Board of Directors

Strong leadership that’s straight from the heart.

The ECF Board of Directors is comprised of lay and ordained persons from around the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The churches and worshiping communities of our Diocese are organized into eleven regional convocations, and there is one designated appointee from each convocation who serves as a member of our Board of Directors. The Bishop of Atlanta serves ex officio as a Director, and at any time there are up to fifteen additional at-large board members who serve with skills and experience necessary to carry out the mission of ECF.

Mrs. Mary-Kathryn Boler (she/her/hers)

Vice Chair

Mary-Kathryn Boler, CFRE has 30 years’ experience in education and economic development program creation and funding. As Director of Development for Kennesaw State University. She partners with foundations, corporations, and individuals to support the University’s Bagwell College of Education. She also shares her development expertise with other nonprofits as a grant writing instructor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Prior to joining KSU Mary-Kathryn was the Senior Director of Development for TAG Education Collaborative, where she brought hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education initiatives to students in grades K-12. Earlier in her career Mary-Kathryn was the chief executive officer of Catapult Strategic Consulting, where she increased the success and sustainability of over 500 entrepreneurial businesses and nonprofit organizations. Mary-Kathryn also has extensive experience developing entrepreneurial programs, such as technology business incubators and small business loan funds, for economic development authorities throughout the country.

Mary-Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Mary-Kathryn and her husband Kent are proud parents of two children, Matt and Finn, and they are members of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta. Before moving to Georgia, Mary-Kathryn helped launch St. John’s Parish Day School and served on the inaugural board of directors for the St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Mrs. Ann F. Burton (she/her/hers)

North Atlanta Convocation

Ann Burton recently retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association; she was in the Coca-Cola system for 14 years and was responsible for all financial aspects of the Association and in addition, worked with the Independent Bottlers across the United States to provide various programs for their operations.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, Ann served as COO and CFO for Monarch Beverages, a 3rd tier independent Beverage Company in Atlanta. Before joining Monarch, she served as CFO for AJC International, a global procurement and sale of frozen meat, poultry, pork, seafood and vegetable products.

She graduated from Georgia State University and received a degree in Accounting.

Ann is married with adult children and is a long-term member of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. She currently serves as finance chair and has served on the vestry in the past. Over the years, she has been involved in outreach and in-reach projects for St. Martin’s, serving as chair for some of the major fundraisers for outreach such as the Annual Bazaar.

When time permits, Ann enjoys, boating, golf and visiting her children who both reside out of state.

Mark John DiGiovanni (he/him/his)

Northeast Metro Convocation

Mark DiGiovanni grew up in Rochester, NY, the son of a firefighter and a homemaker. After graduating from SUNY, Oswego in 1975, Mark moved to Athens, Georgia to begin his first career as an Industrial Arts teacher. Mark met his future wife in 1978, fellow teacher and Georgia native Beth Rainwater. They married in 1983, moved to Atlanta, and Mark began his career in financial services. During the 1980's Mark completed his MBA at Kennesaw State University and passed the CPA Exam. Mark and Beth ended the decade with the birth of daughter Mara.

Mark started Marathon Financial Strategies in 1995. Mark began running in 1969, so the 'Marathon' name was a natural choice. The name serves as a reminder that achieving worthwhile goals requires the same persistence and discipline as running a marathon. In addition to starting his business in the 1990's, Mark earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. Mark also served in 2002 as president of the Georgia Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Mark has been named a "Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager" by Atlanta Magazine in each of the last eleven years. In 2010, Mark was selected as one of only seven CFP Ambassadors by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. As a CFP Ambassador, Mark communicates to consumers the importance of personal financial planning and the need for a Certified Financial Planner professional.

Mark understands the importance of a healthy body, mind, and soul. He exercises daily. He is a voracious reader and has written seven books. He has been a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Snellville since 1989 and is active on the finance and stewardship committees. Mark volunteers to speak to groups interested in raising their financial IQ. His interests include history, music, movies, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of sports.

The Rev. Clayton D. Harrington (he/him/his)

Oconee Convocation

The Rev. Clayton Harrington is the Episcopal Campus Missioner at the University of Georgia and Diocesan Campus Missioner of the Diocese of Atlanta. He is also the Associate Rector for Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. In these roles, Clayton is passionate about the potential of Christian community, worship, and service to empower youth and young adults to grow into the people that God has made them to be.

Before coming to Athens, Clayton was the Program Coordinator for Youth Ministry at the Cathedral of St. Philip, from June 2017 to June 2018. He was also the Seminarian of the Cathedral from August 2015 to May 2017.

