Associate for Membership and Operations
Janet has extensive experience in parish management, particularly in the areas of membership, stewardship and development. She served with Gary at his previous parish in Memphis, and was persuaded to come to St. Stephen's when he accepted the call here. She is known throughout the Episcopal Church for her expertise in stewardship and formerly served on the board of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. Janet's professional experience prior to beginning church employment was in marketing, advertising and commercial art. Her interests outside work continue toward the artistic, and Janet is responsible for bringing the annual icon workshop (which now routinely fills up) to St. Stephen's. She has two adult sons.
Coordinator of Kitchen Ministries
Stan is responsible for meals and receptions that take place at St. Stephen's, and supervises the volunteers who prepare food to sell in the May Fair House, the food and gift shop run by the Women of St. Stephen's. The Hampden-Sydney graduate is also in great demand as a caterer. He and his partner enjoy traveling, sometimes with Stan's grandchildren in tow. Stan sings in St. Stephen's Choir.
Sarah R. Bartenstein
Director of Communications
When Sarah arrived at St. Stephen’s in December 2005, she was already familiar with the parish and its role as a leader in the Diocese of Virginia, having served as communications director for the diocese for 12 years. Before coming to St. Stephen’s, she was communications director for Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, where she oversaw the rebranding of WCVE radio and television and the launch of a new Web site. She’s also worked at Virginia Wildlife magazine and STYLE Weekly. The Hollins College alumna is the former president of the Diocese of Virginia’s Standing Committee, and serves as president of Episcopal Communicators, an international organization dedicated to excellence in church communication. As the daughter of an Episcopal priest and born in the mission field (Alaska), she’s one of those cradle Episcopalians you sometimes hear about.
Director, St. Stephen's Preschool
Marion has extensive experience in the field of education. After earning her B.A. in biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, she began her career teaching middle school science. She then founded Educational Associates, a tutoring agency, and Richmond Child Development Centers, a preschool and after school program. Marion has been at St. Stephen’s since 2001. Marion’s commitment to education has led her to serve on the Boards of several area schools, including the Steward School and St. Andrew’s School. Marion and her husband Cabell have two children, J.C and his wife, Joy, and Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Cabell and Lacey. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends at their cottage on the Rappahannock River and at Camp Greenbrier for Boys in the summer.
Assistant for Children's Music Ministry
Dawn Childs teaches our "Music Makers" classes, an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to enjoy with a parent. She directs the Cherub and Palmer Hall choirs, assists with vocal instruction of the girl and boy choirs, and serves as music teacher for St. Stephen’s Preschool. Dawn is a Virginia-licensed music teacher (preK-12 choral and general music) with a rich base of successful experience teaching music to children of all ages. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Adult Education/Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at VCU she was a member of the Madrigalists, a soprano section leader in the Commonwealth Singers, and a flute/piccolo player for the VCU Pep Band. Using her experiences with other music programs such as Kindermusik and Music Together, she has successfully developed her own curriculum, the Music Makers classes we offer at St. Stephen's. Dawn and her husband Nathan have two young boys, Adam and Benjamin. In her spare time Dawn enjoys cooking, reading, and having impromptu kitchen dance parties with her kiddos.
Donald has been at St. Stephen's for several years, and has successfully and cheerfully juggled his duties here with school (he is now certified as a medical assistant) and fatherhood.
Director, Virginia Girls Choir
Kerry Court is thrilled to be working with the Virginia Girls Choir. As the current Director of Middle and Upper School Choral Ensembles at St. Catherine’s School, Kerry has a passion for working with children and young adults. Alongside her love of traditional choral music, she also enjoys directing musicals and is committed to building a strong a cappella program with her students. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University and a Masters in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She has studied under notable conductors William Payn, William Weinert, Simon Carrington, and Joseph Flummerfelt. Originally from Albany, New York, Kerry enjoys the warm weather of Richmond with her husband Ben.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Sarah-Keel is a full-time member of the family ministries team, where she focuses on coordinating programs for and ministering to students in grades 4 through 8. You’ll see her often out in the community—on the sidelines, in the stands, and sitting with students at the local hot spots. A Richmond native, Sarah-Keel grew up an active member of St. Stephen’s. She is a 2011 graduate of Douglas Freeman High School and a 2015 graduate of James Madison University, where she earned her B.S. in hospitality management. In high school, Sarah-Keel served on the Diocesan Parish Youth Ministries Committee, a select group of teenagers who lead retreat weekends for youth. During her college years, she volunteered regularly with St. Stephen’s youth ministry, helping to lead a trip to New York City, a ski weekend at Wintergreen, and the children’s program for our annual parish retreat at Shrine Mont.
