Gary D. Jones
Gary has been an Episcopal priest for over 30 years and has been rector of St. Stephen’s Church since 2005. His wife, Cherry Jones, is a nurse practitioner, and they have three grown children.
The Rev. Cate Anthony is delighted to begin her ordained ministry at St. Stephen’s. A child of Florida and Delaware, Cate is a graduate of McGill University, Berkeley Divinity School, and Yale Divinity School. Before earning her Master of Divinity at Yale, Cate spent three years in Chicago. While there, she spent a year in the Episcopal Service Corps (where she met Anna Jones, our farmers market manager), was chaplain to the Emergency Department at Rush University Medical Center, and worked in development at a Roman Catholic seminary. During her time at YDS, Cate’s academic and pastoral work focused on ministry to individuals and communities in the midst of trauma and conflict. As a member of the clergy of St. Stephen’s, Cate will coordinate our extensive pastoral care ministry, act as a dedicated clergy presence to the family and children’s ministries, and help craft a bold vision for our food ministries (a dream come true for Cate, an aspiring master chef).
The Rev. Claudia W. Merritt has served the church in four dioceses as rector, associate rector, and interim rector over the past 30 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, with a major in economics, her MBA from Vanderbilt University, and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served the wider church on the Commission on Ministry, as reader for ordination exams, and as a stewardship consultant. At St. Stephen’s Claudia serves in a variety of ministries including the pastoral care team, teaching, and welcoming newcomers. Her interests outside church are traveling and cooking. She is married to Craig Merritt; she has four children, two step-children, and one dog.
The Rev. William S. Stanley was called as vicar of St. Stephen's in early 2020. Besides sharing in the pastoral, preaching, and teaching ministries as a member of the clergy staff, Will functions as a kind of chief operating officer, helping ensure both attention to detail and faithfulness to vision, under the leadership of the rector. He is a graduate of the University of the South, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Atlanta and served Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church as curate for two years. He was then called west to Southern California. In that season of ministry he served two very different Episcopal parishes: St. Cross in Hermosa Beach and All Saints’ in Beverly Hills. Will is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, so he is excited to be back in this part of the country and to serve St. Stephen’s in this important role.
Assistant for Pastoral Care
David Knight, who is joining us part-time as interim assistant for pastoral care, is no stranger to the parish. He served as senior associate from 1995-2005 when Thom Blair was rector. For the previous 16 years, he had been rector of Christ Church in Winchester. In 2005, David accepted a call to serve on the staff of St. Michael and All Angels in Dallas, Texas. Upon retirement he and Jeannie returned to their home in Richmond. About retirement, Bishop Lee said to David, “Not so fast, Mr. Knight,” and appointed him to serve as interim in several congregations. He also served as priest associate at St. Mary’s, Goochland. Upon full retirement, he and Jeannie returned as parishioners to St. Stephen’s where they have enjoyed worshiping together for the first time ever. In offering David a place part-time on the clergy staff to assist with pastoral care for the next few months, Gary assured David and Jeannie that their worship in the pews will remain intact. His ministry here will focus on pastoral care and visitation two half days and one full day a week.
The Rev D. Donald Dunn III retired from full-time ministry after serving as a priest for over 42 years. Donny has worked as a rector, interim rector, and transitional consultant with over 30 parishes in four dioceses and as canon to the suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. In retirement he enjoys iconography with the St Stephen's Icon Guild as well as blacksmithing, creating the votive candle stands, lectern and stands in the Holy Spirit Chapel, and the outdoor railings to the Cafe @ St. Stephen's. Donny is a C. S. Lewis follower. He and his wife Mary live on an old farm in Powhatan County.
Zacc served as a rector in the Church of South India, Diocese of Medak, for nearly two decades, where he worked passionately for homeless children and with the dying. He arrived in the United States in 2014, and volunteered with various social organizations. Subsequently, he trained as a chaplain for residents in the memory care portion of Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. Zacc has a master’s degree in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and did Clinical Pastoral Education at VCU. He also worked as a chaplain at VCU Health, with special focus on oncology-palliative/hospice care. He graduated with an economics degree and a master’s degree in philosophy from Osmania University in India, holds a master of divinity from United Theological College, and a diploma in social work administration. Zacc uses his gifts of art, photography, and sculpture in his spiritual and pastoral care ministry. He enjoys the nature, gardening, long drives on his motorbike, diverse food and culture, and volunteering for rehabilitation work. Zacc’s wife Suchi is a registered nurse. They live in Glen Allen.