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The Rev. Father Guillermo A. Arboleda

Rector

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On June 1, 2016, St. Matthew’s welcomed its new Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Father Guillermo Alejandro Arboleda (pronounced:  Ghee-yair-mo Ah-le-han-drow
Ar-bo-lee-duh
). On January 1, 2019, he was called as the sixth Rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

 

Fr. Arboleda was born and raised in Long Island, NY to a family of Ecuadorian, Dominican, and Puerto Rican heritage. While growing up, he learned the Christian faith in Methodist and Baptist churches. Fr. Arboleda left home to attend Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA (B.A. 2012), and then moved to Durham, NC, to attend Duke University Divinity School (M.Div. 2015). In Durham, he first encountered the Episcopal Church and fell in love with the Anglican way of being Christian. In 2014, he and Kelly Steele, then newlyweds, did summer internships with St. Paul’s and St. George’s, Savannah, respectively. Soon thereafter they began to discern their calls to the priesthood in this Diocese. Fr. Arboleda was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 2016, and St. Matthew’s is his first call as a priest. He previously served for one year as a lay pastor and deacon at St. George’s Church in Windsor Forest, Savannah.

Fr. Arboleda co-founded Convo, a joint youth ministry for the Episcopal Churches of the Savannah Convocation. In addition to his duties at St. Matthew's, Fr. Arboleda serves the Diocese of Georgia as a trainer for its Church Development Institute (CDI), which empowers and trains church leaders to plan for change and build systems of shared leadership. He currently serves on the board of directors for Emmaus House (United Ministries), which serves Savannah residents experiencing homelessness, and the Savannah Area Interfaith Justice Ministry. In October 2020, the Diocese of Georgia called Fr. Arboleda to serve as Diocesan Missioner for Racial Reconciliation & Healing in addition to his duties at St. Matthew's.

He is married to the Rev. Kelly Steele, who serves as the Associate Rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Skidaway Island) in Savannah, GA. Rev. Steele and Fr. Arboleda regularly collaborate on other ministries in the Diocese, including as trainers for CDI. In his spare time, Fr. Arboleda enjoys listening to podcasts, working out, reading fiction and humor, watching action movies, cooking, and walking his dog, Reina.

 

Email Fr. Arboleda at FrGAA@StMattSav.org.

 

In a pastoral emergency, contact Fr. Arboleda directly on his mobile phone.

The 2020 Vestry

The Vestry of an Episcopal parish is its "board" of elected lay leaders. The Vestry works to offer leadership and oversight to the congregation in all sorts of financial and "temporal affairs." The Priest in Charge is the ex officio chair of the Vestry, but does not vote. Vestry elections are held each year at the annual parish meeting.

 

The Members of the 2020 Vestry of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church:

  • Ms. Charlotte "Toni" Blue (Class of 2021), Senior Warden

  • Mrs. Juray Brown (Class of 2022)

  • Mrs. Joenelle Gordon (Class of 2023)

  • Ms. Sheila Jones (Class of 2023)

  • Mr. Charles McMillan (Class of 2022)

  • Mrs. Margaret Pearson (Class of 2021), Junior Warden


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Ms. Harris
Volunteer Secretary

Ms. Harris joined the staff of St. Matthew's Church as a long-term volunteer in June 2019. She brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the role of parish secretary, having previously served as an Administrator for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia among many other roles.

Email Ms. Harris at Office@StMattSav.org

Call Ms. Harris at our Office (912) 234-4440 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.​

 

A photo and more information are coming soon.

Beryl C. Dandy
Musician & Choirmaster

Ms. Dandy joined the staff of St. Matthew's Church in December 2017. She brings many years of experience and skill as a church organist, pianist, and choirmaster.

 

A photo and more information are coming soon.

Donna Garrison
Bookkeeper

Mrs. Garrison joined the staff of St. Matthew's Church in May 2018. She is charged with helping the Vestry to maintain accurate and timely parish financial records, especially as we transition to an online accounting system.

 

Email Donna at Bookkeeper@StMattSav.org

 

A photo and more information are coming soon.

The Rt. Rev. Frank S. Logue

Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia

The Right Reverend Frank Sullivan Logue is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georiga. He is the chief pastor of about 70 congregations in South Georgia. He and his staff offer year-round administrative support to the clergy and vestry of St. Matthew's. He presides at our annual Diocesan Conventions and visits each congregation to perform baptisms and confirmations about once every 15 months. We are enormously grateful to him and the Diocesan staff for all the work they do to hold all of our congregations together as one Body.

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