Kyle J. Dosier
Assistant Manager, Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's
Kyle originally joined the staff of St. Stephen’s in 2011 as a sexton and now he serves as assistant manager for our farmers market. Kyle has been involved in growing food, teaching gardening and cooking classes, and advocating for fresh and local food options for much of his adult life. You can often see him around town playing Indonesian music with Gamelan Raga Kusuma.
Interim Director, St. Stephen's Choir
Chris returned to Richmond in 2016 after five years away, and stepped into the position of interim director of St. Stephen's Choir after the untimely death of Peter Hopkins. The Birmingham, Alabama native first came to Richmond in 2001 after earning his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University. He spent 10 years as a staff singer and instrumentalist at St. James’s, where he also oversaw the church’s programs for youth and young adults. In 2011, Chris moved to Portland, Oregon, where he earned his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, studying with Dr. Ethan Sperry at Portland State University. While at Portland State, he conducted Vox Femina (the school’s auditioned women’s choir) as well as the 80-member University Choir. He also served as Assistant Conductor for PSU’s internationally acclaimed Chamber Choir and held the Director of Music position at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church. In 2014, the Edwards family relocated to Westport, Connecticut, where Chris was the Director of Evening Worship at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for two years before moving back to Richmond in August. Chris is married to the Rev. Whitney Zimmerman Edwards, Upper School Chaplain at St. Christopher’s School. They have two daughters young daughter, Emmeline and Georgia.
Melissa came to St. Stephen's in July 2011, putting skills to work which she'd honed in previous positions with BroadMap and Capital One. She's known not only for her professional skills, but for being calm in any situation, with a wicked sense of humor. She enjoys cooking, travel, and reading to her daughter's class.
Moriah (Mo) Karn is from Hanover County, and attended St. Catherine's School across the street, and Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts. Moriah has extensive experience in food service as well as child care. Most recently, she has been running a historic window restoration company with her fiance. Moriah lives in Beaverdam where she spends time with various farm animals, studies and practices herbal medicine, writes haiku, and plays with her two children.
Since she began attending St. Stephen’s in 2003, this parish has figured prominently in Greta's life. It was the site of her marriage (to husband T Kidd) and the baptisms of her daughters Alice and Sadie. After the retirement of Mary Frances Siersema—who had been the coordinator for Greta and T’s wedding—Greta assumed her duties. “It is an honor to support couples as they make a huge commitment to each other before God,” says Greta. Greta’s full-time job is as Vice President of Marketing and Outreach at Entrust Financial Credit Union, where she’s been on the staff for 14 years and where she enjoys teaching about, and providing opportunities for, individuals to be good stewards of their money. In her leisure time, Greta enjoys the beach, dinners with girlfriends, date nights with her husband and extracurricular activities with her daughters.
Director of Outreach
Deb not only serves St. Stephen’s as director of outreach, but she is known throughout the region as a leader in her field. That leadership has led St. Stephen’s to have one of the most extensive outreach ministries in the Episcopal Church. A native of Richmond, she and her family have been members of St. Stephen’s for over 20 years, and Deb has been on the staff for nine. Her family includes husband Rick and three adult children, Aubrey, Andrew, and Emily. Her favorite part of the job is working with the many outreach volunteers at St. Stephen’s on projects in the community and beyond. When not at work, she enjoys exercising, working in her garden, and spending time with her family.
Office Manager and Pastoral Care Assistant
Betsy has been on our staff since 2011, successfully juggling a variety of tasks while providing the warm welcome for which St. Stephen’s has become known. She also assists in the area of pastoral care, working with our pastoral care teams, checking on parishioners in the hospital so our clergy will know whom to visit, and scheduling lay eucharistic visitors. She holds an undergraduate degree in business education from James Madison University (Go, Dukes!), and a master’s degree in school and community counseling from the University of Georgia (Go, Dawgs!). Betsy has been married to Jeff for 23 years and they have three super awesome sons—Jake and Chris, who are in college, and Bobby, who’s still at home. She loves doughnuts, Slurpees, and a good breakfast burger.
Assistant for Hospitality and Communications
Becky is originally from upstate New York, and after 15 post-college years filled with seven jobs and nine apartments in four East Coast cities, she is happy to call Richmond home. Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s in the fall of 2014, Becky worked for many years as a recreation therapist, providing sports and recreation programs for youth and adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments. She enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, cooking and grilling, hearing people’s stories, creating beauty, and has recently been dabbling in gardening and floral arranging. In addition to welcoming people to St. Stephen’s Church from her desk in the reception area, Becky assists with many communications tasks, including editing some of our email newsletters and keeping the Web site up to date.
Christi joined our business office on a part-time basis, assisting Melissa Hipes, in May 2015. She had been working at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ginter Park as their financial administrator since 2012. She is a member of St. James’s, so Christi is very familiar with the Episcopal Church. She is a 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied systems engineering. “I have gradually found my way into finance,” she says, “and I love it.” Christi is married to her high school sweetheart, Trent, and they have a 9-year-old daughter, Ashley, and a 5-year-old son, Bowen. Christi enjoys reading, playing with her kids, trying new restaurants, and she loves watching stand-up comedy.
