The Reverend Dr. Joel G. Hafer

I was born and raised in Michigan. I attended and graduated from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, with a BA in English and Spanish in 1980. A month later, I moved to Douglas, Georgia, and there began my love for the southeastern United States and for the Episcopal Church. In 1983, the Diocese of Georgia sent me to the School of Theology of the University of the South, AKA Sewanee. Upon my ordination to the diaconate in June of 1986, I became the Assistant at St. Paul’s parish in Albany, Georgia and served there for three years. In 1989, I was called to be the rector of Christ Church, Dublin, Georgia, and in 1996, I named as the rector of All Saints’ parish in Florence, South Carolina. My wife, Anne, and I married in 2002, and we moved to Hendersonville in 2004. Between us, we have four children, Jonathan, Frances, Joseph, and Catherine and a granddaughter, Caroline. Serving at St. James has been and is a great joy and delight to me.