Serving as Assistants from the Parish
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.
Tell us a little about yourself. I am Eleanor’s dad. I’m 37 years old and live in Silver Spring. I’m a widower; my wife Amanda died from cancer in January 2017. I was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., where I was a member of St. Pius X Church growing up and later graduated from Saint Bonaventure University. I enjoy reading (“The Seven Storey Mountain” is one of my favorites), writing, and traveling.
Why do you feel called by God to serve on the vestry of All Saints Church? I often pray for opportunities to help and serve others. While on a recent work trip, I was out walking before my morning meetings to pray and take a moment to listen for the Lord. I then received an email message stating our fellow parishioners nominated me for the vestry. I felt honored to be nominated and at peace moving my name forward as a candidate. If selected, I’d consider a seat on a vestry an honor that I’d approach with continued prayer.
What does All Saints mean to you? I’ve always felt God’s love at our church and amid our parish family. I began attending All Saints and became a member after moving to Washington, DC, in 2008. Through joys and tragedies, All Saints has always been there for me. I had my pre-marital counseling and baptized my daughter at All Saints. Prayers and works from parishioners helped me through my wife’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. We mourned together after her death. All Saints has helped me tremendously and I do look for opportunities to give back, with the same love others have shown me, to the church whenever I can.
What aspect of your professional or personal life will bring a unique value to the Vestry? Professionally, I am Director of Advocacy Communications for the College of American Pathologists. In my role, I’m charged with developing and executing strategic communication plans to advance my organization’s mission to keep patients healthier through quality pathology services and laboratory improvement programs. I’m also working toward completing a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University by August 2018. Personally, I’m a listener, deliberate thinker, and goal-oriented individual. I’m comfortable discussing issues and problems strategically and without rush to develop an immediate solution.
What ministries, small groups, and/or programs are you involved with at All Saints? Over the last 10 years, I’ve participated in several activities including global outreach, teaching confirmation, and volunteering for various events (e.g., Mockingbird conference, Fall Festival dunk tank, etc.). I’m currently a member of the 2019 All Saints Retreat Committee and a small group consisting of seven families from our church that meets monthly.
Is there anything that people would be surprised to know about you? I listen to a morning prayer podcast every day. After college, I worked for two years as a journalist on Nantucket island. I own a Nintendo Switch.
I, Carolyn Buckingham, with full conviction accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. As a committed Christian, I strongly affirm both the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. I am inspired by Holy Scripture from both Testaments. In particular, I find spiritual strength from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may over flow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
It is an honor to be nominated to run for the Vestry. It is with much joy that I attend All Saints. The commitment to mission, transforming prayer, and sharing Christ’s love are important to me. The grace, wisdom, and leadership of Reverend Kelaher has been instrumental in my faith journey. My personal relationship with our Lord has a firmer foundation and my faith has matured in the ten years I have been a member of All Saints. It would be a privilege to be able to give back to the All Saints Community.
I have no greater blessing than my husband, Dan, and our five children. Every day I am grateful and joyful for all that our Heavenly Father bestows upon us, including those trials and tribulations that lead us to walk ever closer with Him. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Thank you
I am very humbled and honored to be asked to stand for Vestry. Being a part of the All Saints community has been an amazing experience for me, and has made the Washington area feel like home. I’ve been humbled by how kind, generous, and devoted this community continues to be in carrying out God’s work, whether on systemic levels or on personal levels through active listening, support, and caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder where I was an active member of Luther Campus Ministry. There I began to feel how important Christian community could be. We were few, but we supported each other, worshipped, laughed, had fun, and experienced the light of Christ together. I have fond memories of playing instruments during worship and doing meditative Taize rayer in summer to empty our minds of worry and invite the Lord’s peace.
With a newfound appreciation for Christian community, I took a year before graduate school to engage in a year of intentional Christian community with the Urban Servant Corps in Denver. This venture involves a year living with other Christians whom you have not met before. You share a limited budget to walk with those of lesser means, and each member works in a local non-profit. This time was such a valuable opportunity to honor God through service, but also to experience Christian community. I was humbled to discover that community can be very difficult and challenging, but also so very rewarding in seeing how God can change me so profoundly through relationships I never would have picked for myself.
I attended UVA for a graduate program in Economics the following year. The program’s greatest achievement, in my opinion, is that it allowed me to meet my wife Susan at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. We have been happily married for 6 years and have two sons: Henry (3 yrs.) and Calvin (1 yr.). Susan is my far better half and the best thing to happen to me. We love our church family at All Saints Church, and have settled into a wonderful, but often too hectic life in Washington. Susan works in government relations for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and I work at a research laboratory coding with geeks whose intellects and creativity never cease to amaze me.
Tell us a little about yourself. My wife Marcy and I have two daughters Taylor (age 25, NYC) and Elle (age 23, San Francisco). Both girls were baptized at All Saints. I grew up in Richmond, VA and attended an Episcopal school (Saint Christopher’s) for 13 years. After grad school, I moved to Washington in 1988 to practice law before transitioning to a 26-year career in biotech.
