Reverend Geoffrey P. Evans
Reverend Geoffrey (Geoff) Evans became the fifth rector of Holy Trinity in the spring of 2014. Before his time at Holy Trinity, Geoff served as Assistant to the Rector for Worship, Christian Education, Young Adults, and Family Ministries at Saint Mary’s on the Highland’s in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently serves on the board of Camp McDowell in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Following his undergraduate studies at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Geoff worked for Impact Alabama as a debate coach in the Birmingham City Schools.
Geoff’s belief is that “everybody is called to service in some capacity” and his calling back to the Church in his sophomore year of college was a “mix of God’s will and my personal choices.” Through a combination of incredible priest mentors and “God’s working through the Church,” Geoff found his path and completed his theological studies at Virginia Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. During his time at Virginia Seminary, Geoff met his wife, Emily Robertson Evans of Jackson, Mississippi. In 2013, Emily and Geoff welcomed their first child, daughter Parker, into the world. His favorite down-time activities include reading, socializing with friends and family, as well as outdoor time including running and nature walks with his family.
Upon arriving at Holy Trinity, Geoff immediately realized that a unique church community exists here. He believes the parishioners have a “blend of faithfulness and thoughtfulness that people in the world are hungry for.” His prayer is that others will realize this unique blend that Holy Trinity has to offer and feel welcomed into this community.
You can hear Geoff on Two Priests in a Pod here.
Reverend Jonathan Chesney
The Reverend Jonathan Chesney joined Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in the summer of 2014. Jonathan was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, but moved several times throughout his childhood. Ultimately his family settled in Birmingham, Alabama for the majority of Jonathan’s late adolescence; therefore Jonathan feels like Birmingham is his “home.” He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and completed his theological studies at Virginia Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
Jonathan describes his calling to serve the Church as a gradual process of realizing what his God given gifts were and how those gifts could be used through ministry. He strongly believes that his “life is itself a gift and that ministry is a worthwhile way to use that gift.” Given that youth ministry was such an important part of his young life, Jonathan served for four years as the youth minister at Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama before seminary.
Although he hasn’t had a lot of downtime recently, Jonathan likes to read, write, and loves anything to do outdoors – fishing, hiking, etc. He has one younger brother, Andrew, and his parents, Jim and Valerie Chesney. In Jonathan’s new home at Holy Trinity, along with several ministry interests, he hopes to find community opportunities to put his “heart for mission and ministry for the less fortunate” to