Missioner to Columba House Augusta
Ranie Neislar, RNeislar@columbahouse.org
Ranie was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Bachelors from the University of Georgia, majoring in History with a focus on the history of Christianity in the United States. Her historical training fed and honed her passion for social justice, even as it pushed her to consider the ways in which religious life is shaped by culture. Such reflections drove Ranie to seek deeper understanding of the principles informing Christian belief and practice—they inspired a newfound passion for the study of theology. In the fall of 2011 she enrolled in classes at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina to pursue this passion. Along the way to earning her M.Div, Ranie has engaged in youth ministry in various parishes. Currently, she is Coordinator of Youth Ministries at Saint Paul’s Church in Augusta. She enjoys seeking ways to inspire teenagers to deeply consider the beliefs informing their faith, from understanding “neighbor” to caring for marginalized creation.
Missioners to Columba House Savannah
The Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, GArboleda@columbahouse.org
The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda grew up in Levittown, NY on Long Island and spent much of his childhood with family in New York City. He studied Christian Ministries and Mathematics at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, (B.A. 2012). After growing up at a Baptist church, Guillermo was exposed to a lot more variety in Christianity while at college and found himself studying and worshipping with the Brethren In Christ Church, in the Anabaptist tradition. During college, Guillermo also had his first encounters with intentional Christian communities.
In 2012 he began studying at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and during his first year met a lot of Episcopalians who invited him to pray and worship with them at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Durham. He was confirmed in this parish, which taught him to pray the Daily Office and challenged him to self-sacrificially serve the needs of the neighborhood, even when the church doesn’t have that much money. In 2014, he and Kelly Steele did summer internships in the Diocese of Georgia while living and serving at Columba House, and shortly thereafter began their discernment processes for ordination.
After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2015, Guillermo moved back to Savannah to serve Columba House Savannah and St. George’s Episcopal Church for a one-year curacy. Father Guillermo is now the Priest In Charge of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, alongside his duties with CHS. In his spare time, Father Guillermo enjoys reading comic books, watching action movies, jogging, cooking, and playing frisbee with his dog, Reina.
The Rev. Kelly Steele, KSteele@columbahouse.org
The Rev. Kelly Steele grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Duquesne University, graduating with a degree in Theology (BA) and Women’s and Gender Studies as well as Music. While in college, she transitioned from being a “spiritual, non-religious” New Ager to becoming a non-affiliated Christian and promptly changing degree tracks, immediately sensing a call to ordained ministry. At first, she wondered the streets of Pittsburgh, knocking on church doors, looking for a group of devoted, feminist, non-judgmental Christians with whom to journey. She joined the Antioch Overflow Experiment, a hub for charismatic, student-led house churches throughout the tri-state region around Pittsburgh.
From there, she went to Duke Divinity School seeking a denominational home where she could continue exploring progressive, fresh expressions of church and worship from a rooted, ancient perspective. She’s found such in the Episcopal Church and has fallen in love with its inclusive and yet ancient heritage that challenges folks to go deep into what’s good, holy and real. Rev. Kelly hopes to partner with others start a new, inclusive-yet-rooted church and empower others to do the same. She skates with the Savannah Derby Devils and enjoys energetic conversations that connect people in new ways to their deepest desires.
Columba House Savannah Advisory Board Members
- Sr. Miriam Elizabeth Bledsoe, Order of St. Helena, Augusta, GA
- The Rev. Kevin Kelly, St. Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal Church, Savannah, GA
- The Rev. Walter Hobgood, Director of Leadership Ministries, Diocese of Georgia
- The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Georgia
- The Rev. Jim Parker, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Savannah, GA
- The Rev. Helen White, Christ Church Episcopal, Savannah, GA
- Canon Katie Willoughby, Canon for Administration, Diocese of Georgia
- The Very Rev. William Willoughby III, The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah, GA