A New Clergy Associate at St. John’s

Dear St. John’s,

I am so thankful to share the news that Garrett Ayers will be joining us in 2022 as a member of our clergy staff. Garrett is a Candidate for Holy Orders, meaning he will be ordained deacon and then priest next year, after he completes his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. A native of Columbia, Garrett also received a Masters degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, focusing on the Gospel of Mark, as well as earning his undergraduate degree at Clemson in 2018. He is a gifted student of Biblical languages and shows great promise as a preacher and teacher, in addition to having some wonderful experience in ministry with youth through Young Life.

I am pleased that St. John’s will have the experience of Garrett’s early ordained ministry. We have sent some wonderful people off to seminary and now will receive a new priest into our church’s life. You all have much to offer Garrett as he takes up his ministry, as he will have much to offer us.

I wish Garrett could come sooner, but we have to let him finish seminary in May. He starts at St. John’s June 1. We’ll have him for a visit before then, and I expect you will enjoy meeting him as much as I and others involved in this call have. Please pray for Garrett and give thanks for a successful search!

Yours in Christ, Nicholas


A Word from Garrett Ayres

Hello from Virginia! I am delighted to be welcomed into the life of St. John’s. One of the things that drew me to St. John’s was your sense of community and commitment to one another—the way you all have navigated strange, anxious, and frustrating times. What a testimony of faith! I hope to bring particular gifts in teaching and formation, but my first loves really are jazz and Spider-Man. Having grown up in Columbia, I am nevertheless excited to learn to live here all over again, and, in particular, learn how St. John’s bears witness to the love of God in Columbia. So, as I finish up this last year at Virginia Theological Seminary, know that I am excited to begin work with you all come summer! Garrett