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
Bunny is a newly ordained priest of the Diocese of Georgia. She assists at Good Shepherd and she brings a wealth of teaching and educational experience to developing adult formation opportunities in the Parish.
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.
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.
Anna is the first face you see in the office at Good Shepherd. She is funny, intelligent, creative, and humble. Having grown up in Augusta, her heart is happiest amid magnolias and hydrangea blossoms. She enjoys gardening, camping with her family of six, studying theology, and sipping decaf lattes at Starbucks. She strives to share Christ’s love through her work at Good Shepherd.
Karen Ellestad is the Chaplain and Chair of Religious Life at Episcopal Day School. She is a lifelong Episcopalian; hails from Frankfort, Kentucky; and has a background in youth ministry. Her passions include constructive theology, modern European history, graphic design, cold-weather hikes, cheese, Arsenal Football Club, and sharing the wonders of faith with young people. She is thrilled to worship, serve, and learn at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Kay is a native Augustan and a “cradle” Episcopalian. She attended UGA in the school of agriculture and has worked at Georgia Botanical Gardens, among other places, and has been a Gardening Consultant in Augusta for over 20 years. She believes that it is a privilege to work on the church grounds. She witnesses a spirit of community and an appreciation of God’s creation here.
Christie graduated from the University of Georgia and began teaching at EDS, for thirty years. As Director of Parish Community Ministries, she coordinates church events starting with the Kickoff Barbecue in August to the End of the Year Picnic in May. She knows from personal experience that Good Shepherd is a special place for both Parishioners and EDS Families.
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.