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Our rector, the Rev. Mary Kay Brown, was called to serve St. David's in 2009. Born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA, she received her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981, and her Masterís in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in 1983. Mary Kay worked as a medical social worker in a shock/trauma unit at a teaching hospital in central Pennsylvania for five years before moving to Alaska in 1988. In Fairbanks, she helped to build a hospice program and was the first director of the Hospice of Tanana Valley, as well as adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska.
Mary Kay met and married Mark Boyer in Fairbanks in 1994. They moved to Juneau and then to San Jose, CA before settling in Northern Virginia in 2002. They have two children - Abby and Dylan.
Mary Kay's call to ordained ministry arose from the spiritual questions central to work with people who are dying: Who am I? Where have I been? Where am I going? What is meaningful? What is my relationship with God? How shall I live - whether I have days or weeks or months or years? What better place than Christ's church to wrestle with these crucial questions - with the guidance of Scripture, the framework of Anglican tradition, and the freedom to question and deepen understanding? What better place than the church to come together as a covenant community to laugh, praise, learn, anguish, weep, to support one another and to be reminded of the promise that God works in and through everything for good? What better place than church to live without fear, trusting in the promise that what we see as death is no match for the eternal life found in Christ?
Mary Kay attended St. David's Episcopal Church starting in 2003, with founding rector Stephen McWhorter. She was on staff when our second rector, Kevin Phillips came in 2005, and began seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria in the fall of that year. She graduated seminary in 2008 and worked at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria until her call to St. David's. Her passions in ministry include preaching and worship, pastoral care, spiritual formation and disciplines, and congregational development.
The Priest Associate supports us in worship and provides counsel to parish leaders. Of great value to us is his ministry of prayer.
Emmanuel Johnson joined the staff after a career as an educator and priest in Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa. During the recent civil war in Liberia, Fr. Johnson was informed his name was on a "hit list" for assassination because of his prominent leadership. He went into exile, ulitmately being relocated to Ashburn, VA. He provides wisdom to many of our leadership teams and a rich and profound spirituality to our covenant community.
The first time I came to church at St. David's, I knew I had found a church home. I thought to myself, "These people are truly worshiping the Lord." The place felt alive with music and prayer and praise. There is a warmth and openness here, and a feeling that under this big tent, all people are welcome and valued as members of the St. David's church family.
My husband Kevin and I joined St. Davidís church when we were pregnant with our twins. We needed a place to worship that was welcoming to our different spiritual backgrounds and made us feel good.
St. Davidís was the place! When Morgan and Jack were ready for preschool, we searched to find the right place for them to learn and grow independently from us. We looked at all the options in our area, again looking for a place that made us feel good. St. Davidís Preschool was the place! I loved it so much, that I joined the teaching staff and eventually became Julieís co-director. I love the feeling that I get when I walk into the building. Itís filled with childrenís laughter and people who are committed to doing Godís work.