Rev. Mary Kay Brown
Rev. Mary Kay Brown came to St. David's as rector in February 2009. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and was ordained a priest in 2008. Mary Kay holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work, and focused on hospice care for patients and families, and grief counseling and education for the first 20 years of her career.
As a priest at St. David's, Mary Kay is passionate about the love of Jesus and its power to transform our lives, through learning, worship, community building, prayer and outreach. She especially enjoys preaching, teaching and pastoral care – and dancing with the little ones during Sunday worship! She derives great joy from serving at St. David's, watching the Holy Spirit move and dreaming about God's future for this sacred and spirit filled place.
Rev. Mary Kay grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband Mark Boyer met and married in Alaska, where their two children, Dylan and Abby were born. She likes to read, walk, listen to and make music, learn something new, and travel.
Lay Pastoral Assistant and Director of Children & Youth Ministry
Maureen grew up in NJ and has lived in VA for 26 years. She has three adult children, Jeff, Jess and Al. Maureen has been a parishioner since 2004 and began working at St. David’s in April 2009 as the Parish Administrator. She transitioned into the role of Lay Pastoral Assistant a few years later.
Maureen attended the Deacon School of VA, holds a certificate as a Pastoral Care Specialist from the Center of Pastoral Care of Northern VA, is trained in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) with a field placement at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC. She is both a licensed Lay Preacher and Lay Worship Leader with the Diocese of VA. Prior to her call to ministry Maureen worked as a Birth Doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
"I love both church work and the work of the church. I am passionate about ministry, children’s spirituality, pastoral care, digital ministry in this new era of being church, preaching and sharing the Good News. I love to spend time with my family, my friends, and my dog Guinness. When not working I love to ride my bike, hike, bake, explore VA wineries, watch Netflix and write.
I love the Lord. I trust the Holy Spirit. I am obsessed with all kinds of liturgy, traditional - thinking out of the box and creating with the spirit. God is truly present in all things and in all people! I think it is ok to love theology and wrestle with it. I think it is ok to love the sacraments and necessary to walk the walk of what they teach us if we are to grow as Christians and be the church in the world.
I believe that we can rejoice when we run into problems and trails, for we know they help up develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope does not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with love. Not sure about this? Ask the Holy Spirit. She will show you. "
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Sarah K. Spurlok Biggs
Sarah Spurlock Biggs is a Postulant for Holy Orders from the Diocese of Virginia and a middler (2nd year student) at Virginia Theological Seminary. During the summer of 2021, Sarah served as a Chaplain at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Sarah has lived in the Washington metro area for 19 years. She currently lives in Centreville, VA with her husband Jim their sons Charlie and Owen, and their dogs Honey and Clifford.
Before attending seminary, Sarah taught General Music and Chorus for Fairfax County Public Schools and served as a music director, soloist, and section leader at several churches in the local area.
Sarah is particularly interested in the ways our beliefs inform how we live and respond to the needs of our world. Her academic interests include pastoral care, ecumenical and interfaith relations, intergenerational worship, and ethics.
Sarah is so grateful for the opportunity to learn from and journey with the people of St. David’s.
Director of Music
Jerien Okoh-Tisch is a performing musician, conductor, and music educator. She holds a Degree in Music from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. Her additional studies have taken her to the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Royal College of Music, New England Conservatory, Vanderbilt University, and the University of MN. Ms. Okoh-Tisch has performed on tour with Grammy award winning artist Kanye West and Grammy winning Gospel artist Joe Pace as well as in several ensembles and orchestras in England and the United States. She has a passion for music education and has 17 years of experience in the field. She holds a Standard professional teaching certificate in Music Education PreK-12 grades, conducting and directing choruses and orchestras as a public school music teacher. She also holds a certificate to teach the “Music Mind Games Theory Curriculum” which focuses on teaching musicians of every level sight singing and ear training. In her private teaching practice, she specializes in classical and contemporary vocal instruction. As a vocal performer, she is well versed in all styles of vocal production having sung in choruses, big bands, the pop industry, and solo operatic venues. Having studied under the award winning music pedagogue, Peter Howard, she also teaches and plays cello, piano, and violin.
A native of Minnesota, Ms. Okoh-Tisch’s life has been steeped in the traditional music of the Church with her attending Catholic Schools in her formative years and her mother serving as a music liturgist and organist for over 30 years. She has served as guest accompanist and vocalist in many churches throughout Minnesota and the DMV and is delighted to bring her eclectic musical background to serve the vibrant covenant community of St. David’s as Music Director.
After 20 years of teaching various grades and ages in both public and private school settings, I am thrilled to take on the role of Director of St. David’s Episcopal Preschool! I earned my bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and went on to get my M. Ed at NC State University. My husband and I moved to several states along the east coast before settling in Virginia with our 2 children. Once they began preschool at St. David’s, I knew I wanted to be a part of it also! I have been teaching at the school for the past 6 years, and now I am excited to begin this new adventure as Director of St. David’s.
Linda joined the St. David’s family in 2015 when her son started preschool at St. David’s. The following year, her daughter started attending the preschool and spent 3 wonderful years as a student. During her time at St. David’s, Linda worked as a substitute teacher and as a support staff member for the preschool. Her background is in Health Education, and she earned a Masters in Exercise Physiology. She has taught in various school settings, including preschool.
Linda is looking forward to meeting the new and returning families as she steps into her new role as an administrator. She is happy to be supporting the talented St. David’s staff and director as well as acting as the primary point-of-contact for the amazing St. David’s families!
St. David's Episcopal Church & School
43600 Russell Branch Parkway
Ashburn, VA 20147
703-729-7481 (Pastoral Care emergency line)
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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9-4, Fridays by appointment
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