St. John’s Church has called the Rev. Amelie Wilmer to be Priest-in-Charge. She will arrive Tuesday, May 30, and celebrate and preach for the first time at St. John’s Sunday, June 4.Amelie has served as the vicar of All Souls, Mechanicsville, since January 2012. She received her Post-graduate Degree in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary and her Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011.
Amelie also holds degrees in Economics/Political Science and Art History from Yale University. In addition to previous careers in banking, she is a past president of the Junior League of Richmond, former chair of the Carver Promise and board member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond, and graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. She served on the Executive Board of the Diocese of Virginia from 2013-2015 and currently serves on the board of the Diocesan Missionary Society and on the Editorial Review Board of the Interpretation Journal of Biblical Scholarship.
Previous to coming to All Souls, the Reverend Wilmer served at St. John’s Church and St. Mary’s Goochland, and as a chaplain at Westminster-Canterbury. While in seminary, she served as an intern at Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, Richmond, and St. Thomas’, Richmond. She also served as a chaplain at Johnston-Willis hospital.
Priest Associate The Rev. Bill Pickering, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his BA from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and his M.Div. degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained a Priest in Pittsburgh in 1971 and served as Rector in three parishes in that diocese over 25 years, the last being St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon – a southern suburb of Pittsburgh – where he was Rector for 13 years. He was called to be Rector of St. Mark’s Church in New Canaan Connecticut, from which he retired after 8 years – for the first time. With his wife, Lee Ann he moved to Richmond and took a six month Interim position at St. John’s, Tappahannock – became Priest-In-Charge and stayed for seven years, retiring for the second time in September of 2013. Bill and Lee Ann have three children, and six grandchildren in San Francisco, Denver and Annapolis. They are residents of Church Hill.
Priest Associate The Rev. Dr. Sandra M. Levy-Achtemeier was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. Her Ph.D. is in Clinical Psychology, and before entering Virginia Theological Seminary, she held the position of Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Associate Director of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Levy is a widely published author, and her most recent work, Flourishing Life, has recently been published by Cascade Books (Eugene, Oregon). Learn more about Dr. Levy-Achtemeier at her website.
Priest Associate The Rev. Sue Eaves was born in England. After a career in education with a special interest in the under served, she emigrated to the United States in 1981.Ordained in 1991, she has served as Director of the Upper School at St. Catherine’s School for Girls, Richmond, joining the staff of St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond as Associate Rector in 1996. Called in 2001 as Rector of St. Thomas’ Church, Richmond she retired in April 1013. Married to the Rev. Dr. Lindon John Eaves, they have lived in Richmond since 1981. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Priest Associate The Rev. Dr. Lindon Eaves, ordained in 1968, is a behavior geneticist who has published on topics as diverse as the heritability of religion and psychopathology. He studied genetics at the University of Birmingham and theology at the University of Oxford. He was professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oxford until 1981, when he moved to Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1996, he and Kenneth Kendler founded the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, where he is currently professor emeritus and actively engaged in research and training. Married to the Rev. Susan N. eaves, he has three children and three grandchildren.
Priest Associate The Rev. Dr. Dorothy White, having recently been ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Theology and Historical Studies from Oral Roberts University (“ORU”) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. Dorothy serves full-time as the school chaplain at St. Catherine’s Episcopal School in Richmond. She also chairs the Religion and Philosophy Departments and teaches Religion in the Upper and Middle Schools. Formerly, Dorothy was an instructor in the undergraduate Theology Department at ORU, then, director of Christian Education and Assistant Pastor at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, Virginia.
Parish Administrator Patty Duffy joined the staff of St. John’s Episcopal Church after a 16-year teaching career. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in English Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. A lifelong Episcopalian, she is an active member of St. James’s Episcopal Church, where she sings in the Parish Choir, volunteers for CARITAS, and serves as peer mentor for stewardship. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she will complete her final year of Education for Ministry through The University of the South. She is an avid beagle owner and currently owns two, Phineas and Phripp.
Music Director A graduate of Duke University with postgraduate studies at Duke Divinity School, Martha Burford has taught in schools, directed music in Episcopal congregations, and led music and program for retreats and diocesan events. Before accepting a call to join the staff of St. John’s Church, she served for many years as Director of Church Music for the Church of the Holy Comforter, Richmond . A member of the The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, the Anglican Association of Musicians, and the Committee on Liturgy and Church Music for the Diocese of Virginia, Martha has also taught with the Leadership Program for Musicians and served on its Board. She is a Co-Founder and Editor of the publication, Church Music Forward, www.churchmusicforward.com. Martha says, “I believe in the words of hymn-writer the Rev. Fred Pratt Green, ‘How often making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!’ I am eager to glorify God in worship, music, and ministry with the people of St. John’s!” Martha’s first Sunday will be February 28.
The Rev. Deacon David Curtis works with the outreach ministry at St. John’s Church and actively participates in the liturgy and life at St. John’s. David graduated from The Deacons’ School in January 2016 and was ordained a vocational (or permanent) deacon in April 2016. David’s passion for ministry includes those that are in the greatest need and those who live at and near the margins. David also graduated from George Mason University, with a degree in government and politics. He currently works at the University of Richmond in the Office of Financial Aid. David and his husband, John Martin, live in Richmond’s Northside with their five rescue pets.
The Vestry Nine Vestry members serve three-year rotating terms, with four new members elected annually by the congregation at the annual meeting. Vestry members join the Rector in planning and overseeing the affairs of the Church; the Rector and the Vestry exercise control over the investments and expenditures of St. John’s Church.
Drew Lineberger, Senior Warden Barbara Bayler, Junior Warden Irvin Dallas Horace Dowdy Rita Driscoll Jane Hunnicutt Jamie Isaacs Sue Schutt Ryan Smith