Deacon Irene Crocker
A holy listener, Irene has for the past twenty-five years been a volunteer chaplain at Community Hospice, where she has brought comfort and reassurance to countless souls, and is currently a Volunteer Chaplain at the Baptist Medical Center in Nassau County. Irene also serves as a “Daughter of the King and At-Large Advisor” to the President for the Episcopal Church Women.
In the past, Irene has served our diocese on Council through the Global Mission Committee and Ecclesiastical Court as Altar Guild Treasurer.
Irene enjoys hobbies that include gardening and cats and is the proud mother of one son who lives in Nebraska. She is also a devoted FSU ‘Nole supporter.
We are delighted that Bishop Howard has assigned Deacon Irene to serve Christ here at St. George and are continuously blessed by her kind and loving presence.
Rector Ray Henderson
The Rev. Ray Henderson accepted the call from the Vestry as Rector of St. George on August 1, 2014. He and his wife Becky move to the Jacksonville area in 1992 and presently live in Jacksonville Beach.
Father Ray grew up in Opelika, Alabama where he graduated from high school in 1975. He attended Auburn University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in in 1981 when he went to work for a large international construction company in Montgomery. He left the construction industry in 1984 and entered the discernment process in the Diocese of Alabama. While in the process, he took a job as a server in a steak house in Birmingham where he met Becky and they were married in June of 1985. Two months later, they were setting up house in Sewanee where Ray attended seminary and Becky worked with the university admissions office.
After graduation, Ray was called to serve as Curate at St. John’s, Decatur, Alabama where his son Aaron was born in 1988. In 1992 Ray was called to the Rector’s position at St. Catherine’s, Jacksonville. In 1997, Ray left the parish ministry for a job as Construction manager with Habitat for Humanity, Jacksonville (HabiJax). In 2003, he started his own construction company, Beaches Building, which he operated until accepting the call to St. George.
Becky has worked at Episcopal Children’s Services for the past 21 years, only recently leaving that organization to take a position at Nemours BrightStart Foundation. Their son Aaron received his Masters degree in Urban and Planning Development earlier this year and is currently employed in Tallahasse with Arcadis, Inc. as a Mitigation Specialist.
Bishop John Howard
The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard, a native of North Carolina, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida on May 16, 2003 and was consecrated at St. John's Cathedral, Jacksonville, on November 1, 2003. He was instituted as bishop of the diocese on January 29, 2004.