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MitchSmith2The Rev. Mitchell Smith
803.787.0392 ext. 107

The Reverend Mitchell Smith became the sixth rector of St. Martin’s in July 2017. He came here from Trinity Episcopal Church of New Orleans where he served as senior associate priest for 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 degree. 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  Noah and Lydia. If you happen to be looking for Mitch on a Sunday afternoon, he's likely to be spending time with his family, or stomping about in the woods. 


The Rev. Susan Prinz, Ph.D. 
Associate Rector
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 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.

ChuckThe Rev. Chuck Petit, M.D. 
Assisting Priest
803.787.0392 ext. 116

The Rev. Chuck Petit has been an assisting priest at St. Martin's since the summer of 2005. He is also a member of the RGS practice where he serves as a hospitalist physician. Chuck’s position at St Martin’s is half time, with a focus on ministry and outreach. In 1978, he graduated with an M.D. from West Virginia University School of Medicine. Chuck attended seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., graduating in 2003 with a Master of Divinity degree.  He and his wife Michelle have two sons, Nathanael and Luke, both members of St. Martin's. Nathanael is attending the Honors College at USC, and Luke attends Clemson University, so they have a house “expanded.” Chuck also has two grown children, Joshua and Jessica. On a Sunday afternoon, you'll most likely find Chuck taking Michelle to lunch after church.

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Allison Askins
Communication Associate
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 occasionally 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 curled up next to her adorable dog Nicholas.

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Antonio Cardenas

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 an avid cycler who also enjoys hiking. He and his wife Charlotte, members of St. Martin's, 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.

Caitlyn 2The Rev. Deacon Caitlyn Darnell
Director of Formation and Mission
803.787.0392 ext. 106

Caitlyn grew up on the High Plains of Colorado but came East to attend the College of William and Mary. There, she earned a B.A. in religious studies, focusing on Hebrew scriptures and Christian ethics. After graduation, she served two years in the Episcopal Service Corps in Winston- Salem, NC, where she worked with both the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and as a youth minister. While in North Carolina, she also worked on a new diocesan project called A Movable Feast, a mobile young adult ministry based out of a food truck that she helped design and create. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and faithfully serves on the United Thank Offering Board for The Episcopal Church. If you are looking for Caitlyn on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll find her romping around with Bentley, her Wheaten Terrier, or “supervising” her significant other's dinner preparations.  

Pam Hair


Pam Hair
Director Royal School of Church Music Program 

Specially trained in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) program, Pam has been leading young choristers for the past 21 years, and training St. Martin’s children since 2003. She 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. Pam 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
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, Davis and 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. 

ClaytonKingClayton King
Parish Administrator
803.787.0392 ext. 100

Clayton is a musician, stage performer and cabaret singer who also happens to be a graphic designer and office administrator. Clayton has 20 years of corporate management and marketing experience. A native Texan, Clayton relocated to Columbia in 2009 and is a music worship leader at Reformation Lutheran Church in Earlewood. He is actively involved in Midlands theatre as well as local cabaret spots around town. When not at work, he is likely to be found sitting with his husband, Jeffery, and their two miniature Schnauzers, Gilbert and Sullivan, on what is arguably the best front porch in all of Columbia. 

Kathy Lentz

Kathy Lentz
Director of the Drop-In Nursery
803.787.6406 or 787.0392 ext. 112

Director of the St. Martin’s Drop-In Nursery for the past 32 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 through 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 three 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
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 more than 30 years. 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 affiliated with 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. He 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.