The Rev. Michael Billingsley is St. Andrew’s Interim Priest. Fr. Mike is a retired priest who was ordained in 1992 after a career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has served parishes in both Georgia and Massachusetts, and as Chaplain at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. He holds degrees from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (B.S.), Purdue University (M.S.E.) and Virginia Theological Seminary (M. Div.). Fr. Mike and his wife, Judy, are also members of St. Andrew’s.
Benjamin Gessner is a student at McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta working toward a Master’s in Theological Studies. He most recently served as the Director of Music of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Albany, GA. Originally from the Hudson Valley, NY, Benjamin was baptized into the United Methodist Church, and confirmed in the Reformed Church of America. He began organ studies with Mary Ellen Hubbard in 2010. Since that time, Benjamin has served Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, and Roman Catholic communities.
Benjamin completed an M.M. at Mercer University in May of 2021, studying organ with Dr. Jack Mitchener and church music with Dr. Nathan Myrick. Previous organ teachers include John Rose and Christopher Houlihan at Trinity College, CT. At Mercer, Benjamin was named as a fellow on the Music and Human Flourishing Research Project, funded by a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. Under the supervision of Dr. Myrick, he is co-authoring a chapter for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Community Singing. Benjamin’s academic interests include ritual studies, liturgical revision, and communal authenticity.
When not at the console, Benjamin can be found poring over theological commentaries (or hymnals, or prayer books), going for short hikes, or just watching Netflix. He is excited to start a new phase of his ministry and grow in his calling at St. Andrew’s.
Casie Groover joined the staff of St. Andrew’s in the Pines in July 2015 as our part-time Parish Administrator.
Casie Groover lives in Peachtree City with her husband, Bert and two children, Mayson and Marian. Casie has a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University and sings with the choir at St. Paul’s, Newnan and around the community. She enjoys reading, doing puzzles of all kinds, and exploring the cart paths with her family. Before coming to Peachtree City, Casie worked in the office of Trinity Episcopal, Columbus for eight years.