The Clergy of St. John’s Church
Father Gavin Dunbar has been rector of St. John’s Church since 2006. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, he studied classics at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Halifax; before studying theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto. He was ordained a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada in 1992 in the Diocese of Nova Scotia. After serving several years in a rural parish in Nova Scotia he came to St. John’s in 1997, as a Priest Assistant. He is President of the Prayer Book Society of the U. S. A. In his spare time he enjoys the study of western art and architecture history (though books or travel) and listening to vocal music of the Renaissance and Baroque period.
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Father J. Patrick Hunt was raised in Ohio and educated at Otterbein University, General Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary. He served as a priest in a number of parishes in the dioceses of Long Island, New Jersey, and Albany. On his retirement, he settled in Savannah and serves as a non-stipendiary assisting priest at St. John’s Church. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC). Fr Hunt is known to many in the congregation, as he has been assisting (chiefly at 12:15 p.m. on Sundays and on weekdays). During the interim, he will be assisting Fr Dunbar at other Sunday services and in weekday pastoral visiting.
Organist & Choirmaster
Steven Branyon is a native of York, SC and a graduate of North Greenville University, Winthrop University, and Westminster Choir College. Mr. Branyon has served churches and synagogues in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Branyon has performed in Great Britain at Briston, Salisbury, Litchfield, Truro, and Wells Cathedrals. He has professionally recorded with the choirs of St. Peter’s and Morristown, NJ. At various times, Mr. Branyon teaches Music Appreciation for the Elderhostel classes for Mercer University at Jekyll Island. He also enjoys sharing his extensive musical knowledge through courses such as, “Understanding the Organ” for the local Senior Citizens Center in Savannah. In January 2020, he published Balm in Gilead, which is available for purchase at https://paracletesheetmusic.com/product/balm-in-gilead/
Minister with Youth
David Svihel began as Minister with Youth in December of 2017. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has spent time in Ohio, California, Indiana, and Kentucky before coming to Savannah, GA to serve at St. John’s. He is a graduate of Boyce College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently studying Reformation and Anglican theology at Trinity School for Ministry. Before coming to St. John’s, David spent time serving as a missionary in Poland, teaching Bible studies for students in California, and as Associate Youth Minister in Kentucky. He is married to his wonderful wife Kalista, who also has extensive ministry experience. David and his wife have two children, daughter Lilly and son Elliot. In his spare time David enjoys hanging out with his family, reading, video games, going to concerts, coffee, and being outdoors.
Children’s Ministry Director
Sarah Bosiack Ross began as Children’s Ministry Director in January of 2019. Along with her husband Joseph Ross, Jr., Sarah recently moved back to St. John’s and Savannah from Summit, NJ, where for five years she served as a trained catechist for 3-6-year-olds. Sarah and her husband have four children, Anna Chase, Joseph III (Tripp), Caroline, and Catherine.
Acolyte Director and Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Carter C. Hubbard, Sr., a native of Virginia, has lived in Savannah with his wife, Barbara, since 1975. He has served in a volunteer capacity as a Licensed Lay Minister at St. John’s since 1987, with the authority to read lessons and administer the chalice at the Eucharist. As Master of Ceremonies, Carter ensures that St. John’s Church services flow smoothly, according to the Rector’s direction of the 1928 Prayer Book services. As Acolyte Director, he trains and coordinates the acolytes who serve the priests and congregation at the main services on Sundays and other major holy days.
Mr. B. Ray Summerell was married (to Melanie Fawcett) in St. John’s in 1979 and after years away, returned to Savannah in 2014. In 2018, Ray concluded his career as an entrepreneurial business executive, accomplished a program of study for certification and was recognized as a Fellow of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church in 2018. He subsequently accepted a non-stipendiary position as St. John’s first-ever Verger, providing dedicated assistance at the Rector’s discretion. In this role, Ray works mostly behind the scenes, supporting various administrative and operational matters. He serves in ceremonial roles on major holy days and is also a Licensed Eucharistic Minister.
Janice Woods, Business Manager
Alison Mahfet, Financial Administrator
Margaret Nelson, Administrative Assistant
Heather Harvey, Communications Coordinator
Sinisa Domazet, Properties Manager
Clinton Littlefield, Sexton
Al Taylor, Sexton
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Parish Office & Mailing Address:
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Savannah, GA 31401