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MitchSmith2The Rev. Mitchell Smith
Rector
mitch.smith@stmartinsinthefields.com
803.787.0392 ext. 107

The Reverend Mitchell Smith becomes the sixth rector of St. Martin’s in July 2017. He comes to us from Trinity Episcopal Church of New Orleans where he has served as senior associate priest for the past six years. Mitch, as he is known, is originally from Florida. He attended Western Illinois University on a swimming scholarship where he met his wife, Denise, who was also on a swimming scholarship. After receiving his B.A. in political science with a minor in religious studies, he continued his education at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois where he received his Master of Divinity. Mitch's first call was to Trinity Episcopal Church in Waterloo, Iowa, where he served as rector for five years. Mitch and Denise are also the proud parents of 10-year-old Noah and 7-year-old Lydia.  We aren’t sure yet where you might find them on a Sunday afternoon, but we suspect their activities might have something to do with water and swimming! 

ChuckThe Rev. Chuck Petit, M.D.
Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Chuck Petit has been an assisting clergy member at St. Martin's since the summer of 2005, a position he holds in addition to his day job as a physician of gerontology.  Chuck attended seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He and his wife Michelle have two sons, Nathanael and Luke, both active members of St. Martin's youth program and frequent acolytes. Chuck also has two grown children, Joshua and Jessica. On a Sunday afternoon, you'll most likely find Chuck watching the BBC series  "Dr. Who."

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The Rev. Susan Prinz, Ph.D. 
Associate Priest
susan.prinz@stmartinsinthefields.com
803.787.0392 ext. 102

The Rev. Susan Prinz joined the St. Martin's staff as a priest associate in October 2014. Susan holds a Master's of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary as well as a doctorate in educational administration, a Master of Education degree in student personnel services and bachelor's degree in journalism. She is also a graduate of the Sursum Corda Spiritual Direction Training program and has a private spiritual direction practice. Susan is married to Ron Prinz, a professor at the University of South Carolina, and they are parents to Elizabeth, who works for Network for Africa, a NGO based in London.  On Sunday afternoons, you will usually find Susan in one of three places: taking long walks with her "seminary dog," Zildjian, curled up with her latest knitting project, or entirely lost in a reading adventure.

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Allison Askins
Associate for Communication and Programs
allison.askins@stmartinsinthefields.com
803.787.0392 ext. 101

Allison has been a member of St. Martin’s since 2006, but joined the staff in 2008, combining her former work as a newspaper reporter with her lifelong interest in religion and the Episcopal Church. As a cradle Episcopalian, Allison has always loved Episcopal liturgy, and often fills in as a Eucharistic minister, when she’s not editing copy for parish publications or helping coordinate schedules for adult formation classes or parish functions. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in French from Salem College, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She is married to Bob Askins and they have two children,  Andrew and Abby. On a Sunday afternoon, you’re likely to find Allison enjoying a good book or favorite newspaper on her screened porch curled up next to her adorable dog Nicholas.

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Antonio Cardenas
Sexton
803.787.0392

Antonio joined the St. Martin's staff in 2012. Originally from Los Angeles, Calif., he moved to Columbia  from Los Angeles in 1992. A former employee of Wells Fargo, Antonio is a member of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church and an avid cycler who also enjoys hiking. He and his wife Charlotte have two daughters, Disa Joyce & Celena Rose. On a Sunday afternoon, you're likely to find Antonio relaxing, watching classic movies or working on his bicycles. He and his wife Charlotte are also well loved at St. Martin's for sharing delicious Mexican fare, made from family recipes passed down from Antonio’s mother.

VLFVictoria Fleischer 
Parish Administrator
victoria.fleischer@stmartinsinthefields.com 
803.787.0392,ext. 100

Victoria joined the St. Martin’s staff as office manager in 2011. A cradle Episcopalian, Victoria grew up in California and graduated from California State University Fresno, where she studied theater arts. She is a whiz with technology, often helping staff members solve the latest technology conundrum -- and always with a calm demeanor and pleasant smile. Victoria attends St. John’s Episcopal Church in Shandon, where her husband, Scott, is a priest on staff. Victoria and Scott have three children. In addition to their children, the Fleischers have three dogs and two cats. On a Sunday afternoon, you might see Victoria running in an area neighborhood. She is a long distance runner, having completed one marathon and multiple half marathons. 

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Pamela Hair
Director of the Royal School of Church Music Program
pamelachair@hotmail.com


Specially trained in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) program, Pam has been leading young choristers for more than 20 years. She has been training St. Martin’s children since 2003. Pam is also active in RSCM at the national level, teaching each year at the RSCM summer program in Raleigh. In RSCM, children are taught both the technical aspects of church music and the deeper meaning behind the music they are learning. Pam has an undergraduate degree from Winthrop College and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a second master’s from USC as an education specialist. In her spare time, Pam enjoys reading, exercising, camping and cooking. She is married to Richard, and they have one daughter, Maggie. The Hairs became members of St. Martin’s in 2011. On a Sunday afternoon, you might find Pam reading on the front porch of the home she and Richard built in Blythewood, or enjoying a long walk in the country.

Robyn Holt

Robyn Holt
Staff and Finance Administrator
robyn.holt@stmartinsinthefields.com
803.787.0392 ext. 105

Robyn Holt is a native of South Carolina who lived in several other states while growing up. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. degree in sociology, but has spent the last 17 years working in finance. She is married to JD and has two children, 11-year-old Davis and 6-year-old Ellie. Robyn and JD have been active in the Scout program at St. Martin's for several years as well as Trenholm Little League at Trenholm Park. Robyn enjoys camping and spending time with her family. When she's not doing these things, you're likely to find her enjoying a book on a Sunday afternoon. She is an avid reader. 

Kathy Lentz

Kathy Lentz
Director of the Drop-In Nursery
drop-in@stmartinsinthefields.com
803.787.6406 or 787.0392 ext. 112

Director of the St. Martin’s Drop-In Nursery for the past 25 years, Kathy Lentz is the daughter of a United Methodist minister and an active member of Shandon United Methodist Church. Her Methodist ties only link her more closely to the sense of mission in her work with St. Martin’s Drop-In Nursery, which serves infants through preschool-age children, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, year-round, without reservations. Because of the nursery's long commitment to serving as a drop-in childcare facility, juggling is a special gift in Kathy's skill set. She attended Winthrop College and is married to Robert Lentz. They have two children and two grandchildren. On a Sunday afternoon, you’re likely to find Kathy enjoying a walk in her neighborhood or dreaming about her next trip to some interesting locale. 

English Morris

English Morris
Minister of Music
English.morris@stmartinsinthefields.com
803.787.0392 ext. 103

English G. Morris Jr., professional church musician, music education administrator and president and founder of Carolina Music Academy, has been minister of music and organist at St. Martin's for almost 30 years. He marks that date this fall. English has a degree in organ performance from the University of South Carolina, where he also did graduate study in music. In addition to his work at USC, English did graduate work in theology and pastoral counseling at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco. English has twice served as organist-in-residence at York Minster Cathedral in York, England, and in June 2012, completed a term as visiting organist at England's Canterbury Cathedral. A board member for both local and state music and business professional organizations, English is also a longtime advocate of the arts. He is a former and current dean of the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. In addition to his work at St. Martin’s, English has overseen the Carolina Music Academy for the past 36 years.  English also shares a love for Asian antiques. English is married to the former Harriet Jervey of Columbia and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. On Sundays after worship, you might find English listening to recordings of favorite choirs, reading a book or fishing.