Upon relocating to Georgia, my search for a new church ended the first time I walked through the front doors of St. Paul’s Newnan and watched the congregation greet each other with joy and love during the Peace. In that moment, the Spirit confirmed that this would become my new church family. Since joining St. Paul’s, I have been honored to serve the congregation as Verger, Eucharistic Minister, Cooks Who Care coordinator, Bible Study leader, Youth Chaperone for DYC, Katrina Clean-up & Haiti as well as many other volunteer opportunities. Recently, the Parish Bells took a chance on this musical novice and also taught me to play a few notes!
On the personal side, I grew up in Texas and graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Chemistry (really… it was fun). After a few years in manufacturing, I realized that my calling was in sales. I currently cover the Southeast (NM to the Atlantic) for Evonik Corporation selling specialty silica into a multitude of industries from paints and adhesives to food and pharmaceuticals. When not on the road, I enjoy playing golf, reading a good novel, gardening, cooking and spending time with friends.
It has been a joy to serve this wonderful congregation over the past 9 years and I am honored to be on the vestry. I will do my best to listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance for our Parish. I also support the efforts underway to become debt free as this will allow us to become even stronger in our community outreach while we continue improving our internal support for each other as we walk the King’s Highway.
Blessings to all & thank you for electing me to serve on St. Paul’s Vestry.
I retired from the telephone and computer industry in 2006. My wife Joan and I moved to Newnan and joined the St. Paul’s family in 2007. Since retirement I have involved myself in volunteer work, primarily with children. I joined the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis in 2007 and became the chairman of the Service Leadership committee. The committee’s objective is to sponsor kids’ involvement in public service projects from elementary school through college. I sponsor the K-KIDS program at Welch Elementary school.
In 2009 I volunteered with CLICK, whose main goal is to improve literacy in Coweta County. This lead to a position at West Georgia Technical College teaching in the Adult Education Department. I still substitute teach at the Greenville, Coweta, Franklin and Hogansville campuses. This is gratifying I am working with high school dropouts who have decided that to get ahead they need a high school diploma.
Recently I became the custodian of the church bus, responsible for both repairs and driving duties. Recent trips include a visit to Callaway Gardens and to the Cathedral for the ordination of Peter Wallace as a Deacon and Lee Curtis as Rector.
In recognition of my outstanding service to the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club and the community I was awarded a Hixson Fellowship by my fellow club members during the regular club meeting December 5, 2013. The citation reads, “Don is a real ‘Workhorse’ for the club's fundraising activities, and he works tirelessly supporting the club's Service Leadership Programs in the Coweta County Schools (K-Kids, Builders Club and Key Club). Among his community service activities, he volunteers as a tutor with the Adult Literacy Program and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).”
My wife of 52 years and mother of our four sons sings in the parish choir and also sings with the Masterworks Chorale. She is a full time instructor in English at West Georgia Technical College and writes publicity articles for Newnan Theatre Company and Masterworks Chorale.
I grew up Episcopalian in Mississippi and was lucky enough to find a cradle-Episcopalian husband in Mike. We moved to Newnan on January 1, 1997, and have gone to St. Paul’s ever since, watching it grow tremendously over the years.
Mike and I have 3 children, Kate and Mary Brooks (both attend University of Georgia), and Rob, who is a freshman at Newnan High. I teach at White Oak Elementary and love seeing students get excited about reading.
I am honored to have been elected to the Vestry and feel that St. Paul’s is on a great course with Fr. Allan and our wonderful staff.
My wife Anne Josey and I have been attending St. Paul’s since we moved to Newnan 17 years ago. Prior to St. Paul’s we attended St. Andrews in the Pines in Peachtree City and St. Luke’s in Atlanta. Anne and I have two children that were fortunate enough to have been raised at St. Paul’s and participated as acolytes. Taylor, Jr. is a first year law student at UGA and Sam is a college sophomore, also at UGA. My mother Frances Josey was also a parishioner for many years before her death in 2008. In my professional life I am a partner at Josey, Young & Brady Realty where I specialize in commercial real estate leasing and sales.
I feel fortunate to have found such a wonderful spiritual home at St. Paul’s. Having been baptized and confirmed here, I can truly say there has not been a more important ingredient to my spiritual journey than the love, warmth and acceptance we have encountered here. I love the diversity of this parish and the fact that so many members of our church come from different walks of life and religious backgrounds.
Anne and I have served St. Paul’s in many capacities over the years and I currently lead an usher team and serve as a verger and greeter. I view serving on the Vestry as a wonderful opportunity to serve God and to enhance my own contribution toward this parish and its members.