Fr. Bill was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a former Roman Catholic who was introduced to the Episcopal Church by his wife, Susan. Their first date was actually to church at her home parish, St. John’s in Tallahassee, Florida. The Baptist church was an important part of his life when he was a preteen. He is a fan of Jesus and the church, and college sports, especially SEC football and ACC basketball. He enjoys music and movies, hopes to get back into golf and playing guitar, and has friends and family of all kinds from super‐conservative to ultra‐liberal, gay and straight, white and Hispanic, Asian and African‐American.
Fr. Bill holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters and PhD in Sociology, and a Masters of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary.
Before joining the Good Shepherd family, Fr. Bill was Assistant Rector for Family Life and Youth Ministries St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kansas. He has held the positions of Associate Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at the College of Charleston.
He is married to Susan Morgan, and has two daughters, Talley and Mary.
Fr. George's story begins with the call he felt in his junior year of college, “a passion to serve God in a tangible way through the church.” George had grown up as an Episcopalian in the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.
After completing college and marrying Anne, George served at St. Philip's in youth ministry, and then in Vero Beach, Florida he continued his work in youth ministry. From there he was sent to Virginia Seminary, where he earned a master's degree in divinity.
Fr. George was called to be the assistant at St. Andrew's in Panama City, Florida, where in 1993 he was ordained to the priesthood. The upward arc of his career as a priest continued. He served as rector at Grace Episcopal in Newington, Connecticut, for five years before being called to St. Timothy's at Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
Fr. George joined Good Shepherd as Assisting Clergy in 2016.
Married to his wife, Anne, for over 30 years, they have four children: Neil, Drew, Kelly, and Preston.
Turner was born in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1947. He attended Louisiana State University, and received a BA from Centenary College of LA. He went on to get a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Turner has been a life-long Episcopalian.
Turner and his family moved to Hayesville in 1974 and started attending Good Shepherd at that time. He worked for the Clay County School System as a teacher and the school psychologist until retirement.
Turner and his wife, Georgia, have six children and nine grandchildren. Georgia also worked in the school system as a Special Education teacher.
Turner was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1997, and since then has been serving in healing and youth ministries within the church and Hayesville community.
Lynne Joynes, Church Administrator
Susan Wyman, Church Accountant
Pat Fox, Treasurer
Cheryl Notchie, Nursery Director
Keith Christensen, Music Director
Jerry Taylor, Organist
Carol Smucker, Pianist