The Rev. Mark Abdelnour
Fr. Mark became the 5th Rector of St. Simon & St. Jude in 2008. He is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York. He also studied at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC.
Fr. Mark and his wife, Rindy, have been married for 39 years and have two grown daughters. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he worked for 27 years in the computer industry prior to becoming a priest.
The Rev. Jim Neuburger
Assisting Priest, Retired
Fr. Jim Neuburger serves as Assisting Priest at St. Simon & St. Jude; he and his wife, Carol, were both raised in the upper Midwest. A graduate of Notre Dame University, Fr. Jim comes to St. Simon and St. Jude after a long and successful career first with State Farm Insurance Company, then Policy Management Systems Corporation.
Fr. Jim and Carol raised three children and are blessed to have their daughter and granddaughter, Beth and Caroline, and their son and grandson, Paul and T. J., living in Columbia. Their youngest daughter, Sarah, lives nearby in Atlanta.
Carol is long-time member of St. Simon & St. Jude, who is also active in many small groups such as the Adult Choir and pastoral care. She provides administrative support to the Rector and the parish.
If you have a question, just ask Carol!
Joe is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Organ Performance. He grew up singing in church choirs and learned to love the organ and the church. Joe also studies voice and he sings regularly. His former teachers include Dr. Jared Johnson, Dr. Kenneth Miller, and Dr. Katie Ann McCarty in organ, and Dr. Peter Barton and Mr. Jacob Will in voice. He also loves to go fishing, hiking, and to travel!
Charlie Genova is the Application Development Director of EDI and Cloud technologies at Palmetto GBA. Charlie is married to Melissa and they have three daughters, Ava, Lia and Tessa. Charlie sits on the vestry responsible for Christian formation and also assists with the audio and video technology within the church.
Christopher Johnson is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Prior to this, he spent 12 years as a hospice chaplain, leading the Chaplaincy Corps for Agapé Hospice the last three. Chris has also helped out with High School Youth Ministry and VBS the last two years. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, he has been supporting the audio/video technology at several area churches, including St. Simon & St. Jude.