CLERGY, STAFF, & LAY LEADERSHIP
Our Amazing Team
The Rev. Canon Cynthia Hizer
The Rev. Canon Cynthia Hizer started her journey at Good Shepherd in 1992 as a parishioner.
At that time she was a food writer, cookbook author and organic farmer. She organized an organic farmers’ cooperative to Atlanta chefs and in 1992 was named the first Land Steward of the Year by the Georgia Organics Association.
From Good Shepherd she was called into the ministry and has served the church since then. She is retired as Canon of Development in the Episcopal Church of Navajoland (ECN), as a missioner of the National Church. In Navajoland she served as Vicar of the historic mission church, wrote grants and started businesses for self-empowerment, food justice and financial sustainability.
She and her spouse Margaret donated their successful handmade soap business to ECN, rebranded as SHIMA of Navajoland.
Cynthia is married to Margaret Putnam, who is Canon of Administration and Assistant to the Bishop of Navajoland. Cynthia has one son, Andrew, who passed away in 2020. She has returned to her farm outside of Covington. She is a spiritual director and meditation leader.
The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace
The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace has been the college chaplain at Oxford College of Emory University since 2009. He also served on the City Council in Oxford from 2012-2016 and has had stints on the board of the National Association of College and University Chaplains as well as the Chaplaincy Advisory Board at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. His first book was released in late 2022, The Sacred Year: A Contemplative Journey through the Liturgical Year. His current book project is exploring faith and meaning in the music of Jimmy Buffett.
Prior to Oxford, Pace was the associate chaplain at Wofford College and has also served as a minister in the British Methodist Church on the Isle of Wight. He grew up in Spartanburg, SC.
Lyn earned both his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He earned his BA degree in Religion and History from Wofford College in 1999.
Lyn is married to Ami Hernández, and they have one child, Sam (11). He’s an avid reader, runner, loves the music of Jimmy Buffett (and music in general) as well as good food and drink, especially when it involves gathering with others around the table.
GOOD SHEPHERD STAFF
The Rev'd Canon Cynthia Hizer - Priest
The Rev'd Dr. Lyn Pace - Guest Pastor
Joanne Cobb Brown, Director of Music & Organist
Hallie Sway, Bookkeeper / Accountant
Jackie Rutberg, Rector's Assistant
Vestry made up of 9 lay leaders, including the Senior and Junior Warden
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