Staff & Clergy

Meet our Staff and Clergy!

Click on the images below to find out more about the folks working in front of and behind the scenes to sustain and grow St. John's ministries in the city and the world, shaping each week's liturgies, designing and teaching classes, taking care of our building, caring for parishioners of all ages, giving back to our neighbors, and being involved in our surrounding community in a wide range of ways. 

Photos by Kathryn Feldmann and Cara Ellen Modisett.

The Reverend Whitney Burton-Smith

Associate for Outreach and Community Life


Whitney joined the staff at St. John's in October of 2015, as Associate for Outreach and Community Life.

A native of Atlanta, Whitney grew up attending St. Martin in the Field’s Episcopal Church. Whitney was very involved in the life of the church and first discerned a call to ministry while on a youth pilgrimage to Italy.

She attended University of South Carolina where she graduated with a B.A. in both Philosophy and Religious studies and a minor in Business Administration, where she worked with the College Ministry. From South Carolina, Whitney went to Seminary at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Divinity.

The outdoors are a great love of Whitney’s. If she can be on the water or on a hiking trail, she will be. She prefers to be around people and gets great energy from spending time with family and friends.