Meet the Shepherds of St. John’s Cathedral
The Shepherds provide a caring presence through e-mail, postal mail, phone calls, and visits and coordinate the services of the Cathedral’s pastoral care ministries to the congregation. During the next months we will present profiles and photos of them.
Joyce has been a member of St. John’s Cathedral for six years. She was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan and moved down to Jacksonville eight years ago. In Lansing, Joyce was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
At St. John’s, Joyce serves as an Usher and Greeter at the 11 a.m. Service. She also assists in the Cathedral Book Store when needed. But wait, there’s more. On the first Monday of the month, you’ll find her helping to prepare dinner at the Sulzbacher Center for hundreds of hungry people.
Joyce is a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King and like others, has pledged herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism. The Daughters are an integral part of the Family Promise program, purchase gifts for St. Mary’s Christmas Store, and are involved in other outreach activities. Joyce also joined with others this last year to participate in the eleven-week Alpha course, during which members have a chance to explore the Christian faith through lively discussion.
Helping others is important to Joyce and is a major reason for becoming a Shepherd. She was a cashier for many years and we all know how many different kinds of personalities are involved in that job. Such a talent will serve her well.
Welcome, Joyce, to the Shepherds, where your loving skills will be put to good use.
Chuck has been a member at St. John's Cathedral since the fall of 2010 and is originally from Nashville, Tennessee where he grew up at St. David's Episcopal Church. He is a Cradle Episcopalian from a long line several generations back! Chuck lived in Cookeville, TN where he graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1986. He has also called Baton Rouge, Key West, Atlanta, and San Francisco home!
Since joining St. John’s, Chuck has mostly volunteered as an Acolyte and Eucharistic Minister. He has done sleepovers with the Family Promise program and attended Cursillo at Camp Weed. He is currently Co-Facilitating "Church on the Mat" yoga with Megan Cochran for Summer 2017.
Outside of St. John’s, Chuck is married to Paul Hines. They recently had a small private ceremony with close friends in June and will have a larger Celebration of Marriage in November with tons of friends and family! They have two dogs and live in Jax Beach. Professionally, Chuck is a Kitchen and Bath Designer and manages R Cabinet Studio in Jacksonville Beach. They have ten employees and do fantastic kitchens, baths, and interior design! He is also the VP of Professional Development for the North Florida Kitchen and Bath Association. In this volunteer role, he prepares other designers for taking a national test to get their certifications. He finds it an amazing thing to train his peers and potential competitors!
Chuck is also a licensed Realtor with First Coast Sotheby's International Realty! Aside from that, you can usually find him practicing yoga – a lot ! He loves to cook and is quite a foodie, so a good restaurant is always a treat!
Chuck became a Shepherd because he was asked! He has a belief that if he is asked to do something important that he should be a "yes" and step into that role, no matter how challenging. He has remained a Shepherd because he sees value in creating a community and even though the group has not yet been widely-accessed by the parish, it is good to know that they are here and available.
Is there anything else he’d like to share? Hmmm, Chuck could write a book! Most importantly, he feels that everyone has an important story to tell. His is a story rooted in recovery! He is seven years sober. He gives God thanks every day for another day of sobriety and freedom from drugs and alcohol. He grew up in an alcoholic family, so his personal journey has been very rewarding. Chuck tends to look at life with a positive attitude and an energetic enthusiasm. He works too much and is happily grateful when a friend pulls him away from his work to play and enjoy life – otherwise, he would probably just keep “doing"!
Welcome, Chuck, to the Shepherds, where you will surely be busy tending to many Cathedral sheep.
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