Clergy

J. Wesley Smith

The Rev. Eric Long

Rector


The Reverend Eric C. Long began his service as Rector of St. John’s in August, 2014. Coming to us from St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Pensacola, Florida, the Rev. Long is a natural leader, talented teacher, and gifted preacher. During his tenure as Rector, he revitalized St. Christopher's into a dynamic, multigenerational church, which became the fastest growing parish in its diocese. Currently working on his Doctor of Ministry (Preaching) at the School of Theology, Sewanee, he loves the breadth of liturgy within the Episcopal Church. In his words, "it is most exciting when complex truths become real for people and they can see how the richness of the Christian tradition intersects with their own lives." Passionate about outreach, he has established the "The Incarnation Project," an ongoing ministry to improve health care and build a school in the rural town of Le Pretre, Haiti. Early in his career, the Rev. Long was a Missioner and a Church Planter, growing congregations and churches from the ground up. He was the founding priest of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rev. Long also worked as a hospital chaplain in the United States Navy.
 
Father Eric was ordained to the diaconate in June 1999, to the priesthood in January 2000 and is an alumnus of The University of Memphis (BA - Finance, '93), The Nazarene Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, '96) and The School of Theology at The University of the South (Anglican Studies, '99).  
 
The Rev. Long has been married for twenty years to Shelley Henderson-Long, a special education and remedial reading teacher. They were both raised in Memphis, Tennessee and have two beautiful daughters: Abigail, age 10, a 5th grader and Madalene, age 7, a 2nd grader. The Rev. Long is a private pilot and a scuba diver, but his friendships and family life fill most of his time outside of the church. He describes his home as "a noisy, rambunctious, happy incubator for love," with a busy schedule of homework, guitar and piano lessons, volleyball games and still time for "movies and pizza picnics on the living room floor."
 
Father Eric loves the Church of Jesus Christ and is insistent we first and always be who God calls us to be.

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.

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.



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