The Rev. Dr. Amy E. Richter
The Rev. Dr. Amy E. Richter has served as rector of St. Anne’s Church since August 1, 2009. Dr. Richter’s mission for her ministry as rector is that all members of St. Anne’s Church will be theologically informed, spiritually transformed, reaching out effectively as Christ’s hands and heart in the world, and supported in Christian community. She is enthusiastic about St. Anne’s Christian Formation – Christian learning and spiritual growth – for all ages, our outreach ministries, and our beautiful and meaningful worship, including our wonderful music. She believes that as the Church in the Circle, St. Anne’s has a mission to be a place of hospitality and welcome to all.
Read More About Dr. Richter (Ph.D. in New Testament Theology)
Dr. Richter received a Ph.D. in New Testament Theology from Marquette University (in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Her research interests focus on the Gospel of Matthew, women in the Bible, and 1 Enoch and Christian origins. Click here to link to her book, Enoch and the Gospel of Matthew or here to find it on Amazon. She holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, a B.A. from Valparaiso University, and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. She previously served as Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation for the Diocese of Maryland, the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, WI, the associate rector of St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago, and as assistant minister of Church of the Advent, Kennett Square, PA. She is blessed to be married to the Rev. Dr. Joseph Pagano, and is excited that Joe is part of the ministry team at St. Anne’s. You are welcome to call the rector by her baptismal name (Amy), or by the title Doctor or Pastor. Many children use the title Pastor Amy.
Joe and Amy gave the Arrington Lecture at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee. Their lecture, Why Can’t We Be Friends? To view the video, click here.
The Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Pagano
The Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Pagano has served as associate rector at St. Anne’s Church since September 1, 2010. Dr. Pagano’s ministry at St. Anne’s is focused on Adult Christian Formation, Outreach, and Pastoral Care. Dr. Pagano’s gifts for preaching, teaching, and care are all grounded in joyful and grateful service to God, to the Church, and to the world. Dr. Pagano received a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Marquette University. His research interests focus on theology and contemporary society, science and religion, religious pluralism, and the theology and ethics of H. Richard Niebuhr. He holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served parishes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Baltimore, Maryland.
Read More About Dr. Pagano (Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount Mary College)
He also served as Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Theology Department at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has written several articles and reviews for academic journals and a book The Origins and Development of the Triadic Structure of Faith in H. Richard Niebuhr. Dr. Pagano is married to the Rev. Dr. Amy Richter and is delighted to serve with her at St. Anne’s. They have co-authored a book, A Man, A Woman, A Word of Love Click here to link to it or here to find it on Amazon. You are welcome to call him by his baptismal name (Joe), or Dr. Pagano, Pastor Pagano, or Pastor Joe.
The Rev. M. Dion Thompson
Associate Priest for Pastoral Care
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. Dion currently serves as Interim Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Darlington, Maryland. Before travelling up to the banks of the Susquehanna River, he served for 8½ years as the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore City. 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.
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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. Kathy Shahinian
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.
St. Annes Staff
Christian Formation with Children and Youth
Minister for Christian Formation with Children and Youth
Serving children and youth, Ms. Connie Saeger-Proctor has been a Christian formation minister in the Episcopal Church for over 15 years. She began ministry at St. Anne’s in May 2010. She holds three levels of certification in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori based program for children and a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. Ms. Saeger-Proctor has a Bachelor of Arts from Union Institute and University. In May 2019, she will graduate with a Master of Arts in Church Ministries from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's University and Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. She blends a background of business consulting and analytical work into a unique ministry as a Christian educator and formation leader. She has worked on both diocesan and cathedral staffs and has served on national committees and led interfaith groups.
In Alphabetical Order
Erik Apland is from Bruce, South Dakota. He began playing the piano at the age of five and has completed degrees in classical piano performance from South Dakota State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has exhibited great musical versatility by performing music ranging in styles from classical to jazz as a soloist and in many ensembles. Erik Apland entered the field of jazz as the leader of show and dance orchestras on cruise ships, eventually serving as bandleader and calliopist aboard the historic steamboat “The Delta Queen”. Erik also was pianist with the legendary Sam Butera band, based in Las Vegas.
