The Rev. Amelie A. Wilmer, our Priest-in-Charge. Amelie began her ministry at St. John’s in June of 2017. Prior to her arrival, she served for five years as the vicar of All Souls Episcopal Church, Mechanicsville. 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.
In previous years, Reverend Wilmer served as Transitional Deacon at St. Mary’s Church, Goochland and St. John’s Church, Richmond, and as a chaplain at Westminster-Canterbury. While in seminary, she served as an intern at St. Thomas’, Richmond, and Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, Richmond. Amelie is devoted to her three sons: Channing, who works in San Francisco, Turner, who attends William & Mary, and Carter, who is a student at UCLA. She and her husband Claiborne Minor reside in Richmond.
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. In 2017, he served as interim supply priest here at St. John’s, Richmond. Bill and Lee Ann have three children, and six grandchildren in San Francisco, Denver and Annapolis and a puppy Bichon Frise named Rio. They are residents of Church Hill.
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 attended seminary at 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 teaches in the Religion and Philosophy Departments in the Upper School. 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 and volunteers for CARITAS, among other ministries. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she completed 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. She is godmother to Bill Pickering’s Rio (see above.)
Minister of Music Jim Bennett arrived at St. John’s in September 2017. Jim previously served on the staff at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria (Old Town), as Minister of Music. Before that, he served as music director at various Methodist churches in the Richmond area and as Music Director for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He currently serves as the Music Director at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical retreat center, and leads the music for their weekly Community Eucharist and monthly contemplative service Praying with the Songs of Taizé. Jim works as a free-lance recording artist and soloist and leads the music for Family Camp at Shrine Mont. Jim is an accomplished pianist and skilled organist. As the child of two Methodist Pastors and active in church music since the age of 6, Jim has deep roots in liturgical music and worship. After his years at St Paul’s, he now has a particular fondness for the “Episcopal” branch of the Jesus movement! In addition, he brings a breadth of experience with an array of musical styles and traditions, including classical, jazz, rock, spirituals, and contemplative song. Jim has a gift for bringing the old and new together in a way that invites congregational participation and joy. Jim and his wife, Denise, live in Richmond. Denise is a chaplain at The Hermitage and a storyteller. They have two wonderful adult sons, Joshua and James.
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. He leads our participation in the monthly Laundry Love ministry and coordinates the monthly First Fruits food collection. David spent 25 years working in and on issues related to higher education. He now serves as a full time chaplain on the staff at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.
Sarah Kye Price is serving with St. John’s this summer for her Mid-Atlantic Parish Internship, which culminates her preparation for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Virginia. Sarah is currently a Professor of Social Work at VCU and will soon be receiving her Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, our West Coast Episcopal seminary located in Berkeley, California.
Sarah was a long-time parishioner at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Ginter Park before she began seminary. For the past two years, she has served as seminarian at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where she assisted with a variety of parish programs, including their Red Door Ministry, which offers hospitality for people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity through providing lunch, healing prayer, music, clothing, prescription assistance and pastoral care. During that time, she also began (and continues!) a shared bible study ministry pairing people from across different social margins to read and study scripture together. This project, which was featured in the last edition of the Virginia Episcopalian, can be accessed on the web at: www.faithfromthemarginstotheweb.com and is open to those at St. John’s who might want to participate.
In the past, Sarah has served as the chaplain for art camp at Shrine Mont and as a chaplain/CPE intern at Covenant Woods. Sarah lives in Ginter Park with her husband Michael, who is an instructional technology resource teacher with Henrico Public Schools, and their daughter Cassandra, who is finishing her first year at Richmond Community High School. When she isn’t working or studying, Sarah enjoys singing (alto!), watercolor, and jewelry/prayer bead making. Other fun facts: Sarah is originally from Buffalo, New York, and she and Michael met in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri, while she was working on her PhD at Washington University. She cheers for VCU and Syracuse (her other alma mater) in college basketball, and for the St. Louis Cardinals in professional baseball. Sarah is happy to be serving at St. John’s this summer and looks forward to meeting all of you.
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.
Jane Hunnicutt, Senior Warden Horace Dowdy, Junior Warden August Butler Irvin Dallas Marc Dixon Rita Driscoll Jane Hunnicutt Jamie Isaacs Ryan Smith Susan White