A-Z Staff Directory
Take a moment to get to know the faces of your diocesan staff. We are here to serve you.
You’ll find most of us based out of Mayo Memorial Church House, a cool, 1840s mansion in downtown Richmond, and we also have an office at The Falls Church. But those buildings aren’t where “the Diocese” is located. The Diocese is all of us, from Heathsville to Harrisonburg and from Richmond to Reston, who join together as a church community with a common mission. The diocesan staffers are just the ones here to help make those connections and help you build up those ministries.
So give us a call, send us an e-mail or even invite us to your parish. We’d love to get the chance to know you better.
The Diocese of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks diverse fields of candidates to fill staff vacancies.
The Diocesan Offices at Mayo House
110 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
The Northern Virginia Office at the Falls Church*
115 East Fairfax St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
*Bishop Gulick and Kate Wettstein's office
- The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Bishop
800-DIOCESE x1012, Assistant: Amy Williams
- The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, Bishop Suffragan
800-DIOCESE x1011, Assistant: Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins
- The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. "Ted" Gulick Jr., Assistant Bishop
(703-241-0441, Assistant: Kate Wettstein)
Director, Christian Formation & Camps
Paris joined the bishop’s staff in February 2006. In her capacity as director of Christian Formation, Paris oversees summer camps and the Parish Youth Ministry group, as well as ministries for youth, youth leaders and young adults.
Rick joined the diocesan staff part-time in 2013 to support the IT infrastructure at Mayo House. He is a graduate of VCU with a degree in social sciences and business and has earned various certifications in the IT field to support his 19 years of experience.
Sissy joined the staff at Mayo house as Benefits Coordinator in February 2016. She is excited at the prospect of meeting and helping people within the Diocese with their benefit needs.
Assistant for Transition Ministry
Vicky Bickel is a member of the transition ministry team and assists Rev. Canon Pat Wingo and deputy director Ed Keithly with the ordination process, and supports the director of transition ministry, Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, with the search process for clergy and congregations.
Director, Mission & Outreach
Charles (Buck) Blanchard is the director of Mission & Outreach for the Diocese. His role is to encourage and facilitate the mission and outreach efforts of all parishes in the Diocese.
Assistant, Mission & Outreach
Mary Anne Bryant serves as the assistant to the director of Mission & Outreach helping coordinate mission activities.
Director of Communications
Nancy Chafin’s role is to communicate diocesan news and information to all members of the Diocese and to share the mission of the Diocese and its churches with the wider public. Nancy oversees the diocesan social media, the Virginia Episcopalian, media relations and other communications. She also provides guidance and assistance to parishes in their own communications efforts.
Assistant, Trustees of the Funds
In 2015 Laura transitioned from benefits administrator to assistant for the Trustees of the Funds. She is a member of St. Mark’s, Richmond, where she serves as treasurer.
Diocesan Development Officer
Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins is the diocesan development officer identifying and pursing new sources of financial support for the diocesan programs.
Intercultural Ministries Officer
Aisha Huertas serves as the multicultural officer, fulfilling one of the bishop's five diocesan priorities. Previously, Aisha served as communications director.
Secretary of the Diocese
The Rev. Deacon Edward W. Jones is secretary of the Diocese and chief of staff. As secretary, Ed manages the governing bodies of the Diocese, including Annual Council, and provides oversight of communications and public relations in the Diocese.
Deputy Director, Transition Ministry
As the the deputy director of transition ministry, Ed manages the ordination process, provides advice and support to the Commission on Ministry, and helps guide future priests and deacons through the formation process.
Associate of Christian Formation
Maggie joined the staff full time in September 2016. In her capacity as an associate of Christian Fovrmation, Maggie works with summer camps, ministries for young leaders and young adults. Maggie is also taking on the role as program director for our Episcopal Service Corps program Grace-on-the-Hill.
CEO, Trustees of the Funds
In 2014 Mike transitioned from the office of treasurer to his new position as CEO of the Trustees of the Funds. He is also an officer of the Diocesan Missionary Society, the lending organization of the diocese.
Assistant to the Secretary
Bill began his work as the assistant to the secretary of the Diocese in October 2012 and comes to the Diocese after a career in planning and community development.
As Communications Associate, Erin manages the diocesan website, social media, and e-Communique.
Registrar and Historiographer
As the registrar and historiographer of the Diocese of Virginia, Julia is responsible for developing an archives of diocesan records, researching historical topics for staff, and professional and non-professional scholars, and providing historical and archival assistance to congregations.
Officer, Congregational Development & Stewardship
Julie provides hands-on guidance and resources to congregations in all areas of congregational life, focusing especially on development, including robust stewardship, creative hospitality and spiritual health.
Karen Smith became the receptionist at the Diocese in 2001, and is known as the “voice of the Diocese."
Ted joined the Diocese in May 2014. Prior to coming to the Diocese, Ted held finance roles in the non-profit and corporate worlds, including the University of Virginia Investment Management Company and Genworth Financial.
Director, Transition Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Mary Brennan Thorpe serves as director of Transition Ministry, assisting parishes as they say farewell to their pastors and seek new ones. She also works with clergy as they seek new calls. She is particularly interested in encouraging discernment and creativity in the search process.
Assistant to Dir. of Christian Formation
As the assistant to the program director, Michael helps operate and organize the Shrine Mont summer camp program and the Parish Youth Ministry group, in addition to supporting ministries for youth, youth leaders and young adults.
Assistant to Bishop Gulick
Kate is the assistant to Bishop Gulick. She works at the Diocese's northern Virginia office, located in The Falls Church, Falls Church.
Assistant to Bishop Johnston
Amy has served as assistant to Bishop Johnston since 2010. She manages his calendar, email, and correspondence and also creates the visitation schedule for all of the bishops.
Canon to the Ordinary
In his role as canon to the ordinary, Pat is responsible for assisting and supporting the bishop in areas of episcopal ministry, including disciplinary matters, prevention of sexual misconduct training, congregational development and the discernment process.