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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Associate RECTOR

The Reverend Melissa L. Kean

The Reverend Melissa L. Kean was born and raised in the Episcopal Church. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and went to the University of Colorado in Boulder. She majored in two different fields: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Studio Art. After her graduation, she worked in South Korea teaching English for a year and then became the Minister of Formation at the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Colorado Springs.

Mother Melissa attended the School of Theology at the University of the South for her Master of Divinity and graduated in May 2019. She was awarded the School of Theology’s prize of excellence in community service for the work she did in creating the Annual Women’s Lecture, which works to raise up more ordained women’s voices. She was ordained to the Diaconate in 2018 and the Priesthood in 2019.

Mother Melissa is the daughter of a retired police commander, Bob, and a retired social worker, Linda. She has an older brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Meggie, and she brings with her a pet cat, Sakari.