St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Rome, Georgia



The Reverend John Foster Herring, Rector

The Rev. John F. Herring is the son of an Episcopal priest. He grew up in northern New Jersey where his father served as Rector at several parishes in the Diocese of Newark. A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, John majored in political science.  After graduation, John worked in several capacities in the business world from human resources to recruiting and sales.

In 2005, John matriculated at the School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and graduated in 2008 with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 2007 and to the Priesthood in 2008.  John served as Associate Rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta for four years, overseeing youth, young adult, and street ministries.  He has been the Rector at St. Peter’s since August 2012.

John has served on several diocesan committees including finance, scholarship, campus ministry, and disciplinary canons; in addition, John served on the board of the Church of the Common Ground, a mission to Atlanta’s homeless.  He currently serves on the diocesan executive committee, and on the board of the William S. Davies Shelter here in Rome, Ga.

John and his wife Keri were married in 2001. They are parents to three children, Amelia, Madeline, and Lucas.  Also in their family is their Australian Shepherd, Dillon, and their two cats, Popoki and Deana.

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The Reverend David E. Boyd, III, Associate Rector

A native Georgian, The Rev. David E. Boyd III comes to St. Peter’s from Atlanta. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Father David joined the Episcopal Church during his senior year of high school. After graduating from The Westminster Schools, he headed north to Kentucky, where he studied Religion and Art History at Centre College. On the first day of orientation, he met his wife, Sarah, with whom he studied abroad in Spain and France. After graduating in 2017, Father David served for one year in the Episcopal Service Corps in Atlanta, working in the food pantry at Emmaus House. He left the Corps to attend seminary at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee. During seminary, David married Sarah in 2019 and they adopted their Bichon fur baby, Teddy, in 2020. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate in December 2020 and graduated from Sewanee in 2021 with a Master of Divinity degree. Some of Father David’s non-churchy passions include watching Georgia football and Braves baseball, cooking for friends and family, and getting lost in the woods.


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The Reverend Gregoria Betances

The Rev Gregoria Betances was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, graduated from High School and as a Primary Normal Teacher at the 1987 Vocational Teacher Training School (Escuela Normal Juan Vicente Moscoso). In 2001 she graduated from Higher Studies in Basic Education at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra. She also received a Diploma in Pastoral Communication, from the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla, Mexico (Universidad Autonoma Popular del Estado). She worked at a Catholic radio station called Radio Cayacoa in the city of Higuey in her home country, producing and conducting educational programs.

She worked as a committed laywoman in the Roman Catholic Church and as a teacher for 16 years in different schools in her country.

In 2003 she was received into the Episcopal Church, since then she has been involved as a layperson committed to serving at the Episcopal Church of St. Jude in Marietta. She was in charge of the Christian formation of children and youth. She, too, led the Hispanic community at St. Jude’s for over a year, under the supervision of Rev. Father Frank Baltz, who helped discover her vocation and call to the priesthood. She later served in the Hispanic community of the church of St. Benedict, in Smyrna.

In 2018, she completed her Theology studies at the Center for Theological Studies for Latinos (CETLA). She is one of the first two Latina women ordained priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Since July 2018, she is Priest-in-Charge of The Good Shepherd (El Buen Pastor) Episcopal Church in Austell GA. She is married to The Rev. Ramon Betances and they have two children Abel, Emmanuel and her new daughter in-law Isabelle.

La Rev. Gregoria Betances nació y se crió en la República Dominicana, se graduó de Bachillerato y como Maestra Normal de Primaria en la Escuela de Formación Profesional de Profesores de 1987 (Escuela Normal Juan Vicente Moscoso). En 2001 se graduó de Estudios Superiores en Educación Básica en la Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. También recibió un Diplomado en Comunicación Pastoral, de la Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, México. Trabajó en una estación de radio católica llamada Radio Cayacoa en la ciudad de Higuey en su país de origen, produciendo y conduciendo programas educativos.

Trabajó como laica comprometida en la Iglesia Católica Romana y como maestra durante 16 años en diferentes escuelas de su país.

En 2003 fue recibida en la Iglesia Episcopal, desde entonces ha estado involucrada como laica comprometida con el servicio en la Iglesia Episcopal de St. Jude en Marietta. Estuvo a cargo de la formación cristiana de niños y jóvenes. Ella también dirigió la comunidad hispana en St. Jude’s durante más de un año, bajo la supervisión del Rev. Padre Frank Baltz, quien ayudó a descubrir su vocación y llamado al sacerdocio. Posteriormente sirvió en la comunidad hispana de la iglesia de San Benito, en Smyrna.

En 2018, completó sus estudios de Teología en el Centro de Estudios Teológicos para-Latinos (CETLA). Es una de las dos primeras mujeres latinas ordenadas sacerdotes en la Diócesis Episcopal de Atlanta. Desde julio de 2018, es Sacerdote Encargada de la Iglesia Episcopal El Buen Pastor (El Buen Pastor) en Austell GA. Está casada con el reverendo Ramon Betances y tienen dos hijos, Abel, Emmanuel y su nuera Isabelle.