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- The Rev. Fran Gardner-SmithRector
The 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 new permanent rector at St. Thomas in February of 2018.
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, pen and paper, yarn, or embroidery floss, Fran is happiest when her creative juices get to flow! 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 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. Anne TurnerAssociate Rector for Pastoral Care
The Rev. Anne Turner grew up in Northern Virginia and received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. She is a gifted priest who has been ordained for 15 years.
Anne will be working approximately 10 hours per week and is available for pastoral visits by appointment. Please contact her by email to arrange a visit.
Most of Anne's experience has been in parish ministry, primarily in the Diocese of Virginia (though Fran and Anne were happily surprised to discover that they have some Western Massachusetts experience in common).
Most recently, Anne was the Interim Rector at St. Timothy's in Herndon. In addition to serving at St. Thomas, Anne currently works half-time at Virginia Seminary, where she coordinate Deep Calls to Deep, a program to strengthen Episcopal Preaching. Her background is in English literature, and before seminary she worked in theater education and outreach at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Anne lives in Arlington with her husband, Steve, their two daughters, Lucy (12) and Molly (9), and their Labrador Retreivers, Rufus and Ridley. She loves to spend time outdoors, backpacking or birdwatching. She's also an enthusiastic skier and has worked as a ski instructor. Anne says, "I enjoy making messes, whether in the kitchen or in the garden or with art."
- Joy WarburtonParish Administrator
Joy brings more than fifteen years of experience as a Parish Administrator in Episcopal churches to her work at St. Thomas.
Joy works about 24 hours per week, and is usually in the office from Monday - Thursday from 9AM to 3PM. Please call or email Joy to make an appointment.
Joy is a native of Sierra Leone, and has lived in the United States for close to thirty years. She is married to Edmund and lives in Woodbridge, VA. Together they have two adult children – Elaine (24) and Cameron (nearly 21). Joy has been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA for 27 years. She and Edmund were married there and their children were baptized at Trinity. Joy says that she’s a bit of a homebody when she’s not working – but that she loves to go on adventures!
- Walter KoehlerMinster of Music
Walter Koehler has been St. Thomas's Minister of Music since July of 1999. He has degrees in organ and conducting from Carnegie-Mellon University in his native Pittsburgh, where he sang in the choir of Calvary Church. He also spent two years in Paris and Fontainebleau studying with the distinguished teacher Nadia Boulanger.
Walter is married to Becky SuPrise, who also sings soprano in the choir. They have two grown children, both of whom were confirmed at St. Thomas, who live in Richmond, Va, and Worcester, Mass. In their spare time, you will find them reading, cooking, gardening, or enjoying their dogs, Grace (adopted street mutt) and George (lovable Newfoundland). And if you venture over to Tysons Galleria mall, there's a chance you'll find Walter dispensing knowledge about cookware and knives at Williams-Sonoma.
- Susan AllenFamily Minister
Susan brings eighteen years of experience as Children’s Program Director and five years of experiences as Director of Christian Education at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Reston to her role at St. Thomas’. Susan is also an actor and singer who brings those gifts to her ministry. This fall, Susan will be starting a children’s music program.
Susan works 15 hours per week. Please email her to make an appointment.
Susan and her husband David have been married for 26 years. They met in New York City while Susan was auditioning for a role in the European tour of Oklahoma! David was the conductor. Susan was cast as Laurie, and the rest is history! They have three adult children, Sam is a graduate of JMU with a degree in vocal music and is singing in the professional choir at the National Cathedral.
James will finish his degree in photography at JMU in December. Katherine is studying Peace and Justice at Pace University in NY and was just offered a full internship at the United Nations with the Ecumenical United Nations Office working on UN Advocacy for faith-based organizations.
For fun, Susan loves to sing, paint and craft. St. Thomas’ folks will be happy to learn that Susan is a fan of our local Washington sports teams, including the Nats and the Caps!
- 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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