Our Clergy

"He calls them to lead your holy people in love, nourish them by your word and strengthen them through the sacraments. Father, they are to give their lives in your service and for the salvation of your people as they strive to grow in the likeness of Christ and honor you by their courageous witness of faith and love."

— Preface to the Liturgy of the Chrism Mass

Fr. Henry Atem

 

Fr. Henry Atem has been the pastor of St. George since June 2012. He attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned his Masters in Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Systematic Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2008, by Archbishop Wilton Gregory. He served as parochial vicar at St. Peter Chanel, Roswell (June 2008 – June 2011), and St. Patrick, Norcross (June 2011 – June 2012). His hobbies are reading, watching TV, and playing soccer and tennis. He was elected to serve as the National President of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS) in August 2013.

 

Email: frhenry@stgeorgenewnan.org

Fr. Alvaro Avendaño

 

Father Alvaro D. Avendaño was born in Santa Rosa de Osos, Antioquia, Colombia. He attended seminary at Seminario de Misioneros Extranjeros de Yarumal in Medellin, Colombia. He was ordained on June 6, 1992 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Father Avendaño was the second Latin American to be ordained for the archdiocese. He has served as parochial vicar at various parishes such as Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta, Holy Cross Church, Atlanta, and the Cathedral of Christ the King. Father Alvaro has also served at St. Joseph Church, Marietta, Good Shepherd Church, Cumming, Holy Trinity Church, Peachtree City, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta, and St. Mark Church, Clarkesville. He also served as the administrator of St. Helena Mission, Clayton, recently elevated to a parish, from 2012 to 2015. Father Alvaro retired in November 2016 and is a priest-in-residence at St. George.

Deacon Steve Beers

 

Rev. Mr. Steve Beers was ordained in 2000. Deacon Beers is a business consultant and small business owner. He and his wife, June, have two children and three grandchildren. Deacon Steve and June have been parishioners of St. George since 1987.

 

Email: deaconbeers@stgeorgenewnan.org

Deacon Jim Bishop, Retired

 

Rev. Mr. Jim Bishop was ordained in 2002. Deacon Bishop is a school bus driver for the Coweta County School System. He and his wife, Andrea, have six children and seven grandchildren. Deacon Jim and Andrea have been parishioners of St. George since 1986. Deacon Bishop retired in 2017.

 

Email: deaconbishop@stgeorgenewnan.org

Deacon Ed Buckley

 

Rev. Mr. Ed Buckley was ordained in 2018. Deacon Ed retired as a Delta pilot and currently serves as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator for the English-speaking community. He and his wife, Ikumi, have been St. George parishioners since 2003.

 

Email: deaconbuckley@stgeorgenewnan.org

Deacon Bill Heinsch

Rev. Mr. Bill Heinsch was ordained in February, 2002. He is retired from Kraft Foods. He and his wife Shirley have three adult children and four grandchildren. They recently joined St.George coming from St. Michael the Archangel in Woodstock where Bill served as a deacon for 16 years.

email: deaconheinsch@stgeorgenewnan.org

Our Staff

Linda Buisson is the Preschool Director. The preschool offers classes for 3 and 4-year olds and is open to children of all faiths.  Linda's office hours are Monday to Friday 8:15am-12:30pm. 

Office Phone: 770-683-8994

Preschool Phone: 770-683-8996

Email: lbuisson@stgeorgenewnan.org

Connie Cebulski is the head of Facilities Maintenance and Grounds Keeping. Connie ensures that the facilities and equipment are in a clean, orderly, and functional condition. She responds to emergency situations, such as power failure, plumbing, heating and cooling, and vandalism. She and her husband, Joe Cebulski, maintain the grounds at the parish.

Mer Cormier is the Business Manager. She is responsible for accounting, including bills for the church and preschool. In her duties, Mer reconciles all accounts and prepares the church's financial statements.

 

Phone: 770-683-8972
Email: mcormier@stgeorgenewnan.org

Lynnette Oehrke is the Administrative Assistant. Lynnette is responsible for scheduling appointments for the clergy, correspondence, updating the parish database, special projects, mailings and booking the church and/or hall for baptisms, weddings, receptions, etc.

 

Phone: 770-683-8857
Email: loehrke@stgeorgenewnan.org

Libi Roberts is the Faith Formation Coordinator & Bilingual Parish Secretary. Libi provides support for the clergy, staff, and parishioners of St. George. She is the main point of contact for the Hispanic communities and their ministries. She assists the Faith Formation Department administratively.

 

Phone: 770-683-8976
Email: lroberts@stgeorgenewnan.org

Sean Thomas is the Youth Minister. Sean is responsible for the middle school youth group, high school youth group and the Confirmation Program. 

Phone: 770-683-8978

Email: sthomas@stgeorgenewnan.org

Martha Vahanian is the Director of Faith Formation. Martha oversees K-12 Faith Formation, including the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. In addition, she oversees the RCIA, RICA, and Adult Faith Formation programs and events.

 

Phone: 770-683-8979

Email: mvahanian@stgeorgenewnan.org

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