Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Will Packard

Priest-in-Charge
will@standrews.net

The Rev. Will Packard became the Priest-in-Charge of St. Andrew’s on July 1, 2020. Will came to us from St. David’s in Ashburn, Virginia, with a focus on youth formation, worship, pastoral care, and other areas of ministry. Will is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South where he learned his love of nature and, most recently, of the Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to entering seminary, Will worked for the Diocese of Virginia as the clerk to the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee and he spent several years working in downtown D.C. for The Pew Charitable Trusts in their Philanthropic and Government Relations departments.

As a priest, Will sees a passion for pastoral care in carrying out the Gospel. As a collaborative leader, he works with the Vestry and all of the people of St. Andrew’s to discern how we may embody the radical hospitality of Christ’s mission. With energy, he looks forward to getting to know the community.

Will resides in Burke with his wife Paige and two daughters, Emma and Libby. They recently welcomed a new puppy Lucy and Will has already taken on her theological training. Will and his family are settling into their new home and are excited to be a part of the St. Andrew’s community.

Michelle Ramsdell

Parish Administrator
michelle@standrews.net

As Parish Administrator, Michelle oversees daily financial tracking of the parish and preschool, which includes accounts payable and receivable, and payroll. In addition, Michelle works with our Treasurer to present monthly financial statements, including separate Financial and Endowment Committee reports to the Rector and the Vestry on all matters regarding the current financial state of the church and for use in budget forecasting. Michelle assists the Treasurer in compilation and reporting of the budget. She also assists clergy with matters regarding church membership and use of church property.

Michelle is a UVA graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, and worked as a Certified Public Accountant before switching to the church world. She is an avid runner and keeps the staff and Vestry on their toes for all things financial.

Emily Nein

Communications Director
emily@standrews.net

As the Communications Director, Emily may be the first voice you hear as she directs calls. Emily creates all publications, digital and printed; manages the website and Facebook page; takes and collects photos from various events; handles the ducks; and otherwise assists in any way she can. She and Michelle, the Parish Administrator, do their best to keep the clergy in line. Emily also staffs the Nursery every Sunday during the 10:00 a.m. service.

Emily joined the staff in 2013, but has been around quite a lot longer, as she was baptized and raised at St. Andrew’s. Graduating from St. Andrew’s Preschool in ’89, Emily went on to join the Youth Choir, become a reluctant acolyte, and was a founding member of St. Andrew’s Workcamp, which she led for the past few years. She went to Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, and earned a degree in Philosophy & Religion.

Amy Dutton

Director of Family Ministry
amy@standrews.net

As Director of Family Ministry, Amy focuses on the need to better integrate the increasing number of families, newcomers, and current parishioners into the life of our parish. She leads programs for families in the parish, such as Godly Play, Vacation Bible School, Movie Night, Parents Night Out, and Parents and Littles (PALs).

Amy also serves as liaison to our Preschool where she is the chapel leader, and fosters connections between the Preschool and the Parish. Amy assists Vestry and others in leading newcomers’ events and incorporating new families and members into the life of our very active parish.

Aaron Goen

Director of Music
aaron@standrews.net

Aaron started his music ministry at St. Andrew’s in November of 2014. He also serves as the Choral Accompanist and Chapel Organist for St Albans School and National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. This academic year, he joined the Thomas Circle Singers as accompanist. Aaron served most recently as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and for The Choir School at St. Peter’s. An active recitalist, he helped kick off Center City Concerts in Charlotte, playing with members of the Charlotte Symphony. He has served in a number of roles with the Royal School of Church music including directing the Adults and Teen Men and being Course Organist for the summer course in Charlotte, NC as well as on the board for the Washington, DC course.

Aaron directs the Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Taizé Group, collaborates with the Contemporary Group, and works with the Rector in guiding the Friends of Music and Arts at St. Andrew’s concert series and activities.

A native of San Diego, Aaron graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s in Music, as a Chancellor’s Scholar (cum laude), and received a Master’s in Organ Performance from Indiana University, where he was a Merit Scholar.

Tami Phillips

Preschool Director
preschool@standrews.net

Tami Phillips became the preschool director in the Fall of 2019, but has been with St. Andrew’s Preschool since 2012. Previously at St. Andrew’s, Tami was the Discovery Room Teacher for 7 years, a school parent, board member, and substitute teacher. Tami began her teaching career in Miami, where she was an elementary teacher for fifteen years. Tami earned a master’s degree in Reading from Barry University in Miami, Florida and was an adjunct professor. She and her husband have two children, both alumni of the preschool. Tami says that preschool science “is not only exciting but necessary…discovering, inquiring, and experimenting develops life-long learners.”

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