Clergy & Staff
Bishop of the Central Gulf Coast
The Rt. Rev. J. Russell Kendrick
Bishop Russell was elected the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in February of 2015 and was ordained Bishop on July 25, 2015.
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Bishop Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and marketing from Auburn University in 1984. In 1995 he received a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to his election, Bishop Russell was Rector of St. Stephen's in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served since 2007. Russell is married to Robin, and they have two children, Aaron and Hannah.
The Rev. Linda Suzanne Borgen
The Reverend Linda Suzanne Borgen came to serve as Rector of St. Thomas, Greenville after serving as Curate at the Church of the Nativity in Dothan, Alabama. Linda Suzanne attended seminary in Berkeley, California, earning her M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Prior to attending seminary, Linda Suzanne taught anthropology at the University of West Florida and Troy University. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary humanities and an M.A. in anthropology.
Linda Suzanne is passionate about St. Thomas living out our call as the body of Christ and sharing the Good News of God’s love for all people. Our shared life is not through attending a church, but through being the church. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is a community focused on discipleship and growing in grace as we together learn to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ Our Lord.