Clergy, Staff & Vestry

The Rev. Reginald Simmons

 

Fr. W. Reginald Simmons is a native of Mullins, South Carolina, a small tobacco town located on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River in Marion County, born the oldest of three sons to Warren and Fannie Simmons.

After graduating from Mullins High School in 1983, and The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina in 1987, he was Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor and Cavalry. The next four years Fr. Reggie spent serving our country as a soldier in uniform both in the Continental United States and abroad. He then spent ten years as a pharmaceutical and medical device sales representative and territory sales manager for the likes of Eli Lilly and Company, Guidant Corporation and Sheridan Healthcare.

He entered seminary at The Divinity School at Duke University with the hope of fulfilling a calling acknowledged at age 16, to become a Priest. Thus, after finishing a post graduate year of study at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in 2010 and five years of service in the Church as a Ministry Intern/Resident, he was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on May 30, 2015 and to the Priesthood on November 21, 2015.

After his ordination, he was called to be the Curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, DC in August of 2015. Further, after completion of his Curacy, he was similarly called to the Assistant Rector’s position at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, NC on August 1, 2016, where he fulfilled many of the responsibilities of the Rector.

Fr. Reggie is married to the former Kimberly Louise Robertson, and they are the proud parents of Savannah, (11) and Winston, (9).

Fr. Reggie began his ministry at St. Aidan’s on August 1, 2017.

Deacon Lesley-Ann Drake

Deacon Lesley-Ann DrakeLesley-Ann grew up in London and came to Atlanta for a two-week work assignment in 1980; she is still here! She worked for American Express Travel for 19 years in a variety of management positions and co-chaired their annual fundraiser to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank. After her second daughter was born she spent several years as a “stay-at-home” mom, co-leading the movement for her girls’ elementary school to become a Charter School, and developing initiatives that reached out to the local Latino community.

Lesley-Ann started volunteering at her church in 2002, and soon began working part-time as the Ministry Coordinator. She was accepted into the diaconate program in 2008 and was ordained a permanent deacon in August 2011.

Her first parish assignment was to St. Benedict’s in Smyrna. While there, Lesley-Ann felt a strong calling to help under-served children see a brighter path to their future.  She developed an after-school mentoring and tutoring program, and thus Path To Shine was born. Now a full-time ministry with 13 different locations, Lesley-Ann is its Executive Director.

As a permanent deacon in the Diocese, Lesley-Ann is under the authority of the Bishop, and will be at St. Aidan’s through 2017.  She may be reached by email at [email protected].

The Rev. Canon John Bolton

The Rev. Canon John BoltonThe Rev. Canon John Bolton, Priest Associate, was ordained in the Episcopal Church in Scotland in 1965 and came to the US in 1973. After serving in Virginia he came to Atlanta and was the chaplain at Peachford Hospital for six years, then served a number of parishes until appointed Canon Chaplain by Bishop Wright in January 2014. His job is providing pastoral care to the clergy of the Diocese and their families.

Jennifer Picquet, Director of Children’s Ministries

Jennifer PiquetJennifer joined our staff in October 2014.  She is from NY, but has lived in Roswell for 13 years. She and her husband Scott have two children, Aidan (12) and Lily (10).

Jennifer has taught Pre-K at Northbrook Preschool for the past 7 years, and she has been been a Catechist at St. Peter Chanel for the last 5 years.  At St. Aidan’s, Jennifer has expanded Sunday School and VBS program, sharing the love of our Lord and guiding our children on their faith journeys.

Lauren FitzHugh, Director of Youth Ministries

Lauren FitzhughLauren recently moved back to Atlanta after spending more than a decade in South Carolina. She is delighted to join St. Aidan’s as a member and the new Director of Youth Ministries.

Most recently, she has been attending St. Luke’s in Midtown. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in South Carolina where she was very active with Youth Ministry. She looks forward to bringing that experience to St. Aidan’s and creating warm memories through EYC, mission trips, retreats, Bible studies, and more.

