Rector Chris Girata has the great pleasure and privilege to announce that Calvary welcomes a new assisting priest, the Rev. Buddy Stallings! Buddy is a gifted preacher and pastor, having served churches around the country, most recently as rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. On May 29, Buddy retired as rector of St. Bart’s and now will be living most of the year in Memphis with his partner, Molitor Ford.
A native of Mississippi, Buddy knows his way around the South. He graduated from Mississippi College and earned a masters degree from the University of Tennessee. In his first career, before entering the priesthood, Buddy was an accomplished healthcare executive in Florida and Mississippi. After many years in those roles, Buddy felt called to the priesthood.
Buddy entered the General Theological Seminary in New York and upon graduation was ordained in the Diocese of Mississippi. He began his career in the priesthood at St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as assistant rector, associate rector, and interim rector.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Buddy felt called back to New York. He became rector of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Staten Island and served there until becoming vicar of St. Bart’s in 2008. After serving as vicar under the Rev. Billy Tully for a few years, Buddy became rector of St. Bart’s until his retirement in May.
Buddy is excited to back in the South. Buddy’s son, Brian, lives with his wife and three children in Jackson, Mississippi, so he now will have the pleasure of seeing them more often. At Calvary, Buddy will join our other assisting clergy in worship, education, and pastoral ministries.