Diocesan Office: (843) 722-4075, FAX (843) 723-7628, Email: email@example.com
PO Box 20127
Charleston, SC 29413
126 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
The aim of the Diocesan Staff is to support the parishes, missions and ministries of the diocese to fulfill the work to which they are called.
Diocesan Administrator/Assistant Treasurer
Nancy is the Diocesan Administrator and Assistant Treasurer, responsible for the finances of the diocese, Camp Jubilee, and the Trustees. She works with parish administrators and clergy on a variety of administrative matters, and enjoys making presentations to treasurers, parish administrators, and vestry members on managing the temporal affairs of the church. She is married, lives in Summerville with her husband. They are members of St. Paul’s, Summerville. They have one son, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. She has been with the diocese since 1993.
Contact Nancy Armstrong
Human Resource Manager/Finance Assistant
As the Diocesan Human Resource Manager Susan handles all personnel, payroll, and 403b retirement issues. She processes payroll for 46 churches. She handles the 403b retirement program enrollment and data updates for active clergy and laity. Susan also tracks and submits all 403b contributions. As the finance assistant she handles laity background checks, posts deposits for the camp and all events, and reconciles all Diocesan bank cards. She also serves on two committees, the Benefits Committee and the Finance Committee as both a staff member and secretary. Susan is an active member of Our Saviour, Johns Island, where her husband, The Very Rev. Karl Burns, is the Rector. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
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Coordinator for Men’s Ministry
In 2015 Bishop Mark Lawrence welcomed Jay Crouse to serve as his Coordinator for Men’s Ministry after serving in the same position for 12 years in the Diocese of S. W. Florida. In 2013, Jay published his first book on men’s ministry, Men and the Church: Is There a Future, which provides the structure, strategy, resources and best practices for our local churches to thrive in developing and sustaining a men’s ministry. He is readily available to assist our church leaders in all aspects of men’s ministry. Our resources can be found on our diocesan website or at menandthechurch.com. Jay and Laura have been married for 42 years, have four adult sons, an adult daughter, four beautiful daughter-in-law’s and five grandchildren.
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The Rev. Joyce Harder, serves as the assistant to Bishop Chip Edgar. She is responsible for administrative details of the Bishop’s Office, as well as coordination of diocesan convention and registrar for all diocesan ministry events. In addition, Joyce serves as a deacon at Christ Church Anglican in Mt. Pleasant. She has been a member of the parish for 35 years, during which time she served as Senior Warden, President of the Daughters of the King, and in varying roles in Christian discipleship. She was ordained as Deacon in 2016 with a focus on Kairos Outside, a program that ministers to women whose lives are impacted by the incarceration of loved ones. Joyce is married to Howard. Their son, Walt and his wife, Jenny, have three children in their 20’s. Their daughter, Cameron Handel, and her husband, Jeff, have two little girls. In addition to her duties at the Diocesan Office, Joyce will continue her Sunday diaconal duties at Christ Church, as well as some of her other volunteer responsibilities. She joined the staff of the Diocesan office on June 27, 2022.
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As Director of Communications Joy serves as the editor of the Jubilate Deo, the diocesan newspaper which is mailed to approximately 12,500 households. She serves as the webmaster, keeping the Diocesan website up-to-date and produces the bi-weekly e-newsletter that is sent to over 4,500 subscribers. In addition she oversees the diocesan social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Joy also serves as a resource person to churches who request assistance in the area of communications. She has worked for the Diocese since 2006. Joy and her husband, Marion, live in Summerville and are members of St. Paul’s, Summerville. They have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law and on November 21, 2021 – welcomed their first grandchild, Ella Ruth! Her work number is (843) 696-1757.
Contact Joy Hunter
As Camp Director, Justin is responsible for developing and leading our diocesan summer camp, Camp Jubilee. He works year-round on program development and administration, as well as providing pastoral support and discipleship to the high school and college age Staff and Counselors who serve at camp. Justin has worked in the field of camp ministry since 2007 and has served as the diocesan Camp Director since 2017. Justin and his wife Katie live in Beaufort with their two children Samuel and Audrey Mae.
Contact Justin Johnson
The Canon to the Ordinary works at the direction of the Diocesan Bishop (The Ordinary). Primary areas of responsibility include the ordination process, clergy deployment, clergy compensation and new clergy Orientation. The Canon assists in other areas as needed, including the work of the Standing Committee, Finance Committee, Trustees and the Diocesan Benefits Committee. Jim and his wife, Libby, live in Mt. Pleasant with their three children, Mary, Will and Anna Li. Team Lewis is involved in swimming, tennis, piano and cycling. Jim has been a priest of the Diocese since 1994 and the family attends Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Contact Jim Lewis
Diocesan Receptionist/Financial Assistant
As the Diocesan Receptionist, Saralyn Ortiz greets guests to the Diocesan House, answers the phones, and is responsible for updating accounting data, the Diocesan database and overseeing the Resource Library. “I consider myself an assistant to the entire staff, ” says Sara, “and I help whenever I’m needed.” Sara joined the staff in February 2015. She has a degree in Electronic Media/Broadcasting and Spanish from Appalachian State University. In her spare time, she performs at The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre on Church Street.