Outside of church, Lauren is a marketing executive for a startup in Atlanta. She is also an avid runner and swimmer and looks forward to Taco Tuesday every week. She would love to meet and learn more about you over coffee – her treat!

Charles Higgs, Director of Music Ministries

Charles HiggsCharles is a native of Clarksville, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He holds a Master’s of Sacred Music from Mercer University in Macon, GA. He studied under Ken Cowan, Diane Meredith Belcher, and Robert Parris.

Upon graduation Charles was appointed Associate Organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where he served for nine years. Charles was its primary organist,  accompanying the chancel choir, directing the Junior Chorister Choir, and  collaborating on weekly liturgy with the music staff and clergy.  In addition, he planned and played funerals, weddings, and organ demonstrations for groups touring St. Luke’s historic sanctuary. At present he maintains an active studio, teaching piano and organ to students of all ages.

Carol Sweet, Parish Secretary

Carol SweetCarol has been with St. Aidan’s since July 2014. Prior to coming St. Aidan’s she worked for another church for 14 years where she was responsible for membership database, bulletins and newsletters, and much more . She graduated from SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York and has a degree in Art History/Art Studio.

Carol has been a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell for over twenty years where she raised her three, now adult, children. She is a member there of the Altar Guild and Daughters of the King.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and art activities.

Volunteer Support

Camille Johnson – Registrar

Bud Alexander – Sexton

Vestry terms conclude at the end of the year listed.

Bob Stecher (2017), Senior Warden

Susan Reilly (2017), Junior Warden

Sarah Sambol (2017)

Beth Burns (2018)

Tom Reynolds (2018)

Melanie Ellis (2018)

Cara Becker (2018)

Megan Evans (2019)

Patrick Keegan (2019)

Lori Brandvold (2019)

John Thielens (2019)

Susan Smith, Clerk

Linda Puckett, Treasurer

+ Clergy

The Rev. Reginald Simmons

 

Fr. W. Reginald Simmons is a native of Mullins, South Carolina, a small tobacco town located on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River in Marion County, born the oldest of three sons to Warren and Fannie Simmons.

After graduating from Mullins High School in 1983, and The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina in 1987, he was Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor and Cavalry. The next four years Fr. Reggie spent serving our country as a soldier in uniform both in the Continental United States and abroad. He then spent ten years as a pharmaceutical and medical device sales representative and territory sales manager for the likes of Eli Lilly and Company, Guidant Corporation and Sheridan Healthcare.

He entered seminary at The Divinity School at Duke University with the hope of fulfilling a calling acknowledged at age 16, to become a Priest. Thus, after finishing a post graduate year of study at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in 2010 and five years of service in the Church as a Ministry Intern/Resident, he was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on May 30, 2015 and to the Priesthood on November 21, 2015.

After his ordination, he was called to be the Curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, DC in August of 2015. Further, after completion of his Curacy, he was similarly called to the Assistant Rector’s position at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, NC on August 1, 2016, where he fulfilled many of the responsibilities of the Rector.

Fr. Reggie is married to the former Kimberly Louise Robertson, and they are the proud parents of Savannah, (11) and Winston, (9).

Fr. Reggie began his ministry at St. Aidan’s on August 1, 2017.

Deacon Lesley-Ann Drake

Deacon Lesley-Ann DrakeLesley-Ann grew up in London and came to Atlanta for a two-week work assignment in 1980; she is still here! She worked for American Express Travel for 19 years in a variety of management positions and co-chaired their annual fundraiser to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank. After her second daughter was born she spent several years as a “stay-at-home” mom, co-leading the movement for her girls’ elementary school to become a Charter School, and developing initiatives that reached out to the local Latino community.

Lesley-Ann started volunteering at her church in 2002, and soon began working part-time as the Ministry Coordinator. She was accepted into the diaconate program in 2008 and was ordained a permanent deacon in August 2011.

