Our Leaders

The Rev. Father Guillermo A. Arboleda

Rector

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 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 in Windsor Forest, Savannah. He completed his entire ordination process in the Diocese of Georgia and his sponsoring parish is the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah.

 

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 central Pennsylvania (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 formally discerning their calls to the priesthood in this Diocese.

 

In his spare time, Fr. Arboleda enjoys reading comic books, watching action movies, jogging, cooking, and playing with his dog, Reina. The Rev. Kelly Steele 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 for young adults in the Diocese.

 

Email Fr. Arboleda at FrGAA@StMattSav.org.

 

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

The 2019 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 2019 Vestry of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church:

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

  • Mrs. Juray Brown (Class of 2022)

  • Mrs. Idella Jones (Class of 2020), Junior Warden

  • Mr. Charles McMillan (Class of 2022)

  • Mrs. Margaret Pearson (Class of 2021)

  • Mrs. Yavonne Taylor (Class of 2020)

    Photo coming soon!

Karen B. Hunter
Secretary

Mrs. Hunter joined the staff of St. Matthew's Church in June 2017. She brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the role of parish secretary.

 

Email Karen at StMatthews@StMattSav.org

Call Karen at our Office (912) 234-4440 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 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. Scott A. Benhase

Bishop of Georgia

The Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase 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.

To learn more about Bishop Benhase, please read his biography on the Diocesan website.

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