Clergy

J. Wesley Smith

The Rev. Dr. J. Wesley Smith

Interim Rector


The Rev. Dr. J. Wesley Smith is a native of Savannah, Georgia and a priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Atlanta.  After serving in the parish for 8 years, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1987 in the US Army Chaplain Corps. He left active duty in 2000 to return to parish ministry, serving as a Rector in the Diocese of Kansas first (St. David’s Church) and then moving home to the Diocese of Atlanta where he was the Rector of the mother church of the Diocese of Atlanta, Christ Church in Macon, GA which was founded in 1825.  He continued to serve as a US Army Reserve Chaplain and was called back to active duty in January 2010.  Wesley retired from active duty March 29, 2013 as a Colonel. Earlier in his ministry he received Interim Training in Atlanta and served for 9 months as the Interim rector of St. Mark’s Church in LaGrange, GA.
 
 Dr. Smith attended Trevecca Nazarene University (BA), Vanderbilt University (M.Div.) and received his doctorate from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 2004.  He has done post-graduate training in psychology, Family Systems Therapy, Grief Counseling and Crisis Intervention Therapy. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Combined Armed Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College.
 
Father Wesley is a Rotarian, a member of the American Guild Of Organists, and Outserve/SLDN.  He also serves presently on the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for the Prevention of Suicide.  His service to the church, in addition to priestly duties, has included service on the diocesan standing committee, board of trustees and the finance committee.

Erin Hensley

The Rev. Erin Hensley

Associate Rector

Erin is especially charged with oversight for newcomer incorporation and community life at St. John's. The Episcopal Church was there in her time of need growing up. She enjoys being able to give that welcome and nurture back. Erin hopes to help people find their niche in this parish and in their ministries in the world.

Erin and her family arrived at St. John's in February of 2009 after serving at St. Alban's Parish in Washington, D. C. as the Assistant to the Rector for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. While at St. Alban's she also served as the clergy liason for newcomers and hospitality. Erin graduated from Virginia Seminary in 2007 and from Guilford College with a double major in sociology and elementary education in 1999.

A native of Jackson, TN, Erin and her husband Sam enjoy being with their son Micah most of all. They also love spending time with friends, their beagle Sprig, and good music.

Sandy Webb

The Rev. Dr. Joe K. Dunagan

Associate Rector

Joe and Kathy Kelly Dunagan moved to Roanoke from Macon, Georgia, in August of 2013.  He grew up in Camilla, Georgia.  He graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He is also a graduate of the Advance Degree Program Sewanee: The University of the South.  In addition to serving as a parish priest in the Diocese of Atlanta, he served as a military chaplain and has an extensive background in healthcare administration.

Here at St. John’s he has pastoral oversight of St. John’s extensive outreach ministry as well as the formation of lay liturgical ministers.  His chief pastoral interest is Christian formation through liturgy and education.  He is very interested in gleaning from early Church practices creative ways of incorporating new Christians into the life of the Church in the twenty-first century.

Father Joe enjoys hiking and reading, especially contemporary Southern fiction.

Mary Ruetten Mackin

The Rev. Mary Mackin

Assisting Priest

Mary joined the staff at St. John's in July, 2012, as Curate for Pastoral Care. She spends most of her time out in the community, visiting parishioners who are in the hospital, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities, or at home. She extends the love and care of the St. John's community to the people she meets and listens to.

A native of Wisconsin, Mary joined the Episcopal Church in 1994. Earlier in her life, Mary served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland and then had a full career in academics, serving as a faculty member at the University of New Orleans for twenty-five years. She taught poetry, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics and published composition textbooks and articles in composition studies.

Mary and her husband Cooper moved to Roanoke in late 2005. They immediately fell in love with St. John's and became active members. When Mary felt called to ordained ministry about three years later, the parish sponsored her at seminary. She feels immensely privileged to be able now to serve this vibrant and active parish.

Mary holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Bethel College, 1968), Master of Arts in Linguistics (Ohio University, 1977), and Master of Divinity cum laude (Virginia Theological Seminary, 2012).

Mary enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

J. Wesley Smith

The Rev. Kathy Dunagan

Deacon


Kathy is from Bristol, Virginia and still has family there. Kathy attended Emory and Henry College, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in music as a vocalist. Her graduate studies include a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University as well as her current work towards a Doctor of Ministry in the Advanced Degree Program at Sewanee School of Theology.

A licensed professional counselor, Kathy has practiced as a psychotherapist for 25 years and specializes in working with survivors of childhood trauma.  She works mostly with individuals in life transition; particularly those struggling with bereavement, depression and anxiety. Alongside seminary professors and other pastoral counselors, Kathy sings annually in a jazz band called “Primary Process” at Kanuga. She also has the gifts of spiritual direction, contemplative prayer and liturgical expertise.



Program Staff

 

Lisa Cayse

Lisa Cayse

Minister for Parish Administration

David Charles Campbell

David Charles Campbell

Minister of Music

Lisa Cayse

John Simpson

Minister to Youth and Colleges

David Charles Campbell

Barbara Simpson

Minister to Children and Families

Michael Milam

Michael Milam

Assistant Minister of Music

Peggy Schaaf

Peggy Schaaf

Assistant Director of Children's Choir

 

Erin Harden

LeeAnn Reich

Program Director, CYP

Joseph Payne

Maggie Rhodes

Program Coordinator, CYP

 



 

 
 


Support Staff

 

Kristi Brown

Kristi Brown

Rector's Secretary

Evan Hines

Evan Hines

Communications Coordinator

Melanie Belcher

Melanie Belcher

Financial Secretary

Skyelar Blair

Crystal Gills Fernatt 

Nursery Coordinator

Ruby Harlow

Ruby Harlow

Co-Parish Wedding Director
 

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas

Co-Parish Wedding Director

 

Jesica Scott

Jessica Scott

Parish Secretary/Gathering Meal Manager

 

Maintenance Staff

 

Robert Butler

Robert Butler

Sexton

 

Becky Craft

Becky Craft

Custodial Supervisor

 

Crystal Spradlin

Crystal Spradlin

Custodial Assistant

 

Becky Craft

Xavier Perdue

Custodial Assistant