Anne Beckett has been a parishioner at St. John’s since she moved to Roanoke from Salem in 2001. She volunteers for Sunday Suppers after the Gathering on Sunday nights, and has served as a lay reader and Eucharistic minister at our 8:00 services and as a Eucharistic visitor. Now she has a new role, and you’ll see her face in a new place, as the new manager of Canterbury Books and Gifts.
Beckett’s first profession is as an architectural historian. She graduated from Mary Washington; she worked for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in eastern Virginia until she moved to southwest Virginia in 1996 to work here, and spent a lot of time in the Appalachian mountains. Among her projects: working to put the Roanoke Star on the national historic register at its 50th birthday, and getting Natural Bridge Resort designated as a historic district in anticipation of its being made a state park.
“I like the coal culture,” she says of her time in far southwest Virginia (where St. John’s youth does mission work in the summer) - “the pride of the people - they have been the most honest, most genuine people I’ve ever met.”
Beckett also works as a patient representative in the emergency room at Carilion, a different kind of ministry. “We deal with families in times of crisis - we meet them on their worst days.”
Her career path, all the way to landing at Canterbury, was partly inspired by her mother, who loved history, architecture and beauty, and loved her own work at a gift shop for 20 years. “Here, I can make a difference and help people,” says Beckett. “This is unique and special - I feel like I’m among my friends here."