Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Bill Blackerby


The Rev. Bill Blackerby joins Holy Spirit as Interim Rector in January of 2017. Bill, a native of Birmingham, is married to Anne Thiele Blackerby, who recently retired as an assistant professor of pediatrics at UAB. Their children are daughter Margaret, a junior at Sewanee, son William, Latin teacher at Indian Springs School, and daughter-in-law Kristin, Director of Youth Ministries at All Saints, Homewood. Most recently, Bill served as Interim Rector of St. Catherine’s, Chelsea, AL (September 1, 2015 to December 4, 2016). Prior to his time in Chelsea, Bill was Interim Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Cullman, AL (June 2014-July 2015), Episcopal Campus Chaplain for Birmingham (1993-2014), Curate at St. Mary’s in Birmingham (1988-1993), and Curate at St.Michael’s in Barrington, IL (1987-1988). His involvement in the Diocese of Alabama over the past 30 years has included the Department of Ministry in Higher Education, Standing Committee, Sawyerville Day Camp, Camp McDowell summer session director, Vocare spiritual director, Cursillo spiritual director, and Diocesan Council. He is an adjunct instructor in the Harrison Honors Program at Birmingham-Southern College and the University Honors Program at UAB. Bill holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College, UAB, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.





The Rev. Alison Carmodyalisonc

Priest Affiliate

Alison grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee and graduated from UT in Knoxville with a degree in elementary education. Her husband, Richard, grew up in Chicago, Illinois. After they were married, she taught for a few years and then stayed at home to raise their two daughters.  When they first moved to Birmingham, Alison transferred her membership to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and became very involved in many activities in the parish. As their daughters grew up,  she began to search for a vocation because she knew she did not want to return to the class room. Over time Alison was drawn to serve at the altar, and eventually was approved for ordination by the diocese. Alison graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2000 and has served on staff at All Saint’s in Homewood and St. Stephen’s. She is delighted to be affiliated with Holy Spirit and  looks forward to sharing ministry with you.


The Rev. Stan Wright

Priest Affiliate

Stan is a retired priest from the Diocese of Colorado where he served a number of parishes as layman and priest for 35 years. He has also done interim and supply ministry in the Diocese of Alabama. He and Roxie came to Alabama to be with children and grandchildren and have attended and served at church of thr Holy Spirit snce 2007.


Peg Thompson

Director of MusicIMG_0725

Peg holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Alabama in Organ Performance and a Master of Music degree from The University in Music Composition. She did graduate work in choral conducting with Fred Prentice and Sandra Willetts.

Peg grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. She felt the call to music ministry while in high school and has been a church musician for over thirty years. She has served various churches as organist, choir director, handbell director, and Director of Christian Education. She has directed children’s, youth, and adult choirs. She began handbell programs for all ages at several previous churches. One of her passions has been to encourage church members to participate in worship through music.

As a composer, Peg’s music is varied. Her Four Dances for Orchestra was premiered by The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra in 1989. She has written vocal and choral music along with various chamber music works. Her handbell music is performed throughout the country and has been featured at several handbell festivals. She has developed a series of books for beginning ringers entitled Handbells Are a Handful of Fun!

One of her recent projects was a Christmas CD: Nowell! Carols of Christmas Joy – Piano and Instrumental arrangements by Peg Thompson. The arrangements blend classical, folk, and jazz styles.

Julia Jackson

Director of Christian Educationjackson family0815

Julia is a life long Episcopalian who graduated from the University of Montevallo with a degree in vocal performance. Since then she married her husband, Trey, and had a  daughter, Isabelle. In addition to being the Christian Ed Director, Julia also teaches voice lessons at the University of Montevallo’s Community school and private lessons at her home. She is enthusiastic about children and walking together with Christ!

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Tara Portneytara

Parish Administrator

Tara has a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education-Social Sciences from the University of Alabama.  She spent four years as a high school history teacher, followed by five years in human resources for a general contractor. Tara is married to Jason and has a six year-old son, Nicholas.

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