Clayton earned a BA in History and Religion from Campbell University in North Carolina (May 2014). Clayton is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University, having earned a Master of Divinity with a Certificate in Episcopal Studies (May 2017).

Mrs. Elizabeth B. Howell (she/her/hers)


Beth Howell is President & CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC), a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the health and wellbeing of children and families. ARMHC provides temporary housing and support services to families with ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals. She is responsible for operations of 2 houses that currently include 81 rooms, as well as scholarship program that provides over 70 scholarships annually. Under her leadership, ARMHC introduced Atlanta’s first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program in October 2016. The Care Mobile’s mission is to bring asthma care to children where they live, learn, and play. In August of 2017, the organization launched a new Ronald McDonald Family Room program located on the inpatient oncology floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Family Room will provide a peaceful place of respite for families, allowing parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team which improves adherence to complicated treatment plans.

Prior to her tenure at ARMHC, Howell worked for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for over two decades. She joined Children’s in 1990 to assist with program planning. In 2001, she became Chief Compliance Officer and was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Oversight in 2004, before being named Vice President of Academic Administration in 2008. As Vice President of Academic Administration, Howell led the expansion efforts related to research and teaching in collaboration with academic partners, such as Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also served as the Administrative Director of the Pediatric Center of Georgia, a non-profit corporation supporting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. The Pediatric Center includes more than 300 Emory University School of Medicine faculty working in more than 20 specialties and subspecialties that are actively involved with pediatric clinical care, teaching, research and child advocacy efforts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.

Howell is a native of Atlanta and earned her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College. She and her husband, Bob, are native Atlantans and are also Rotarians.

Mrs. Megan E. Hulgan (she/her/hers)

East Atlanta Convocation

Megan Hulgan, 40, is the current Director of Food Ministry at Covington First United Methodist Church, a position she has held since December 2017. The mission of the CFUMC Food Pantry is to end hunger in Newton County for God's glory, and Megan is able to work every day with a diverse group of volunteers and donors to move closer to that goal. Megan has a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and has worked in family reconciliation, hospital social work, homicide victims’ assistance, foster parent training, domestic abuse survivor counseling, and volunteer management.

Megan is an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Covington and has served as a volunteer with Sack Lunch Saturday, nursery, choir, the stewardship committee, and fundraising events. She and her husband Jonathan have two children, 12 and 8, who attend the Newton County Theme School, and they have lived in Covington since August 2013. Megan has previously served as a Cub Scout den leader and Girl Scout troop leader, and remains a committed Scout Mom. Megan enjoys hiking, running, and cycling around Covington, and running into friends along the way.

Mrs. Stephanie A. Johnson (she/her/hers)

Middle Georgia Convocation

Stephanie A. Kaigler Johnson, born in Montezuma, Georgia, is a graduate of Macon County High School. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Savannah State University with a B.S. in Accounting. She has completed graduate work from several universities including Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH) – MBA (Systems Management), 1989; Georgia Southwestern College (Americus, GA) – Business Education Certification, 2002; University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA) – Ed. S., Business Education, 2005; Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, GA) - Ed .S.- Educational Leadership Certification, 2007; Instructional Coaching Endorsement, Middle Georgia RESA, 2014; Computer Science Endorsement, Middle Georgia RESA, 2021.

Family: For 22 years, Stephanie has been married to Mr. Carroll (CJ) Johnson. Combined, they have four adult children. They love and enjoy Cassidy, their 2-year-old Shih Tzu.

Occupation: Stephanie is an educator for the Peach County Board of Education since 2000. In the past, she has also served as an adjunct professor for two of the local universities. Prior to working for Peach County Board of Education, she gained substantial work experience from the IBM Corporation as an Account Systems Engineer; Accounting and Computing Consulting Entrepreneur; and West Central Georgia Community Action Council, Director of Administrative Services.

Church History: Stephanie was baptized at an early age in the family church, Second Salem Baptist Church, of Montezuma, GA. She has been an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church since 1995. She was re-confirmed at St Luke’s Episcopal Church of Fort Valley, Georgia in 1988 by the late Father Hugie Walker. Prior to moving to Warner Robins, Georgia, she was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio in which she was confirmed on December 5, 1982.

Activities: An active member for more than 25 years, Stephanie is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Home Eucharistic Visitor, and president of Daughters of the King. In the past, she has served in various roles: Chairperson of Stewardship, Chairperson of Communications Committee, Member of Fellowship Committee, Foyer participant, and past vestry member and Senior Warden. Additionally, she serves in a variety of community roles, including president of the Fort Valley Area Savannah State University National Alumni Association (SSUNAA) Chapter, Middle Georgia First Lego League (FLL) Tournament Director, First Tech Challenge (FTC) Mentor, and Robins STARBASE 2.0 Adviser.

