Interim Rector
The Rev. Dr. Glenn Busch, D. Min. 
Bishop of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
The Right Reverend Mark Bourlakas
Assistant Rector
The Rev. Kimberly B. Glenn
Nicole Cook
Executive Assistant to the Rector
Pamela Reynolds
Parish Administrator
Monika Lankford
Parish Business Manager
Peggy Haas Howell
Organist & Choirmaster
Sarah Lusk
Assistant for Children's and Youth Ministries
Christie Hooper
Director, St. John's Day School
Amy Panzer
Richard "Dickie" Fields
Building and Grounds Supervisor
LaToya Saunders

2018 Vestry

Gene Kidd - Sr. Warden
Gene Kidd has been a resident of Lynchburg since he was four years old.  He grew up in St. Barnabas Church and, along with his family, joined St. John’s as an adult.  Gene has been employed by a local family business for 41 years, and has vast experience in accounting, as well as finance and management in a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing, and construction.  Gene and his wife, Mary, have two grown daughters, Martha and Carolyn.  He has served on the Worship Committee, Construction Finance Committee, and the Missional Mapping Task Force.  He has also chaired the Stewardship Committee and currently captains one of the men’s Sunday breakfast teams

Mac McWane - Jr. Warden
Mac was baptized, confirmed and is engaged to be married this March at St. John’s Church. Since graduating from Lynchburg College this past May, Mac has worked as the Safety Director for Boxley Materials Company. Mac is a Lynchburg native whose family has been actively involved at St. John’s for several generations. For the last three years Mac has served the church as a Eucharistic Minister and reader for the 8 o’clock service, and is a proud member of the Watts/Bogle breakfast team. Mac will attend adult confirmation again with his fiancée this winter as she begins her transition into the Episcopal Church here at St. John’s. 

   Jennifer McCarthy - Sr. Warden Elect

Jennifer began her journey with the Episcopal Church as a college student at the Canterbury Center of her college campus.  She married Jack McCarthy on June 30, 1990 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, eventually moving to Lynchburg in 1995.   Jennifer’s first involvement at St. John’s was an opportunity to volunteer with the Day School and the ECW Food Sale.  Over the years, she has served as a Eucharistic Minister, on the Flower Guild, Pastoral Care, Outreach, and Fellowship Committees, a Capital Campaign Committee, and as Treasurer, and later Chairman, of the St. John’s Day School Board.  She and Jack have enjoyed teaching Sunday school and leading EYC programs and mission trips. Jennifer works as a legal assistant in Lynchburg.  She and Jack have three grown children, John (Columbia, SC), Hunt (Richmond, VA) and Virginia (Virginia Tech).  St. John’s has served as a source of celebration and comfort over the past 22 years and Jennifer looks forward to the opportunity to serve St. John’s in this new capacity.

Tripp Duerson - Jr. Warden Elect

Tripp grew up at St John’s and was confirmed by Bishop Marmion. After graduating from VMI in 1986 and working in Johnson City, TN for five years, he moved back to Lynchburg and St John’s in 1992. Tripp is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He has two daughters – Tyler, who lives in Boston and Sarah Gordon, who is a senior at VES. Tripp has served St John’s in a variety of positions. He was on the vestry from 2000-2002, serving as Junior & Senior Warden. He currently sings in the choir, cooks breakfast, and serves as the chair of the Stewardship Committee. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Diocese


 Drake Watts - Liturgy & Music
A lifelong member of St. John's, Drake was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. John's Church.  A 2008 graduate of VMI, Drake started Blue Ridge Ice in 2009,which sells quality wholesale bagged and block ice products throughout Central Virginia. He is also Vice President of Watts Petroleum Corp, a family owned business since 1936.  Drake and his wife, Jessica, are both Lynchburg natives. They welcomed their first child, Trey, in May of 2014.  Drake grew up singing in the St. Johns Choir, performing in many of Peggy Howell's musicals, and he plays percussion for special high festival days and concerts. In 2010, he chaperoned one of the Belize mission trips. He is co-chef for the church picnic barbecues, is part of the legendary Watts/Bogle Breakfast Team, and recently served on the MAP Taskforce. 

 Janet Hickman - Senior Warden 2017
Janet is a life-long Episcopalian originally from Minnesota.  She is a dermatologist trained at Harvard and Duke who has practiced in Lynchburg since 1979, but now limits her work to clinical research trials through the Education & Research Foundation, Inc.  She is a member of St. John’s choir and has been a member of the vestry, committees, a Sunday school teacher, Eucharistic minister, lector, and diocesan convocation delegate.  Her husband Robert is a retired gastroenterologist.  She has three grown sons, Frank, Zachariah, and John, and two granddaughters plus another expected soon.  She is on the boards of the American Academy of Dermatology and Centra Foundation and serves as the Secretary of the American Daffodil Society.  

  John Edmunds - Junior Warden 2017  

John was baptized, christened and married in St. John's Church.  John founded a Manufactures Rep Agency in 2001, which today covers from PA to SC.  John is a native of Lynchburg.  John and his wife Ellen have taught Sunday School and Ellen currently chairs the Youth Ministries Committee.  John has captained one of the breakfast groups since the beginning of the men's breakfast ministry.  Their daughter Elizabeth helps teach Sunday School and son Jack has been involved in working on house construction with the Church along with John's help.  John has chaired Stewardship and been involved in Outreach.     

