“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”
Church RectorJoanna White was ordained deacon by the Diocese of New York in 1989 and priest in 1990. She is a retired nurse with graduate degrees in Health Care Management, M.S., (Long Island University,) Spirituality and Pastoral Care, M.A., (Loyola University Baltimore) and a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. Joanna has served churches in New York, Newark, Central Pennsylvania and Maryland. Most recently, she was rector of Sherwood Church for 9 years before coming to St. Paul’s in January of 2013.
Parish AdministratorTammy Witt has a Masters in Business Management (Strayer University). She has 12 years of management experience. Tammy has been the Parish Administrator for St. Paul’s for a year and a half. She is also a veteran of the United States Navy.
Music & Choir Director
Those who attend 10:00 Sunday morning worship at St. Paul’s enjoy the sounds of a very dedicated group of adult singers who are focused on highlighting the weekly message through excellent music, directed by Susan Yoe.
Sunday School Superintendent
Michelle Dyro has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology (Bradley University) and is in the process of obtaining her Montessori Teaching Certification (Barrie School). Michelle has worked as the Director of Christian Formation (St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation, DC), an ABA/VB therapist for children with Autism, and an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (Fairfax & Falls Church County).
Altar Servers & Lectors
St. Paul’s relies on a large group of individuals who volunteer their time to make the Sunday Services, happen as planned.
The Altar Guild Team of St. Paul’s properly set up and arranged for each service. They make sure the flower arrangements are properly placed for the service. After the service they are responsible for stripping the altar and preparing it for the next service. Holiday arrangements (flowers and greens) in the church are also handled by our altar guild team.
These small groups of individuals volunteer, month after month, to assist the Rector in the service. They assist her in the preparation and serving of communion. They also provide guidance and assistance to Torchbearers and Acolytes on the altar.
Acolytes & Torchbearers
These young and energetic St. Paul’s members have stepped up to say, “I also want to be part of the service”. Every Sunday, they lead the procession into St. Paul’s to start our service, bearing the crucifix and the candles. They also assist the Rector by the Bible for the gospel and in the preparation for communion. It is great to have the participation of St. Paul’s youth.
This group of people proceed to the Lectern (overcome any nervousness they may feel) and present to us the readings every Sunday. They also lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People.
Teams of people, arrive early, turn on the lights, set the heating/cooling and make sure that the church is ready for the Service. They distribute the weekly bulletin to all people attending the service. They announce the beginning of the service to the church community with the ringing of the St. Paul’s bell. After the service, the ushers see to it that the pews and kneelers are put back in good order and all bulletins are gathered up.
This group of Servers was started in 2014. They welcome all to the service. They serve as the “Point of Contact” for newcomers, welcoming them to St. Paul’s, explaining that “ALL ARE WELCOME AT GOD’S TABLE”. They also invite all people, especially people new to St. Paul’s, to join us for Hospitality in the Great Hall.
This is another service which was started in 2014. The Vestry Representative serves at the pleasure of the Rector to ensure that any problems/concerns that might occur prior to the Service are addressed. The Vestry Representative has a checklist to ensure that necessary items are in place or have occurred prior to the service. This includes making sure the Hymnal Board is updated, all necessary servers are present, and if not, arranging for substitutes.
Those who attend 10:00 Sunday morning worship at St. Paul’s enjoy the sounds of a very dedicated group of adult singers who are focused on highlighting the weekly message through excellent music. Directed by Susan Yoe, they serve the Lord with gladness and come before His presence with a Psalm each week during the program year. Anthems and hymns range from the ancient to the contemporary, and our congregation tends to sing with gusto and joy. Special services include Lessons and Carols, Good Friday and Easter Vigil, with occasional concerts. Each Advent, Susan pulls together a youth choir for the season. Susan is always working to include instrumentalists in the worship, and she is always looking for good singers to join the choir!
Safe Nights Administrator
Calvert Nursing Center Christmas Lunch
WMJS LP Radio Station Manager
Music & Choir Director
Reading Camp Coordinator
Dress For Success Clothes Closet