Welcoming Deacon Robin Sands

Dear People of St. Peter’s,

Pictured are the Right Reverend Sam Rodman, the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands, and the Reverend Jacob Pierce.

I am pleased to announce that the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands has been assigned by Bishop Rodman to serve at St. Peter’s.

You may remember Robin from her time as diocesan intern in 2017. Over the past year she has been preparing through coursework and hospital chaplaincy for ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Earlier this month Robin was ordained by Bishop Rodman at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

The Book of Common Prayer states: “The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” To put it simply, deacons are called to stand in the breach between the Church and society, to proclaim the gospel to the world, and to make aware the needs of the world to the Church.

I am thrilled Robin will be joining the clergy team at St. Peter’s. She is a tremendously talented and passionate deacon, who truly embodies the ministry to which she’s been called. Deacon Robin will serve as the primary clergy resource for our Outreach and Social Justice ministries, as well as serving alongside the other parish clergy in administering the sacraments, preaching, teaching, and providing pastoral care.

Save the date of Sunday, February 3 when we will welcome Robin with a special coffee hour reception in the parish hall following the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist.

On Sunday, February 17 we will welcome our new Associate Rector, Mother Amanda Stephenson with a reception and a “pounding.” We will do the same for Deacon Robin, but with a twist. Instead of household or personal items, Robin has requested we each bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Loaves & Fishes. Please visit this link for more information about needed items.

During this period of transition, we have been blessed with the increased presence of the Reverend Sally Johnston as part-time assisting priest. Both Mother Sally and Father Keith Lane will remain as assisting priests at St. Peter’s. Father Keith will continue in his role as part-time assisting priest for pastoral care, and Mother Sally will continue to call St. Peter’s “home,” preaching on occasion, presiding, and assisting the clergy as needed. She looks forward to returning to retirement and the pew, and though I will miss her regular presence on staff, I am glad she isn’t going far.

On behalf of our entire clergy and staff, thank you for your prayers and your support. They are truly felt and appreciated.


Father Jacob