Staff & Leadership

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  • The Very Rev. H. Lee Lowery, Rector

    A native of Alabama, Fr. Lowery has served churches in Alabama, Utah, and now St. Paul’s, Albany. He and his wife Linda have been married for 30 years and have two daughters, Sara and Kate.

    Lee has served in large, small, and startup parishes during his 25 years as a priest. His hope for St. Paul’s is that we become a church home for Albany where those who haven’t found the right church home or any church home can be nourished and grow in spirit and faith. Further, he hopes that those who have been a part of this community continue to experience a profound sense of the Holy here.

    His ministry at St. Paul’s began in 2013.

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  • Mtr Leigh Hall, Associate rector


    A lifelong Georgian, Mtr. Leigh Hall came to St. Paul’s as Associate Rector in June 2015, having served as an associate at Christ Church, Frederica, St. Simons Island for three years prior. During the course of her seven years as an ordained priest, Mtr. Leigh has served as a full-time college chaplain to Georgia Southern University, as well as Canon for Youth and Young Adult Ministries on staff of the Diocese of Georgia. Her work at St. Paul’s include oversight of all Youth and Children’s Christian Formation, to include the Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) and Sunday School. She also maintains a strong commitment to diocesan youth programs, having been formed as a teenager in the youth events of the Diocese of Georgia. She often serves as a spiritual director at Happening and New Beginnings, and this summer worked for the fifth year in a row as a Honey Creek summer camp spiritual director. In addition to youth and children’s Christian formation, Mtr. Leigh is passionate about pastoral care, liturgy, and spiritual practices. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Boo Radley (a Boston Terrier), and Scout (a Boxer rescue); various crafts such as knitting and sewing; and road cycling.

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  • Debbie Godwin

    As Parish Administrator, Debbie assists the clergy with the daily administrative operations of the parish. Debbie has been in this role at St. Paul’s since 2013 and holds a Business Degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the St. Paul’s staff, Debbie worked for ten years at C&S Bank and for 17 years at the Marine Corps Logistics Base.

    A Kentucky native, Debbie moved to Albany in 1978. She is the proud mother of April Stanfill and Ryan Mathis, and the even prouder grandmother of three grandchildren: Morgan and Caleb Stanfill and Annabelle Mathis. Debbie lives in Leesburg with her husband, Charles, and their three golden retrievers.

  • Dr. Marcia Hood

    Dr. Marcia Hood’s performing interests fuse the three disciplines: singing professionally, serving as Director of Choral Activities at Albany State University, and performing classical piano and harpsichord literature.  Hood has gained regional reputation as a cantata/oratorio specialist, both singing and conducting. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Albany State University and the Director of Choral Activities where she conducts the world travelled Albany State University Concert Chorale and the ASU Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting. In addition, Dr. Hood serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Albany Symphony as well as Coordinator of Choral Activities for the Symphony, and the conductor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Chancel Choir.

    Dr. Hood is featured in Cambridge Who’s Who publication, and is the recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Service to Music Education Award as well as the Outstanding Music Educator Druid Arts Award given by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.  She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Delta Kappa Gamma Education Sorority, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

  • Dr. Chris Hendley

    Chris Hendley serves as Assistant Director of Music and is responsible for the Children’s Choir program.  He also sings tenor in the Chancel Choir. A Georgia native, Chris grew up in nearby Putney.  His family eventually moved to Americus, and he graduated from Americus High School in 1983.

    Chris holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Auburn University, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Georgia. He has over 20 years of experience as both a voice teacher and vocal/acting coach, and has worked with choirs of all ages for the majority of his career.  He was the Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, from 1991-1998, and served as tenor soloist and Children’s Choir director for Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, Macon, from 2002 until 2006.

    In fall 2016, Chris transitioned from a position as a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts at Albany State University where he taught Applied Voice and Diction to Lincoln Elementary Magnet School, Albany, where he teaches music.

  • Robert Clay Jr.

    An Albany native, Robert Clay has served St. Paul’s as sexton since March of 2005. Robert attended Westover High and has worked for Pratt Industries for almost 30 years. He and his wife Ginger have seven children, 21 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. When asked what he likes about working at St. Paul’s, he said, “I don’t like St. Paul’s. I LOVE it!” As sexton, Robert maintains the St. Paul’s physical plant, sets up and breaks down events, fixes most everything that is broken, and much, much more.

  • Velma Mcclary

    Velma McClary has been at St. Paul's since early 2002. As housekeeper, and nursery worker and often our Sunday Morning breakfast Chef. Velma's warm welcome makes everyone feel a part of the parish.