- Staff Directory
RectorThe Rev'd Gary K. Sturni, D.Min
Work: 901.754.7282 x32
Pastoral AssociateThe Rev'd Senter C. Crook
Work: 901.754.7282 x11
The Rev'd Jerry Crook
The Rev'd Jim Marquis
The Rev'd Canon Louis H. Hayden, Jr.
Parish AdministratorEileen Fields
Phone: 901.754.7282 x20
Director of MusicAngela Gill Saunders, D.M.A.
Phone: 901.754.7282 x33
Bulletins & Liturgy Coordinator
St. George's Episcopal Preschool DirectorSarah Bettendorf
St. George's Episcopal Preschool Business ManagerJulie Bush
K-3rd Grade Sunday School CoordinatorRachel Campbell
Youth MinisterSearch in Progress
Sunday School MusicianCatherine Bilow
Volunteer TIP/Publications EditorKit Decker
- Important E-mail Addresses
- Rector - Father Gary K. Sturni, D. Min.
Father Gary K. Sturni, D. Min. was born in Newark, New Jersey, January 24, 1946, and grew up in Northern California. He and Cindy were married December 28, 1976, and have three grown children, Rebbecca, Peter and Clare and enjoy their grandchildren, Rori and Hattie.
Gary was ordained to the Diaconate in the Diocese of Northern California on June 29, 1970, and to the Priesthood in the same diocese on May 8, 1971.
Cindy lived in Spain for a good part of her childhood and is multilingual in English, Spanish and Dutch, having been a Rotary Exchange Student in these countries. She teaches English as a Second Language for the Memphis City Schools and was a lead teacher in the national Spectra program, relating the arts and education. Cindy likes to paint and sketch. She and Gary have led workshops in stained glass as well as other arts in church settings. The Sturnis have been involved in a number of exchange programs and have hosted 13 exchange students over the years.
Gary holds a B.A. (English, California State University, Sacramento), M.A. (New Testament: Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA), Master of Divinity (Church Divinity School, Berkeley, CA), and a Doctor of Ministry (San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA) degree. He also holds a certificate in Development from the School of Planned Giving of the College of William and Mary, and has studied development process through the School of Philanthropy, University of Indiana.
He has served churches in California (Eureka, Calistoga, Chico, Saratoga; founding priest of Christ the King, Quincy), Ohio (Hamilton) and Pennsylvania (Gwynedd) before coming to St. George's in 2004.
A new church he was involved in building for one of his parishes in California won the Governor's Award for best building in 1983.
For 9 years (1993-2002) Gary was National Chaplain (VP level) of the Saint Francis Academy, Inc., a national agency of the Episcopal Church providing behavioral health care services in eight states for children and families. Through Saint Francis he led the creation of a community mental health center in Dayton, OH, and was a principal founder of juvenile justice and child abuse treatment programs in Texas, California and Ohio.
He was one of the two founding officers of a national Christian social services network -- Episcopal Community Services of America -- and participated in a consortium of all such denominational umbrella organizations.
Gary has a special love of youth, family and arts ministries, and pastoral visitation.
The Sturnis rarely miss an episode of "A Prairie Home Companion".
- Pastoral Associate - The Rev'd Senter Crook
I am happy to announce that the Vestry has approved the post of “Pastoral Associate,” and that, following, The Rev’d Senter Crook has accepted my invitation to join St. George’s for this position beginning Sunday, April 15. Senter has special skills in pastoral counseling as well as parish ministry, and is well known at St. George’s. We will post Senter’s very well stocked resume on our website for your interest.
Senter will be with us part time for the equivalent of three days a week, spread across the entire week, and will serve at the Altar with me three Sundays a month, joining in the preaching rotation with me and Fr. Jerry Crook. She will have special responsibility for pastoral care (both the Rector and the Associate make hospital and home visits) as well as Adult Education, working with that very good committee. Please greet her and make her welcome Sunday, April 15. ~GKS
PS: “What do I call her?” Senter has said she is not doctrinaire on the subject, but wishes to be addressed primarily by her Christian name (“Senter”). If you prefer a more formal title of address, she prefers “Ms. Crook.” Rector’s note: “Mr.” and “Mrs.” are always correct forms for addressing the clergy, although “Father” is the more common for male priests. Neither Fr. Sturni nor Ms. Crook sit easy to “Reverend.” Just not Episcopal parlance.
- Eileen Fields - Administrator for Operations & Facilities
Eileen came to St. George's about 3 months before The Reverend Gary Sturni did, in 2004, and knows the ins and outs of the life of the parish better than most anyone else. As Administrator for Operations and Facilities, Eileen's time is almost totally taken up with the finances of the parish, records management, and building maintenance and operations (she is Staff to the Buildings and Grounds Committee, as well as numerous other of our infrastructure committees). In light of recent changes, she is also taking back responsibility for maintaining our calendar (no small order).
- Sarah Bettendorf - Director of St. George's Episcopal Preschool
Parishoner Sarah Bettendorf joined the St. George's staff as Director of St. George's Episcopal Preschool for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Sarah has been President of the Board, and later Head of School of the Early Childhood Learning Centre, a prestigious International school in Seoul, Korea. Sarah and her family are active members of the parish.
- Director of Music - Angela Gill Saunders, D.M.A.
Born in Devon, England, Angela immigrated to the United States in 1967. After completing high school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, she attended Macalester College in St. Paul, graduating in 1973 with majors in biology and music. In 1979 and 1983, she completed graduate degrees in organ performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. During that time she garnered several awards, including a research grant from the University of Colorado Graduate School, and was the winner of a hymn-tune competition held by the Southwest Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, judged by the late Dr. Eric Routley.
Marrying right after school, Angela moved to Tidewater, Virginia in 1983, where her husband, Mark, was stationed in the U.S. Navy. As Director of Music at Larchmont United Methodist Church, Norfolk, Angela also taught organ and harpsichord at Old Dominion University. She was a performer on harpsichord and Renaissance woodwinds with the Locrian Consort, a professional early music group in Norfolk. In 1987 the Saunders family moved to Lakehurst, New Jersey. At that time, Angela was Organist-Choirmaster at the Church of St. Uriel the Archangel in Sea Girt until relocating in Bartlett, in 1992.
Angela has served several churches in the Memphis area before coming to St. George’s in 2005, including St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh-Bartlett, and Buntyn Presbyterian Church near the University of Memphis. She is a long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, and has held several offices with the Guild. In addition, Angela is a member of the Organ Historical Society and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
The mother of two adult children who almost successfully avoided musical careers, Angela enjoys keeping lizards and studying wildlife.
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