Staff & Clergy

REV. GRACE BURTON-EDWARDS | Rector

Grace Burton-Edwards, came to Columbus in February 2014 from Indianapolis, IN. 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 a 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.
 
Grace 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.
 
Grace can be reached at grace@stthomascolumbus.org.

REV. EDWARD LOWE | Associate Rector

Edward comes to Columbus, GA by way of the U.S. Army — his wife, Charley, is an active duty Army Officer stationed here to complete her Captain’s Career Course — and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, NC. As a native of Massachusetts, Edward is an avid Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics fan.
 

Edward is a graduate of Tufts University (B.S., Spanish, Biology), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div), and Duke Divinity School (Th.M.). He is also a chaplain in the Army Reserves. 

Edward can be reached at edward@stthomascolumbus.org

RICK MCKNIGHT | Organist & Choir Master

SONY DSCRick has been a member of St. Thomas for over 25 years and has served as Senior Warden, Chair of the Stewardship Campaign, and Acolyte Master. In 2000 the Rev. Lori Lowe, Rector of St. Mark’s (LaGrange) asked if he would play the organ and direct the choir for three weeks, and that three weeks turned into three years!
 
Rick has also 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 his years at St. Thomas, the St. Thomas 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 among the members is what gives him the most gratitude. He is married to Marquette McRae McKnight, who 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.
 

MEG OLIVE-ALLISON | Director, Adult Formation & Communications

Meg has been serving at St. Thomas since 2016. She grew up in Columbus in the Baptist tradition and attended McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. She was surprised  and  delighted by the opportunity to be back home serving at St. Thomas. Meg is committed to making St. Thomas a place where Christian formation happens in ways that lead to deeper love and service, and she believes good communication can help this happen.  
 
Meg and her wife Susie are proud parents to a daughter (Sam) and a son (Kingston). They are also proud foster parents and have fostered 15 children since becoming licensed in 2013. 
 

HOLLE TUBBS | Director of Youth, Young Adults & Media

Holle grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition and served as a leader in youth, college, and family ministry environments while attending Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with a B.A. in History & Theological Studies, she accepted a job at a multi-campus nondenominational church in Seattle, where she spent eight years as a pastor overseeing Children’s & Family ministries. During her time in Seattle, she attended Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv) and worked 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, joining the staff of St. Thomas in August 2019.
 
In addition to her work at St. Thomas, Holle is a writer, web designer, and photographer. When she’s not working, she enjoys happy hour with friends, collecting memes, and watching true crime documentaries with her rescue pup (Gilbert Dogfrey) and two cats (Barry and Fat Sally).
 

Erin Redden | Director, Christian Formation

Erin has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. While working on her B.A. in Music Education (Columbus State), it was her passion for music and liturgy that brought her to the Episcopal Church as a staff soloist and Children’s Choir Director.
 
Erin earned her MSEd (Troy State) and has been a music educator for twenty-one years. She enjoys using her educational and leadership experience to develop Christian Education programming and fun experiences for kids 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.
 
Erin is married to Roger, a music educator who serves St. Thomas as a musician. They have two children, Hugh and Madison.
 

Patty Slembarski | Parish Administrator

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: Seth Burgamy
 
Sexton: 
 
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: office@stthomascolumbus.org  PHONE: (706)324-4264