St. Anne’s Clergy

The Rev. Manoj Mathew Zacharia


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The Rev. Canon Dr. Manoj M. Zacharia graduated from Vassar College (B.A. in political
philosophy) where he served as president of the Virginia A. Smith Debate Society and editor
for Real Politik, a student-run political science journal. He earned his first degree in theology
(the equivalent to a Master of Divinity) at the Mar Thoma Theological Seminary in Kerala, India,
and was ordained through the Mar Thoma Syrian Church (an Anglican Communion partner). He
then attended the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, in New York, where
he obtained his Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) with a concentration in Christian Ascetic
Theology. In the spring of 2018, he completed his doctoral dissertation at the University of
St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto (Ph.D.).

Before accepting his position as rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD, he was
sub-dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH. There he acted as Canon Vicar of the
largest endowed Episcopal Cathedral in the US, and was responsible for the supervision of
clergy, liturgical formation and adult formation.

Manoj’s area of academic-theological interest is the methodology of inter-religious dialogue.
Among his life experiences are stints working in politics, business-economic development, and
the financial field. He has also served as a lecturer in philosophy, English, and Anglican

Manoj also completed a Fellowship at the prestigious Hartman Institute (Shalom Hartman)
through the Christian Leadership Initiative sponsored conjointly by Hartman and the American
Jewish Committee.

He is married to Joelle Thomas Zacharia, an English lecturer. They have two children, Abigail
and Johan.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Associate Priest for Pastoral Care

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The Rev. M. Dion Thompson serves as Associate Priest for Pastoral Care. He brings great gifts and passion for pastoral care as well as experience and interest in other areas of priestly ministry in the parish. The Rev. Thompson is passionate about studying God’s word, proclaiming the Christian message and caring for God’s people. So, it’s no surprise to him that the Holy Spirit has brought him to serve in the pastoral ministry of St. Anne’s.

Dion received his M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 2007 and was ordained to the diaconate in June 2007. He was ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 26, 2008, the feast day of Timothy and Titus, companions of St. Paul. Before taking up the priest’s collar, he enjoyed a 20-year career in journalism, working for The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald and The Hartford Courant. He started his career in Hartford as a night police reporter and went on to cover a wide variety of news beats, including the state prison system in Connecticut, the neighborhoods of Little Haiti and Liberty City in Miami, and the state legislature in Maryland. Born in Los Angeles, California, he holds a B.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach, and an M.F.A. in Professional Writing and Publishing from the University of Southern California. His novel, Walk Like A Natural Man, was published in 2003. During the past year he has written several articles for the Episcopal News Service and the Episcopal Journal. He and his wife, Jean, also a former journalist, have been blessed with 31 years of marriage and have one son, Tevin. Hobbies include playing guitar, bike riding, losing himself in the Greek New Testament and listening to music, everything from Blind Willie Johnson to Mozart and John Coltrane. Having been baptized in the waters of the U.S.C. Trojans and the Los Angeles Lakers, he asks that you refrain from extolling the alleged virtues of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Boston Celtics.

The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Assistant Priest

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The Rev. Jessica Sexton serves as Assisting Priest. Rev. Sexton previously served at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, Maryland. Prior to Good Shepherd she was the Youth Minister and Young Adult Evangelism Coordinator at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University, Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Jessica Sexton is a Baltimore native who comes to St. Anne’s from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, Maryland. There she was ordained by Bishop Sutton in 2016 and served as the Associate Rector, Youth Minister and Chaplain to the Day School. Prior to Good Shepherd she was the Youth Minister and Young Adult Evangelism Coordinator at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University where she currently serves on the Alumni Council. She went on to receive her Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School in 2011. After moving back to Baltimore, she spent time teaching at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Brooklandville and served as an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University. While there she taught Women in World Religions and Introduction to Religious Studies. In the midst of her process of ordination in the Diocese of Maryland, she earned her Post-Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2016.

Since her ordination to the Priesthood, Jess has found great joy in sharing her faith while being part of the spiritual formation and life of her parish. When she is not at Church she’s spending time with her family and her beloved English Bulldog named Keyser Soze, drinking a good cup of coffee or watching The Office reruns on Netflix.

The Rev. Kathy Shahinian


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Rev. Shahinian was ordained vocational deacon in June, 2013. She was born and raised in Baltimore and grew up-attending Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson. She holds a B.A. in liberal arts and an M.A. in business and human resources from the College of Notre Dame.

She previously served her first internship with St. Anne’s and Rev. Amy Richter and has “wonderful memories” of making baptismal banners, holiday food drives, and the Stanton Center among many others. From 2012 to May, 2016 she served at St. Martin’s in the Field, our neighbor in Severna Park.

As a deacon she is called to “have one foot in the church and one foot in the world.” Since 1998 she has worked full-time as a benefits consultant for the Baltimore insurance broker, R.K. Tongue, Co. and, prior to that, she was the legislative director for a public employee union.

Since 2012, she has served as the Diocescan Public Policy Advocate during the legislative session and she is currently enrolled at the Ecumenical Institute where she is pursuing a Masters in Theology. She and her husband, George, live in Crofton, Maryland with Chance the Golden and Serena the Alpha Schnauzer.

Worship Services

8:00 AM - Spoken Holy Eucharist
9:30 AM - Music & Children's Liturgy
11:00 AM - Choral Eucharist & Children's Liturgy
5:30 PM - Evening Worship & Children's Liturgy
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist & Healing
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Monday - Friday
5:30 PM Evening Prayer - Wednesday Evening Prayer is in Spanish

Office Information

MONDAY - THURSDAY 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM  410-267-9333  *protected email*

PARISH HOUSE 199 Duke of Gloucester  |  ST. ANNE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Church Circle Annapolis, Maryland 21401