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Fr. Matthew Garrison


Having spent nearly eighteen years working with Young Life (a relational ministry to teens), I see ministry is most effective when done in relationship.  I'm grateful for St. Francis' allowing me to be a pastor not just of our parish, but a pastor to the community.  My family has been blessed to develop relationships with families throughout Sanford in our short time here.

Our three kids--Eli, Josiah and Gillian--keep us running to football games, theater productions, soccer matches, and on the occasional Cook Out milkshake run.   We move at a hectic pace, but my wife, Trina, keeps us grounded, and is the glue that holds everything together.

When I'm not attending an activity, I enjoy hiking, fly fishing, coaching soccer, and reading.

I'm thrilled to be a part of the St. Francis' community and see where the Lord takes us.

I am currently at Campbell University pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Church Music Ministry. Joe and Leslie Hanna are my parents, and my siblings are Meg, Jonathan, Emily and Cameron.


When I am not working part time at the church, and being a full time student, I am teaching piano, practicing, and sleeping because the college exhaustion is real.


What I love about St. Francis is that it has always been such a welcoming community that genuinely cares about me, and its members want to serve me as best as they can. My time in leadership here has been such a blessing as I am still learning exactly how to serve the parish with the gift of music. St. Francis has always been a safe place for me to grow and learn more about my profession and how to use my gifts to serve my community and glorify God. 


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Audrey Hanna

Music Director

Gordy Reese

Director of Communications

I am Sanford born and bred. My husband, Tom, and I are blessed to have our children, Sarah Reese Womack and husband, Brian; John Reese; wife, Caitlin; and their daughter, Etta Anne; here in Sanford.


I graduated from what was Sanford Central High School (now Lee County High School), attended Salem College for two years and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. . .a long time ago! 


First Presbyterian was my home church. My grandfather, Dr. Lynn McIver, was clerk of the session there for over 50 years. It is an honor to follow in his footsteps by being the clerk of St. Francis and its director of communications.

St. Francis is a wonderful church home with transformative biblical teaching and a loving, engaged congregation. I am thankful to have served with the leadership of the prayer team and women’s ministry, as a chalice bearer, lector and member of the vestry and choir.


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