The Rev. Daniel Adkinson
Daniel and Holly followed God’s leading into ministry straight out of college at the University of Georgia. Daniel has a background in youth ministry and served on staff with Young Life. He became interested in the Great Tradition of Christianity while earning a Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and joined the staff of Christ Church in Plano, TX. He was ordained in 2009 and served as the first Executive Director of Anglican 1000 - an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America. At Christ Church Plano, he also served as Vicar responsible for all day to day operations of a large, multi-staff Anglican parish under the leadership and guidance of the Rev. Canon David Roseberry.
In 2015, the Adkinson family found that we were being called back to North Georgia in order to be close to our families and to start a new Anglican church in the strategic city of Athens. As they explored this call, they were thrilled to discover that others had been praying that God would call someone to plant an Anglican church in this diverse, university environment. It is clear that God is at work orchestrating a Gospel movement in the heart of Athens. Daniel and Holly have two kids: Noah and Zoe.
Chris Sieggen, Director of Music
Chris and Britta were involved with an Anglican Church plant in Kansas City for fourteen years. Chris was on staff as the worship leader and office administrator. Over the last couple of years, he also had the opportunity to work for Bishop Todd Hunter in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others as his Chief Administrator and as an interim worship leader and audio engineer at Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park, KS.
When the opportunity arose to come to Athens, Chris was also discerning a call to go to seminary and pursue ordination. Through a mutual discernment process with Fr. Daniel and from supporters in Kansas City, the Sieggens felt God was calling them to move to Athens to become a part of St. Thomas (part-time) and to begin the Masters of Divinity program at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Through God's grace and provision, the Sieggens arrived in Athens in Dec. 2017 and are excited to be a part of the amazing things God is doing through St. Thomas. They love good music, food, warm weather and laughter and vibrant relationships!
Haley Allen, Director of Family Ministry
Haley takes pride in being a native Athenian. Born and raised on Prince Avenue, she graduated from her hometown University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Since high school, Haley has sensed God’s call on her life to work with children. Growing up swimming at the Ramsey Center, she has coached for swim teams in Athens and Oconee since 2005. After graduation she taught for three years at Westminster Christian Academy in Watkinsville, where she led a Pre-K classroom with Holly Adkinson and got to know the Adkinson family. There God began to cultivate her passion for the spiritual formation of children.
This past year Haley served as the Preschool Ministry Associate at Prince Avenue Baptist Church, grateful to spend her first year of ministry at her home church. Since the Adkinson’s welcomed her into their family, she began praying for St. Thomas and what God had planned for this body of believers, never suspecting yet thrilled to realize He intended to include her as a part of this growing ministry. Typically you can find her at Avid Bookshop or Hendershots with her nose in a book, or making dairy-free cupcakes with Holly & Zoe. Also, Haley will begin work on a MA in Literacies and Children’s Literature from UGA starting next Spring.
Austin “Tex” Bagley, Sr. Warden
Austin “Tex” Bagley and his wife Marissa met in Athens while both were students at UGA. When he was 21 years old, Tex left Athens to begin work with Hands and Feet Ministries along the Mexican/US boarder. As the Field Director for Hands and Feet’s Piedras Negras and Nava, Mexico Mission, Tex spent four years working with a team of missionaries and local ministry leaders. After their time in Mexico, the Bagleys moved to Albuquerque, NM and spent three years helping start a new church. In 2014 after their second child was born, the Bagleys moved back to Georgia to be closer to family.
Tex and Marissa have three kiddos, Abigail, Malachi, and Eleanor. Since returning to Georgia, the Bagley’s have found their home within the Anglican Church. Tex and Marissa were confirmed in the Anglican Church in November of 2015. After spending 10 years away from the Classic City, the Bagley’s returned to Athens to be a part of the St. Thomas family in April of 2017. Tex is currently pursuing ordination as a Deacon and serves as the Senior Warden of our Vestry. Tex also has amazing trailer driving skills, which comes in handy when having a mobile church!