  Laura Casler - Parish Life & Care

Laura has been a school counselor for 22 years; 6 years on the high school level (3 at Heritage High School and 3 in Va. Beach) and 16 years at Linkhorne Middle School.   She has two children, Will who is 20 and attends JMU and Drew who is 17 and is a senior at EC Glass.  She and her husband, John, were married at St. John's 24 years ago;  and both grew up in Lynchburg and have lived here since 1994.  Laura has taught Sunday School, served on the St. John’s Search committee, and currently serves on the Youth Ministries Committee.  Her husband sings in the church choir, and Drew is serving as a senior acolyte this year.  Laura has served on various committees at Linkhorne  Elementary School and James River Day School and currently at EC Glass on Athletics Boosters and the After Prom Party.   She serves on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters fundraising committee, is a sustainer in the Junior League of Lynchburg, and is a member of the Virginia Counselors Association.

  Kate Sigler - Christian Formation

Kate Worthington Sigler is the Director of Administration at Virginia Legal Aid Society, responsible for the organization’s finances, technology and human resources.  She and her husband Walker grew up, were married, and baptized their children at St. John’s, and actually met in 5th Grade Sunday School.  They have three children, Worth, Will and Jane.  Worth attends St. John’s Day School and is an active participant in Sunday School and Children’s Chapel.  Kate currently serves on the Children’s Ministry Committee, the Flower Guild and as a Sunday School teacher; she previously served on the Vestry as a youth representative.  Kate is also a member of the Lynchburg Garden Club and serves as the Vice President of the Miriam’s House Board of Directors.

Amy Kowalski - Liturgy & Music
Amy is a litigation associate at Petty Livingston Dawson and Richards. She grew up in the Atlanta suburbs and moved to Lynchburg in 2009. She was confirmed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington in 2000. She and her husband Scott have 4 children – Kate and Lily who attend E.C. Glass High School and Evie and Graham who are students at New Covenant Schools. She teaches 3rd-5th grade Sunday School at St. Johns and serves on the Board of Directors of New Covenant Schools. 

   Don Martin - Parish Life & Care

Don Martin graduated from Lynchburg College and received his Master’s in Secondary Administration from George Washington University. He is a retired teacher and school administrator formerly employed by Appomattox County, Fairfax County, Lynchburg City, and Seven Hills School  for over thirty-five years. He and his wife, Gracy, are long-time members of St. John’s. They have two children, Ginny and Patrick, and four grandchildren. Don has served St. John’s in many capacities; office volunteer, usher, reader, pancake dinner cook, a long time worker at Lynchburg Grows, and was part of the Stewardship Team by delivering neighborhood boxes. He and Gracy went on a mission trip with the youth group, and while at St. John’s in McLean, Virginia, he taught fifth grade Sunday School.  

   Kitty Robertson - Parish Life & Care

Kitty Robertson was confirmed at St. John’s in 1967, while Jack Spong was rector. She has been retired from New Vistas School for 11 years, but still loves to teach. She co-taught the Education for Ministry program for 8 years. Currently, Kitty is teaching 2-3 grade Sunday School with a “dream team” of teachers. She has previously served on St. John’s Vestry and on two Search Committees. She has been a member of the Women’s Bible Study since it began. Her husband, Leighton, is a realtor and she is very fortunate to have both sons and their families in Lynchburg. She serves on the auxiliary of the Williams Home and on the board of Interfaith Outreach.

   Susan Larson - Outreach/Mission

Brian Nolan - Christian Formation 
Brian Nolan was born outside of Boston, in Wayland, MA. He currently works as a consultant in the Aerospace and Defense industry.  He attended college at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, majoring in Classics.  He received his MA and PhD in Classics at the Ohio State University, where he met his wife Han. Han and Brian have two daughters and four grandsons.  Han and Brian moved to Lynchburg last June, and started attending St Johns at that time. He was accepted into the church with Han this last Easter.  He works on Gene Kidd's breakfast team, attends the men's book group, is on the Greeting committee and the Christian Formation Committee.

   Amanda Smithson - Christian Formation 

Amanda is the Director of State Policy and Advocacy for Save the Children, a role in which she leads Save the Children’s state level policy work in the United States.   She joined Save the Children in 2006, on the New Orleans Katrina team, from a history of non-profit work including the United Way of Central Maryland, the United Way of Greater New Orleans, the American Red Cross, and Tampa’s AmeriCorps program.  Amanda began her post-grad career in 2000 working alongside her husband, Ian Smithson, as full-time youth pastors for a youth group in Cooperstown, NY, that was a combined effort of Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Smithson family relocated to Lynchburg VA in the summer of 2016 in order for Ian to join OrthoVirginia as an associate orthopedic surgeon.  Amanda works remotely for her DC office, and travels as necessary to state capitols, with the childcare help of the beloved family au pair from Colombia, Ximena Castellanos.  During the 2017-2018 school year, both Smithson boys are enrolled at SJDS: Cooper James Smithson and Siler Andrew Smithson.