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The Very Rev. Jeffrey Shankles, Rector

Father Jeff has served at St. Alban’s since 2005, first as Assistant Rector, then Associate Rector, followed by Priest-in-Charge and now, since September 2013, as Rector.

Ordained ministry is Fr. Jeff’s third career. He served in the US Army Intelligence and Security Command for eight years as a Russian linguist in West Germany in the 1980’s. After leaving the Army he worked for the next fifteen years in the corporate world as an IT specialist, programmer, system administrator and data center manager. 

Fr. Jeff was ordained to the permanent, or vocational, diaconate in the Diocese of Idaho in 1998 where his ministry was focused on establishing and leading his church’s participation at the local soup kitchen in Boise. After discerning a call to the priesthood, Fr. Jeff packed up his family and moved to northern Virginia in 2002 to attend Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. After graduation from seminary Fr. Jeff was called to serve at St. Alban’s.

Fr. Jeff and his wife, Kate, have two adult children: Audrey and William. In his spare time Fr. Jeff likes tending the grounds of the rectory which Kate likes to call the “deer’s snack-bar.”

 


 

The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales, Priest Associate

The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales is a chaplain and religion teacher at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, an Episcopal Day School in Alexandria. On Sundays Rosemary splits her time between St. Paul's, Old Town Alexandria and St. Alban's. Rosemary is a nationally recognized teacher of Godly Play, a powerful method of presenting Bible stories, and has shared her talents with us as we have begun our own implementation of Godly Play at St. Alban's.


 

The Rev. Theresa Lewallen, Deacon

Deacon Theresa began her time at St. Alban’s in January 2015 while she was attending The Deacons’ School of the Diocese of Southern Virginia and the Diocese of Virginia. After her ordination as a Vocational Deacon, Bishop Shannon S. Johnston assigned Deacon Theresa to St. Alban’s. As an intern, Deacon Theresa worked with members of the Outreach Committee to initiate a partnership with Belvedere Elementary School which includes providing weekend food to ten students identified by the school as needing assistance and mentoring students.

A Northern Virginian since 1983, Deacon Theresa was received into the Episcopal Church in 1987 and served in many lay leadership and followership roles at Grace Church, Alexandria. She brought the issues of those living with HIV/AIDs to the attention of her parish in the late 1980s. Her outreach work primarily focused on homelessness and affordable housing needs in the City of Alexandria. In 2009, Deacon Theresa traveled to Dar es Salaam with a small mission team which resulted in Grace Church’s support of a medical clinic for the poorest residents in Dar. Deacon Theresa is employed by the National Collaborative for Health Equity where she directs the day-to-day operations of a leadership program funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her adult son and daughter-in-law live in Austin, Texas.

Adam Pierce, Seminarian

I grew up in Pennsylvania with two older sisters and a twin brother. Family has always been something that has been very important to me as I am very close with all of my siblings. That said, my life has not been a stationary one.

I left Pennsylvania to go to college in St. Augustine, Florida where I met my wife, Laurie; I lived in St. Augustine for the next five years. After graduating Laurie and I joined the Peace Corps and were sent to live and work as English Teachers in western China’s Guizhou Province. After China we moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where I worked in kitchens as a cook and as a campus ministry for the Episcopal Church at UNC-Wilmington.

With all our moving around and being away from our families, Laurie and I were constantly reimagining what family meant, what community was. For much our lives together, the Church has been a large part of our sense of community and family. It was in a small Episcopal Church in St. Augustine where I was introduced to an expression of faith that rooted me and gave me a vocabulary to speak of my experience with God. It was in China where we learned that relationships with a community are just as formative and life-giving as our experiences with our families. And it was in North Carolina where my call to ordained ministry was nurtured and affirmed.

Now that I am immersed in community life at Virginia Theological Seminary, a member of the community here at St. Alban’s, and have a family of my own, Laurie and I have seen yet again how God works in community to speak to the life of Jesus Christ. I believe community will always be an essential part of my faith journey and my ministry and this is why I hope to help deepen an already innate sense of community here at St. Alban’s during my time here as a seminarian.

 

Frederick Binkholder, Music Minister

 

 
 

Jin-Sun Cho, Organist

 

 
 
 

Tammy Gaines, Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

Carlos Guzman, Sexton

Sue Mairena, Treasurer

Joyce Aument, Altar Guild Co-Director

Melinda Patterson, Altar Guild Co-Director

Dottie Ninde, Altar Guild Co-Director

Fred Chatelain, Gwen DeFilippi - Pledge Secretaries

 

Staff members can be reached through the church office at 703-256-2966.