Young Singers of St. Anne's
Elissa Edwards, soprano, specializes in music primarily of the 17th and 18th centuries and her performances bring to light underperformed, yet stunning works from these periods. She began her training at Houston Grand Opera and obtained her performances degrees from University of York, England (MA) and at Boston University (BA), where she studied under Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque and Peter Seymour of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. Ms. Edwards is the creative director of the Élan Ensemble, which serves as the Historical Music Society in Annapolis, MD and is the ensemble in residence at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. She performs themed concerts in historic locations, which bring the audience into the spirit of the musical and social world of past ears though programs that form a harmonious whole. Her use of facsimile editions, studies of historic singing treatises, ornamentation practices and use of baroque gesture allow her to channel the spirit of singers from past eras and enlivens the music. In addition to chamber music performances, she is a sacred music specialist and has been the featured soloist in many oratorio and cantata performances in the US and UK. She has taught voice for over 10 years and served as a staff singer and sacred music intern at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and Epiphany Episcopal in Houston, TX. Her own musical training was founded in the Anglican choral tradition and her passion is to share that life long gift with other young singers.
For more information and recordings visit: ElissaEdwards.com or ElanEnsemble.org.
J. Ernest Green
Director of Music
J. Ernest Green has been Music Director at St. Anne’s for over 20 years. In addition to his work at the church, he is in his fourth season as a Cover Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, where he has worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman and Marvin Hamlisch. He is also the Music Director of the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Green has been the Music Director for the Young Victorian Theatre Co. since 1985. In 1986, he made his international debut conducting performances with the Fundacão Orquestra Sinfonica de Brazil, Associacão Opera de Brasilia, and the Orquestra Jovem de Brasilia and in 1993 made his Carnegie Hall debut. From 2004-2007, Mr. Green served as the Music Director of the Mozart Festival Opera, where he lead productions of “Don Giovanni” and “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “The Magic Flute,” “La Traviata” and Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” Known for his adventurous and creative programming as he pushes the boundaries of the concert hall, Mr. Green has created several “fusion” programs combining standard concert repertoire with popular and contemporary music, which he has lead with orchestras both here and abroad. In addition, he has received acclaim for his concert productions of operas and other stage works, among them “Sweeney Todd,” and, most recently, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” He has also been engaged to develop similar programs for other orchestras. Referring to this, The Baltimore Sun recently said: “Green should be commended for his downright prodigious programming.” Mr. Green’s recent and upcoming engagements include: Conducting the national Martin Luther King Day concert at the Kennedy Center in January 2008 with The National Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, concerts at Carnegie Hall, Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, the Sophia Symphony and Varna Symphony (Bulgaria), the Ballet Arabesque (Bugaria) the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and the Teatro Lirico d’Europa. He has conducted orchestras both here and abroad including The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional (Santo Domingo), Mesa Symphony, Cumberland Valley Chamber Players and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland). His opera credits include the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Teatro Lirico d’Europa, Boston Aria Guild, Indiana Opera North, Associacão Opera de Brasilia, Boston Academy of Music and the Young Victorian Theatre Company. Mr. Green is now preparing for a new production of “Aida” that will tour internationally in winter of 2009. In addition to his musical activities, Mr. Green has a long track record as an avid advocate for the arts. He has served as a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and was recently appointed to serve on its Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Green lives in Severna Park, MD, with his wife, Molly, his son, Alec, and daughter, Ella.
Children's Choir Assistant
Ken Kimble is a teacher and accompanist in Annapolis. He thanks Amy, Joe, William, Ernie and the Vestry for the opportunity to serve in music ministry at St. Anne’s.
