Dear Beloved of St. Anne’s,
We are delighted to announce the call of our next Rector, the Reverend C. Garrett Yates. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 2016, Garrett has served as Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Garrett accepted our call following a unanimous vote from the Vestry.
We are looking forward to welcoming Garrett, his wife Katie, and their Boxer, Hank, this summer. We anticipate the Yates family moving into the rectory in August, and Garrett’s first Sunday service will be soon after.
Of the many applicants that the Rector Search Committee considered, Garrett stood out as a gracious, wise, and energetic leader with a gift for rigorous preaching and a humble presence. The committee was impressed with his warm spirit and moved by his thoughtful approach to ministry.
At St. Paul’s, Garrett developed a thriving Young Adult Group, facilitated the Environmental Stewardship team, and served as the Chaplain to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Nursery School. Garrett was proud to be a part of the installation of solar panels at St. Paul’s, as well leading an Education for Ministry group, group spiritual direction, and a Men’s Bible study.
Garrett is passionate about preaching, integration of faith into daily life, and helping faith communities recognize the abundance of God’s life already in their midst. We’re excited to see how those passions transform our parish life together.
A native of Alabama, Garrett earned his B.A. in Classics at Samford University, where he met Katie. Garrett then earned his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he wrote his honors thesis on the Christological Shape of the Preaching of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
When he is not at church, Garrett loves spending time with his dog, running and hiking, playing board games with Katie, playing guitar, watching the NBA, and reading novels.
Yours in Christ,
Peter Caswell, Senior Warden, and Carol Lovell Carmody, Junior Warden