Richard Miles and his wife Phoebe have attended All Saints Church since 2012. They have three adult children and have lived in Washington D.C. intermittently since 1992.
Richard and Phoebe are the co-founders of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida. The museum’s mission is to increase prosperity through creative thinkers, future inventors, and early entrepreneurs. Construction on a new facility began in April, 2016 and the museum will be open to the public in late 2017.
A career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State from 1993-2009, Richard served in a variety of posting abroad and in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2009 he was a civilian adviser on a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Karbala, Iraq. Earlier he served at the White House on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC). Before the NSC, he had several diplomatic assignments abroad, including Argentina, Germany, and Barbados. He also held several positions at the Department of State headquarters in Washington.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Miles was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, stationed with the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) in Nuremberg, Germany from 1988-1991. With the 2nd ACR, he participated in combat operations in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Mr. Miles received a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Washington in 1987, and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. He is fluent in Spanish and German.
Mark was born, baptized, raised, and married to Diana in the Episcopal Church (primarily at St. John’s, Duxbury, MA). Diana and he transferred their memberships to All Saints Church in February 1985. Their two children, Benjamin (28) and Jennifer (27), were baptized, raised, and confirmed here.
Through the years Mark and Diana have been touched by several profound miracles at All Saints. They have also been taught, guided, and helped by many of its clergy and parishioners. They are deeply entwined in the fellowship of the church, and grateful for all that we have gained through it. Mark sees All Saints Church as a member within the living breathing Body of Christ. As such, he feels privileged to contribute back to it in whatever small way he can for the tremendous gifts it has given me and my family. My ministries reflect this passion. Mark’s focus is on mission work and is committed to fulfilling the great commandments:
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
To this end, Mark has been actively involved in a wide variety of ministries at All Saints. Mark is thrilled by the vitality, direction and youthful energy coming into All Saints Church, particularly that seen over the last seven plus years. I believe we are heading in a very positive direction, and I look with joy and thanksgiving at the positive path we are on. I ask God’s blessing go keep us as members of the Body of Christ on this great journey.
Paul has been an All Saints member since March 2004. He and his wife, Noel, came in search of a vibrant Gospel-based ministry and welcoming community of believers, where they could commit their family to growing in our faith—all of which God and All Saints generously provide!
They’ve raised their children, Taylor (18), and Jack, (14), in this church where they’ve been active in Sunday School, as acolytes, and as VBS leaders. Taylor graduated from Holton-Arms School this past spring and is a freshman at Wheaton College in Illinois, working on a degree in education with an interest primarily in grades and history. Jack is a freshman at Landon School and involved in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. He is a Boy Scout in Troop #52 (sponsored by All Saints) with a current rank of First Class, serving as an Assistant Patrol Leader, and working towards his goal of eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. Noel served All Saints for eight years as Director of Marketing/Communications. She is now on staff at Fourth Presbyterian Church as Director of Hospitality.
Paul answered the call to get involved in serving our church family, starting with the Youth Ministry and ushering. In the absence of a Youth Minister several years ago, he helped lead our middle school youth, assisting with Sunday morning classes and outings, and was instrumental in kicking-off and co-leading Sunday evening youth fellowship. In addition, he coordinated a Christmas outreach project providing an Appalachia family of 12+ with clothes, coats and gifts from parishioners and started the Annual Poinsettia Sale to benefit youth summer mission trips.
For the past 11 years, Paul has served as a 9:00 a.m. usher, the last six years as Head Usher responsible for recruiting, training and scheduling. He also currently serves on the Building & Grounds Committee, the Safety & Security Committee, and as the All Saints liaison for Boy Scout Troop/Crew #52; he was previously the liaison for Cub Scout Pack #52 (both sponsored by All Saints).
Paul’s areas of professional expertise are in marketing, non-profit and political fundraising, and publishing—specializing in the management of department operations, staff and creative, as well as print and digital marketing, budgeting and scheduling. For the past ten years, he has contracted and consulted with various companies. Major clients include Silver Marketing, Direct Holdings (Time Life Music and Books), Editorial Projects in Education (Education Week & Teacher Magazine) and Capital Direct.
Elizabeth believes that serving on the Vestry is an opportunity to further serve the Lord and her fellow parishioners. She is committed to helping make this a praying, caring, and communicating church and one that stands firmly on the foundation of “Sharing Christ’s Love.”
Elizabeth was drawn to All Saints because of its commitment to Christ-centered service and the Gospel, genuine care and concern for others, and its rich liturgical tradition. She finds peace and comfort in Christ’s love and believe it is strong and growing at All Saints. As a member of the Body of Christ, this parish can do great things.