Why do you feel called by God to serve on the vestry of All Saints Church? I am currently experiencing the power of faith and fellowship firsthand. My “wake-up call” was when my younger brother was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer in September 2016. Through his faith, as well as the kindness and blessings of friends and strangers, he perseveres today through humor and grace, and actively cares for others. While I attend church, my brother’s example has reminded me that just going to church is not always enough, rather we must go beyond ourselves and do more for others to develop a closer relationship with God.
What does All Saints mean to you? All Saints has become a beacon of light for me. I must confess that has not always been the case. When I attended my first retreat at Sandy Cove in 2016, my eyes were opened to the warm and engaging community that is being built under Ed’s leadership. The All Saints community is alive and thriving, and I would like to help build on this momentum as your representative on the Vestry.
What aspect of your professional or personal life will bring a unique value to the Vestry? On a professional level, I would bring varied skills to support All Saints. During my career in biotech, I have served in different capacities: general counsel (2x), CFO for both public and private companies, and head of business development (2x). As a “jack of all trades,” I would supplement the Vestry’s existing experience and be a team player.
On a personal level, I will serve with grace and humility. Given my family’s experience over the past 18 months, I know that none of us is alone; each of us deserves to be afforded respect and allowed to ask for mercy.
What ministries, small groups, and/or programs are you involved with at All Saints? As mentioned above, I attended my first retreat at Sandy Cove in 2016. It was such a positive experience that I joined the committee planning for the 2017 retreat. One thing led to another, and I am now co-chairing the committee organizing the next retreat in January 2019 with the effervescent Sharon D’Emidio. I also enjoy attending “On the Circle” seminars, as well as the weekly Family Forums.
Is there anything that people would be surprised to know about you? I love the practice of yoga, as well as cycling. In a prior life, I was a high school math teacher.
On a trip to Greece and Turkey last summer to celebrate our youngest daughter’s graduation from college, we visited Ephesus, including the home where the Virgin Mary and the apostle John stayed after the Ascension, as well as the island of Patmos where John wrote the book of Revelation. I was struck by how you could sense the Holy Spirit where the saints and apostles had walked 2,000 years ago. It helped bring the Gospel into even greater clarity.
Is there anything that people would be surprised to know about you? I love the practice of yoga, as well as cycling. In a prior life, I was a high school math teacher. On a trip to Greece and Turkey last summer to celebrate our youngest daughter’s graduation from college, we visited Ephesus, including the home where the Virgin Mary and the apostle John stayed after the Ascension, as well as the island of Patmos where John wrote the book of Revelation. I was struck by how you could sense the Holy Spirit where the saints and apostles had walked 2,000 years ago. It helped bring the Gospel into even greater clarity.
I am honored and humbled to be nominated to serve on the Vestry among such wonderful and inspiring Christians whom I admire so much. I am a native San Franciscan and was baptized and raised by my Episcopal mom and Jewish dad, being educated in both faiths, but ultimately being confirmed and joining the Episcopal Church. My husband Kevin and I spent many years exploring different churches around DC before finding All Saints in 2013.
We feel so blessed to have found such a warm, loving, and inspiring community at ASC. We have formed deep friendships through our small group, the retreat and amazing ongoing fellowship. I have loved being a Sunday School teacher, Kids Church leader, participant in Mother’s Bible Study and a volunteer at Vacation Bible School, among many of the wonderful ASC activities. All Saints has become an important part of our entire family as our kids have attended VBS for many years and Cole is a new acolyte. We love the exceptional ASC staff led by Father Ed. His spirit inspires me to do as much as I can to further his vision of a church that reaches and touches many meaningfully in the community. I hope to be able to bring my love for this parish, my career experience in communications, and my growing faith to bear for the All Saints community. Thank you so much for your consideration.
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!
Tell us a little about yourself. Neil and I met in Seattle and have been married for 17 years. Our children, Finley (14), Holly (13), Annie (13) and Lily (9), were born in New York City and were baptized at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church. I grew up in Toronto, Canada, the youngest of five children and was raised Catholic. I attended Kings College at The University of Western Ontario, a Christian college. The three years I spent overseeing the female dormitory was a wonderful opportunity to help other young women as they navigated their first year away at college. Faith has always been an important part of my life and I love that I’ve found All Saints to help me continue to grow my faith and help share the love of Jesus Christ.
Why do you feel called by God to serve on the vestry of All Saints Church? I love All Saints Church, more than any other church I’ve attended before. The leadership is strong and the outpouring of love is incredible. Father Ed and many others at All Saints have been so supportive of our family and I would love the opportunity to give back and share what I’ve learned through my career in sales and marketing so that I can help All Saints continue to build a thriving Kingdom church.
