The Rev. Claiborne Jones, Interim Rector

The Rev. Claiborne Jones came to St. Benedict's in March 2019.  She is a life-long Episcopalian, raised at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, N.C. After college she worked for three years before entering seminary at Candler. Ordained in 1978, Claiborne has served at Holy Spirit Cumming (deacon), Holy Innocents', Atlanta (Associate and School Chaplain) the Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta (rector) and Emmaus House, Atlanta (vicar and director). Since retirement in 2014 she has served as Interim Rector for St. Michael and All Angels (Stone Mountain) and been a Pastoral Associate at St. Bede's/San Beda. Claiborne continues to serve as consultant to parishes in search processes and to parishes experiencing difficult conflict. Leading a staff, teaching adults, pastoral care, refreshing liturgy and being with all sorts and conditions of people bring her great joy!

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Edith Woodling, Deacon


Deacon Woodling was ordained in this diocese over 20 years ago. Before coming to St. Benedict's (and after a long sabbatical), she served for over 10 years as Chaplain at St. Martin’s Episcopal School and as the Deacon at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church.  She was an educator for 45 years, teaching students from Pre-K (St. Martin’s) to University level (Kent State, Georgia State, Emory)!  For the past three years, Edith has worked with Lesley-Ann Drake as the Educational Consultant for Path To Shine. 

Edith is looking forward to serving on the Outreach committee and seeing where St. Benedict's passion for ministry and outreach lie, helping where it is appropriate.  I also look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday mornings, sharing the Gospel and communion with this wonderful community.

Zach Jones, Seminarian


Zach was born and raised in the Metro-Atlanta area and currently resides in Brookhaven with his spouse Hannah and their daughter, Mary Kathryn. Zach graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and worked for several years in large ministry contexts prior to starting seminary at Emory’s Candler School of Theology where he is a second-year M. Div. student and also a member of the Episcopal Studies program. When he is not crawling on the floor with his daughter and speaking various forms of baby chatter, Zach is an avid reader and runner and an imbiber of good bourbon. Zach is excited to call St. Benedict’s home for the next year and a half and is immensely grateful for the hospitality he has already received in the few Sundays he has been present so far!

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