Her first parish assignment was to St. Benedict’s in Smyrna. While there, Lesley-Ann felt a strong calling to help under-served children see a brighter path to their future.  She developed an after-school mentoring and tutoring program, and thus Path To Shine was born. Now a full-time ministry with 13 different locations, Lesley-Ann is its Executive Director.

As a permanent deacon in the Diocese, Lesley-Ann is under the authority of the Bishop, and will be at St. Aidan’s through 2017.  She may be reached by email at [email protected].

The Rev. Canon John Bolton

The Rev. Canon John BoltonThe Rev. Canon John Bolton, Priest Associate, was ordained in the Episcopal Church in Scotland in 1965 and came to the US in 1973. After serving in Virginia he came to Atlanta and was the chaplain at Peachford Hospital for six years, then served a number of parishes until appointed Canon Chaplain by Bishop Wright in January 2014. His job is providing pastoral care to the clergy of the Diocese and their families.

+ Staff

Jennifer Picquet, Director of Children’s Ministries

Jennifer PiquetJennifer joined our staff in October 2014.  She is from NY, but has lived in Roswell for 13 years. She and her husband Scott have two children, Aidan (12) and Lily (10).

Jennifer has taught Pre-K at Northbrook Preschool for the past 7 years, and she has been been a Catechist at St. Peter Chanel for the last 5 years.  At St. Aidan’s, Jennifer has expanded Sunday School and VBS program, sharing the love of our Lord and guiding our children on their faith journeys.

Lauren FitzHugh, Director of Youth Ministries

Lauren FitzhughLauren recently moved back to Atlanta after spending more than a decade in South Carolina. She is delighted to join St. Aidan’s as a member and the new Director of Youth Ministries.

Most recently, she has been attending St. Luke’s in Midtown. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in South Carolina where she was very active with Youth Ministry. She looks forward to bringing that experience to St. Aidan’s and creating warm memories through EYC, mission trips, retreats, Bible studies, and more.

Outside of church, Lauren is a marketing executive for a startup in Atlanta. She is also an avid runner and swimmer and looks forward to Taco Tuesday every week. She would love to meet and learn more about you over coffee – her treat!

Charles Higgs, Director of Music Ministries

Charles HiggsCharles is a native of Clarksville, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He holds a Master’s of Sacred Music from Mercer University in Macon, GA. He studied under Ken Cowan, Diane Meredith Belcher, and Robert Parris.

Upon graduation Charles was appointed Associate Organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where he served for nine years. Charles was its primary organist,  accompanying the chancel choir, directing the Junior Chorister Choir, and  collaborating on weekly liturgy with the music staff and clergy.  In addition, he planned and played funerals, weddings, and organ demonstrations for groups touring St. Luke’s historic sanctuary. At present he maintains an active studio, teaching piano and organ to students of all ages.

Carol Sweet, Parish Secretary

Carol SweetCarol has been with St. Aidan’s since July 2014. Prior to coming St. Aidan’s she worked for another church for 14 years where she was responsible for membership database, bulletins and newsletters, and much more . She graduated from SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York and has a degree in Art History/Art Studio.

Carol has been a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell for over twenty years where she raised her three, now adult, children. She is a member there of the Altar Guild and Daughters of the King.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and art activities.

Volunteer Support

Camille Johnson – Registrar

Bud Alexander – Sexton

+ Vestry

Vestry terms conclude at the end of the year listed.

Bob Stecher (2017), Senior Warden

Susan Reilly (2017), Junior Warden

Sarah Sambol (2017)

Beth Burns (2018)

Tom Reynolds (2018)

Melanie Ellis (2018)

Cara Becker (2018)

Megan Evans (2019)

Patrick Keegan (2019)

Lori Brandvold (2019)

John Thielens (2019)

Susan Smith, Clerk

Linda Puckett, Treasurer