Ellen G. Jones (she/her/hers)

At-Large and Chair, Planned Giving Committee

Ellen Jones is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University. She is pursuing the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy CAP designation from The American College.

Ellen joined the Habitat for Humanity Resource Development team in the fall of 2014 after serving 12 years in major and planned giving in higher education.

She has been a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners since 2011. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planned Giving Council.

She and her husband, Mitch, live in Atlanta and are presently seeking a new church home. They have two adult children, one grandchild, and a 4-legged child (who rules the nest).

Ms. Jennifer Bonds King (she/her/hers)

Mid-Atlanta Convocation

Jennifer Bonds King serves as the Administrator for the Regional Telehealth Service at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. Board Certified in Healthcare Management, she is responsible for business and clinic operations for multiple telehealth services, such as Tele-Primary Care and Tele-Ophthalmology, provided predominately to Veterans in rural Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

Jennifer is also the Principal Consultant for The Enlightenment Group, LLC, where she provides management consulting and leadership coaching for organizations and leaders in the health equity ecosystem.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida cum laude and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2016, she completed a Graduate Theological Certificate in Faith and Health from North Park Theological Seminary. She is also a Graduate of the Class of 2014 of LEAD Atlanta and a 2012 Graduate of the United Way Volunteer Involvement Program.

Jennifer is a toddler Episcopalian from the Diocese of Florida and has been an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in SW Atlanta since 2011. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, reading, Florida Gator Football, and spending time with family and friends. Jennifer blends her personal and professional lives to live out her calling of eradicating healthcare inequities and ensuring all persons are able to become their best selves.

The Rev. Canon Dr. P. Lang Lowrey, III (he/him/his)

Bishop's Representative

The Rev. Canon Dr. P. Lang Lowrey is the Canon for Christian Enterprise for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, focusing his work on special projects and new initiatives. He also does work for The Episcopal Church nationally.

Lowrey has served at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta and was founding vicar at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church and Day School in Vinings, a successful church plant that now has 2,000 people in its community. From 2010 to 2013, he was president of The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, where he led the institution through a period of broad-based restructuring and the development of new revenue streams.

After college at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, Lowrey owned and ran several successful ventures before selling them to create Buckhead Technology Angels to incubate emerging technology companies. He twice was selected to run Fortune 500 firms facing difficult challenges, implementing complex turnaround plans and securing robust equity events. Following a period of discernment, he responded to a call to ordained ministry. As a postulant from the Diocese of Atlanta, he attended Candler School of Theology and was ordained to priesthood in 2004. He received a Doctor of Ministry from General Theological Seminary.

Lowrey also currently serves as the Director of the Episcopal Studies Program at Emory University’s Candler School for Theology where, in addition to teaching courses, he arranges and supervises contextual education for Episcopal students and recruits those who teach courses required for Episcopal students.

Mr. Laurin McSwain (he/him/his)


Laurin M. McSwain is a principal of Lefkoff, Duncan, Grimes, McSwain, Hass & Hanley, P.C. Laurin concentrates his practice in estate planning, probate, and estate administration.

He works with clients in analyzing their personal and financial estate planning goals and developing strategies to accomplish those goals utilizing sophisticated estate planning techniques. Wills, trusts and other legal documents are utilized to implement these plans.

With an extensive background representing the fiduciary, Laurin works closely with both corporate and individual executors and trustees to guide them through the administrative process in an efficient and timely manner and, when appropriate and necessary, working through the courts to clarify, amend or modify documents.

Laurin was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1976 and is active in Bar Association activities including service on the Board of the Atlanta Estate Planning and Probate Section where he also served as Chair. He is a member of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, and is a frequent lecturer for the Fiduciary Law Section and community groups on estate planning and probate matters. Laurin has served the Fulton County Probate Court as a guardian ad litem and has served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for charitable matters. Laurin also serves as a Trustee of the CornerCap Group of Funds.

Additionally, Laurin contributes to the community through various activities including current service on the boards of the Alliance Of Christian Media/ Day 1, Friends of Cathedral Music, the Georgia Community Trust of BDI and the Advisory Board of the Schenck School. He has formerly served on the Boards of The American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate (past chair of the Southeast Affiliate), The University of the South, The Schenck School (Chair), The Cathedral Book Store, Holy Innocents Episcopal School, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) (past President), The Alliance for Christian Media/Day 1(Chair) and the St. Andrews- Sewanee School. Laurin completed the Philanthropic Advisory Leadership Institute sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Prior to joining Lefkoff, Duncan, Grimes, McSwain, Hass & Hanley, P.C., Laurin was a partner in the firm of Bloodworth & McSwain, an associate with Bloodworth & Nix, a principal of The Arden Group and an officer in the Trust Departments of Wachovia Bank and SunTrust Bank.