Sexton, Chef, Pressman
Ben "Renaissance Man" Nelson has served on the buildings and grounds staff here for many years, and more recently has added to his duties supervising preparation of the Sunday Community Supper, and printing service bulletins and The Spirit on our in-house duplicator.
Matt Oltmann is not only a valued member of our buildings and grounds staff, he is also a recent graphic design graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt designed the very attractive and helpful campus maps that are helping to guide people to their destinations during our construction project.
Associate for Religion and the Arts
Allison is an award-winning poet and essayist who has taught English literature in college and secondary school. Recently, Allison was poet-in-residence at the University of Mary Washington and a beloved teacher at the Collegiate School in Richmond. At St. Stephen’s, where she will join the staff on August 15, Allison will coordinate a monthly poetry reading series to bring writers from around the region, as well as nationally acclaimed poets. Allison has a heart for ministries of compassion with the poor and marginalized. At Collegiate, Allison was a leader in connecting students with refugees and people who are homeless. She continues that work at St. Stephen’s, joining also in our parish’s jail ministry. In addition, Allison will work closely with the family ministry program here to provide a safe and engaging environment for young people to grow in their life of faith. Allison will offer regular writing workshops, will speak about faith and literature in the Sunday Forum, assist in liturgical leadership, offer reflections in the evening Celtic service, and help lead youth and adults alike into a deeper encounter with God and the sacred.
Steve Simon joined the staff in 2006 as a sexton, and was soon promoted to facilities manager. He supervises the buildings and grounds staff and manages one of the most active physical plants of any Episcopal Church in the country--and never breaks a sweat. He and his wife have a son and a daughter. Steve, a New York native, accompanied a group of St. Stephen's young adults on a trip to Brooklyn and Manhattan following Hurricane Sandy to transport supplies and help with clean-up efforts. Not surprisingly, he is a Yankees fan, which causes problems for several Red Sox fans on the staff.
Director, Celtic Service Musicians; Interim Director, Sanctuary
Michael Simpson has served in a number of roles in St. Stephen's music ministry--as interim director of music, associate director of music, organist, and coordinator of the music and musicians that give our Celtic Evensong and Communion service its distinctive character. Since the untimely death of Peter Hopkins, Michael has stepped in again to provide overall coordination of the music program on an interim basis, conducting "Sanctuary," the Compline choir, and continuing his role in the Celtic service. He also serves as organist at Second Presbyterian Church. Before initially coming to St. Stephen's in 2006, Michael was Minister of Music at Ginter Park Baptist Church. He has also served as accompanist for the Richmond Symphony Chorus, has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is founding director of the Richmond Renaissance Singers.
Jessica Framme Smith
Jessica Smith works with outreach director Deb Lawrence on all aspects of our outreach ministry. This Virginia Commonwealth University graduate has taught art at Fairfield Middle School in Henrico County, served as a site coordinator for Communities in Schools at Fairfield Court Elementary School in Richmond, and has been the Program Director, Elementary School Programs, for CIS, supervising all site coordinators for elementary schools in Richmond and Henrico. This invaluable experience enhances her ability to recruit, train and place volunteers with our outreach partners in Richmond's East End. Jessica, who holds a BFA in art education and minored in painting, printmaking and art history at VCU, has studied in Peru and Italy. She serves on the Richmond Community Advisory Board of the Junior League. She and her husband Dave have two young daughters.
Director of Family Ministries
Michael, a former teacher (Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts), camp staffer (summer arts camp at Deerfield Academy, and Maine’s diocesan camp, Bishopswood), has been at St. Stephen's since 2012. He has revitalized the youth ministry here during his time, and in addition to a vibrant confirmation program, Sunday school and youth group, Michael takes three summer trips with youth each year. Middle school students go to New York City for a discipleship trip, sernior high youth go on a spiritual pilgrimage, and another group of senior highs goes the Dominican Republic on a mission trip (where Michael also serves as translator and guitar picker). He and his wife Briget, a photographer and videographer, are avid travelers. Their first child, Emmett, was born in April 2016. A self-proclaimed geek, Michael also has a macho side, playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Greg returns to St. Stephen’s as the principal organist. His duties include playing for the Sunday morning liturgies, Evensong, and occasionally the Celtic service. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Randolph-Macon College and has pursued graduate study in organ and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Past positions include Director of Music, Trinity Lutheran Church, Richmond; Organist/Choirmaster at St. James the Less in Scarsdale, New York; and the Lee Hastings Bristol Organ Scholar at Trinity Church (Episcopal), Princeton. Greg will continue his duties at St. Christopher’s School as the full-time Director of Upper School Choral Activities.