The Rev. James (Jay) Wynn Gardner III, Class of 2017, is the new rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Cullman, Alabama.
Gardner is originally from Alabaster and attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he earned degrees in philosophy and music. He then attended Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. Afterward he moved to New York City to attend General and become a priest of the Episcopal Church. After graduation he served in New York as Curate at Calvary-St. George Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
Gardner and his wife Paige welcomed their son William just over a year ago and decided to return home to Alabama be closer to family.With him being from the Birmingham area and his wife being from Athens, Gardener said, “Cullman is ideal in every sense.”
When asked about his new role and goals, Gardner said, “Keep preaching grace; that’s really the big goal. There’s a lot that goes on in this parish as it is. I don’t want to change that. My job as I stand in that pulpit each week is to make sure people know that God loves them. That’s my job.”