Meet Our Staff
The Very Rev. Jeff Jackson
Jeff was called to St. Margaret's in November 2017. He grew up in the Southeast, born in Memphis, TN, then spent his early years in eastern rural Alabama before landing in Augusta, GA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Berry College in Rome, then went immediately to Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, where he graduated in 2003. He is passionate about youth and children’s ministry as well as ministry to the marginalized – the poor, the prisoner, the hungry, the outcast. He believes strongly that all are welcome at God’s table and often we have to take that table out into the world so all can receive God’s love.
Jeff is married to Molly and has four children, Tai, Bronwyn, Liam, and Grey. When he is not spending time with family or at work, he is also a local singer-songwriter and has played frequently in the Columbus, GA area. He recorded his first album in 2016 called Incomplete Dreams. Jeff is also an avid fan of music, beer, comic books, superhero movies, and his favorite TV show Doctor Who.
Julie Foreman has been the St. Margaret’s Parish Administrator since 1997. In addition to her administrative duties, she is the church photographer, using the skills she learned in the Navy as a Photographer’s Mate to document various church activities. Once a year she compiles her work and produces a slideshow highlighting the events of the past year in parish life and worship.
Julie was raised in a military family and lived in several states and foreign countries before her father retired from the Army and settled the family in Carrollton in 1973. She graduated from Mt. Zion High School and attended the University of West Georgia before joining the United States Navy.
She served eight years the in Navy and after her discharge she worked for ABC News in the company’s Washington, D.C. video tape library before returning to Georgia. You might say that St. Margaret’s is in Julie’s blood since she took the reins of her position upon her mother’s retirement as Parish Administrator.
Director of Outreach
Meghan has been Director of St. Margaret's Community Outreach (SMCO) since October 2015. She comes to us most recently from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services where she spent eight and a half years working with teenagers in the foster care system. Prior to that Meghan worked with women victims of domestic violence for a year after graduating from college with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Services.
Meghan’s history with SMCO began in her college days when she interned summers under SMCO’s first Director, Barry Staples. From Barry and Meghan’s predecessor, Catherine Gordon, Meghan learned the importance of this outreach ministry to the church and the community. She is thrilled that she was “called back” to this wonderful place, where she hopes to help others see that we all have something to offer this world and we all need a little grace now and again.
Organist & Choirmaster
Dock earned a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College, where he studied organ with James Cook and James Dorroh, choral conducting under Hugh Thomas and Tom Gibbs, piano with Alison Lee, bassoon with Jack Sharp, voice with Jane Glaser, and composition with Charles Mason. He won first prize in numerous organ playing competitions including the Atlanta Music Club Competition, the Birmingham Music Club Competition, the Minne McNeil Carr Organ Playing Competition, the Alabama Wurlitzer Competition, and was first alternate in the Scarritt National Organ Playing Competition, making him the first student in the history of Birmingham-Southern to place in a national competition. At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles he studied conducting with Rodney Eichenberger and organ with Cherry Rhodes.
For thirteen years, Mr. Anderson was the choral director at Woodward Academy in College Park, the largest private school in the continental United States. During his tenure the choral program garnered international acclaim during seven concert tours with performances throughout western and central Europe. His choirs performed for the Georgia Music Educators annual convention and he served as accompanist for All-State Chorus for many years. He maintains an active private studio teaching piano, organ, and voice lessons. He also sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus and is the accompanist for voice classes offered by the chorus to its members. He has accompanied the chorus in rehearsals under the direction of Norman McKenzie and guest conductor Roberto Abbado. He is in demand as a clinician and enjoys working as a choral consultant with beginning teachers.
Director of Children, Youth, & Families
Debra has a passion for travel and learning new things and loves to share that with the children and youth she works with. Debra came to St. Margaret's in 2018 from southeast Florida 9+ years. She has always had a passion for sharing God with youth and children. She has a degree in biblical studies with a concentration in youth ministry. She loves animals and will ask you all about your pets. She loves the movie The Goonies, snorkeling, and she can’t wait to snorkel Iceland. She found her love for coffee later in life and is making up for lost time.
Jeana has served as our parish Sexton since 2021. A Sexton does the work of caring for our campus by cleaning, maintaining, and monitoring the upkeep of our buildings and grounds. She helps the parish be the best stewards they can be. Jeana has been a member of St. Margaret's for many years, serving in many leadership roles. She is married to Neal, and has 3 daughters LeeAnn, Lauren, & Lindsey.