We’re in Transition!
The Reverend Tim Heflin, our Rector from September 2012 to April 2019, accepted a call to be the 16th rector of St. James’ Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. We’re happy for the Heflins and our prayers are with them for success and happiness in their new home!
With the support of the Diocese of Virginia—and the Holy Spirit!—St. Andrew’s is currently engaged in a discernment process that will lead to the calling of our next priest.
The Rev. Deacon Stephen Crippen
Interim Associate Rector
We’re happy to welcome the Reverend Deacon Stephen Crippen, a VTS student from the Diocese of Olympia in Washington state discerning for the priesthood, as our new Interim Associate. Stephen has spent ten years operating a private psychotherapy practice, and was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2010. He began pursuing his Master of Divinity at VTS in the fall of 2017. Stephen joins us on August 18th. Stephen supports the parish with worship and pastoral care, helps lead our youth and family ministry programs, and advises the Vestry on congregational development.
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.
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 now leads. She went to Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, and earned a degree in Philosophy & Religion.
Director of Family Ministry
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.
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 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 is the preschool director and has been at St. Andrew’s 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.”