Reverend Ted Clarkson
Ted was born and raised in Augusta where his father was the rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd for 37 years. Ted practiced law in Augusta for 20 years before hearing the call into the ministry. Ted, his wife Allison, and his three sons then moved to Sewanee for seminary, after which he served the two Episcopal churches in Darien for 14 years. Ted will be serving as the interim rector of Good Shepherd until June, 2024.
Reverend Dr. Andy Menger
Andy is a native of North Augusta, SC, and he enjoys a 38 year marriage to his wife, Glenda.
Andy gave his heart to Jesus at the age of sixteen when he was called into the ministry. Currently he serves as the Assistant Rector for Adult Formation at the Church of the Good Shepherd and is priest in charge at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church.
Reverend Lynn Prather
Lynn grew up in Augusta and is married and the mother of two grown children. She is passionate about sharing God’s love and grace given to us in Jesus with others.
Reverend Dr. Joe Bowden
Joe is an assisting priest at Good Shepherd and a retired surgeon of many years service at the Medical College and the V.A. Avid golfer, musician, reader, writer, and teacher, he is a priest of many gifts and interests.
Reverend Dr. Bunny Simon Williams
Bunny is an assisting priest at Good Shepherd. She received her call to the ministry late in life and went to seminary at the age of 62. Bunny has two sons and two grandsons and is thankful that her entire extended family calls Good Shepherd home. She brings a wealth of pastoral, teaching, and volunteer experience. She loves to write and feels that her greatest gift is her sense of humor.
Reverend Sonia Sullivan Clifton
Sonia was born and raised in Savannah GA. She grew up attending summer camps and participating in diocesan youth programs. She calls Honey Creek her spiritual home and credits her formation there with leading her to her vocation as an Episcopal priest and eventually a school chaplain. Sonia is married to Steve Clifton, also a priest, and they have adult children scattered about the country. Sonia is thrilled to be a part of the EDS and Good Shepherd communities with the added bonus of being close enough to Savannah to spend time with her family there.
Emily oversees the facilities and office operations at Good Shepherd. She has three children, and in her free time, she plays piano and directs a choir at a Methodist church on Sunday mornings. She believes that the mission of Good Shepherd is realized in its people.
Jim Nord has been leading an extensive music program for adults and children at Good Shepherd since 1981. The Good Shepherd Choir has performed at a number of important venues, including the Washington National Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, but none are more important than Sunday mornings at Good Shepherd. Active in the community, Jim is Music Director for Storyland Theatre and teaches organ at Augusta University.
Tina has been at Good Shepherd for 33 years as the Financial Secretary. She is a member of First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where she serves as a Trustee. Her hobby is line dancing with the Augusta Soul Sliders, and she has been married to Rick for 43 years. Good Shepherd is a peaceful place for her and she loves the joy and warmth of the staff and parishioners.
Dr. Jinny Bradshaw
Jinny has been a member of Good Shepherd since moving here from Oklahoma. The worship, preaching, teaching, and fellowship experienced here have continued to inspire, fulfill, and challenge her over the years. After retiring from the Richmond County School System, Jinny began working with the Children’s program at Good Shepherd.
A native of West Virginia, he is husband to Fran and father to Fynn. Roger has served the Episcopal Church his entire life in many capacities, from Bishop’s Staff to Missionary. An artist and storyteller, Roger has written and illustrated numerous books, curriculum, and resources for churches across the world. He loves the “Good Shepherd Experience,” especially at Christmastide.
Wendy grew up in Augusta and attended college at Augusta Technical. She has one son and five grandchildren, enjoys outdoor activities especially gardening, scuba diving, photography, camping and hiking. She attends New Hope Worship Center and loves studying the books of the Bible with Bible Study Fellowship for the past four years. She feels very happy and blessed to be working with the staff at Church of the Good Shepherd.
Wren grew up in Augusta and graduated from Augusta College. After owning her own business for 16 years, she obtained a master’s degree in teaching. She taught for 12 years in Columbia County as a Hospital Home Bound teacher. She enjoys being the lead teacher for the EDS Nature Preschool and helping with the newcomer’s ministry.
Kathleen has been a member of Good Shepherd since 1990. She is a retired VA Nurse Practitioner and a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Nurse Corps. She obtained a master’s degree from University of South Carolina. Original member of the Augusta Task Force for the Homeless (now defunct) and current president of the Board of St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc.
Nathaniel Simmons SR.
Nathaniel has been the Sexton for 28 years. He is active in his church, Church of Christ, and in his free time, he enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. He has been married to Jessie for 33 years and together they have four children. He loves everything about Good Shepherd.
Lynn joined the Good Shepherd staff in June of 2018, after retiring from 42 years of teaching-38 of those at EDS. She co-chairs Membership Ministries with Wren Moody. She also serves on the Altar and Wedding Guilds, WAGS cooking team and chairs The Guild of the Christ Child that puts together baptism services for the parish.
Mary Gail Nesbit
Mary Gail is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where she met her husband Bob. After teaching high school, she moved to Augusta. At Good Shepherd for 45 years she has taught Sunday school, was the acolyte mother for 12 years, and helped write the 1994 church history. She enjoys helping with a cooking team and co-chairing the Alter Guild for 28 years.
Carolyn was born and raised in Augusta. She met her husband, Joe, while living at St Simon’s before moving back to Augusta in 1993. They never have had children but have had 15 Italian Greyhounds over the years. Joe is a mechanical engineer retired from PQ and Carolyn is a retired physical therapist who spent 25 of her 33 years as a PT working on the orthopedic floor at University. Carolyn attributes her love of plants to her good friend Rick Berry founder and owner of Goodness Grows nursery in Lexington Ga until his death last fall. She now works at Bedford’s nursery 5 mornings a week and loves helping folks pursue gardening.