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Rev. Fran Gardner-Smith, Interim Rector (as of 8/1/2016)

Rev. Fran Gardner-Smith was ordained in 2006. Before her call to ordained ministry, she spent twelve years managing an independent bookstore in Greenfield, MA. Franís ordained ministry began as a member of the Diocesan Staff in the Diocese of Northern Michigan, empowering and encouraging members of ministry teams in the western region of the Diocese. Next, she served at St. Barnabas in Berlin, NH, where her work focused on supporting the congregation's ministry of outreach in the community, expanding its programs of Christian formation for all members, upgrading the physical plant, and facilitating the congregation's growth in both attendance and financial support. Fran also worked part-time for the Diocese of New Hampshire, encouraging ministry among all the congregations of the convocation and overseeing the North Country Internship Program. Over the course of Franís five years in New Hampshire, she mentored eight seminarians from General Seminary who spent summers in New Hampshire learning about rural and small church ministry. For the past three years, Fran has served as founding Co-Vicar of a cluster known collectively as Holy Spirit Church. Her work has focused on helping the congregations work together. In the last year, she has helped to strengthen the partnership between two of the congregations: St. Albanís and St. Georgeís, who are now sharing space. Fran's ministry is grounded in the belief that it is our baptism (and the promises we make or that are made for us) that give each of us ministry. She is passionate about mission, evangelism, stewardship, and education for all ages. Fran is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA (double major in religion and history, plus a Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education) and Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. She enjoys reading, writing, photography, cooking, and traveling. Fran and her husband (a retired pastor) were married in 2010. They come to us from Antioch, CA with their Moyen poodle puppy, Jasper. They are excited that this move brings them much closer to Davidís daughter and son-in-law, and to their grandchildren Lily (8) and Evan (almost 6), who live in Reston, VA.

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Robin Trumbower McFillen, Parish Administrator / Director of Christian Education & Youth Programs

Robin joined the staff of Clarke Parish in September 2007. She is a jack-of-all-trades helping to keep us on track and making sure the office runs smoothly. Robin's job description does not stop with bulletins, newsletters, and day-to-day operations. She has a much broader role and makes much of what happens at Clarke Parish come to life. Everything from organizing Shrine Mont retreats, keeping our Christian Education program and youth activities vibrant, initiating fun Outreach projects for Operation Christmas Child and ERD's Gift for Life campaign, facility rentals, chili cook-offs and pancake feasts, and even leaky toilets and broken door handles - she wears many hats. Robin is a dedicated employee (and friend). We are blessed to have her on our team!

Phone: (540) 955-1610  |  » Email Robin Trumbower McFillen

Dr. Karen L. Keating, Organist and Choirmaster - Grace Episcopal Church

Ms. Keating returned to Grace Church in September 2011 to reprise her 'role' as Organist & Choir Director. She previously held this position in the 1980's as well. Karen is a gifted musician and serves as a Professor of Music (choirs, coaching, vocal-choral division) at Shenandoah University where she has been on staff since 1989. She holds a BM degree from James Madison University.

Mr. Darrell Chapman, Sexton

Mr. Chapman handles the everyday maintenance and custodial care of our church campus.