Saint Matthew Charismatic Episcopal Church in Hogansville celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary on Pentecost Sunday.
For about two years prior to Pentecost Sunday 2002, Ron and Nancy Clemmer held prayer meetings in their home. They were joined occasionally by members of Christ the King in Sharpsburg and by bishop John Holloway.
On Pentecost Sunday 2002 the church officially held services, first in a loft then in one storefront facility and then another. Finally, the congregation moved into the facilities of St. James United Methodist Church and continues to worship there. Holloway appointed Ron Clemmer, a licensed liturgical minister, as the lay vicar and eventually ordained him to the diaconate and later to the priesthood.
Clemmer served as the vice president of the ministerial alliance. Nancy Clemmer was installed as a commissioned minister in congregational care.
When Clemmer passed away, bishop David Epps, who was elected to serve as bishop following Holloway’s stroke, appointed canon – now an Archdeacon – Dan Hale to serve as the interim vicar, which he has for more than a year. The church continues to participate in the mission of the Diocese of the mid-South and the international communions of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.