The Rev. Deacon Margaret Jennings Todd
Deacon Margaret came to St. Timothy's on Ash Wednesday, 2020. As a deacon, she is an ordaining minister called to lead church members in service to the poor, needy, and oppressed and has specific ceremonial and leadership responsibilities which differ from those of a priest.
Margaret is married to Bill Todd and is the proud mother of Meg Jennings and was blessed to become the "nuther mother" to CarrieAnne Blue and Mason Todd. The joys of her life are her five grandchildren, Neil, Aiden, Ben, Luke, and Lilly. Her bio would not be complete without mention of her spoiled rotten cats, Olivia and Mooney. Activities that give her energy and satisfaction include gardening in her yard and in her newly established "COVID garden", researching her extensive family roots, crocheting, Clemson sports, and spending time at the ocean.
She was ordained on January 31, 2009 in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina after working many years of lay ministry and leadership specifically in the area of servant ministry. Before ordination, her "other life" was spent in various mental health arenas, primarily as a school counselor to elementary aged children. After retirement, and much discernment, she followed God's call to ordained ministry. She holds degrees from Columbia College, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the EDUSC School for Ministry and the Education for Ministry Program at the University of the South. She enjoys organizational leadership and has served on many boards and commissions, the most notable as President of the American School Counselor Association.
In the diocese, she serves on the Commission on Mission and International Concerns representing Episcopal Relief and Development, as diocesan representative to the SC Christian Action Council, and on the Safe Church Advisory Committee.
She is loving her ministry at St. Timothy's and looks forward, with great anticipation, to being able to spend time and really get to know all of the parishioners when it is safe to gather freely.
Margaret's regular schedule is half-days Wednesdays and Sundays, observing Monday as her sabbath, while remaining available for committee work/consultation.