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
Father Roy 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 William (Bill) King, Priest Associate
Father Bill has served as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama since 1987. Bill was received as an Episcopal Priest on June 4, 1987 at St. Andrew's at the hands of Bishop Stough. Since that time, he has served as Associate Rector at St. Mary's on the Highlands, Rector of All Saints in Homewood, Deputy to Bishop Parsley for 10 years, during which time he directed the establishment of Holy Spirit, Alabaster, St. Catherine's, Chelsea, Calvary, Oneonta and as the first. Rector for Trinity Church, Clanton. Bill and Pat together with their three children joined the Episcopal Church in 1981 as members of St. Andrew's, Birmingham and now Pat and Bill have returned to St. Andrew's as of the fall of 2019. Bill and Pat also now serve as the Bishop's Chaplains for the retired clergy, spouses and widows living in the Diocese of Alabama..
Stephan Calvert, Organist and Choir Director
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Tom Patchen, Jr.Warden
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Rebecca Drake, Sr.Warden