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- The Very Rev. Fran Gardner-SmithRector
The Very Rev. Fran Gardner-Smith was born and raised in Massachusetts. After many years managing a small independent bookstore in Greenfield, MA, Fran entered discernment for holy orders. She received an M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. Her ministry has led her to a variety of locations in the US. She served on the Diocesan staff in the Diocese of Northern Michigan empowering and encouraging members of ministry teams in the western region of the Diocese. Then she moved south to Northern New Hampshire where she divided her time as a member of Bishop Gene Robinson’s staff in the northern region of NH and as rector at St. Barnabas in Berlin, NH.
For three years, Fran served as founding Co-Vicar of a cluster known collectively as Holy Spirit Church in the East Bay, about an hour east of San Francisco, CA. In the summer of 2016, Fran returned to Virginia to serve as Interim Rector at Clarke Parish (Grace Church and St. Mary’s Memorial Church) in Berryville, VA. Her work in all these settings has focused on empowering the ministry of all people, establishing collaborative teams, preaching, teaching, and working with seminarians and newly ordained clergy. Fran became the Rector at St. Thomas in February of 2018.
Fran’s ministry is grounded in the belief that it is our baptism (and the promises we make or that are made for us) that give each of us ministry. She is passionate about mission, evangelism, stewardship, and education for all ages.
Fran and her husband The Rev. Dr. David Smith, a retired pastor, were married in 2010 after meeting on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land sponsored by the Diocese of Virginia. Fran and David share a condo in Reston with a lively moyen poodle named Jasper.
Fran loves to travel, read, and create. Whether it’s with good food, a crochet hook, or embroidery floss, Fran is happiest when her creative juices get to flow! Fran is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA (with a double major in religion and history, plus a Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education) and Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.
- The Rev. Will DrososAssociate Rector
The Rev. Will Drosos was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he spent most of his time while growing up. After high school, he attended the University of Georgia and double majored in Religion and Finance. While there, he discerned a call to ministry and decided to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University. During his time at Candler, Will served as a seminarian at the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Will also served at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. as a Candler Advantage scholar. In May 2022 he graduated with his M.Div. and was ordained to the priesthood in June 2022.
Will and his partner, Sarah, live in Falls Church and enjoy the many walking trails and great food in that area. Will also likes to play strategy games, drink tea, visit cemeteries, hike, and travel.
- Rishabh BajekalParish Administrator
- Lori LindInterim Minster of Music
A native Floridian and lifelong Episcopalian, Organist and Choirmaster Lori Lind earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Catholic University of America, and the Master of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, and The American Guild of Organists, from which she received a scholarship for advanced organ studies. Her numerous accolades for her singing include multi-year artist grants from The Gerda Lissner Foundation, and a nomination for artist of the year from the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation. She has since turned her attention to conducting and stage directing, and in 2015 founded Shakespeare Opera Theatre, for which she remains Artistic Director. She lives in Haymarket with her two dogs, Quimby and Romeo, and together they enjoy the four seasons of the mid-Atlantic. Dr. Lind is delighted to serve as interim Director of Music at Saint Thomas!
- Nicole WargaCribbery Caregiver
Nicole lives in Reston with a spoiled cat named Hampton. She enjoys spending time with her two beautiful nieces Avery (5 years old) and Emery (2 months old) who also live in Reston. She has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
- Mary CyrusBookkeeper
Mary has 7 siblings and was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. She received a BS degree from the University of Maryland while working for a CPA firm. She has over 20 years of experience working for a variety of non-profit organizations as an accountant, finance director, and business manager. Mary and her husband Rod have two teenage children and live in Vienna.
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