What does All Saints mean to you? When we moved to D.C. in 2016 our priority was finding a new church home. As soon as we attended our first service at ASC we knew immediately it was the place for us. It’s a bit of a story how we ended up here, but I believe it was God’s plan all along and that I’ve been led here for a purpose. We felt loved the moment we walked into the church. The fellowship that ASC provides is wonderful. Neil and I have met so many warm and friendly people in such a short amount of time. Serving on the Vestry would be a great opportunity for me to give back to this warm and faithful community that has been so supportive and welcoming to our family.
What aspect of your professional or personal life will bring a unique value to the Vestry? Over my lifetime I have found myself in several different leadership roles. I love engaging and collaborating with people. I spent 15 years as a senior sales executive at Adobe Systems which has given me a broad business background. I also spent many years fundraising for my children’s school which helped educate me on the different aspects of raising money in the non-profit world. Prior to coming to D.C. Neil and I had fun running a home design business. I think my years of experience working with so many different people in various businesses has given me a broad perspective how to effectively engage and partner with people to get things accomplished.
What ministries, small groups, and/or programs are you involved with at All Saints? I’m a member of the Stewardship Committee and I’m a volunteer visitor for the Kingdom Campaign. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to meet and get to know so many more members of our vibrant church community and am honored that God has called me to serve in this capacity. My husband and I also enjoy participating in the Family Forum. It’s the highlight of our week. Our three oldest children are acolytes and it warms our hearts to see them involved in the service.
Is there anything that people would be surprised to know about you? Growing up my father owned a pet cemetery. There were many fun family stories that came from his days owning that business. The funniest story he told was of a lady who had made a tombstone for her dog that read “Toby we miss you so much. We’re sorry the bus didn’t!”
My desire to be on the vestry is simple. After much searching, Holly and I feel very blessed to have found All Saints. From the start, we were struck by Father Ed and his message coupled with the immediate feeling of welcoming by the congregation. We knew this was the church in which we wanted to raise our family. Thus we joined the All Saints in 2012 and had our son baptized in February of 2013. Since then, and because we wanted to engage as a family, we have volunteered and been involved in several different aspects of the church. Most recently we have been teaching the Pre-K Sunday School class of which our son is a part.
I was born and raised Episcopalian at Christ Episcopal in San Antonio, Texas. I was also involved in many ways with chapel life at my boarding school in Virginia, Woodberry Forest, and then at Duke Chapel while in college.
Professionally, I am an attorney involved with investment management and also in my family’s ranching agribusiness, which affords me the opportunity to work from home. This in turn gives me a chance to be involved in other meaningful work like that of the church. I am heartened by the growing strength of the church in size, financially, its programming, and ability to outreach, amongst other things. I see the great work that Father Ed, the rest of the clergy, and vestry are doing and I want to be a greater part of engendering the church’s growth and rising spirit of community.
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.
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and baptized at Wake Chapel Church, where my parents are still members. I moved to Washington, DC in 2004 and met my husband, Hanani Wade. We married in 2006 and had our daughter Jaden in 2013. Jaden showers us with images of God’s love daily with her love, laughter, and hugs.
I obtained a BA from North Carolina A&T State University and an MPA from GMU. I am a Commissioner on the DC Health Information Exchange Policy Board and a public servant with the Federal Government leading an IT Business Management Office.
Why do you feel called by God to serve on the vestry of All Saints Church? I truly believe that God is active in every aspect of our life and that He has given each of us gifts and talents to be used for His glory. I also recognize that every step of our life journey should be an experience to mold and prepare us for what is to come. While the outcome of the vestry election is unknown to me, I know that the journey to that point and beyond is all part of God’s plan.
What does All Saints mean to you? ASC is a place where my family and I come to be in the presence of God’s people. To learn and grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It is a place where we have felt and witnessed God’s love through His people. ASC has a strong sense of community, and it has an open heart and arms for all people. Before we started to attend the worship services, I was attending the evening women’s Bible study. The women in that group made me feel welcomed and like part of the ASC family.
What aspect of your professional or personal life will bring a unique value to the Vestry? If given the opportunity to serve on the ASC Vestry, I believe that my love for Christ and the skills He has given me will be of value. I would leverage my skills and experience in the areas of strategic planning, governance, budget and risk management, policy, process improvement, and contracts to help execute the vision God has given Father Ed for ASC. I have also been an active advocate to support community issues which has required me to work closely with local government and, more importantly, to be open hearted about the needs of those in the community.
What ministries, small groups, and/or programs are you involved with at All Saints? Since 2015, I have been able to attend and actively participate in various ASC events. As shared, I first started to attend the evening women’s Bible study prior to joining ASC. After my family started to attend ASC, we appreciated the various opportunities to fellowship with believers. I have since been attending Family Forum, Rectors Forum, and ASC Retreats. I have also been blessed to be able to attend various Moms’ group events.
Is there anything that people would be surprised to know about you? Few people know that I was a teen model for Hudson Belk Department store. I have been an advocate and worked with impacted neighbors, DDOT, ANC and DC Councilmembers for continued bus service in our community, as well as sidewalks for residents. While growing in NC, I have never been to the Outer Banks, but I have spent countless time in the beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, NC.