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. "
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. 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!