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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, Assistant 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 Rev. Barry Kubler, Priest Associate
Fr. Kubler was a Deacon, assigned to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Plant City, Florida for six years; Rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Hudson, Florida for 7 years, and Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina for 10 years. Fr. Kubler is married to Vonceal and they moved to Woodstock to be near our oldest daughter, Heidi, and two granddaughters, Shelby and Hannah. Their youngest daughter, Jennifer, lives in Florida with her husband, Wesley, and two children, Aly and Clay.