Joe Hensley, Rector
The Rev. Joe Hensley came to St. George’s in early 2015. He previously served as assistant rector at St. Luke’s in Durham, NC after his ordination in 2007. Joe grew up in Greensboro, N.C. and was active at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. He graduated high school from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (1992), earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996), and earned his MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary (2004).
Before ordination, Joe worked for a community dispute resolution center as a mediator, facilitator, and trainer. He also served as a professional lay minister with youth at Holy Trinity, Greensboro. Over the years, Joe has had occasional work as a professional musician, Outward Bound instructor, retreat leader, and performing clown.
Joe is married to Sarah White and they have had four children (Lucy, born 2002, Alice, born and died 2005, Stella, born 2007, and Owen, born 2011). Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Human Kindness Foundation and has served on the board of Glory Ridge Camp Ministries, Durham Congregations In Action, and the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
He hopes his ministry is a blend of tradition and innovation, reverence and playfulness, joyful expression and contemplative silence. Follow him on twitter: @revjoehensley
Gay M. Rahn, Associate Rector
The Rev. Gay M. Rahn joined us in 2005. Prior to coming to St. George’s, Gay served churches in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and Massachusetts.
Gay and Tom are the parents of three adult daughters and have three grandchildren. Gay is from Savannah and had the blessing of growing up with a Methodist mother and a Roman Catholic father.
Widely recognized as a leader in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Gay Rahn introduced our children to the Catechesis. In addition, Gay has used her extensive experience and expertise in developing and supporting our adult spiritual formation program.
Gay is a beekeeper and apitherapist.
Carey Dougherty Chirico, Deacon Director of Children’s Ministries and Director of Outreach Ministries
The Rev. Deacon Carey Chirico joined our staff in 2007 as Director of Children’s Ministries. Carey oversees programs for our children in Nursery through fifth grade. She works with the Guild of the Christ Child, our parents group for the birth to age 3 families, and the Children’s Formation Commission to plan and enrich our school age children’s activities. Carey has spent many years in leadership at St. George’s in outreach, fellowship and education ministries including Vestry service.
In 2009 Carey became full time when she also became the Director of Outreach Ministries. With St George’s passion for service in our community this is a busy and vibrant work. She also works with our Missions Commission to plan and grow our program of transformational journeys of service in the world.
In 2013 Carey was ordained to the Vocational Diaconate and has been assigned by Bishop Johnston to St. George’s.
Carey received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Richmond and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Special Education. She has completed Level I and Level II Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training. Her work experience includes self contained special education K-3, preschool teaching and Director of Happy Kids Summer Preschool for children living at our local shelters. Carey is also the proud parent of two happily launched young adults.
John H. Vreeland, Director of Music Ministries
John H. Vreeland joined St. George’s in 2005 as Director of Music Ministries. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Buffalo.
He serves as parish organist, arranges and composes music for choir and instrumental ensembles, and directs the Choir of St. George’s, Jazz Ensemble Choir, St. George Voices, Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. He also provides support for the Adult and Children’s Hand Bell program, Celtic Ensemble and children’s music program, and serves as artistic director of St. George’s First Friday Concert Series and Sunday Chamber Music Series.
John lives in Fredericksburg with his wife, Mary, who is also an active participant in St. George’s music program.
Achim Loch, Assistant Director of Music Ministries
Robin Roberson, Director of Children’s Music
Robin Roberson joined the St. George’s community in November 2011, coming to us from St. Stephen the Martyr Episcopal Church in Edina, Minnesota where she spent several years as assistant director of the preschool/elementary choir and VBS Music Director. At St. George’s, Robin directs two children’s choirs, and serves as Musical Director of our Christmas pageant, Children’s Liturgy of the Light, and Summer Musical Theater Camp. She is also choral and Celtic Ensemble librarian and handles musician scheduling.
