Clergy & Staff
Dean of the Cathedral
At the cathedral since: December 2007
Schools: undergrad at the University of Mississippi; M.Div. at The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas; Doctor of Ministry, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I became a priest: To help myself and others keep our hearts open to the profound love and blessings of God. I believe the Episcopal Church is one of the healthiest and vibrant ways to help us all to become most like Christ – fully alive human beings doing miraculous things to help build God’s reign on earth.
Lesson I learned from a mentor: To breathe and trust that all things work together for good – Romans 8:28
Lesson I learned from a cathedral member: To write down all the miracles in your life before you forget them.
Important transformations in my life: A mystical experience of God’s profound presence in the Grove at Ole Miss; marrying my amazing wife; having three crazy and adorable children; taking up jogging
Books on my nightstand: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman; Romans (Sacra Pagina Series, volume 6); A New Earth by Eckert Tolle; St. Mary’s Cathedral 1858-1958 by John H. Davis
CD in my player: U2 concert bootleg from Denver 1997
Laura Foster Gettys
Schools: Virginia Theological Seminary - Class of 2005, Rhodes College - English/Religious Studies, St. Mary's Episcopal School - Class of 1994
Canon for Welcome and Evangelism
The Rev. Patrick J. Williams is a native of Jackson, TN. After completing undergraduate studies at Tennessee State University, he obtained a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Patrick then moved to New York City and worked in the financial services industry for approximately ten years. In May 2013, he obtained a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and shortly thereafter returned to New York to begin ministry at St. Philip’s Church (Harlem), where he served until June of 2017. Patrick joined the staff of St. Mary’s Cathedral in September 2017 as Canon for Welcome and Evangelism.
In his down time, Rev. Williams enjoys exploring new places (especially restaurants), spending time with family and good friends, and watching Netflix. Patrick shares life with his wife, Natalie, and daughter, Camille.
I love St. Mary's and I want her to be a beacon of hope to the poor and marginalized in Memphis.
Ministries: Overseeing the Pop-Top and shoe ministry, Liaison to the Haiti Partnership.
At the cathedral since: 1978 Hometown: Memphis
Education: Memphis State University BBA; Plumbers Local Union 17 Apprentice School; Memphis Theological Seminary MAR.
I became a deacon to: Help those whom God sends to our cathedral seeking help. To help us to live up to our Motto, " A House of Prayer for ALL People since 1858." Also to try and join in a mystical way our altar and the streets of Memphis.
Lesson learned from a fellow cathedral member: That one is never to old to begin serving at our altar.
Most important transformations in my life: My marriage to my wife and watching my daughter grow up to become a beautiful soul. My decision to attend seminary. My ordination to the Diaconate. My Epiphany I had at the Men's Conference.
Favorite books: Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsey and The Letters Mother Teresa.
Music in my player: The Ramones Greatest Hits
Something my fellow Cathedralites don't know about me (yet): I love professional wrestling on TV.
Dr. Bill Skoog
Emily Barnwell Pratt
Dr. Dennis Janzer
Director of Music
Miranda Cully Griffin
Director of Children and Youth Faith Formation/ Associate for External Communications/ Minister of Cathedral Hospitality
Youth Minister for Diversity