The Very Rev. Tim Heflin


Father Tim is the second rector of St. Andrew’s Church, beginning his ministry in the fall of 2012. He brings to the parish a focus on welcoming guests, formation as Jesus’ disciples, defining the church’s mission for a new day, and forging interfaith relationships in one of the most diverse counties in the country. Tim also serves as Dean to Region 7 in our diocese, representing Bishop Johnston to clergy and churches for the bishop’s (or diocesan) needs and priorities.

Tim is responsible for the overall direction and vision of the parish, working closely with the Vestry (lay leaders) in recruiting and integrating parishioners for ministry, ensuring proper stewardship of the church’s resources within the parish and for mission beyond the church’s walls, preaching, and leading the congregation in worship. Tim has been a community organizer and speaker on behalf of interfaith relationships.

Tim provides oversight to the following boards and/or committees of the church: finance, endowment, preschool, and Friends of Music & the Arts at St. Andrew’s (FoMA) – a series which integrates both secular and sacred music in its concert schedule.

Tim served in executive management positions for hospice programs across the country prior to ordained ministry – in Mississippi, the Southside of Chicago, western Colorado, and the metro New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In one particular hospice, he oversaw the construction of the largest free-standing residential hospice in the United States.

Tim, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, completed his bachelor’s study at Mississippi College and received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994.

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The Rev. Margaret Peel

Associate Rector

Mother Margaret began her ministry at St. Andrew’s in August 2017, having served most recently as Assistant Rector at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia. Margaret has 16 years experience working with youth in Episcopal churches and schools, including a time before ordained ministry, and she once served as leader for a youth outdoor program. Margaret’s ministry in our clergy team and staff will be primary oversight of formation for all ages—which includes Learning Center and Godly Play; supporting youth mentors and teachers in J2A and all facets of lay leadership for our youth; and adult formation on Wednesday and Sunday. She has led youth service projects in various parts of the country, led youth weekend retreats, and has taught confirmation classes. Margaret currently serves on the diocesan resolutions committee, a diocesan task force addressing pay equity among clergy, and Bishop Goff’s “think tank” that focuses on ways churches can be better stewards of our resources.

Margaret completed her undergraduate degree in English at Sewanee, The University of the South, and later earned a Masters in Education, with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership, from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Margaret received her Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2013, and was ordained later that year. Margaret is a native of Nashville.

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Michelle Ramsdell

Parish Administrator

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 Father Tim 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 joined the staff in 2013, but she knows a lot about St. Andrew’s, as she was baptized and raised here. 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. She went to Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, and earned a degree in Philosophy & Religion, with no intention of ever using it. After a few more years in North Carolina, the prodigal daughter returned to Burke and St. Andrew’s.

As the Communications Director, Emily may be the first voice you hear as she directs calls. Emily creates all publications, digital and printed; updates the website; takes and collects photos from various events; handles the ducks (a story for another time); 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.

Amy Dutton

Director of Family Ministry

Amy was named Director of Family Ministry in early 2017, a new position envisioned by clergy and Vestry to meet the ministry needs of families with young children. In this capacity, she integrates young families into the life and ministry of the church, and serves as the link between families so that relationships are formed and strengthened. Amy has been an active member of St. Andrew’s since 2004, and has served on the Vestry twice. She currently serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, teaches Godly Play in the Sunday morning children’s chapel, and assists in a variety of other ministries. Amy was a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County Public School system before joining the church staff. Prior to being a mom, Amy was a Nursing Home Administrator.

Aaron Goen

Director of Music

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 Father Tim 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.

Jeanne Jones

Preschool Director

Jeanne Jones is the Director of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Preschool. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood/elementary education from the University of Vermont and attended graduate school at Wheelock College. Jeanne has extensive hands on experience working with young children, including serving as Director of the Peabody Terrace Children’s Center (a Harvard affiliated childcare center), and also with the start up and managing several child care centers for employees of the federal government. Jeanne served as a lead teacher at St. Andrew’s Preschool for eight years before she became its director in December 2010. You can reach Jeanne in the preschool office at (703) 455-8458.

The Rev. Stephen Shortess


Stephen is a senior at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia and is sponsored from the Diocese of Louisiana. He is joined in this new journey by his wife Jennifer, a daughter Abigail, and son James. Stephen is a graduate of Louisiana State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. When he is not playing and enjoying time with his family, he enjoys woodworking, drawing, and photography.

Jeffrey Stevenson


Jeffrey (Jeff) Stevenson is a senior seminarian at the Virginia Theological Seminary, and is sponsored by the Diocese of Virginia. Jeff was born and raised in Northern Utah and received his early religious formation in the LDS Church. He was baptized and received into the Episcopal church in 2011 at his sending parish of St. Barnabas, Annandale.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1994, a few years after high school, working as an Intelligence Specialist. While in the Navy he lived on both coasts of the US, for a short time in Turkey, and for two years in Venezuela. When he left the military, Jeff returned to Utah where he began working on a degree in Social Work at Weber State University; this was interrupted by the events of 9/11.

In November 2001 Jeff was recalled to active duty, and for the next year served in the DC area. Jeff worked for nearly 13 years as a consultant in the national security sector of government.

In 2015 Jeff, in response to a long-deferred sense of call to ministry, enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at the Virginia Theological Seminary. He has found a passion for ministry in the context of trauma, and is working on a Sr. Thesis entitled “Confession and the Moral Injuries of War.” Jeff is looking forward to learning from the parish family of St. Andrew’s Church.

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