The Rev. R. Allen Pruitt, Rector
I am a native of Rome, Georgia, having lived there until I went to seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. I spent six years in the Washington, DC area, attending Virginia Theological Seminary and graduating in 2007. My first three years in the priesthood were spent at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia where I focused on work with youth and their parents. I have been serving as rector of St. Mark’s since October of 2010.
I started life in the Baptist and Primitive Baptist church, and I still find great joy in the Shape Note singing of my childhood. I found the Episcopal Church in college and from the moment I stepped through the doors I have been taken with the beauty of the liturgy and the welcome found in the theology of the church. I appreciate good preaching but I am also thankful that our service culminates in gathering around the common table to receive the Body and Blood of Christ before we are sent out to “Love and Serve the Lord.”
I am married to Casey and we have two daughters. We all enjoy travel, especially the beauty of the north Georgia mountains. I relax by reading biographies, cooking, and playing pickle ball for a little exercise.
Gabriella Graham – Parish Administrator
Paul Culp – Organist and Choirmaster
Paul has served at St. Mark’s since June of 2018, having previously served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia. Paul and his wife Sherri live in Phenix City Alabama.”
Paul returned to St. Mark’s as organist/choirmaster in June of this year, after a 16-month sabbatical/early retirement, living with his wife Sherri in Costa Rica. He served in the same capacity here from 2011-2014. Paul has a bachelor’s degree in music from Columbus State University (‘99), where he studied with Joseph Golden, CSU organist.
Paul was born and raised in Montgomery, AL, and loved organized team sports, playing football, baseball, and running track throughout high school. He has been a staunch Alabama fan all his life, having gone to school at UA for two years after high school.
Paul and Sherri have a daughter and a son. Jessica lives in Phenix City with her husband and two daughters, who are both international adoptions, one from Russia and the other from China. Sherri is the director of two non-profit organizations, created to help the people of Rwanda, Africa. Chris lives in the Atlanta area with three young sons.
Paul is active with the American Guild of Organists Columbus Chapter, where he has served as Dean and sub-Dean. He also loves to exercise, mostly walking, in a nearby park, and his love for dogs continues to grow.