The Rev. Rick Luoni
“Radical, reckless love” is how Father Rick Luoni describes God’s pursuit of His people. As Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Fr. Rick believes that salvation is about wholeness in the here and now, with the church a place to experience the beauty and love that is Christ With Us. After 7+ years as Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Summerville, SC and as Assistant Priest at the Sullivan’s Island Church of the Holy Cross, Fr. Rick and his wife, Katrena, were called to St. Michael’s in September 2015. Originally from West Virginia, Fr. Rick earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concord College and spent many years as a business executive and owner in the advertising, marketing and television fields. His career took him from Charlotte, NC to San Francisco, where he felt God’s call to ordained ministry. A 2005 graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, Fr. Rick has ministered with Kairos Prison Ministry, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cursillo, and served in development and leadership training roles for Episcopal churches. His ministry philosophy is simple at St. Michael’s – love God, love each other, and serve the world. His approach is for church to be relevant, friendly, open, and fun. His hobbies include the martial arts, and he is a fifth degree Black Belt, having once owned a Chuck Norris karate school. Fr. Rick often walks the College Park neighborhoods, praying along the way with a phrase he uses in most Sunday services at St. Michael’s, “Whatever your background, however you see God today, no matter how challenging your journey, we welcome and accept you and trust God will take you where he wants you to go, in His timing. You belong here.”
The Reverend Carter A. Smith
Deacon Carter is a cradle Episcopalian, born in Washington D.C. and baptized at the National Cathedral. He served as a pilot for 47 years. His flying career includes a year in Vietnam, 29 years as a Captain for Continental Airlines, and he currently instructs corporate pilots at Flight Safety, International. His call to ministry led him to become ordained as a vocational Deacon. His passions are Pastoral Care and preaching the Gospel. Deacon Carter and his wife Chris have two grown sons between them.
The Reverend Greg Favazza
Assisting Priest and Interim Director of Youth Ministries
Greg joined the St. Michael’s family originally as the Assistant Parish Administrator in early 2016. Since then he received his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, Anglican Studies certificate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has been ordained to the priesthood, and transitioned into the position of Assisting Priest. His prayer is that the Spirit of God will work in and through him to assist this worshiping community in accomplishing its mission and vision to the glory of God. A former Navy airman, Greg is married to Christina and father of three young sons, Alex and Benny, and Zach.
Director of Music
Our Director of Music is Andrew J. Walker. Originally from the United Kingdom, Andrew strives to offer, use, and develop his musical skills in ways that bring the maximum benefit to those whom he leads, instructs and ministers to. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of London – Royal Holloway College, England. He is an accomplished clinician, conductor and songwriter and is also a Member the American Guild of Organists and a Member the Association of Anglican Musicians.
He is also, through January 2015, a member of the RSCM America Board of Directors. For the previous three years he has served as President of this American Branch of the worldwide organization, “The Royal School of Church Music”.
Director of Children's Ministry
Tiffany joined the St. Michael’s staff in 2008 after being an active volunteer with the Children’s Ministry and Alpha at St. Michael’s for five years. She enjoys having children accompany her on her walk with God. Tiffany’s pride and joy is her family. She is married to Todd for 15 years, and together they have three children. She enjoys most being on a boat with her family for a full day of fishing.
Melanie has been on staff at St. Michael’s for nine years. She has served as the Church Receptionist, Preschool’s Enrichment Teacher, Three’s Teacher and Assistant Director. She has recently been promoted to be the Director of the Preschool. Melanie feels so blessed by St. Michael’s and thankful for the opportunity to minister to College Park and the neighboring communities through our preschool. She is married to Stephen for 16 years and has three children who have all attended St. Michael’s Preschool.
Assistant Parish Administrator / Outreach Coordinator
Mike has almost done it all. From a first job selling frozen custard in Wisconsin to organizing and executing a 1,000 person weekend long charity bike ride for MS, he is truly most excited about his next chapter here at St. Michael’s. He hopes to connect parishioners to causes they are passionate about in service of God’s kingdom as Outreach Coordinator and help keep things running smoothly in the office as Assistant Parish Administrator. Mike earned his Bachelor’s from Minnesota State University Moorhead in Mass Communications/Public Relations and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from UCF. He is married to the family’s true hero, Sara, who teaches middle school science and is proud dad to Kjerstin and Collin. He is, and shall remain, a proud fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Assistant Director of Music