Christ has always been number one in Elizabeth’s life; she was raised in a Christian and loving family who attended a Baptist church in Asheville, NC. She converted to an Episcopalian while at Wake Forest University and has attended Episcopal churches ever since.
Elizabeth is committed to supporting this parish in every way she can and is involved in numerous church activities. She is on the Healing and Intercessory Prayer Ministry team. She is also a Lay Eucharist Visitor and serves on the Visiting Ministries Committee and the Communications Committee. She is a regular attendee of Wednesday night’s prayer meeting and Rector’s Bible Study.
Elizabeth is a public relations and communications consultant with many years of management experience in corporate, government, and agency organizations. She has also directed a college counseling center and has taught on both the university and high school levels. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Master’s degree in Counseling, and has completed the course work for a PhD in Psychology.
Stacey has been attending All Saints since 2011, and is grateful for the kindness of the parishioners and the wonderful leadership by the clergy. It has been wonderful to see God working so powerfully here.
One of the reasons Stacey started to attend All Saints was because of the opportunity to participate in the Global Outreach Group. Global outreach is very close to her heart; she has been a volunteer for the non-profit organization, the Mustard Seed Project, for the past 10 years, primarily helping to find sponsors for Rwandan children so that they can attend school, and also helping to raise funds to feed needy children as part of Pastor Deo’s street children ministry.
Stacey has been blessed to be able to co-lead the mission trips to Rwanda in which All Saints participates, along with the Falls Church Anglican. She is also very grateful for the youth group that her seventeen-year old, Milly, has attended, and their sponsoring of mission trips that she has been able to experience. She is thankful for opportunities to serve as a Sunday school teacher, and Alpha small group facilitator. Stacey has recently become one of the Healing and Intercessory Prayer ministers, and she prays that God continues to lead her to places where she might be useful at All Saints.
Stacey, her husband Brooks, and daughter Milly, live in Maryland with their Westies, Rosie and Rascal.
Dan and his wife, Ann, started attending All Saints in 2004 and became members shortly after that. Previously they worshiped at Ascension and St. Agnes in Washington, D.C., where they were married.
Dan and Ann have been richly blessed through All Saints. The liturgy, preaching, and fellowship at All Saints have greatly enriched their life, and the pastoral care they have received has sustained them in difficult times. Their daughter, Eva, loves her Sunday School teachers, friends she has made here, and the donuts.
Dan has had the opportunity to get to know many of All Saints’ parishioners and different aspects of life at the parish through several activities, including Global Outreach, ushering at the 9:00 service, assisting with the high school Dominican Republic work trip in 2014, and serving on the search committee for an associate rector in 2015.
Professionally, Dan works at a consulting firm, after having worked in government and internal development.
This is an exciting time in the life of All Saints, and Dan looks forward to seeing God continue to work through the people of All Saints.
Susan and her husband, Tom, have been members of All Saints since 1996 when their son, Nelson, was baptized here as an infant. Nelson is now a college sophomore. They love the church in every way and have served in a number of different capacities over the years. Susan’s favorite role was as Sunday School teacher, which she did for over 13 years.
Before marrying Tom 23 years ago, Susan obtained a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from George Washington University where she subsequently taught in the Speech and Hearing Department for two years. Early in her career Susan worked in hospital and school settings, specializing in the treatment of children with speech and learning disorders. In 2006 she started her own practice, Chevy Chase Speech Therapy, to serve children with speech and communicative disorders and their families.
Susan was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but moved to Washington, D.C. with her family when she was nine. In her spare time she enjoys watercolor painting, reading and writing, taking long walks with her 13-year old Bichon Frise, Nicky, and spending time with friends and family. Susan and Tom enjoy attending classical music concerts of any kind. She love to travel and recently went to northern India to tour the temples. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve on the Vestry of All Saints this year. All Saints is her favorite place!
BJ Buracker is the Assistant Dean of The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America (CUA). He is married to Kimberly and has two daughters, Hannah (4) and Eilidh (2), with a third child due in February 2017.
BJ moved back to Montgomery County in 2008 and has been attending All Saints Church since 2009. He has taught Bible classes at All Saints for both youth and adults, and has served on the Vestry since 2014. After completing his M.S. in Mathematics at North Carolina State University, BJ spent 5 years as the youth director of Sandhills Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Southern Pines, NC and simultaneously attended seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He has since earned an M.Th. in Biblical Studies from The University of Edinburgh and an M.Phil. from CUA. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at CUA in Biblical Studies with a focus on minor characters in the books of Samuel.
BJ thoroughly enjoys teaching Biblical texts and hopes to do more of that when he completes his dissertation (Lord willing) this fall. When he is not at work or riding the Metro, BJ enjoys time with his family, having theological conversations with friends, and playing modern board games.
