Pastor Kevin Ogilvie
God loves everyone. Period. No “ifs, ands or buts.” Too many people do not know that. They think they are unworthy, unloved. They feel judged by the world and even by some among Christians. I find my greatest joy in seeing the light go on in the eyes of one who comes to understand this Gospel fact. Once you know this in your heart you can never be the same again.
I have had a varied career as a parish pastor in three different congregations in Upstate New York, as a missionary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to Madagascar and as President of Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon, Canada. My education has taken me far afield, too. I did my bachelor’s degree at Davidson College in North Carolina, my Master of Divinity at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and my doctorate at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. I am passionate about mission and passionate Scripture.
My wife, the Rev. Dr. Jann Boyd, and I married in 2011. She serves as stated supply pastor for a small congregation nearby and runs a quilt shop in Lexington. I have an adopted son from Madagascar and three step-children who have each given Jann and me a grandchild! All of them currently live in Canada. We are very blessed ourselves to live in this fair state among God’s faithful people and share the joys of our life together with others.
Jefferey Clearman (Jeff) is a native of Petal Mississippi. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Memphis where he studied with Dr. John David Peterson. Jeff attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Concert Singers, accompanist in the voice department and also accompanist for the Spirit of Ole Miss, the university’s show choir. He has sung and played under the baton of Robert Shaw, Alan Balter and Jerry Jordan. Jeff has done additional organ study with Diane Meredith Belcher and Dr. Jeff McLelland. He has been organist/choirmaster at St. Peter’s
Episcopal Church in Oxford MS, All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile, AL, All Saints Memorial Church in Navesink, NJ, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, NJ. Jeff also has been musical director for musical theater; Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat and Once Upon a Mattress for the Stone Church Players in Navesink. In Mobile he was musical director for the Joe Jefferson Players production of Avenue Q and the Chickasaw Community Theater’s production of Mary Poppins and Oklahoma. Jeff lives in Columbia with his husband Kevin Davis, who is Organist/Choirmaster at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia, and their cat Midnight. They have one daughter, one grandson, and one grandson on the way. They live in Sledge, MS just south of Memphis, TN.
I have had a varied career from the office work here, to office work for the government. I have been involved in real estate and have a cleaning business on the side. The focus of my life are my husband and two sons. My older son lives in Charleston and is making it on his own (with constant parental encouragement!). My younger son is autistic with a number of special needs. Working for St. James gives me the flexibility I need to care for them both and to volunteer in the community of families dealing with special needs. I love the interaction with people in the St. James’ office. Make sure you say hello!