Fr. Peter Wallace
The Rev. Peter Wallace was ordained in June 2014 and served as assisting priest at St. Paul's in Newnan until coming to St. Gabriel's as Interim Priest in Charge in April 2016. Fr. Peter is executive producer and host of the national ecumenical Day1 radio and internet ministry (Day1.org) and president of the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta. The weekly Day1 radio program, the voice of the mainline churches including The Episcopal Church, is distributed to 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Before coming to Day1 in 2001, Fr. Peter was senior copywriter and broadcast producer for Larry Smith & Associates Advertising in Atlanta for eleven years, and earlier served as editorial director for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising from Marshall University and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas. He took courses in the Episcopal Studies program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Fr. Peter is the author of nine books, including The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically (from SkyLight Paths Publishing); Connected: You and God in the Psalms; Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul; Out of the Quiet: Responding to God’s Whispered Invitations; and TruthQuest Devotional Journal. He has contributed to numerous books, study Bibles, devotional guides, magazines, teaching curriculums, video series, and other resources. He blogs regularly at HuffingtonPost.com and Day1.org. Fr. Peter and his spouse, Daniel Le, a librarian at Georgia State University/Perimeter College, live in Midtown Atlanta.
Our Parish Administrator,
Padre Samuel Porras
The Rev. Samuel Porras was born in Medellin, Colombia. He entered the seminary when he was 16 years old, completed his philosophy studies in Bogota, Colombia, at the Universidad de San Buenaventura. When he was 26 years old he arrived to Atlanta with the Catholic diocese of Atlanta to complete his theology studies. He completed his Master’s degree in Theology from Mount Saint’s Mary Seminary and College in 1997 and was ordained in the Catholic Church in the same year. He served as a priest in the Catholic Church for about seven years and then he left the active ministry because I wanted to begin a family. He has been working in the insurance industry as an adjuster since he left the active ministry and during the years he has completed additional studies related to the insurance industry. He was officially received as a priest for the Episcopal Church on May 15, 2016. He has been working at Saint Gabriel’s since the end of January when the community opened the doors to the Hispanic ministry and began working together to build one community formed by both Hispanic and American parishioners.
Deacon Sue Huff
Deacon Sue was an attendee of the University of Georgia and the University of West Virginia. She is a cradle Episcopalian and absolutely loves to nurture our parish and serve at the altar. She is a frequent visitor of the sick and those who may be challenged by present circumstances. Sue also has a gifted sense of humor and a genuine love for people. After Sue was ordained in August, 2006, following her completion of the four year Education for Ministry (EfM) Program and the Diaconal Formation Program (three years), she accepted her first assignment here at St. Gabriel's. in October, 2006. Her favorite things to do involve pastoral care, worship, and taking care of her best friends, Mr. Cooper and Mr. Connor (miniature schnauzers).
Fr. Robert Fessler, Retired
Fr. Fessler was ordained a priest on May 29, 1965. He served his last parish, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, WI, for 22 years when his retirement was required by the Canons of the Episcopal Church. He and his wife, Pat, moved to the Village of Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Ga. in July, 2012 and was licensed as a priest in the Atlanta Diocese on December 5, 2012. They were warmly adopted by God's people at St. Gabriel's just prior to that and now is happy to help us all progress in our spiritual journeys through his commitment to pastoral care, enlightening sermons, and warm liturgical services.