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Clergy & Staff

Rector: The Reverend Allan Sandlin
Fr. Allan has nearly 20 years experience as an ordained priest. A former professional musician, Fr. Allan brings his love for people, music, preaching, and pastoral care to St. Paul's.

Fr. Allan was ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta in 1992, and has served as Associate Rector at Holy Trinity in Decatur, Rector of the Church of Christ the King in Germany, Rector at St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill, Maine, and Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Atlanta.

Fr. Allan may be reached via email at or call the church offices at 770-253-4264, extension 20

Deacon: Chris Lemley

Chris grew up in Atlanta, earned a BA in Economics from Furman University, an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University and pursued further studies at Harvard Business School in case teaching. After spending over 20 years in advertising and marketing communications, rising to the senior management ranks, Chris continues to consult to several businesses. Currently he teaches in the Department of Marketing at Georgia State University primarily in the MBA, PMBA and Premium Graduate Programs.  He was ordained in August 2011 and has been serving at Holy Innocent's Episcopal Church since his ordination.  He is married to Karen Kirkpatrick Lemley who is on the vestry at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta. In the Diocese of Atlanta he has served on the Commission for Higher Education and currently serves on the Commission on Human Trafficking and on the board of the Episcopal Charities Foundation.

William Fred Scott, organist/choirmaster                                                                            


William Fred Scott, Director of Choral Music at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and former Music Director of The Atlanta Opera, assumed the position of Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newnan in August, 2013.


For more than three decades, William Fred Scott has been a prominent figure on the Atlanta music scene. He is a native of South Georgia, was graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and began his career at The Opera Company of Boston. At the invitation of Robert Shaw, he moved to Atlanta in 1981 to serve as Associate Conductor of The Atlanta Symphony. During his association with that orchestra, he was instrumental in creating the much-loved Champagne and Coffee concert series. He conducted hundreds of concerts in Symphony Hall, Chastain and Piedmont Parks, and on tour. On Mr. Shaw’s death he inherited the annual “Christmas with The Atlanta Symphony” concerts, which he conducted for five years.


Scott became Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera in 1985 and served in that capacity for twenty years. He has worked with many of the world’s best-loved performers, including Anna Moffo, Beverly Sills, Kiri te Kanawa, Itzhak Perlman, Cleo Laine, Judy Collins and Ella Fitzgerald. He has also conducted the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in its weekly television and radio broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.”


Fred previously served as Interim Music Director at the Cathedral of St. Philip and organist at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Parish Administrator: Lesley Williams  

Lesley Williams has served as Parish Administrator of St. Paul's since June 2011.                       

Lesley brings a diverse professional background to her work at St. Paul's, including advertising, marketing, writing, library science, and technology. She worked in recruitment advertising for several years, supervising the accounts of national clients such as Home Depot. Most recently, she worked as a library associate here in Coweta County. Lesley feels her work at St. Paul's is a ministry, one to which she felt called by God, and she is thankful for the relationships she has formed with the St. Paul's family.

An Episcopalian, Lesley attends St. Andrew's in the Pines in Peachtree City, and is actively involved in several ministries there, including serving as a Eucharistic minister/lay reader, usher and leading a women's book club. She is also a member of the St. Andrew's chapter of the Daughters of the King.

Calling herself an "athletic bookworm," Lesley enjoys reading, running, cycling and hiking. Among the items on her "bucket list" are running a full marathon and hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.  Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Lesley became an American citizen in May 2013. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for fourteen years. After living in Atlanta, Rhode Island, and North Carolina, they moved back to Georgia several years ago and now call Sharpsburg home.

Lesley may be reached via email at or call the church offices at 770-253-4264, extension 204.



Emily Budd

Emily Budd is a singer, actor, and teacher with over ten years of professional performing and teaching experience. She has entertained audiences in improv comedy, theatre, and opera. Emily is a Georgia native and is happy to return after living and performing in New York. Emily studied vocal and theatrical arts, earning a Bachelor of Music from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Music from Georgia State University. For the past few years, Emily has taught and directed children in everything from musicals to Shakespeare, and loves encouraging creativity in children! Emily is the education coordinator at Serenbe Playhouse and is a private voice teacher. Most recently Emily was a staff singer at The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, in St. Petersburg, FL. In New York, Emily performed with companies such as One World Symphony, Dell'Arte Opera, New York Lyric Opera, and Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as a cabaret series at The Duplex Theatre.