The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Nominees for the Chapter Class of 2025

The Cathedral Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of candidates, approved by the Chapter, to be voted on by the parish at the annual Parish Meeting, which will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 10 a.m. in Child Hall. Ward Bondurant continues his two-year term as Senior Warden. The Nominating Committee has nominated Melody Palmore as Junior Warden for 2023-2024.


Geoff DeLong

Geoff has been a Cathedral member for 23 years, and currently serves as a Finance Committee member, Usher Chair-of-the-day, lector and intercessor, and Building Committee member. He has previously served on the Chapter, as Treasurer, as Treasurer for the Friends of Cathedral Music Board, and on several Stewardship committees. Geoff participates in the Thursday Morning Men’s Group, and in Old Fashioned Sunday School. Professionally, Geoff works as an investment manager. In the community, he’s been involved with Holy Innocents’ Touchdown Club and North Atlanta Baseball Foundation. He and his wife, Dorsey, have four children, two teenagers and two young adults.

Anne Matthews

A life-long Episcopalian, Anne has been a member of the Cathedral for 32 years. She is currently involved with Cathedral Giving By Design, the Altar Guild, Stewardship Committee, the Homeless Requiem, and St. Clare’s Guild. In the past, Anne was chair of the 50th Cathedral Antiques Show, and was involved with several ECW guilds and Youth Ministries. Anne is equally committed to community involvement, including the Junior League of Atlanta, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and City of Refuge. Anne enjoys working in the family business, deep sea fishing and other sports. Anne and husband, Chip, have three adult children.

Coby Nixon

Coby has been a Cathedral member since 2016. His current and past involvement at the Cathedral include: serving as an Usher, attending Old Fashioned Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Parish Retreat, Godly Play and other activities with his daughters. Professionally, Coby is an attorney specializing in litigation involving patents and other intellectual property. Coby has been active in the community by serving with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Pro Bono Roundtable, and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. He enjoys golf, reading autobiographies and classic fiction, and spending time with his family: his wife, Ansley, and their two daughters, Margot (8) and Andie (4).

Margaret Poe

Margaret, a cradle Episcopalian, has been a Cathedral member since 2005. She is serving on the Cathedral Preschool Board, and has also been active with St. Monica’s Guild, Parish Retreats, and Green Aprons. Professionally, Margaret is an attorney. In the community, she has volunteered for the American Cancer Society as well as at her children’s schools. Margaret loves learning about people and cultures and has a particular interest in the environment and mental health issues. She and her husband, Mason, have a daughter (11) and a son (9).

Janie Sager

Janie has been a member of the Cathedral for over thirty years. She’s currently involved with the ECW and St. Clare’s Guild, Community of Hope, Bible Studies and Old Fashioned Sunday School, Cathedral Giving By Design, and the Stewardship Committee. In the past she was active in various guilds and children’s ministries. Professionally, Janie is a home manager, interior designer, and former litigation manager. In the wider community, Janie was involved with many programs at her children's schools. Her special interests are gardening, interior design, art, tennis, and golf. Janie and husband, Rick, have one son and twin daughters, all young adults.

Abby Schultz

Abby has been a Cathedral member for three years and is currently Chair of the Young Professionals, a Youth Ministry volunteer, and member of the Newcomers Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and translation studies from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in hospitality business management from Michigan State University. Professionally, she is the Events Manager for SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools). Abby enjoys quilting, reading, and, of course, cheering on the Michigan Wolverines in football! 


Ward Bondurant continues his two-year term as Senior Warden. The Nominating Committee has nominated Melody Palmore as Junior Warden. 

Ward Bondurant

Last year, Dean Candler appointed Ward Bondurant as Senior Warden for 2022-2023. Ward has been active at the Cathedral for over 30 years. His current parish involvement includes the Chapter and the Farmer's Market's Executive Committee. Previously, he served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Stewardship Co-Chair, as a member of the Chapter and its Executive Committee, and as an adult Sunday School teacher. Ward is a recently retired attorney. He has served on several boards, including the Emmaus House Advisory Board and the Westminster Schools Alumni Board, and is currently the President of the Emmaus House Foundation. He enjoys farming, gardening, and the North Georgia mountains. Ward and his wife, Mary, have two adult children: Sam and Jack.

Melody Palmore

The Nominating Committee has nominated Melody Palmore to serve as Junior Warden for 2023-2024. Melody has been active at the Cathedral for over 30 years. Currently she serves on the Chapter Executive Committee, Ricks/Wheeler Grants Committee, the Cathedral Towers Board, and attends Old Fashioned Sunday School. Professionally, Melody is a medical doctor and is Associate Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine, and Medical Director for the Women’s Program, Grady Infectious Disease Program. She has been active serving on several boards in the community, and is especially interested in health care for women living with HIV and in the intersection of safe housing and improved health.  Melody and her husband, Marvin, have two adult children: Sarah and Jack.