The Rev. Amelie A. Wilmer, our Rector has served St. John’s since May of 2017, when she arrived as Priest in Charge. 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 a previous career in banking, she is a past president of the Junior League of Richmond, former chair of the Carver Promise, and graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. She served on the Executive Board of the Diocese of Virginia from 2013-2015, the Diocesan Missionary Society Board from 2015-2018, and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Interpretation Journal of Biblical Scholarship, the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation Board and on the Board of Re:Work Richmond, an employment initiative serving families in the East End of Richmond.
Prior to her arrival at St. John’s, Amelie served as the Vicar of All Souls Episcopal Church from 2011-2017, and before then, as a chaplain at Westminster-Canterbury and Transitional Deacon at St. Mary’s Goochland (2011). 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.
A life-long Episcopalian, Amelie has completed both DOCC (Disciples of Christ in Community) and EfM (Education for Ministry) programs and has a passion for life-long learning and spiritual formation in community. During her years as a lay leader, she served in a broad range of ministries, including family fellowship and outreach programs, adult and youth education, stewardship, and strategic planning.
Amelie has three sons: one in college and two working in San Francisco. She and her family enjoy hiking, travel, art, and literature, and annual pilgrimages to Burning Man in the Nevada Desert. She resides in Richmond.
Associate Priest The Rev. Dorothy White was ordained in 2015 as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of VA. She 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 Theological 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 formerly served as the School Chaplain at St. Catherine’s Episcopal School in Richmond. She also chaired the Religion and Philosophy Department and taught in the Upper and Middle Schools. Previously, 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. She has completed Education for Ministry through The University of the South and is a certified Stephen Ministry leader. She is an avid beagle owner and currently owns two, Phineas and Phripp. During the summer of 2020 she will travel with the St. James’s Parish Choir to Gloucester, England, and participate in a choir residency at Gloucester Cathedral.
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 Ven. 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.
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.
August Butler, Senior Warden Paul Broughton, Junior Warden Mike Broda Mary Garner Devoe Marc Dixon Rita Driscoll Joni McKeen Marshall Schutt Susan White