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Announcement of Interim Rector

The Vestry is pleased to announce the Reverend Michael Lumpkin will serve as the Interim Rector of Prince George Church. Mike and his wife, Ellen, will join us on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

As many of you recall, Mike previously served as our interim rector from April 2016 through August 2016, and we are delighted that he has agreed to come back to be with us in Georgetown.

Since retiring from full-time parish ministry in 2014, Mike and Ellen have made their home on Edisto Island. Before retirement, he served as Rector of St. Paul’s Summerville for 19 years from 1995 to 2014. He previously served as Rector at St. Christopher’s Church, Spartanburg.

While in retirement on Edisto Island, Mike has taught classes, led small groups, assisted with launching the Alpha Course, and served, when needed, as preacher/celebrant on Sunday mornings at Trinity Church on Edisto.

Mike is a 1973 graduate of The University of the South, Sewanee. After five years as an IBM Marketing Representative, a significant spiritual awakening led him towards the priesthood. Mike attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 1982. He was ordained to the deaconate and the priesthood in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina while serving as an Assistant Rector at St. Thaddeus Church, Aiken, SC. Mike is a third-generation Episcopal/Anglican priest.

Mike has served the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina as Secretary and President of the Standing Committee, member of the Trustees of the Diocese, Diocesan Council, the Congregational Development Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Sewanee. He has a great interest in Third World mission which has led him to a three-decade involvement with the church in Haiti—leading mission trips to Haiti; raising funds for water systems, vehicles and schools; supporting the Haitian clergy were elements of that work.

Mike states his primary spiritual interests include Church Growth, Prayer Ministry & Healing, Small Groups, Sunday Worship, the Holy Spirit—discovering His role in our everyday lives, and Outreach Mission/Ministry.

Mike is excited to return to Georgetown and Prince George. Not only will he be united with the Parish family but also with his aunt, Sarah Lumpkin, and cousins Bob, Sally, and Parker.

Outside the church, Mike and Ellen love boating and being on the water. Ellen is an avid gardener and Mike is an avid reader and sports enthusiast. They have two adult daughters, Jeanne and Hope. Jeanne was married this past spring to Brent Horner and they make their home in North Charleston. Their daughter, Hope, lives with her husband, David Bergquist, in Alexandria, Virginia. Mike and Ellen also welcomed their first grandchild in May of this year.

Mike had a prior commitment and will not be able to lead worship here on September 15th, but he will be back in the office on Monday, September 16th. Please join us in welcoming back Mike and Ellen to Prince George.

Sincerely,

The Vestry and Wardens of Prince George Winyah