The Reverend Dr. Tommie Lee Watkins, Jr., Rector
Father Tommie is the Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a Graduate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Social Work. He is a spiritual director, and licensed social worker, former mathematics professor and, licensed commercial pilot. He works also part time as a Behavioral Health Social Worker. Rev. Watkins completed his joint Doctorate in Philosophy degree from the Universities of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Public Health in August 2013.
Rev. Dr. Watkins graduated from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, New York City in May 2016 Cum Laude with his Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree. He has several publications on religiosity, spirituality, sexuality and health as well as a workbook: God’s Gift: Sexuality and Spirituality available at his website: http://twgllc.biz/articlesvideos/.
Currently, Father Watkins is the only African-American Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and the first openly gay Black clergy ever ordained in the Alabama diocese. He continues to enjoy flying privately, reading, writing, and traveling being especially enamored with South Africa. His company website www.twgllc.biz which contains his book information, Living Out Loud, news print and video of his struggle of self-acceptance as an openly gay clergy are available. His favorite quote of Dr. King’s, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” As such, Rev. Dr. Watkins is compelled to continue to Live Out Loud.
The Reverend Dr. Roy Draydon Wells, Priest Associate
Roy Draydon Wells, Jr. was born in Alabama, and educated in Birmingham. Roy, an ordained Methodist minister with a B.D. and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt, joined the Religion faculty at Birmingham-Southern College in 1967. The same year, when Laura became choir director, he began to worship regularly at St. Andrew’s with her and their children, Megan, Julianna, and Kendrick. He was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1996, and went to Sewanee for further study. When he was ordained priest in 2000, he was named Priest Associate at St. Andrew’s and Diocesan supply. He taught Hebrew at Vanderbilt and Sewanee, held faculty positions in Biblical studies at Austin College and B-SC and was active in international research and publication from 1964 until his retirement in 2007. Since his retirement, he has continued to serve the diocese, including a tour of duty as Interim Rector here.
The Reverend Geraldine Aston, MSW, Deacon
Deacon Gerri was born and raised in New Jersey where she was nurtured spiritually and formed in her Christian faith in the American Baptist Church. After graduating from Douglass College of Rutgers University she moved to Alabama and began her career in Social Work. She has and MSW from the University of Alabama and recently retired after 52 years.
In 1987 Deacon Gerri was confirmed in the Episcopal Church here at St. Andrew’s. In 1999 she began her journey to ordained ministry. After graduating from Education for Ministry from the University of the South School of Theology she completed the Diocese of Alabama School for Deacons and was ordained to the diaconate in 2004. She has served as deacon at St. Andrew’s since that time.
Deacon Gerri lives with Bella, a very furry energetic rescue pup. In her free time she loves to cook and garden.
Stephan Calvert, Organist and Choir Director
Class of 2019
Ewan Tytler, Sr. Warden
Class of 2020
Susan Hagen, Jr.Warden
Class of 2021
Linda Foster, Jr.Warden