The Rev. Canon Paige Hanks has joined the parishes of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church and The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg as Priest in Charge and Canon Missioner. This unique partnership between the Diocese, Cathedral and St. Bede’s began at the end of May, and offered a creative opportunity to cultivate and grow the Episcopal presence in the St. Petersburg Deanery. A lifelong Episcopalian and a native Floridian, she graduated from High Point (N.C.) University with a degree in elementary education and later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of North Florida. She worked for many years as a school principal and administrator. She served as a deacon at the Cathedral before her ordination to the priesthood in January 2019.
Hanks began her seminary education at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. When she and her husband, David, and their daughter, Amelia, moved to North Carolina in the middle of seminary, she completed her coursework at Duke Divinity School and graduated summa cum laude from Perkins. She was ordained a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and served as Deacon for Vocational Discernment at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC. She and her family moved to St. Petersburg in the Fall of 2018 when her husband’s position was relocated to the Largo office.
“As the Catechism from our Book of Common Prayer states on Page 855, the ministers of the church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons. The laity are listed first and foremost in this list!” she said. “My focus in ministry is to point to the ministry of the laity, so that all members of the community represent Christ and the Church in all that we are called to do in the world.”