Gene Kidd - Commision on Administration
Gene Kidd has been a resident of Lynchburg since he was four years old. He grew up in St. Barnabas Church and, along with his family, joined St. John’s as an adult. Gene has been employed by a local family business for 41 years, and has vast experience in accounting, as well as finance and management in a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing, and construction. Gene and his wife, Mary, have two grown daughters, Martha and Carolyn. He has served on the Worship Committee, Construction Finance Committee, and the Missional Mapping Task Force. He has also chaired the Stewardship Committee and currently captains one of the men’s Sunday breakfast teams
Mac McWane - Commission on Outreach
Mac was baptized, confirmed and is engaged to be married this March at St. John’s Church. Since graduating from Lynchburg College this past May, Mac has worked as the Safety Director for Boxley Materials Company. Mac is a Lynchburg native whose family has been actively involved at St. John’s for several generations. For the last three years Mac has served the church as a Eucharistic Minister and reader for the 8 o’clock service, and is a proud member of the Watts/Bogle breakfast team. Mac will attend adult confirmation again with his fiancée this winter as she begins her transition into the Episcopal Church here at St. John’s.
Jennifer McCarthy - Sr. Warden
Jennifer began her journey with the Episcopal Church as a college student at the Canterbury Center of her college campus. She married Jack McCarthy on June 30, 1990 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, eventually moving to Lynchburg in 1995. Jennifer’s first involvement at St. John’s was an opportunity to volunteer with the Day School and the ECW Food Sale. Over the years, she has served as a Eucharistic Minister, on the Flower Guild, Pastoral Care, Outreach, and Fellowship Committees, a Capital Campaign Committee, and as Treasurer, and later Chairman, of the St. John’s Day School Board. She and Jack have enjoyed teaching Sunday school and leading EYC programs and mission trips. Jennifer works as a legal assistant in Lynchburg. She and Jack have three grown children, John (Columbia, SC), Hunt (Richmond, VA) and Virginia (Virginia Tech). St. John’s has served as a source of celebration and comfort over the past 22 years and Jennifer looks forward to the opportunity to serve St. John’s in this new capacity.
Tripp Duerson - Jr. Warden
Tripp grew up at St John’s and was confirmed by Bishop Marmion. After graduating from VMI in 1986 and working in Johnson City, TN for five years, he moved back to Lynchburg and St John’s in 1992. Tripp is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He has two daughters – Tyler, who lives in Boston and Sarah Gordon, who is a senior at VES. Tripp has served St John’s in a variety of positions. He was on the vestry from 2000-2002, serving as Junior & Senior Warden. He currently sings in the choir, cooks breakfast, and serves as the chair of the Stewardship Committee. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Diocese
Tom Jennings - Commision on Administration
I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Columbia, SC at Trinity Cathedral where I was baptized and confirmed. Upon moving to Lynchburg in 1995, Carter and I immediately joined St. John’s where Carter was baptized and confirmed and to which Carter’s family has been connected for at least a couple generations before her. Our youngest two children were baptized here, and all four were confirmed at St. John’s. Our oldest, Alex Sayer, was married at St. John’s in 2016. We have three other children, Thacher (24), Sims (23), and Bailey (23). After running the Sylvan Learning Center for 20 years I sold the business to one of my teachers, and I began a new career as a financial advisor in 2014. I am a partner at Ford Mays Wealth Management. I served on the St. John’s Vestry previously in 2006-2008, and I served on the search committee that called Michael Sullivan as our new Rector at that time. I currently serve as a lay reader and a adult formation facilitator, and I volunteer for various Outreach projects. I would be proud and honored to serve on the St. John’s Vestry, and I thank you for the opportunity to serve our congregation in this important role.
Andrea Dukes -Commision on Liturgy
Andrea is originally from Virginia Beach and grew up in the Methodist Church. In 1992, she graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College (now Virginia Wesleyan University), and in 1995, moved to Lynchburg to get a master’s degree in School Counseling from Lynchburg College (now the University of Lynchburg). Andrea and her husband, Allen, were married in 1997 and have two children, Carter and Elizabeth, who are fifth generation members of St. John’s. The family legacy, as well as the availability for her to pursue her passion for singing with an outstanding choir, led her to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Especially meaningful to her in her transition to the Episcopal tradition were authentic, practical, and inspiring sermons and messages from the late Rev. Frank Vest. Andrea has been a school counselor for 22 years and is the School Counseling Director at Brookville Middle School in Campbell County.
