Fr. Rich Sanders
Fr. Rich Sanders was ordained a priest on June 20, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. After graduating from Duke University in 1992 with a double major in political science and history, Fr. Rich earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law in 1996. Fr. Rich currently serves on the adjunct faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and teaches courses in business and regulatory law. In 2004, he was awarded Professor of the Year. Fr. Rich is a former intelligence office in the U.S. Navy, where he worked with an Atlanta-based unit supporting the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy.
Fr. Rich is also the founder of two charitable organizations in addition to his duties in full-time management of his law practice. Southern Peacemakers, Inc. provides dispute resolution services and employee relations training through biblical principles. St. Michael's Mission is a ministry organized to assist and serve veterans of the armed services, especially Atlanta's growing population of homeless veterans. He and his wife live in Buckhead and have three children.
Our Parish Administrator, Tricia Parker
Tricia keeps St. Gabe's organized, efficient, and running at full speed. Her talents shine through in everything she touches and we are so blessed to have her skills. Tricia is the primary contact at St. Gabe's for calendar or event scheduling, parish communications, member questions, organizational functions, and everything in between! Thank you, Tricia, for being a part of our parish family and such a treasure.
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.