Staff & Clergy


Rector: Reverend Grace Burton-Edwards

Our rector, Grace Burton-Edwards, came to Columbus in February 2014 from Indianapolis. She was originally ordained as an American Baptist pastor in 1994 and served in American Baptist, United Methodist, and ecumenical settings before discerning a call to the Episcopal Church. That call began during a college semester in London where she met God in new ways through Anglican liturgy. It reemerged as she served as youth minister with an Episcopal church. It deepened when she enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at an Episcopal seminary and learned more about our baptismal covenant and commitment to God’s mission in the world. She was confirmed in 2004 and ordained as a priest in 2007. Grace graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, completed her MDiv at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and completed a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development at Seabury-Western. She is married to Taylor Burton-Edward who works with United Methodist Communications. They have two adult sons. Jacob lives in in Indianapolis, and Will is a working actor in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Organist and Choir Master: Rick McKnight

SONY DSCRick has been a member of St. Thomas for over 25 years. Has has served as Senior Warden twice, chair of the Stewardship Campaign and Acolyte Master. In 2000 the Rev. Lori Lowe, Rector of St. Mark’s, LaGrange, asked if he would come and help her out for three weeks by playing the organ and directing the choir.  That three weeks turned into three years!
He has served as the President of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Cultural Arts Alliance. In 2004 Rick answered the call to serve St. Thomas as Organist-Choirmaster. During Rick’s years with St.Thomas, the Choir has grown to almost 40 singers. In addition to singing weekly, the choir has sung at Washington National Cathedral and our own St. Philip’s Cathedral. Rick has served on the Diocesan Music and Liturgy Commission and led the “100th Anniversary of the Diocese of Atlanta Celebration” at the RiverCenter in Columbus. 
Rick is proud of the musical accomplishments of the Choir but the spirit of community and care that is fostered amongst the members is what gives him the most gratitude. He is married to Marquette McRae McKnight, who also serves St. Thomas as a Verger, Lector and Lay Eucharistic Minister and on the Flower Guild. They have two children, Mac McKnight and Mitchi McKnight Wade.

Minister for ADult Formation and Communications: Meg Olive-Allison

Meg Olive-Allison has been serving at St. Thomas since 2016. Meg grew up in Columbus in the Baptist tradition and attended McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Meg is surprised  and  delighted to be back home serving at St. Thomas. Meg is committed to making St. Thomas a place where true Christian formation happens for adults, that leads deeper love and service and believes good communication can help this happen.  Meg and her wife Susie have one daughter, Sam, and are foster parents to babies and toddlers. They have fostered 15 children since becoming licensed to foster in 2013. 

Director of Christian Formation (Birth-12 grade): Erin Redden

Erin Redden has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. Erin earned a BA in Music Education from Columbus State University. While working on her vocal degree, it was her passion for music and liturgy that brought her to the Episcopal Church as a staff soloist and Children’s Choir Director. Over the years, Erin has been excited to watch St. Thomas and her formation responsibilities grow to include programming for children at birth through 12th grade. She is a 21-year veteran music educator with a Master of Science in Education from Troy University. She enjoys utilizing her educational and leadership experiences in developing and implementing Christian Education programming and experiences for children of all ages. Her mission is to answer Christ’s call as outlined in the Baptismal Covenant and to proclaim God’s love for all His children. She is married to Roger Redden, who also serves St. Thomas as a church musician and a public school music educator. They have two children, Hugh and Madison Redden.

Youth Ministry Coordinator: Holle Tubbs

Holle grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition and served as a leader in youth and family ministry environments while attending Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with her B.A. in History & Theological Studies, she accepted a job at a multi-campus nondenominational church in Seattle, where she spent eight years as an associate pastor overseeing Children & Family ministries. During her time in Seattle, she also attended Fuller Theological Seminary and served with the Food Bank of St. Vincent de Paul (Seattle/King County) as a service learning liaison for local schools. After twelve years of missing good BBQ, she came home to Columbus and joined the staff of St. Thomas in August 2019.
Holle is happily single and enjoys writing, college football, and spending quality time with her pup, Gilbert Dogfrey.

Parish Administrator: Patty Slembarski

Patty has lived in the Columbus area since 1999 and has worked at St. Thomas since 2006.  She manages the business side of the church, from membership to finances. She is married and has two children.

Support Staff

Kitchen Manager: Dawn Farrow
Housekeeping: Frances Woolfolk
Nursery: Diane Berson
Nursery: Taquanula Williams
Nursery: Khania Taylor
LOCATION: 2100 Hilton Ave, Columbus GA 31906 OFFICE HOURS: 9am-2pm M-F
SERVICES: Wednesday – 5:30 PM // Sunday – 8 AM & 10:30 AM,  First Sundays at 5 PM
EMAIL:  PHONE: (706)324-4264