The Reverend Mary R.H. Demmler has accepted a call from Saint James Episcopal Church, Clayton, to be their next rector. Pastor Mary grew up in Gainesville, GA, on the farm that has been in her family for over 200 years. She was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in 2003 and a priest in 2004. She has served churches in Georgia and Virginia, and most recently served as rector at St. Matthias, Toccoa. Each summer Mary works with Camp Mikell’s Junior Camp (Toccoa, GA) and regularly leads quiet days and retreats for area churches. She also serves on community boards and does come consulting in board development.
She and her husband Derek, and their three young children, will reside on the campus of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. Derek will teach Humanities in the Upper School at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, and their children will attend Eveylyne Sheats Lower School at Rabun Gap. Mary will serve as Chaplain to the Rabun Gap Middle School.
Church Senior Warden, Lynda White, stated, "We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Reverend Mary to Saint James. She has a great reputation as an outstanding priest, pastor, and spiritual leader. We are delighted to welcome her and her young family to Saint James of Clayton."