The Rev. Dr. Mark Quay
Education: According to my wife, too much for my own good! Attended several schools, including the Defense Language Institute, the University of Cambridge, Covenant Theological Seminary, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I hold two doctorates—one in education and one in leadership.
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: senior pastor, leadership, preaching and teaching, leadership development, counseling (crisis intervention, conciliation and mediation, life coaching)
Ministry Experience: assistant/associate pastor, church planter, Christian school headmaster, and seminary dean; visiting professor in Germany and Rwanda
Hobbies: hiking, caving, writing, Celtic music and history, reading the Inklings and Wodehouse, watching bad sci fi movies
THE REV. Peter Smith
Education: M.Div., Beeson Divinity School (w/ certificate of Anglican Studies); B.A., Cedarville University
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: assisting in preaching and teaching, sacraments, and pastoral care; oversight of children’s, youth, young adults, and web ministries.
Ministry Experience: children’s and youth, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, spiritual mentoring, worship ministry, missions, jail ministry, and ministry to the homeless
Hobbies: my kiddos, coffee, soccer, disc golf, home improvement, gardening, and scooting
Assistant Pastor of Pastoral Care
The Rev. Deacon Karen Mahler
Education: B.A., University of Tennessee; Spiritual Direction, Stillpoint Ministry; Clinical Pastoral Education, Baptist Health Systems; Crisis Counseling, Crisis Center Birmingham
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: pastoral care coordination, spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and healing prayer
Ministry Experience: pastoral care, spiritual direction, crisis counseling, healing prayer
Hobbies: pilates, walking, nature watching, reading/writing poetry
Education: B.A., University of Montevallo
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: church administration
Hobbies: reading, gardening, knitting, making jewelry, and spending time with my cats and dogs
Education: B.A., Eastern University
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: children’s ministry
Ministry Experience: SS teacher, church treasurer, jr. high youth leader
Hobbies: reading, cooking/baking, hiking/walking, attending the many activities of my children and driving them where they need to go!
Enrolled in: M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School; B.A., Ouachita Baptist University
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: youth ministry, leading morning prayer, pastoral care and teaching at Columbia Cottage, communication, teaching
Ministry Experience: youth ministry, children's ministry, college discipleship, short-term missions and outreach leadership, Christian summer camp ministry
Hobbies: yoga, hiking, coffee, baby animals
Education: M.Div., Beeson Divinity School; B.A., Samford University
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s: worship, music, and tech
Ministry Experience: long-time worship leader, teacher at a Christian middle school, homeless ministry in Washington, DC, small group leader, many ministry trips abroad (Africa, SE Asia, Europe)
Hobbies: reading, writing, playing music, cooking for folks, teaching my wife about the South, our son Samuel!