Singing the Unsung


Each year the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys sponsors a luncheon and recognition for Unsung Heroes from non-profit organizations throughout the Keys.

Greta Philips-Ford is our St Paul's Unsung Hero for 2024. Greta is super-organized, super fun, and, apparently, solar-powered. Her can-do attitude and remarkable energy have seen an amazing number of long-deferred projects through to completion since her first term as Junior Warden from 2020-2023. After the required year off between vestry terms, Greta was re-elected to the vestry at the January 28 St Paul's annual meeting. Promptly thereafter, as indicated by the parish bylaws, the rest of the vestry members present unanimously elected her Junior Warden once more.

As we move forward with Kipany House restoration, engineering study of the church building, and, before too long, restoration of the church building, Greta is in a leading role, not to mention her work on the ABC Sale, Christmas Bazaar, Shrove Tuesday Pancakes, Easter Day brunch, near weekly service on the altar, serving on the openers and closers rota and as Cherry and Watson Fund trustee, and coordinating the Saturday morning volunteers.

Please join me in congratulating Greta as she receives this well-deserved recognition. Together we will all keep pushing the ball down the field.

Padre's Blog A la Mote
Posted by The Very Reverend Donna S. Mote, PhD

Our 34th rector, Dr Mote, was installed by Bishop Eaton on Saturday, June 5th, 2021.  Prior to joining St Paul's, she served as the Vicar of ATL (Episcopal Chaplain to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).  With Bishop Robert C. Wright she authored, The Go Guide: 10 Steps for Innovations in Ministry from Luke 10. Beginning in 2016, Donna served on the bishop's staff as Missioner for Engagement and Innovation in the Diocese of Atlanta, to consult on, coach, strategize, support, promote, and provoke innovations in ministry in Middle and North Georgia.  She was also Chaplain to the Georgia State Defense Force and the 76th Support Brigade.

Donna earned degrees from Shorter College (BA), Southern Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion (PhD) and completed Anglican studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. Donna was raised up for ordination by the parish of St Bartholomew’s, Atlanta. She is an Associate of the Order of St Helena.  Donna is married to Rebecca England, and they have two sons, Anderson and Jordan.

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