Larry Mays - Commission on Parish Life and Care
Larry came to St. John’s briefly as a young adult (and as a Methodist having married an Episcopalian) in the early 1970’s. After completing law school in the nation’s capital in 1978 and setting up a law practice in the Lynchburg area, his involvement with St. John’s increased to the point of adult confirmation and membership in 1985. Active participation in parish life and the ministries of the church began in earnest in the late 1990’s simultaneously with a professional and personal makeover (i.e., staff and volunteer involvement with many of the Bev Cosby founded program ministries – e.g., New Land Industries, New Land Jobs, and The Gateway). Larry met Amy in 2001 and they were married in 2003, blending their families of three children total into one harmonious unit (and subsequently adding two grandchildren). A double term (6 years) of serving on and twice chairing the Outreach Committee dovetailed with his early years of non-profit involvement. Serving as an usher, lector, EM, breakfast team member, pledge box route captain, and Co-Chairing the Welcoming Committee are ongoing church activities of note. All of the above and having the opportunity to help fellow parishioners over the years with rides and more have brought a great deal of joy and fulfillment to Larry’s life.
Kay VanAllen- Commission on Liturgy
Kay Van Allen was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, Converse College in Spartanburg, SC and graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Kay moved to Lynchburg from Summit, NJ in 1997 with husband Kent. She has been active at St. John’s on the Kitchen Committee, the Funeral Committee and co-chair of the Flower Guild.
David Frantz - Commission on Administration
David came to St John’s in 1989 when he and his wife, Judy, moved from St. Louis, Missouri. A life-long Episcopalian, he was confirmed at the American Cathedral in Paris while his father served overseas. Although originally from the DC area, school and medical training have taken him for a tour, beginning with the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Then on to Boston, Burlington Vt, Madison WI and St. Louis before coming back closer to home. He began the heart surgery program for Centra Health and was Director of Cardiac Surgery, also serving as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine. David has chaired the physician section for the United Way campaign and served on the campaign for the Dawson Inn. Now his status is “almost” retired from practice. Both his daughters, Kelly and Mary Katherine grew up in St. John’s and tolerated having their father along on some youth mission trips.
Amy Kowalski -Commision on Christian Formation
Amy is a litigation associate at Petty Livingston Dawson and Richards. She grew up in the Atlanta suburbs and moved to Lynchburg in 2009. She was confirmed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington in 2000. She and her husband Scott have 4 children – Kate and Lily who attend E.C. Glass High School and Evie and Graham who are students at New Covenant Schools. She teaches 3rd-5thgrade Sunday School at St. Johns and serves on the Board of Directors of New Covenant Schools.
Don Martin - Parish Life & Care
Don Martin graduated from Lynchburg College and received his Master’s in Secondary Administration from George Washington University. He is a retired teacher and school administrator formerly employed by Appomattox County, Fairfax County, Lynchburg City, and Seven Hills School for over thirty-five years. He and his wife, Gracy, are long-time members of St. John’s. They have two children, Ginny and Patrick, and four grandchildren. Don has served St. John’s in many capacities; office volunteer, usher, reader, pancake dinner cook, a long time worker at Lynchburg Grows, and was part of the Stewardship Team by delivering neighborhood boxes. He and Gracy went on a mission trip with the youth group, and while at St. John’s in McLean, Virginia, he taught fifth grade Sunday School.
Kitty Robertson - Parish Life & Care
Kitty Robertson was confirmed at St. John’s in 1967, while Jack Spong was rector. She has been retired from New Vistas School for 11 years, but still loves to teach. She co-taught the Education for Ministry program for 8 years. Currently, Kitty is teaching 2-3 grade Sunday School with a “dream team” of teachers. She has previously served on St. John’s Vestry and on two Search Committees. She has been a member of the Women’s Bible Study since it began. Her husband, Leighton, is a realtor and she is very fortunate to have both sons and their families in Lynchburg. She serves on the auxiliary of the Williams Home and on the board of Interfaith Outreach.
Susan Larson - Commission on Outreach/Mission
Amanda Smithson - Commision on Christian Formation
Amanda is the Director of State Policy and Advocacy for Save the Children, a role in which she leads Save the Children’s state level policy work in the United States. She joined Save the Children in 2006, on the New Orleans Katrina team, from a history of non-profit work including the United Way of Central Maryland, the United Way of Greater New Orleans, the American Red Cross, and Tampa’s AmeriCorps program. Amanda began her post-grad career in 2000 working alongside her husband, Ian Smithson, as full-time youth pastors for a youth group in Cooperstown, NY, that was a combined effort of Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Smithson family relocated to Lynchburg VA in the summer of 2016 in order for Ian to join OrthoVirginia as an associate orthopedic surgeon. Amanda works remotely for her DC office, and travels as necessary to state capitols, with the childcare help of the beloved family au pair from Colombia, Ximena Castellanos. During the 2017-2018 school year, both Smithson boys are enrolled at SJDS: Cooper James Smithson and Siler Andrew Smithson.