Laurin received his undergraduate degree from the University of the South (BA. 1973), in English with Honors, and his law degree from Emory University School of Law (J.D. 1976).

Ms. Victoria E. Patrick (she/her/hers)

Marietta Convocation

Victoria Patrick grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where she attended Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church. She was very active in state-wide youth retreats and served on the EYC board. While attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, she served as the college-liaison to assist in increasing student participation at St. Peter’s. After graduation, Victoria attended Georgia State University and graduated with an Ed.S. in School Psychology. Initially, Victoria worked as a School Psychologist in Gordon County, Georgia for 5 years. Next, she began employment in the Cobb County School District, where she worked for 26 years before retiring in August 2021. She looks forward to her transition into a second rewarding career.

Community involvement has included numerous activities through Hands On Atlanta, including Project Coordinator at the Salvation Army shelter, where she oversaw children’s activities led by volunteers. Through the Cobb County School District, Homelessness Program, Victoria served as a tutor for children living in temporary placements. While attending All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Victoria volunteered with the Sister’s With Pride program, a weekly activity night for girls living in the Herndan Homes community. Other volunteer activities have included Girl Scout Leader, and activities at the Giving Garden.

Victoria and her teenaged daughter have attended St. Benedict’s for 11 years. Currently, Victoria is on the Vestry, Task-Force for Reopening committee, and Daughters of the King. Previous activities have included teaching Sunday School, participating on the Children’s Ministry committee, and chairing various St. B’s retreats. She enjoys Adult Formation and virtual Compline services.

Personally, Victoria loves to read, garden, and camp.

The Rev. Trey B. Phillips (he/him/his)


Trey Phillips is the Director of Youth Ministries and a transitional deacon at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (Marietta). There his work focuses upon the Christian formation of the youth and wider parish. Trey's passion is to reinvigorate the local parish as a center for deep theological learning by employing the rich intersection of human learning sciences and religious education. Trey will be ordained to the priesthood in June 2022.

Prior to his parish employment, Trey served as a hospital chaplain at Emory University Hospital Midtown. It was a year of being pastoral amid a pandemic, as he provided hundreds of hours of spiritual and emotional support to both the hospitalized and medical staff while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trey earned his BA in Biblical Studies and Humanities with a minor in Business Management. A recent graduate from Emory University's Candler School of Theology (20T), his seminary training focused on Episcopal studies and spiritual formation. His thesis addressed how The Episcopal Church can think about questions of identity, and how the church might welcome and shape those new to the Christian faith.

Trey grew up in Alabama and lived in Indiana and South Carolina before he and his spouse, Annie, moved to Atlanta in 2017. Annie is currently a pre-K teacher at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, GA. They enjoy going to the movies, traveling, and practicing hospitality—usually through board games and cookies!

Mrs. Marjorie Morton Smith (she/her/hers)

Chatahoochee Valley Convocation

Mollie Smith is Associate General Counsel at Total System Services LLC (TSYS), a global payments solution provider and affiliate of Global Payments Inc. She is responsible for negotiating long-term agreements with North American banks for credit card transaction processing, call center, and loyalty program support services. Before moving in-house at TSYS, Mollie’s private practice primarily focused on estate planning and administration. She worked closely with individuals, advisors and community and private foundations to address families’ wealth succession needs and support planned giving efforts.

Mollie is a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, GA, where she has served in several capacities through the years. In recent years, she has devoted her attention outside of the parish to support the work of the Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM). After the retirement of CVEM’s founding director, Mollie co-chaired the Executive Director Search Committee and participated in a multi-year discernment effort to refresh the mission and strategic plan for CVEM’s continued commitment to fighting inequity and building strong communities in the Chattahoochee Valley communities.

Mollie received her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and her JD degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, and watching her son’s tennis matches and Georgia football.

The Rev. Rhett Solomon (he/him/his)


A native of New Jersey, Rhett Solomon traveled to Atlanta in the fall of 1999 to attend Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2003. After graduating Morehouse, he discerned whether to pursue doctoral work in Political Science or a call to ministry. After much prayer and consultation, he pursued active ministry. A licensed and ordained Baptist minister, Rhett served at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, from 2005 – 2008, during which time he was admitted to the MDiv program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, a program he completed in 2009.

