Our Priest

 The Rev. Dr. Gary W. Butterworth


Gary was born in Marion, Ohio in 1956 and is a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan (sorry in advance :)).  Gary served in the United States Navy for 31 years serving as both an enlisted man and Officer in the field of Public Affairs, Photography, and Video.  Retiring in 2005, Gary went to seminary at The University of the South at Sewanee and graduated in 2008.  He served three parishes in Southside Virginia prior to being called to All Saints in 2012. Gary graduated from Sewanee in May of 2013 with his Doctor of Ministry Degree focusing on The Colonial Church and Family Systems.  Gary and his wife, Chris, have been married for 32 years.  Chris graduated from Ruah, a certification program in Spiritual Direction.  They have two children; a son, Justin, who lives in Boulder, CO who teaches high risk high schoolers at an alternative school and Emma, who is in her second year of a two year Master's Program in Communications at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Contact Fr. Gary here.


The Rev. Deacon Cris South

Cris was born in North Carolina where she grew up and was blessed with a wonderful son before moving to California in 1992 where she met the love of her life and married. Together she and Barbara moved to Maui, Hawaii to be caregiver's for Barbara's elderly mother. Cris worked largely in the food industry for over 25 years and she co-owned a small food business with Barbara. She responded to God's call to a diaconal vocation and was ordained in the Diocese of Hawaii on All Souls Day, 2013. She served as deacon in two of Maui's 4 Episcopal churches for 3 years.  She fell in love with All Saint's the first time she attended and a few months later, was granted permission by Bishop José to serve the parish as deacon. Her ministry passions are outreach, education, and pastoral care. She also writes, designs workshop and educational courses, does a little painting, is a computer junkie, and spends time with 2 rascally dogs, one bird, and one guinea pig as well as 2 fabulous grandchildren. She is a lifelong peace and justice activist and firmly believes neither is possible without the other.


Ms. Martha Richard, Diaconal Minister and Chaplain (ELCA)

Martha is originally from the Carolinas but moved to North Palm Beach, Florida when she was seven. She attended Wake Forest University for 2 ½ years and then transferred to the University of Florida where she completed her BA and MA in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Martha worked in long-term care as a social worker, administrator, and consultant in Gastonia for 25 years before she answered God’s call to ministry and entered seminary at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. There she completed a MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling and is ABD (all but dissertation) for a Ph.D. in the same. She was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister (Vocational Deacon) in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2003, serving as a long-term care chaplain at a nursing home in Minnesota for five years and as the Chaplain at Covenant Village for two and a half years. She completed two years of residency in hospital chaplaincy at Carolinas Medical Center and currently works as an Associate Chaplain at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland, Kings Mountain, and Caromont Medical Center. She is endorsed for chaplaincy by the ELCA and is a Provisional Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Martha is serving a two year non-stipendiary call to All Saints as a Deacon. Her area of ministry is Pastoral Care.   

 Director of Music Ministries

Jay Oden

A native of Pinson Alabama, Jay holds a Bachelors degree in Organ Performance from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a Masters Degree in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music , Winchester Virginia.  In 1997, after examination, he was awarded the Colleague certificate from the American Guild of Organists.

Jay has served churches in Alabama, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.  He was Music Associate/Organist for First United Methodist Church Gastonia, NC from 2001 until 2010.  There he played the 70 rank M.P Moller organ, conducted two bell choirs and a childrens choir.  From 2010 until 2016 Jay was the Organist/Music Assistant of Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Belmont, NC.  There he accompanied 4 weekend Masses as well as approximately 35 other Masses and services a year.

Jay is employed full-time by the Gastonia ABC Board, where he manages the retail and mixed Beverage (permit holders) stores located on South York Road in Gastonia.  His epitaph will be, He lifted spirits on Sunday and sold them on Monday

Jay has three daughters, Rebecca and Kathryn, who are twins, and Emily.  The girls attend college at varying locations and get home as often as possible for Daddys cookin.

Parish Administrator

Debra Sayles

Debra was born and raised in upstate New York.  She moved to NC in 2007 to be closer to family and enjoy the warmer temperatures in the south.  She is wife to Jeffrey, Mom to Suzi, Sarah and Emily and “Gram” to Katie, Julia, Noah, Zoe and Owen.  In her spare time she loves to root for Penn State (Fr. Gary did not know this when he hired her) and the Pittsburgh Steelers, read, and knit.  Her most favorite pastime is spending time with her family.  Contact Debra here. 


Bruce Kiser

I have lived most of my life here in Gaston County, NC.  I attended Bessemer City High School, received my degree in Business Administration from UNC-Charlotte, and my Associates degree in Accounting from Gaston College.  My Partner and I live in Crouse, NC.  I work in Charlotte with Walmart in their Accounting office.