Clergy, Staff & Vestry

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

St Aidan’s is served by our Rector the Reverend Reginald Simmons (fr.reginald@staidans.org).

Our Music Director is Charles Higgs (music@staidans.org).

Lauren FitzHugh (youth@st.aidans.org) is the St. Aidan’s Director of Family Ministries. Lauren is assisted by Ellen Keel, (youth@st.aidans.org) our Assistant Director of Family Ministries.

Carol Sweet is our Parish Administrator (office@staidans.org).

The St. Aidan’s Preschool Director is Julie Aleksandrowicz (juliealek928@gmail.com).

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.

Lauren FitzHugh, Director of Family Ministries

After spending more than a decade in South Carolina, Lauren returned to Atlanta. She is delighted to serve St. Aidan’s as our Director of Family Ministries.

In South Carolina, Lauren was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where she was very active with Youth Ministry. She brings a wealth of experience to St. Aidan’s and looks forward to 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!

Ellen Keel, Assistant Director of Family Ministries

Ellen has been a parishioner of St. Aidan’s for the past 7 years. In that time, she has served as a Lector, a Sunday school teacher, and for several years, directed the Annual Christmas pageant. She is delighted to answer the call to serve as the Assistant Director of Family Ministries focusing on Children. She brings over 30 years of experience teaching religious education. As a parent of 4, ranging from ages 11 to 28, and the grandparent of a 2 year old, Ellen has a unique understanding of the needs of families with children and a desire to assist in meeting those needs through our parish’s Family Ministry.

Charles Higgs, Director of Music Ministries

Charles 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 St. Luke’s 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 at 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 Administrator

Carol 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.

Julie Aleksandrowicz, Preschool Director

Julie Aleksandrowicz is originally from the Chicago, Illinois  area. She has lived in Cumming since 1993. She & her husband, Steve, have 2 children, Heather & Stephen. Being the eldest of 8 children, she has spent her life being around children. Before coming to St. Aidan’s in 2012, she was a preschool teacher and director for over 10 years. Her career has been dedicated to caring and working with children.

Julie would love for you to come in and tour the school! Our preschool is a loving, warm and secure environment with dedicated teachers!

Vestry

Curtis Mills (2019), Senior Warden

Mike Nolan (2020), Junior Warden

Meg Bowerman (2019)

Chuck Johnson (2019)

John Thielens (2019)

Hazel Gerber (2020)

JoAnne Goione (2020)

Becky Sullivan (2020)

Jesse Heald (2021)

Jay Reilly (2021)

Keith Richards (2021)

Vickie Scott (2021)

Jacquelyn Kenton Clerk of the Vestry

Barry Mansell Treasurer