In 2008, Rhett left Mt. Carmel Baptist Church to co-pastor Resurrected Church of Atlanta, a non-denominational church-plant based in Atlanta. He served the small congregation of Resurrected Church of Atlanta until May 2012 when the church amicably disbanded.

To prepare for this transition, Rhett enquired and was received into The Episcopal Church at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in May 2011. After years of managing a Barnes & Noble Bookstore, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia called Rhett to serve as Parish Administrator in March 2017. He served in this position until July 2021.

In the summer of 2020, Rhett earned his ThM (Master of Theology) from Candler School of Theology. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on December 19, 2020 and to the Sacred Order of Priests on June 26, 2021.

Rhett currently serves as Associate Rector at Holy Trinity Parish, where he oversees Children, Youth, and Adult Formation.

Rhett is a divorced father of two beautiful daughters, Charlotte (11) and Skye (10). He loves God, quality time with family and friends, people, and ministry. He enjoys reading, writing, poetry, music, history (African-American, British, United States, U. S. Presidential), mythology, art, traveling, hiking, tennis, swimming, basketball, movies, theater-going, playing board games and cards, and building LEGO sets.

Justin D. Streeter


Moved to metro Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. I love it here in the South although Michigan will always be home. I get back there as often as I can.

My wife Leigh was born and raised in Atlanta, and we were lucky enough to meet while I was living in Michigan. She loves being back in her hometown.

My children are grown as I started early, Elizabeth is 28 and lives in Flint, MI. Xandra is 21 and lives in Midland, MI. My dad is a Snow Bird, so it's fun to see him at his Florida residence during January to April of each year.

My stepdaughter Hillary lives in Athens where she works as a Nanny, and is going back to Brenau for her Masters.

Mr. Jeffrey T. Tindall

Northwest Georgia Convocation

Jeff Tindall grew up in Marietta, GA attending St. Catherine's Episcopal Church. A technology executive with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare software industry. He started his technical career in healthcare documentation management software with Healthcare Technologies, Inc. while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Jeff served as President of HTI Technologies, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Superior Global. As the healthcare market has evolved through the passing of the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act, he has continued to expand his expertise in the healthcare revenue cycle to include creating systems for outsourced coding, auditing, and most recently billing companies. Jeff is currently the Managing Director of Agile Innovations Group, a leading provider of outsourced innovations for enterprise business platforms and Founder/CTO of OnePoint Systems, a social advocacy platform transforming the way businesses reward consumers for brand advocacy.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and staying involved in the community. His wife, Tiffany, is a Cartersville native who graduated from the University of Georgia and currently teaches dance. Jeff and Tiffany have two children together. He oversees operations and vision of the Church of the Ascension's Red Door Food Pantry with his family where their team served more than 118,000 pounds of food to over 14,000 Bartow County patrons in 2019. Currently the President of the Rotary Club of Etowah, Jeff also serves on the boards of the BLESS Coalition, The Bookmobile, and the Steps of Faith Dance Company.

After moving to Cartersville in 2003 to be near Tiffany’s family, Jeff found his passion for remodeling and landscaping. In 2011, Jeff and Tiffany moved into the Lottie Moon house from 1856 in Downtown Cartersville and have completed numerous renovation projects in the years since. Jeff also enjoys traveling the world and scuba diving which he sometimes has good fortune to do at the same time.

Mr. Robert B. Townes, IV (he/him/his)


Robert B. Townes IV is the Executive Vice President of Sinclair, Townes & Company, an Atlanta-based fundraising consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations. Rob has over 30 years of experience in development and public relations, providing general, annual, capital, and legacy giving counsel for numerous philanthropic organizations.

Previously, he served on staff as the director of fundraising in Atlanta for the American Heart Association and The Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation. He also provided fundraising counsel both as an independent consultant and with the firms Coxe & Associates, and Anderson, Cole & Dollhopf, Inc.

Active in church and civic affairs, Rob sat on Emory University’s Board of Governors and served on the national board of the United Nations Association after his term as President of the Atlanta Chapter. He served as the Chair of (Emory University’s) Candler School of Theology’s Alumni/ae Executive Committee and as the Co-chair for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Racism. He was one of approximately fifty stewardship consultants for the national Episcopal Church. Additionally, he served on the governing boards of the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, and the advisory board for St. Luke’s Community Kitchen in Atlanta. Currently, he sits of the board of Green Bough House of Prayer in Scott, GA, and is a member of the Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Ministry.

Robert holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He was tapped as an alumni member of Emory University’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He is married to the Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler who serves as the Director of the Julian of Norwich Center at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. Their son, Robert Buehler Townes, is recent graduate of the University of Georgia.