Rev. Deanie StrengthParish Associate 2
Deanie Strength was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament when she accepted a call to serve St.
Simons Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor in 1999. She served in that position for seven years and
then supported that congregation for nine years through service as a volunteer and mother. Deanie and her
husband Joey made the decision to move to Savannah in 2015 when Joey accepted a position with the
Hunter MacLean Law Firm where he now practices real estate law. Their children, James (13) and Nell (10),
are students at Savannah Country Day School.
Deanie was educated at the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
(M.Div.) in Texas. She was raised in the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, worshiped
with First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, Texas while in seminary and fulfilled her seminary internship at
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Laura Mendenhall, later
president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She also worked on the neonatal and
gynecological floors as a summer chaplain at Scott and White Hospital in Texas.
A favorite verse of Deanie’s is Luke 11:9 – “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you.” She thinks of herself as a seeker, eager to seek the Lord where He may be
found. She has been practicing contemplative prayer and 12 step spirituality to deepen her relationship with
God and others and to better discern the path the Holy Spirit is leading her along. During the course of her
ministry, doors have opened to support men and women spiritually along the journey of life; to labor alongside
brothers and sisters in faith in Jamaica, Malawi, and Brazil; to encourage mentally and financially challenged
residents of downtown Brunswick and Savannah through community ministries; and to nurture the
faith of presbytery children as a camp director, Sunday School teacher and youth leader. Prayers have been
answered for opportunities to serve and glorify God through her words, music, and simple acts of
kindness. Most recently she has been singing in the choir and providing contemplative piano music at
First Presbyterian Church, Savannah where her husband and children are members.
She is energized by the opportunity to assist pastors in the presbytery who are offering their gits to
strengthen churches. She looks forward to assisting Rev. Garrison in his service to Skidaway Island
Presbyterian Church and supporting the congregation in its efforts to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Glory be to God!