The Rev’d Ben Turnage

Father Ben began serving as St. Catherine’s interim rector on December 1, 2019.  He comes to us from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Talladega, having served there as interim rector since 2011, and as Priest–in-Charge in 2014.

He was born in Charleston, South Carolina, lived in seven states and two foreign countries, moving frequently as the son of a career military officer, and graduated high school from Notre Dame International School in Rome, Italy.

He has a Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary.  He became an ordained priest in January 1977, serving in numerous Episcopal churches including St. Phillip’s Church (Charleston, South Carolina), Church of the Epiphany (Atlanta, Georgia), Christ Church (Macon, Georgia), and Trinity Church (Long Green, Maryland).

In 2007, Bishop Parsley, who was a good friend from the Diocese of South Carolina, asked Father Ben to serve at St. Michael’s in Roebuck to help close the church. And in 2011, Bishop Parsley once again called him into service as interim rector at St. Peter’s, Talladega.

He has a broad range of experience in all areas of church leadership including youth group work, counseling, pastoral care, outreach efforts – especially in food programs, Bible study and confirmation classes, discernment committees, conflict consulting, vestry organization, children’s chaplain, fundraising, parish gatherings and retreats, and leading the building restoration at St. Peter’s.

Father Ben married Melissa Robertson, of Birmingham, in March 1984.  They have two daughters, Jennifer and Allie.  Melissa also had two sons from a previous marriage: one was killed in the 9-11 Trade Center Disaster, and her second son, Winston lives in Athens, Ga. with his two sons, William and Ted, and 3 step-children.  Father Ben is an avid cook/chef, enjoys boating and sailing from his cabin on Lay Lake, loves the outdoors, bird-watching and reading mystery novels.

The Rev’d Margaret Taylor

Priest Associate

Our beloved Maggie Taylor departed this earthly life to live in God’s realm on November 21, 2019.  She touched our lives in so many ways as teacher, priest, counselor and friend – we will miss her beyond measure.  Thank you Mother Magnolia – you made a difference in our lives.  You are loved and will always be in our heart!

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An Air Force brat, Maggie Taylor traveled extensively throughout the U.S. as well as Germany, Japan, and India.  As an adult, she lived in Taiwan for 15 years, and Asia is her lifelong passion. She received her undergraduate degree in religion from Colorado College because women were not yet ordained in the Episcopal church.  For five years she worked in youth and college ministry, then moving to Taiwan with her first husband where she continued in youth ministry, teaching, and cross-cultural training.  When she and her husband separated, she completed her M.A. in counseling at Fairfield University in Connecticut and returned to Taiwan for five more years.  In 1987, she went to General Seminary in New York City.  She served as Assistant to the Rector at Nativity, Huntsville, for four years, then was called to Birmingham as founding rector of Holy Apostles, Hoover.  She was there for 17 years and retired in 2011.  Her husband Charles, who died in 2013, was also a priest, and after retirement he supplied a number of times at St. Catherine’s.

The Rev’d Dn. Clyde Pearce

Deacon
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Deacon Clyde was ordained as a vocational Deacon in October 2004 after four years of Education for Ministry (EFM) and two years of diaconate school. He attended The Church of the Epiphany in Leeds, Alabama for 24 years. Then, he served at Epiphany for four years as Deacon before transferring to help start St. Catherine’s. He is a retired contractor and is married to Charlie (Carole), with two children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Clyde and Charlie are very involved with Kairos Prison Ministry, Cursillo, Camp McDowell, and the Special Session at Camp McDowell.