Meet our Rector
The Rev. Gary D. Jones
Gary Jones as been the rector of St. Stephen's Church since the fall of 2005. During his tenure at St. Stephen's, what had already been a large, active congregation has grown to be one of the largest--both in terms of membership and of average Sunday attendance--and most vibrant parishes in the Episcopal Church. Among the many ministries begun since Gary's arrival are a year-round, weekly farmers market; a contemplative Celtic service which has become known throughout the United States and beyond for attracting people who had given up on the institutional church; a sung Compline service on Sunday evenings; and daily Morning and Evening Prayer during the week. A foundational small groups ministry, wellness ministries, strong relationships with outreach partners in Richmond and beyond, and a speakers series are other hallmarks of St. Stephen's. The church and its ministries have received attention from PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and from such well-known leaders and thinkers as John Philip Newell, Diana Butler Bass, and the late Phyllis Tickle.
Watch an interview with Gary conducted by PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly below. Gary was interviewed for an eight-minute segment which aired in April 2016 which also included footage of St. Stephen's Celtic service and Compline, and interviews with Diana Butler Bass (Christianity for the Rest of Us; Grounded), St. Stephen's parishioner Millie Cain, and Director of Family Ministries Michael Sweeney. This is the extended version of Gary's remarks.