The Reverend Mary R. H. Demmler grew up in Gainesville, GA, on the farm that has been in her family for over 200 years. She graduated from Lakeview Academy in Gainesville and went on to receive her B.A. in Religion from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. During college, she spent a summer volunteering for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, working with their summer camp program. She attended the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York; then earned her M. Div. from Duke Divinity School in 2003. The summer after her Middler year in seminary, she worked as a hospital chaplain at Straub Hospital in Honolulu, HI, where she completed her Clinical Pastoral Education training.
Reverend Demmler was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in 2003 and a priest in 2004. Her first call was to St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, GA, and to Christ Church as their Episcopal Chaplain to Valdosta State University. She then went on to serve St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA, as their Assistant Rector in charge of the ministries to the youth, young adults, families with young children, and seniors. She became the rector of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Toccoa, GA, in 2009. Currently she is Dean of the Northeast Georgia Convocation of the Diocese of Atlanta. Every summer she works with Camp Mikell’s Jr. Camp and regularly leads quiet days and retreats for area churches. She serves on community boards and does some consulting in board development.
Reverend Mary resides on the campus of Rabun Gap-Nachoochee School with her husband, Derek, and their three small children, Hannah, Bailey, and William.
On August 1, 2017, Saint James welcomed The Reverend Mary Demmler as their rector. Her first service was August 6, 2017.