Intimacy with God and A Seal Upon Your Heart. He regularly leads retreats and conferences for parishes, dioceses, retreat centers, educational and professional groups. Over the course of his career, he has developed dozens of courses focusing on the integration of theology and spirituality with the demands of living with integrity in the secular world. Father Swanson has led many organizations, including the Amistad Mission in Bolivia, and the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission. He is the father of three adult children, two in New York and one in Chicago. Fr. Swanson was married in April, 2012, to Ms. Darlene Price, and we are thrilled to welcome the new Mrs. Swanson into our parish family.
The Rev’d Anne Elizabeth Swiedler, Associate Rector
Rev’d Anne Elizabeth is a native of Newton, Massachusetts and worked as a healthcare educator at Northside and Saint Joseph’s Hospitals for 18 years. She was ordained to the transitional diaconate in June 2002, and was ordained to the priesthood on January 25, 2003, here at St. David’s Church. She has 2 grown children, Chris and Caroline, and 5 grandchildren. She is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and studied at Sewanee School of Theology in the Anglican Studies program.
The Rev’d Michelle A. Ortiz, Associate Rector for Family Ministry
Michelle Ortiz was ordained as a transitional deacon December of 2011 and as a priest in June of 2012. She has served in the Diocese of Southwest Florida for the past three years as assistant Rector at Holy Innocents’ in Valrico (near Tampa), and as the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida and a master’s degree in Divinity from The School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. She is a Stephen Minister, a centering prayer practitioner, and an involved mom. Raised in the Episcopal Church, she joyfully embraces the opportunity to serve Christ by empowering and equipping the Saints (that’s all of you!) to go into the world and share God’s transforming love. She is the author of a children’s book entitled “You Are a Child of God”. Michelle has been married to Eddie since January 1999. They have three children: Isaiah age 15, Zachary age 13, and Victoria age 11. They also have a little dog named Snickers. Her first Sunday at St. David’s was August 2, 2015.
The Rev’d Antonio Brito, Assistant to the Rector for Hispanic Ministry
The Rev. Antonio Brito was received as an Episcopal priest by Bishop of Atlanta J. Neil Alexander on Feb. 2, 2011, at St. David’s Episcopal Church. A graduate of a Roman Catholic seminary in the Dominican Republic, Brito leads the San David Hispanic mission and works part-time for the Diocese of Atlanta’s other Hispanic ministries. He spent six months last year assisting at Santa Maria, East Point, and with the Hispanic congregation at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
The Rev’d Katherine (Katie) Elberfeld, Priest Associate
The Rev. Katherine Elberfeld, retired founder of the Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership in Marietta, and a Georgia native joined the staff at St. David’s as a Priest Associate in April, 2013. Initially she is helping liturgically on Sunday mornings, and is the primary Celebrant at 6:00 p.m. Chapel Mass.. An Episcopal priest and published author, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., a master’s degree in communication from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. Since 1998, Ms. Elberfeld has devoted her energies to spreading the power of servant-leadership. An Episcopal priest, she has served parishes in the Northern Virginia area and has served as a member of the national task force on leadership called together by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. She was ordained as a priest in 1994. Katie now has a new website/blog – “KAEwrites” is an online library and resource center for all who want to continue to seek, learn, discover, and grow.
The Deacon Tom Ader
Tom Ader is the newest member of our clergy staff at St. David’s as of August 20, 2017. He is a retired deacon. At St. David’s he will serve the altar on every 3rd Sunday, will occasionally preach, and will be the clergy liaison to our new Health & Wellness Program. Tom and his wife Barbara were founding members of St. Peter and St. Paul in East Cobb. He served there in a variety of capacities, and was there raised up as a deacon in 1998. Although still working full time in a corporate job, he became a part-time chaplain at St. Joseph’s hospital. While leading several ministries at Sts. Peter and Paul, he also served on the boards of Camp Mikell and the Episcopal Charities Foundation. Moving with Barbara’s corporate transfers, Tom has also served as a deacon the Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Florida, St. Peter’s Church in Charlotte, and most recently at Holy Spirit in Cumming. Tom and Barbara have three children and five grandchildren, “all good Episcopalians”.
The Rev. Rich Sanders, Priest Associate
Rich is a priest in the Diocese of Atlanta. He has served as the Interim Priest in Charge at both St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood and St. Jude’s Church in Marietta. Most recently, he has served as on the staff at High Point Episcopal Community Church (formerly Church of the Atonement) in Sandy Springs. He earned his Masters in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2015.
Rich is a bi-vocational priest, so he serves in ministry and in business. As President of Southern Health Lawyers, LLC, Rich is attorney representing a variety of healthcare providers on a broad range of issues, including business transactions and regulatory advice. He has been named annually to The Best Lawyers in America- Healthcare since 2011, and he is a past president of the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys. After graduating from Duke University in 1992 with a double-major in political science and history, Rich earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law in 1996. He currently serves on the adjunct faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and teaches courses in business and regulatory law, and he has been awarded Professor of the Year. Rich is a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, where he worked with an Atlanta-based unit supporting the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy.
Rich is the founder of the charitable organization St. Michael’s Mission, Inc., which is a ministry organized to assist and serve veterans of the armed services, especially Atlanta’s growing population of homeless veterans. He and his wife Rebekah live in Buckhead and have three children: Jay (2000), Will (2002) and Caroline (2005). They are members of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, where Rich and Rebekah met in 1996.