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.
I am a big fan of the Rolling Stones - so much so that I have been known to sprinkle short phrases from their songs into my sermons just to see if anybody notices. Their song, "Sympathy for the Devil" begins with the line "Let me introduce myself;" so I shall.
I grew up on a farm on the Virginia/North Carolina state line; stepping off the porch into the back yard took you from one state into the other. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Divinity School at Duke University. While at Duke, I was the "student pastor" of a "three point circuit" of three small United Methodist Churches, about 35 miles out in the country from Durham. After my wife finished her Master of Social Work degree at UNC, we moved to Columbia SC where I completed my training at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. I have served parishes in North Carolina, Georgia; and Tennessee. Along the way we added two boys to our family - Lowell (a Lutheran minister in Anchorage, Alaska) and Joseph (a legal aid attorney here in Hayesville) - and I earned a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction. In 2002 I came to the Hinton Center to work in Spiritual Formation and Continuing Education for clergy. In 2008 I became the Assistant to the Bishop (in Episcopal terms, the Canon to the Ordinary) for the Lutheran bishop of Atlanta. While still living in Brasstown, I traveled across four southern states working with clergy placement, continuing education for clergy, and conflict resolution. in 2012 I became the priest-incharge at Messiah Episcopal in Murphy. In 2014 I added St. Andrew Lutheran in Andrews to my little parish, serving both at the same time: "Book of Common Prayer," Rite II at Messiah at 9:30 and Setting Four in "Evangelical Lutheran Worship" at 11:15. Was I ever confused -"Where am I and what am I doing?" Yes. Was it a great experience? Again, yes. In 2016 I semiretired and began a ministry of consulting and short-term interim ministry positions.
I am thrilled to be your Supply Priest for the three months of Father Breedlove's sabbatical. Good Shepherd has the option of using my gifts and availability at this time as a direct result of the Called to Common Mission, a Full Communion Agreement that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (my denomination) and The Episcopal Church approved in the year 2000. Among other provisions, it makes possible the orderly exchange of clergy. That simply means that, with the permission both the Lutheran and the Episcopal bishop, Lutheran pastors can serve Episcopal parishes and Episcopal priests can serve Lutheran congregations,
One final word - when I was at Messiah, folk worried about what to call me. Lutherans use the title "Pastor" the way Episcopalians use "Father' (or "Mother" as the case may be). It matters not to me. Most people just call me Delmer, but you can call me either Pastor or Father as you wish. Peace, Delmer
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