Church Circle Consort Director
Kari Krueger Shea is the director of Church Circle Consort, an instrumental ensemble, at St. Anne’s Parish. Dr. Shea teaches at Anne Arundel Community College and is Principle Bassoon for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. She also plays bassoon and contra bassoon for the Annapolis Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the Salisbury Symphony, and is a member of Quintaero Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Shea received her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, her Masters in Bassoon Performance from SUNY at Stony Brook and her Doctorate in Bassoon Performance from the University of Illinois. In 2006, she received the Individual Artist Award for Solo Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. Dr. Shea has taught Chamber Music at the University of Illinois and Millikin University and has been an adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble Festival for Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland. With her own chamber ensembles, she has performed at the Clarinet Association ClarinetFest and the International Double reed Society Conference. Before moving to Maryland, Dr. Shea performed with the Forest Philharmonic in London, England, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony, and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and on chamber concert series in France, Sweden and Nova Scotia. Contact: Kari Shea 410-626-2087 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolene Winter, soprano, is the Parish Organist at St. Anne’s Parish in Annapolis, Maryland, and is the rehearsal accompanist for the Annapolis Youth Chorus. She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Piano and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University, Fresno, and has also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Winter’s vocal and dramatic abilities have included performances at The Barnes at Wolf Trap, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Light Opera, West Bay Opera in California, Prince George’s Civic Opera and Annapolis Opera. Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Boheme, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Euridice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Winter’s concert and oratorio performances have included appearances with the Washington Bach Consort, the Baltimore Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic and the Annapolis Chorale. Contact: Carolene Winter 410-267-9333 ext. 209 email@example.com
Administration and Support Staff
Listed in Alphabetical Order
Financial Administrator & Communications Assistant
Kirsten has been the Financial Administrator at St. Anne’s since March 2007. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting in 1994 and a Masters of Accountancy in 1995, both from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. In 1996 she received her CPA certificate, and after 4 years practicing public accounting, she chose to make her license inactive. After being a Navy wife for almost ten years, Kirsten moved back to Annapolis and her “home church” with her husband, John, to start a family. John and Kirsten have been married for 25 years and have three beautiful boys; Wesley, Jack and Benjamin.
Valerie Harrison Jones
Valerie joined St. Anne’s staff in October, 2015. She brings to St. Anne’s, administrative and technical management skills. In 1986 she trained as a Cryptologic Technician and served in the United States Navy. After four years in the USN, she worked in the operations center at the Defense Communications Agency. More recently, she was a Senior Staff Analyst for Rockwell Collins (formerly ARINC) for 24 years. Her son, Mitchell, serves as a Police Officer in Queen Anne’s county. Valerie resides in her native Eastern Shore hometown of St. Michaels, MD with her dog Jackson.
Wilbert “Peppy” Lee, Jr.
Peppy Lee has worked as St. Anne’s Sexton since October 1, 1997. What Mr. Lee enjoys most about working at St. Anne’s Church is that every day is different because what people need every day is different. He is a member of Hope St. Marks’ United Methodist Church in Eastport where he can be heard singing and leading prayers. His favorite pastimes are playing Wild Mickey with his friends and watching football; his best hobby is cooking. A lifelong Annapolitan, Peppy is married to Debbie and they have two sons, Rico and Deontry. The dog in their household is Peppy’s and his name is Braxton.
St. Annes’ Vestry Members
The governing board of an Episcopal parish.
Below is a list St. Anne’s Vestry members with their email address, and the ministries to which they are liaisons. * = Executive Committee
Josiah Dykstra*, Senior Warden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bylaws, Communications, IT Committee
Cardie Templeton*, Junior Warden, email@example.com
Katherine Hilton*, Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Music, Nominating Committee Chair, Worship
Steve Fisher*, Treasurer, email@example.com
Fellowship, Pastoral Care, Vestry Retreat
Christian Formation for Children, Pastoral Care
Investment Committee, IT Committee
Cemetery Committee, Nominating Committee, PASA
Facilities, Nominating Committee
- 2017: Phyllis Everette and Paul Pope
- 2017 & 2018: Ann Carlson and Clay Richards
- 2017: Scott Cooper
- 2017 & 2018: Patrick Carlson and Jason Houser
- Patrick Carlson
- Betty Creighton
- Ginger DeLuca
- Phyllis Everette
- Cary Lukens