Theresa de Silva
Theresa de Silva has been honored to serve on the Vestry since 2014. Since joining All Saints in 2007, she and her husband Jayantha have been part of the Healing and Intercessory Prayer (HIP) Ministry, which has been a joy and blessing. She has also been the Lay Leader of the HIP team since 2013 and actively involved with the DC Chapter of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician, an ecumenical healing prayer organization. Theresa’s calling is prayer and she is passionate about encouraging others to pursue their own callings in life and to grow in relationship with Christ. Her heart for the lost and wounded helps her in church ministry and in secular work at U.S. Department of Labor, where she is a researcher specializing in labor discrimination and work-related violence in Latin America. God has enabled Theresa to travel extensively since her youth, including to Latin America, Europe, and Sri Lanka, where Jayantha is from. They married in 2007 and live in Silver Spring, MD. She is of Mexican-descent and originally from Riverside, CA, where most of her family still resides.
Bill and Nancy are both “native Washingtonians,” unusual now in this transplant city. Bill was a physician all his adult life, retiring in 2010 after 38 years of practicing surgery. After his years in the Air Force, he and Nancy returned to Washington where he worked initially at the Washington Hospital Center, and then at Sibley Hospital, where he was Chairman of the Department of Surgery for 12 years. Bill served on the Board of Governors at the National Capital Reciprocal Insurance Company, a medical malpractice insurance company, from its inception until it merged with Proassurance Insurance Company 23 years later, and was Chairman of the Underwriting Committee at NCRIC for 12 years.
While he and Nancy have joined All Saints Church in the relatively recent past, they have a long history with this church. They were married here 50 years ago this June, and two of their three children, Ashley Sharp and Amy Dickens, who also are members of this church, were married here. Their church home prior to All Saints was The Falls Church Anglican. Bill and Nancy started visiting All Saints Church when their grandchildren, Hadley and Will Sharp, became acolytes. They desired to worship in the community where they live, appreciated Ed Kelaher`s devoted leadership, and could see and feel the Holy Spirit at work here at All Saints Church. Bill and Nancy are excited to be a part of it. In retirement, Bill now has time to devote to endeavors outside of medicine that he didn`t have previously and continue in his desire to serve the Lord.
Colleen Shepard has been with All Saints Church since 2007. She attends All Saints because it is a place where the Gospel’s message is preached clearly and lovingly. In addition to serving on the Vestry these past two years, Colleen has been involved with the Chevy Chase Women’s Bible Study (CCWBS), A Discipleship Journey – a guide for becoming and making disciples, and most recently, On the Circle – a new program at All Saints aimed at bringing parishioners closer together.
Colleen is currently a Senior Vice President and Certified Financial Planner located in the Washington, DC office of Merrill Lynch. She’s been with the firm for over 25 years. Before working for Merrill Lynch, she worked as a health risk management consultant at a start-up firm here in the D.C. area. Colleen has served on the Financial committee for Grace Episcopal Day School and is currently serving on the Investment Committee at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
She lives in Chevy Chase, DC with her two sons, Keenan, 20, and Ryan, 17 – along with their black lab, Baylor.
Jonathan and his wife, Meghan, grew up in a small suburb of Philadelphia called Berwyn, PA. They first met when Meghan was in elementary school with John’s sister Jennifer, however, they didn’t start dating until Meghan was in college at Penn State, while Jonathan was working for Legg Mason in Bethesda.
Jonathan grew up attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Wayne where his father sang in the choir. That was where Jonathan first developed an interest in music and sang in the boys’ choir. He eventually transformed his passion for the music of the church into becoming a classically trained pianist. Jonathan and his wife were also very passionate about soccer growing up, although admittedly Meghan was a better player. His passion for soccer is what brought him to Virginia for school at Washington and Lee University, where he played until his junior year. Now he coaches his son Christian’s team in the MSI soccer league.
Jonathan graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Washington and Lee University. After college he moved to San Diego, CA to continue his scientific studies at the Scripps Research Institute where he worked as a research technician in the molecular biology lab. He eventually relocated to the Washington area in 2005 and started his professional career in the Financial Services as a Financial Planner.
Jonathan and Meghan married at St. Mary’s and started their family in Glover Park with the birth of their son Christian and their daughter Elizabeth. He earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation in 2010 and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 2016. Jonathan is currently a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Bethesda and gives back to the Washington community by serving as the chair of the Financial Education Partners program for the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. As a member of the All Saints Vestry, his task has been to serve as the chair of the Stewardship Committee, where our mission to provide education to the parish on the importance of stewardship at All Saints and inspire them to be faithful stewards of God’s infinite grace.