The Rev. Amelie A. Wilmer, our new 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. 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 2013. 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 is completing 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.
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, as a Minister of Music. Before that, he served as music director at various Methodist churches in the Richmond area and as the Music Director for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He also serves as the Music Director at Richmond Hill Retreat Center and leads the music for their weekly Taizé e service. In addition, he has performed in the Richmond Symphony Chorus, worked as a free-lance recording artist and soloist, and led the music program at Shrine Mont family camp. 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 Taizé. 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 storyteller and chaplain working at The Hermitage. She and Jim have two wonderful sons. Joshua, 28, and James, 24.
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