Clergy and Staff
The Rev. George Muir Interim-Rector
The Rev. George D. Muir came to Saint Paul’s Church in February 2013 to serve as Interim-Rector. He and his wife Susan moved to Augusta from Richmond, Virginia where George was Interim-Rector of All Saints Church.
Born and raised in North Carolina, George is a graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia and received his interim training through the Clergy Leadership Institute.
George and Susan have been married for thirty-six years and have three children and two grandchildren, all living in North Carolina. Ordained for thirty-two years George began his ministry as Associate Rector of Saint John’s Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. From there he has served as Rector of Saint Paul’s Church, Beaufort, North Carolina for five years; Grace and Holy Trinity, Richmond, Virginia for twelve years and Grace Church, Hinsdale, Illinois for 10 years.
Upon leaving Hinsdale George began an active ministry as an interim serving Trinity Church, Asheville, North Carolina; All Saint’s Church, Richmond, Virginia before coming to Saint Paul’s.
George believes that the interim time is that time that the parish gives thanks for its past, and learns from it; accesses its current strengths and gifts; and looks creatively to what its future will be. Being confident in its mission the parish will be guided by the Spirit as it undertakes this journey.
The Rev. John Jenkins Assistant to the Interim Rector
The Reverend John Jenkins was ordained to the priesthood November 24, 2015 at Saint Paul’s Church and serves as the Assistant to the Interim Rector and EfM mentor. John is passionate about bringing individuals into a deeper relationship with Christ and meaningful Christian discipleship.
John is a graduate of The University of the South’s School of Theology and Virginia Military Institute. Prior to seminary, he served as executive director of Rebuilding Together Central Alabama, an affiliate of a nationwide charitable organization that provides critical home repairs and modifications to seniors who live in sub-standard housing conditions.
John is a father of two children, John Turner and Ellie. Bristol, a loyal and energetic beagle is the newest addition to John’s home.
Ranie Neislar Coordinator of Youth Ministries
Ranie Neislar joined Saint Paul’s in 2016 as Coordinator of Youth Ministries. She principally works to develop our ministries with youth, recruiting and supporting youth mentors and teachers in the parish, and leads our EYC programs.
Prior to coming to Saint Paul’s Ranie served Saint Augustine’s youth, guiding them to deeply engage their faith and beliefs while growing tightly knit bonds of friendship and community.
In addition to her ministry at Saint Paul’s, Ranie serves as Missioner at Columba House Augusta, an Episcopal intentional community where young adults can explore spirituality through dialogue, prayer, and service.
Born and raised in Athens, GA., Ranie earned her BA in History at the University of Georgia and is currently working towards a Master of Divinity through Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC. She is an avid runner and tennis player who loves reading theology and debating the meaning of life (sometimes all at the same time!).
Jenna McRae Nursery Caregiver
Jenna McRae joined the staff of Saint Paul’s in 2014. She has been a pre-school teacher, writes for children and has been nanny for a special set of twins for the last 6 years. She tended Miss Susan Moore until her passing in May of 2014 and shared many a Wednesday noon healing service with her. Jenna believes that each child has the power to change the world one heart at a time.
Melissa Reuter Nursery Caregiver
Melissa Reuter joined the staff of Saint Paul’s seven years ago and has watched many Saint Paul’s children grow out of the Nursery! Outside of Saint Paul’s she has raised 2 children now attending Georgia Southern University. She has worked with children for 25 years, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Mother’s Day Out teacher, and Nanny.
Mr. Keith Shafer Director of Music and Organist
A native of Connecticut where he grew up on a farm, Keith Shafer was educated at the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford; the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A finalist in all of the major American organ playing competitions, Mr. Shafer has appeared in concert throughout the country.
Since 1983 he has been Director of Music and Organist of historic Saint Paul’s Church in Augusta, Georgia. He has spent residencies in the British cathedrals in Salisbury, Durham, Worcester, York, Edinburgh, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He has been Georgia Convenor of the American Guild of Organists and Dean and Treasurer of the Augusta Chapter. For 25 years he was a Director of the Sewanee Church Music Conference held annually at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and has been a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. His recordings have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Pipedreams, Georgia Public Radio’s Performance Showcase, and South Carolina Public Radio. His popular editions of “Psalms Made Singable,” are being used throughout the United States and Canada and he has worked on more than fifty organ projects with churches of various denominations.
Mrs. Victoria Hammond and Mrs. Nikki Wickware Saint Nicholas Choir Directors
Victoria Hammond (right) and Nikki Wickware (left) are the directors of the St. Nicholas Choir. Born in Jacksonville, Florida Victoria Hammond is a graduate of Evans High School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Augusta College and a Masters degree in Education from Cambridge College. Victoria began singing in the St. Paul’s Choir in 1991. She married Steve Hammond in 1991 and is the mother of Ina Marie and Gabriel, both members of the Canterbury Choir. She has been teaching elementary music in Richmond County for 22 years. Nikki Wickware is a retired music educator with 33 years experience teaching grades P-K through 5 in both Florida and Georgia. Her education includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Master of Education degree from Florida Atlantic University. She has been a member of the Saint Paul’s choir for 10 years. Before coming to Saint Paul’s Nikki was an active choir member and soloist for more than 30 years. As a note of interest, Nikki’s son, Kevin, is a member of the Cathedral Schola choir at The Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta. We are so fortunate to find such talented musicians right in our midst.
Miss Sarah Pritchard Music Associate Emerita
A native of Augusta, Sarah Pritchard joined the staff of Saint Paul’s Church in 1986 after a 25-year career as the Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Episcopal Church in the Harrisburg neighborhood. Miss Pritchard studied piano with Mildred Marston, Artemesia Thevaos, and organ with Emily Remington, Dr. Preston Rockholt, and Keith Shafer, and earned the degree, Bachelor of Music, at Augusta College (now Augusta State University).
Mary Jackson Facility Manager
Mary Jackson serves as Parish Facility Use Coordinator. Mary is a graduate of Winthrop University in Integrated Marketing Communication and Radford University with a degree in Interior Design. Born and raised in the Augusta area, Mary has most recently lived in Greenville, SC where she was a wedding and event planner for over 13 years.. She also served as Venue Event Manager of On the Roof – a roof top venue located in downtown Greenville as well as a historic venue called Grace Hall located in Downtown Greer. Mary’s main loves are her twin cousins and her fur-baby named Chrissy.
Meredith Beach Parish Accountant
Meredith Beach joined the Parish staff in 2014 as our part-time accountant. Meredith graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting. She has worked many years in the accounting field, both in employment and volunteer capacities.
Meredith is from Augusta, is married to Scott Beach, and has two children – Jay, 13 and Anne Brodie, 10.
Elisabeth Price Parish Administrator and Communications Coordinator
Elisabeth Price has been a member of Saint Paul’s Church since 2004 and has served as Parish Administrator since 2011. She graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics. She had been blissfully married to Stan since 2001; They have two sons.
Hillary Bryant Head Sexton
Hillary attended Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA. He retired from the State of Georgia. Hillary is married and has two beautiful daughters, and three beautiful granddaughters. He has been employed at Saint Paul’s since 2013.
Greg Maxie Sexton
Originally from Asbury Park, NJ, Greg came to Augusta 17 years ago. Greg started working for Saint Paul’s in January of 2010. Greg has 4 children who live in New Jersey. While working part-time for Saint Paul’s, Greg works full-time for the Marriott.