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The Reverend Dr. Adam J. Shoemaker

The Reverend Dr. Adam J. Shoemaker

Rector

Contact Reverend Dr. Shoemaker at ashoemaker@ststephenschs.com 

Adam received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, a Diploma in Anglican Studies from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke Divinity School. His dissertation addresses a pivotal moment in the unique history of St. Stephen’s. Adam formerly served as Rector of Holy Comforter in Burlington, NC where he led a mission-oriented congregation that, under Adam’s leadership, opened the first bilingual pre-school in Alamance County, NC. Prior to his tenure in Burlington, Adam served as the Assistant Rector at Christ Church in Andover, MA. where he had oversight of youth and children’s ministries. Adam has also served the church as a missionary to Brazil (2005-2006) and speaks conversational Portuguese.

 

Adam’s guiding pass of scripture is Jeremiah 29:7: “Seek the welfare of the city where you find yourself, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” His passion is in helping St. Stephen’s live into its mission as “a house of prayer for all people” both in its welcome and hospitality for all and in its social justice commitments outside the parish walls.

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An active member of the Charleston community, Adam currently serves as the Co-President of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry and sits on the city of Charleston’s Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission. Adam serves as the President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and as Co-Chair of the Diocesan Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission. In the wider church, he serves as Chair of the Bilateral Committee between the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil and is a Clergy Deputy from South Carolina to the 81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

 

Originally from the New York City area, Adam is married to the Reverend Courtney Davis-Shoemaker and they have three children. In his free time, Adam enjoys sports of all kinds, travel, and exploring the streets of Charleston.  

The Reverend Will Berry

The Reverend Will Berry

Associate Rector

Contact Reverend Berry at
wberry@ststephenschs.com

Fr. Will Berry is our Associate Rector for Children & Youth at St. Stephen’s. Will is married to Caitlin, who is a Director of Strategic Practices for a social media marketing company and together they have one son, Thomas, who is 2 years old. Will has been ordained four years andpreviously served as the Priest in Charge of the Church of the Resurrection in Lexington, Kentucky. His prior experiences in ministry also include being the Associate for Young Adults and Families at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington and the Ministry Assistant and Missioner at St. Mary’s House, the Episcopal chaplaincy to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Will is also a lover of music who plays multiple instruments.

The Reverend Courtney Davis-Shoemaker

The Reverend Courtney Davis-Shoemaker

Assistant Priest (Worship, Pastoral Care, and Family Ministry)

Contact Reverend Davis-Shoemaker at cdavisshoemaker@ststephenschs.com

A native of Asheville, NC, Courtney attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.  Prior to going to seminary, she was an Operations Manager at for a destination management company in Vail, CO.  In Boston, MA she worked as an event coordinator at Trinity Church in Copley Square and a development officer for the US Fund for UNICEF.  In 2005, Courtney began her studies at The General Theological Seminary in NYC, and was ordained a priest in 2009. She has served parishes in North Carolina and Massachusetts, and was campus minister for Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends (LEAF) at Elon University. 

 

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Currently Courtney works eight hours a week at St. Stephen’s and also serves the Diocese of South Carolina.

Courtney loves to spend time with her family and she also enjoys traveling, exploring the many restaurants of Charleston, and reading.  Courtney and Adam’s children- Malcolm, Aubrey and Hannah- also keep her busy.

The Reverend William H. Coyne

The Reverend William H. Coyne

Sabbatical Priest

Contact Reverend Coyne at whcoyne@gmail.com

Fr. Bill moved to Charleston in the summer of 2015 to accept the role of interim rector at St. Stephen’s. This two year intentional interim period was to get the vestry and parish ready to call the next full time rector. He then served for two years as the priest-in-charge of the East Cooper Episcopal Church in Mount Pleasant as the diocese was waiting for the return of historic Christ Church in Mount Pleasant.

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Bishop Skip Adams called Fr. Bill to serve the diocese of South Carolina as the Missioner for Returning Congregations in 2018. He was a liaison to the new congregations which began after the schism in 2012 and a contact for faithful Episcopalians in congregations the state Supreme Court ruled were part of The Episcopal Church.

Most recently, he served as the interim rector of The Episcopal Church on Edisto from July 2022 through May, 2023.

Fr. Bill lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Janet – they are parents of three adult children and five grandchildren.

The Reverend James Pecoy

The Reverend James Pecoy

Deacon (Pastoral Care and Christian Education)

Contact Reverend Pecoy at jpecoy@ststephenschs.com

Deacon Jim transferred to the Diocese of South Carolina in March of 2022 when he accepted a position as Finance Manager for a local company here in Charleston. He is a fairly new Deacon, just ordained in September of 2020. Jim’s passion is in the Liturgy and serving the poor and the sick.

Quoting from his patron saint, Saint Lawrence: “The poor and sick are the treasures of the church.” Jim lives by this quote in his secular and sacred life.

 

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Music

Wayne Helmly

Wayne Helmly

Music Director

Wayne has served as our Organist-Choirmaster since 2010. Additionally, Wayne is a public school music teacher and an active recitalist.

For information about St. Stephen’s Choir, please email Wayne.

Dennis Shuman

Dennis Shuman

9 am Musician

Dennis Shuman, originally from Northwest Georgia, studied music at Loyola University New Orleans and Boston University. Dennis plays piano and sings for the 9 am Family Service and sings in the choir for the 11 am service. When not working, Dennis enjoys DIY projects and a new found hobby of woodworking. 

For information about 9 am music, please email Dennis

Staff

Amanda Rucker

Amanda Rucker

Parish Administrator

Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, Amanda taught special education students in grades K-2. Parish Administrator since 2014.

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Michael Shewan

Michael Shewan

Verger

Micheal has served as a verger since 2017. As the verger, Michael leads the church procession, assists the clergy, and guides the service participants.

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Betty DePriest

Betty DePriest

Nursery Caregiver

Betty has been the nursery caregiver for over 10 years. She recently retired from a 25-year career teaching pre-school.

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Dorothy Porcher/Holland

Dorothy Porcher/Holland

Youth Minister

A native of Charleston, Dorothy has extensive experience in youth ministry and has worked as a youth minister in Episcopal churches for all of her adult life.

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Vicki Anthos

Vicki Anthos

Wedding Coordinator

As well as our Fellowship Hour organizer, Vicki is our wedding coordinator here at St. Stephen’s. She also has her own business as a florist here in Charleston.

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Griffin Hall

Griffin Hall

Livestreaming

Griffin has a bachelors in Physics with a minor in Maths and currently works in an atmospheric science lab studying ice. Outside of being the coolest kid on the block (literally), he does all the livestreaming for the 11 am service. His hobbies include: gardening, video games, ponies, long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain (comes with working in a cloud lab).

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Melissa Morgan

Melissa Morgan

Finance Assistant

Melissa joined us in 2023 as our financial analyst. She has experience in finance, real estate and project management. Her goal is to provide accounting support in a seamless manner. 

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