The Reverend John Phillips Roof, our rector for 43 years, passed away on March 17,
2013, at his home. He was born on September 11, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry
and Virginia (Phillips) Roof.
Fr. John was called to St. Augustine Episcopal Church in 1966, becoming our church's
fourth full-time priest. He led our church from a mission to full parish status in 1970.
After 43 years of baptisms, marriages, support, and the pastoral care of several
generations of parishioners, Fr. John retired on September 30, 2009.
Over the years, Fr. John served on numerous Diocesan committees, and was President
of the Waycross Board of Directors from 1995-1997. Fr. John was also the Chaplain to
the Indiana Women's Prison starting in 1970, and continued after his retirement. He
also served as President of the Board of Directors of Hendricks County Senior Services
starting in 1992.
Fr. John is survived by his wife Midge, son John (Stacie), daughter Margaret Elizabeth,
son Joshua (Amy), and five grandchildren, Kelsey, Payton, Jake, Megan, and David.