Robin and her husband, Dwight, live just over the bridge in Falmouth; they have six amazing (and very different) children, a spoiled dog, and a queen cat.
Lisa Bogardus, Hand Bell Choir Director
Lisa Bogardus joined us as Hand Bell Choir Director in 2003. An accomplished musician, she plays clarinet and saxophone with the St. George Jazz Ensemble and clarinet with the Chamber Ensemble, also singing alto with the Choir of St. George’s. Lisa also serves as non-stipendiary Music Administrator for St. George’s music programs, where her duties include music library maintenance, instrumental arranging and choral conducting.
Lisa, who is also clarinet section leader for the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band, lives in Fredericksburg with her husband Hurley.
Trystan Bennett, Compline Choir Director
Trystan Bennett has directed the Compline Choir since spring of 2013.
He holds an honors degree in Musicology specializing in early performance practice from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where his major instrument was organ. Prior to his studies at McGill, he studied organ and harpsichord at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore where he was active in the Early Music Ensemble and Peabody Singers.
He has served as organist and choir master of All Saints Episcopal, Meriden, Connecticut, and as an Organ Scholar at St. Mathias, Westmount. As a tenor, he has sung with the Orpheus Singers of Montreal, and the choirs of Grace and St. Peter’s, Baltimore and St. John the Evangelist, Montreal. He sang tenor with the Choir of St. George’s, and has appeared as a harpsichordist with the St. George’s Chamber Orchestra, Washington’s Camerata and Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society. Trystan, who currently serves as Director of Music at Aquia Episcopal Church, lives in Fredericksburg with his wife Caitlin.
Ben Hicks, Business Manager
Ben Hicks joined our staff in 2007. His primary areas of ministry are Finance, HR, Insurance, Contracts and Facilities Infrastructure. Contact Ben for any financial inquiries, including changing your pledge or payment requests.
Born in Fredericksburg, Ben received a BA at Davidson College in History and a MAE at Wake Forest. After his education, he spent 6 years as a teacher in Winchester City Schools and then 22 years at the National Bank of Fredericksburg in credit, loan review, compliance and network administration.
Helen Mosher, Communications Director
Helen Mosher joined us in early 2015 as communications and facilities coordinator. An award-winning writer and editor with 15 years in trade and education publication management, she is well known in Episcopal circles for having been a contributor and editor at the Episcopal Cafe, where she also was a pioneer in using social media to grow communities. She studied classics at the University of Mary Washington, but later finished her bachelor’s in English at Temple University.
In November of 2016, she was named Communications Director. She serves as manager of all publications and online properties at St. George’s. Contact her if you have a problem with the website, newsletter, Sunday bulletin/announcements, or if you wish to submit an announcement for the church.
Michelle Midkiff, Director of Facilities and Welcome
Assistant Director of Children’s Formation
Michelle Midkiff joined us in May 2012 as receptionist/secretary and assistant director of children’s formation, and as her office manager responsibilities increased over time, in November of 2016, she was named director of facilities and welcome. Contact Michelle for room and facility use requests, or general information about the church.
Jan Meredith, Director of Newcomers, Fellowship and Membership
Jan Meredith has worked as a non-stipendiary staff member since 2002. Contact her for contact information and membership changes.
Danielle Davis, Preschool Director
Danielle’s educational background is quite eclectic, with each degree or certificate serving a unique facet in her current position. She earned a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University, an Associate’s of Arts in Religious Education and Lay Ministry from Mercyhurst University, a Professional Business Certificate from the University of Mary Washington, and is currently pursuing a career services certificate in Early Childhood Education from Germanna Community College. She has also completed the Level I training for The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Danielle lives in Fredericksburg with her husband Brian, daughter Sandi, and puppy A.J.
Nicholas Perron, Facilities Manager
Nicholas Perron joined our staff in January 2014 as our part-time Facilities Manager. He handles all light maintenance requests, which are coordinated through the office. He also provides audio-visual support for church services and events.