Clergy, Staff & Vestry

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

St Aidan’s is served by our Rector the Reverend Reginald Simmons (fr.reginald@staidans.org) and Deacon Lesley-Ann Drake (lesleyann@pathtoshine.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.

Deacon Lesley-Ann Drake

Lesley-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 2018.

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

Tom Reynolds (2018), Senior Warden

Open (2018)

Beth Burns (2018)

Chuck Johnson (2019)

Curtis Mills (2019)

John Thielens (2019)

Hazel Gerber (2020)

JoAnne Goione (2020)

Mike Nolan (2020)

Jacquelyn Kenton, Clerk

Barry Mansell, Treasurer

3 Open positions