Serving With Gladness
The Rev. Laurie M. Brock,
Since 2010, St. Michael’s has been under the leadership of Alabama native (Roll Tide!) Laurie Brock. She's the author of Where God Hides Holiness, Horses Speak of God: How Horses Can Teach Us to Listen and Be Transformed, and her latest book, God, Grace, and Horses. She is a frequent contributor to books and online spirituality resources, as well as a speaker at local and national events about faith.
Laurie brings a great deal of joy and compassion to the community of St. Michael’s. She's also an avid equestrian and lets horses teach her about God, joy, and patience.
Laurie graduated from law school at the University of Alabama and received her Masters of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 2002. Before coming to St. Michael’s, she served churches in Mobile, Alabama and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Phone: (859) 277-7511
The Rev. W. Jessee Neat,
Recently retired, Fr. Neat served congregations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Kentucky. Before being ordained as a priest, Fr. Neat served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
The Rev. Margaret Shanks,
The Rev. Margaret Shanks began her ministry with us in January 2023. She retired as rector of the Church of the Resurrection in 2021. As a deacon and priest, before her time at Resurrection, she served in many roles and churches in the Diocese of Lexington. She received her Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary with Anglican work at Seabury in Chicago. Before seminary and ordination to the priesthood, Margaret worked in the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection.
Mtr. Margaret is deeply committed to social justice issues and spiritual development. She will celebrate and preach at our Wednesday services once a month and on Sundays regularly. She is also available for pastoral care and conversation.