The Rev. Dr. Michael Shaffer - Part-time Interim Rector - joined the people of Calvary on October 3, 2022. Father Michael practiced law as a trial attorney for 33 years before answering the call to the priesthood. Following ordination, he served in the Diocese of West Missouri and Diocese of Olympia, before coming to the Diocese of South Carolina, where he has served as Priest-in-Charge for St. Francis Episcopal Church since 2018. Fr. Michael will continue to serve both the communities of St. Francis and Calvary until the end of 2022, then exclusively at Calvary, as it completes its search for a full-time rector.
Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Marionette Bennett - Deacon- is a Charleston native who lived for many years in Colorado. She was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1996 in Denver, Colorado and served at St. Stephen’s in Aurora, CO. As a deacon, she worked with Hospice, at a battered women’s shelter and as a relief counselor at that shelter. She also worked closely with St. Stephen’s free children’s summer program. In 2020, she returned to Charleston and, in 2021, was licensed to serve as a deacon in the Diocese of SC and at Calvary, her original Church home. She was made Canonically Resident in the Diocese of SC in 2021. Before retirement, Deacon Bennett worked as a Cytotechnologist studying and detecting cellular abnormalities and cancer cells for 23 years and for the US postal Service in distribution for 17 years. She is a dedicated aunt and great aunt to her nephews and nieces. Her vision and hope is to continue serving as the heart and hands of Christ to all she meets and to show God’s love in word and deed.