Clergy, Staff & Vestry

The Rev. Dr. Col. Patricia Lee Miller

The Rev. Dr. Col. Patricia Lee MillerMother Pat comes to us from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Independence, Missouri, where she served as rector for 17 years.

She grew up in Georgia and, after obtaining her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing, began her career in the United States Air Force as a registered nurse. After completing her active duty tour, and while working at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, she discovered the Episcopal Church. She attended Education for Ministry classes through the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and began her discernment for holy orders at St. Augustine’s parish in Augusta.

At that time, not all bishops were open to ordaining women, so she went to Seminary as, in her words, a “free agent.” After a short stint as an associate rector in Boulder, Colorado, she was led to St. Michael’s, in Missouri, where she has been ever since. During that time, Mother Pat completed her Doctor of Ministry degree, and retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Colonel.

Mother Pat has a passion for formation; she has taught clinical courses at the college level and has mentored Education for Ministry groups. She has led retreats for clergy, parishes, and Daughters of the King and enjoys working with groups to discern future goals and needs. She has even planned and coordinated Vacation Bible School programs.

We feel fortunate to have her with us at St. Aidan’s to serve as interim rector. Her first Sunday with us was June 19, 2016.

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. Dr. Col. Patricia Lee Miller

The Rev. Dr. Col. Patricia Lee MillerMother Pat comes to us from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Independence, Missouri, where she served as rector for 17 years.

She grew up in Georgia and, after obtaining her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing, began her career in the United States Air Force as a registered nurse. After completing her active duty tour, and while working at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, she discovered the Episcopal Church. She attended Education for Ministry classes through the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and began her discernment for holy orders at St. Augustine’s parish in Augusta.

At that time, not all bishops were open to ordaining women, so she went to Seminary as, in her words, a “free agent.” After a short stint as an associate rector in Boulder, Colorado, she was led to St. Michael’s, in Missouri, where she has been ever since. During that time, Mother Pat completed her Doctor of Ministry degree, and retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Colonel.

Mother Pat has a passion for formation; she has taught clinical courses at the college level and has mentored Education for Ministry groups. She has led retreats for clergy, parishes, and Daughters of the King and enjoys working with groups to discern future goals and needs. She has even planned and coordinated Vacation Bible School programs.

We feel fortunate to have her with us at St. Aidan’s to serve as interim rector. Her first Sunday with us was June 19, 2016.

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