2019- 2020 Parish Council Nominee Bios
Barbara Bergeson has been a member of St. Peter’s for almost 50 years. She is the mother of two, James and Teresa, a proud grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of five. James, Teresa, and Robert were raised at St. Peter's. Before retiring, Barbara was a nurse for Dr. Barth at Dermatology Associates. Throughout the years, Barbara has been active in many ministries - she has been very active in the CCW and over the years, has held every office. As president, under Father Patrick, she spent two years on Parish Council. She also has been a lector, Eucharistic Minister, Meals for the Sick, Mercy Meals, St. Vincent Depaul, collection counter, Bible study, greeter and for more years than she can count taught about every age in the CCD, from pre-K through middle school. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, playing bridge, and most of all spending time with her two special great granddaughters, Alice and Eleanor. Barbara would be honored to serve on the Parish Council.
My name is Molly Henderson Gamblin. I’ve lived in LaGrange since 1972, at the age of 15. My dad was affiliated with LaGrange College, where I was fortunate enough to attend after graduation from Troup High School. In 1982 I started my nursing career at West Georgia Medical Center and part time at Griffin-Spaulding County Hospital. In 1988 I started working at then Clark Holder Clinic and continue my employment there today, 30 years later, as Emory LaGrange. I’ve been an active member of St Peter’s Catholic Church since moving here in 1972. I received my First Communion in Macon, Ga and confirmed at St. Peter’s under the direction of Mr. Nasor Mansour and Mr. Paul Joseph. During high school and college, I worked with Ms. Rosalie Joseph staffing the nursery during the 9:30 am Mass and stuffing bulletins in the Sunday Visitor papers. I currently serve in the St Peter’s welcoming committee. I have been involved in CCW for many years, holding every office except treasurer. I’m currently outgoing VP. I was also past president of the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, where I first met Fr. Tim many years ago. I taught CCD for several years while my kids were students in the CCD program (under Stella Miller). I was a Eucharistic Minister both at Mass and to the homebound for many years. I’m also a member of the St Peter’s Cursillo, having made my weekend in 2012. I’m married to Boyd Benton Gamblin, lll, aka “Chip” and have two children, Adam and Amy, both in their late 30s and two granddaughters, 9 and 11, who live in Douglasville. I served on parish council as secretary during Fr Patrick’s time, for three years.
I am Philip George living in Lagrange with my wife Dona Jose and daughter Catherine Teresa Philip. We are Catholics since birth. I have been a parishioner at St. Peter’s Catholic Church for almost one year now and Dona is been a parishioner since 2012. I was working at Yamaha in Newnan but currently I am in the preparation for doing my master’s degree. We love St. Peters family and are very thankful to be a part of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Born in Savannah Ga in 1947. raised in Pembroke Ga and graduated from Bryan County High school. Received BS degree from Georgia Southern College in 1970. Began career in public health with the GA Dept of Public Health. Recruited by the US Public Health Service as Public Health Advisor assigned to the Center for Disease Control managing State disease prevention programs. Assigned to Ga, SC, Fla, California, and Michigan for early career and then assigned to headquarters in Atlanta. Served in many various disciplines as manager, deputy director, and director over multi million dollar programs in infectious diseases, chronic diseases, environmental diseases and injury prevention. Married to Peggy for 49 years with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Retired to Lagrange in 2017 and live near the marina. My passion is helping people and enthusiastically supporting my parish and my community in whatever way I am called to serve. Would be honored to serve on our council. I try to let God guide me in my life.
Raymond Hodnette (65) has been married to Karen for 41 years, and they have two children: Guy and Ann. He is a life-long member of St. Peter’s and over the years has served as a lector, usher and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and served as the EMHC Lead for nine years. Raymond and Karen were a part of the RCIA instructional team for a number of years. He served a three year term on the Parish Council during the pastorate of Father John Kieran. He retired after teaching at LaGrange High School for 31 years, after which he worked in various capacities at Duracell LaGrange for 5+ years before retiring completely in January 2018.
Darcey Singley Leis
Darcey Singley Leis was born and raised in LaGrange. Many of you knew her father, David Singley, as a teacher and the town Santa Claus during the Christmas parade. Darcey taught at Whitesville Road elementary and surrounding schools for 20 years before taking early retirement. She now spends a lot of her time swimming, taking care of her mother, Sara Singley, a former nurse, and husband Bill.
Darcey has been active in the American Red Cross, serving on the Troup County Board of Directors and the Troup County Council of Church Women, having served as Treasurer. She currently serves as secretary for the Parish CCW, teaches the Pre-K / Kindergarten students in the religious PREP program, and sings in the choir. "My years of teaching in the poorest schools in Meriwether and Troup County remind me of our need to serve those less fortunate than we are. As a member of the Parish Council, I will keep those in mind as I represent you to the Council as we work together to strengthen and support all of our parish outreach programs."
I was born into a Catholic home June 1943. I received my 1st Holy Communion May 1951 from Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church San Diego CA while living with my grandparents. My mother remarried and she missed so I moved from my grandparents and never received my Confirmation. Finally after 63 years and attending RCIA at Saint Peters I was confirmed in May 2019. I believe in RCIA . You need to go to RCIA if you say your area Catholic and go to church but have not received your Confirmation. Since joining Saint Peters I have the pleasure of being part of our choir and a member of the Building and Grounds ministry. I love this church and I will do the best I can if I am elected to the parish council.