CLERGY

THE REV. MARSHALL HUEY, RECTOR

rector@oldstandrews.org

   

The Rev. Marshall Huey is the 19th Rector of Old St. Andrew's Parish Church. Marshall became the Rector effective October 1, 2006, and was formally installed by the Bishops of South Carolina at a festival Eucharist Sunday night, November 5. Marshall previously served as the Assistant Rector of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour on John's Island, near Kiawah and Seabrook. Marshall is a graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt Law School, and was an attorney for 15 years before entering seminary in 1998 at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

   
Marshall has two sons, Gordon and James. Marshall serves on the Board of Trustees for Sewanee and the Board of Trustees for the Diocese of SC. He 

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 also is the Bishop's Representative to Cursillo and is a member of the Board of the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. He is committed to deepening our Christian walk at Old St. Andrew's through worship, Christian education and discipleship programs.

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THE REV. JOSEPH VELLA

ASSISTANT TO THE RECTOR

frjoe@oldstandrews.org

The Rev. Joe Vella began as Assistant to the Rector on August 1, 2013. He was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, and graduated in the Class of 1966 at Beaufort High School. He attended The University of the South; graduated from The University of South Carolina, B.A. 1984; and Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, M.Div. 1988. In Charleston, he was ordained a Deacon in 1988 and a Priest on May 24, 1989 by The Right Reverend C. FitzSimons Allison at St. John's, Oakland, where he was Rector. After twelve years of ordained, parish ministry, he was accepted into a Chaplain Residency at Tampa General Hospital, where he earned a Level II in Clinical Pastoral Education, 2001. He was granted an 

Ecclesiastical Endorsement in Healthcare, and was a Chaplain with The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast in Pinellas County. He is married to Judy Rentiers of Charleston, and they have three adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Summerville.

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THE REV. DAVID ALWINE

ASSISTANT TO THE RECTOR

frdavid@oldstandrews.org

The Rev. David Alwine has served as rector of churches in the dioceses of South Carolina, West Tennessee and Texas. In 2014 he retired from active ministry and moved back to Charleston, where he began his priestly ministry as an assistant at St. Michael’s. The big draw, besides living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, was being close to family. His ministry stands on a commitment to study, preach and teach the Scriptures; an openness to the power of the Spirit; and a desire to help the church and individual Christians grow as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

He and his wife Margaret have two children. They are blessed that their son Andrew, his wife Megan, and their six daughters attend 

Old St. Andrews. Thankfully their daughter Mary Frances, her husband Mark and their two children live just a day's drive away in Virginia. David loves nothing better than a long hike in the woods, a day at the ballpark, a good detective novel, and time spent with family, especially the grandchildren!

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THE REV. LEE HERSHON

DEACON EMERITUS

The Rev. Lee Hershon comes to us from Grace Church, Charleston. He was ordained a Deacon on September 11, 2021. Dr. Hershon was a practicing orthodontist, with offices at Trident Hospital and Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre. As a Board-Certified orthodontist he was in full time practice for 39 years. He was also a clinical associate professor at MUSC. Dr. Hershon holds degrees form Rutgers College, University of Maryland, and The Harvard School of Dental Medicine. 

   

Lee is married to Nina Haskins of Macon, Georgia. They have three grown children, Lawrence, Marissa, and Danielle, all who grew up on Wappoo Creek and have pluff mud between their toes! Nina and Lee have been married for 44 wonderful years and have traveled the world extensively.

   

As a Christian by choice, Lee converted from Judaism and was baptized on Octob er 31, 1999, at Grace Church. His Hebrew heritage has fostered a strong interest in the connections between the Old and New Testaments, with emphasis on the Jewish origins of Christianity.

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THE RT. REV. WILLIAM J. SKILTON

BISHOP SUFFRAGAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, RETIRED

ASSISTANT BISHOP, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, RETIRED

BISHOP IN RESIDENCE, OLD ST, ANDREW'S PARISH CHURCH

Born in Habana, Cuba, The Rt. Rev. William Skilton received his early education at The Cathedral School and Ruston Academy in Habana and came to the US during the summer of 1957, working as Waterfront Director at Camp Greenville (YMCA) in Cedar Mountain, NC.  Unable to then return to Cuba due to political unrest, Rev. Skilton lived in Columbia, SC, where he attended Dreher High School, and in 1958 entered The Citadel in 

Charleston, SC, where he graduated in 1962 with a BS in Education. During his time at The Citadel, Bishop Skilton served as Senior Warden of St. Alban's Chapel and President of the Religious Council.

Sponsored by the Diocese of South Carolina and the Episcopal Church of Cuba, he entered the School of Theology in July, 1962, and graduated in 1965 with a Licentiate in Theology. He was ordained Deacon in July of that year in Florence, SC, by the Rt. Rev. Gray Temple, Bishop of SC, and by the Rt. Rev. Hugo Blankingship, retired Bishop of Cuba and Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, in January, 1966.

   

Bishop Skilton married Lynda Padgett of Walterboro, SC, in August of 1963, and the two were appointed missionaries to the Dominican Republic, serving there from 1965 through 1972. Working in the midst of the revolution and unrest, his work was primarily in the field of education with a congregation and school, and late in 1966 he founded the Liceo Episcopal "Todos los Santos" (high school). The school continues to offer quality primary, middle and secondary education to this day.

   

The Skiltons and their two daughters returned to the US in 1972, having been part of the election and consecration of the first Dominican Bishop in 1971.  On returning to South Carolina, Bishop Skilton served in Grahamville and Bluffton for one year, and was appointed Campus Minister for the Diocese, serving primarily as Chaplain to The Citadel and The College of Charleston.  In 1974 he was made Canon Chaplain of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston, and following this ministry he served as Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, also in Charleston, from 1976 through 1985.

   

The Skiltons returned to the Dominican Republic in 1985, serving as Vicar of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sato Domingo, Pastor of The Union Church of Santo Domingo, Chaplain to The Convent of the Order of The Transfiguration, and Chaplain of The Center of Theological Studies (CET). They then returned to South Carolina in 1988, where he served as Rector of St. Thomas, North Charleston, until his election to the Episcopate in 1995.

   

William Skilton was consecrated Bishop on March 2, 1996, with three consecrating Bishops from Cuba and three from South Carolina.

   

As Bishop Suffragan his responsibilities included overseeing the Diocesan involvement in world mission, college ministries, Hispanic/Latino ministries, helping in areas assigned by the Diocesan Bishop, and serving on several boards. In the wider Church, Bishop Skilton served as chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, Convenor of the joint Covenant Committee of the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Province of Central America (IARCA), and Chairman of the Board of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK). He was President of the Board of the Christian Action Council, the only statewide ecumenical agency in South Carolina.

   

Bishop Skilton began working with The Daughters of the King when he encouraged the formation of a Chapter at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Charleston in the 1970s, and served as Diocesan Chaplain and became Province IV Chaplain in 2003.  He has served since then with a only short hiatus from 2009 to 2012, and became International Chaplain in 2009.

   

In December of 2015, Bishop Skilton's wife of 52 year died. 

   

In February of 2017, Bishop Skilton married Deborah Tillman Causey, whom he had known since his days as Episcopal Chaplain at The Citadel.

   

Bishop Skilton is ever-active in international ministry, especially in the Dominican Republic, where he was honored by the Dominican Episcopal Church for his significant ministry by the naming of their Retreat Center in Boca Chica as The Bishop Skilton Conference Center.