St. Annes Clergy
The Rev. Timothy Mulder, D.Min.
The Rev. Timothy Mulder, D.Min. serves as Interim Rector. Rev. Mulder previously served as Rector of Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey. Tim is an experienced priest and scholar, with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He served in leadership roles and as a faculty at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.
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. 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. Jessica Sexton
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.
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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. A reception will be held for Jessica on June 17 following the 9:30 service.
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.
J. Ernest Green
Director of Music
J. Ernest Green is the Music Director of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, the Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland and the Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale. He served as a Cover Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vanska among others. He received acclaim for conducting the National Symphony Orchestra for a subscription weekend with a last-minute call when Bill Conti was unable to appear – he had less than 20 minutes to prepare and conduct an entirely new program!
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As a Pops Conductor, Mr. Green regularly worked with and conducted for the late Marvin Hamlisch. In January 2013, he conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Mr. Hamlisch, featuring Idina Menzel, Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman, Brian D’Arcy James and Klea Blackhurst. In fall 2012, he was the Musical Advisor for the Memorial Concert for Mr. Hamlisch at The Juilliard School where he worked with Mike Nichols, Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Chris Botti, Kevin Cole, Maria Friedman, Lang Lang, and Barbra Streisand.
This past spring Mr. Green was the Musical Supervisor and Conductor for a new production of “Sweet Smell of Success” at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway. In June 2013 he was the Music Director and Conductor for “One Singular Sensation” a Broadway celebration honoring Mr. Hamlisch at the Hudson Theatre featuring, in addition to the artists listed above, Donna McKechnie, Marissa McGowan, Matthew Morrison, John Lloyd Young, Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Capathia Jenkins, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters, and Joel Grey. Recent engagements include concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Adrian Symphony and this fall he will conduct Verdi’s “La Traviata” with the Baltimore Concert Opera. Last season he conducted a new production of “Pagliacci” with Opera Naples.
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 Verdi’s “La Traviata,” “Sweeney Todd” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” He has also been engaged to develop similar programs for other orchestras. Mr. Green also created a new concert production of “Don Giovanni,” which premiered in 2010.
Referring to his creativity and innovation in and beyond the concert hall, The Baltimore Sun recently said, “Green should be commended for his downright prodigious programming.” Mr. Green has appeared with many orchestras including: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch, The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, The Florida Orchestra, The Tuscia Festival Orchestra (Italy), The Queen’s Orchestra (at the Aaron Copland School of Music), Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, the Sophia Symphony and Varna Symphony (Bulgaria), Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional (Santo Domingo), Mesa Symphony, Cumberland Valley Chamber Players and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland). He has toured with the Ballet Arabesque (Bulgaria) the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, MozartFestival Opera and the Teatro Lirico d’Europa.
Mr. Green’s opera credits include the Opera Naples, 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. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1993 and in 1986 made his international debut conducting performances with the Fundacão Orquestra Sinfoni ca de Brazil, Associacão Opera de Brasilia, and the Orquestra Jovem de Brasilia.
Mr. Green is also a Lecturer in Music at Washington College. He is an avid advocate for the arts and an active fundraiser for his own company as well as other community organizations. He has served as a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and has served as an advisor on its Strategic Planning Committee. In 2002, he was given the Performing Arts Award (also known as the “Annie”) by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and, in 2012 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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 gro.s1534922239ilopa1534922239nna-s1534922239ennat1534922239s@ret1534922239niwc1534922239
Church Circle Choristers
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.
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 cc.ae1534922239hs@ir1534922239ak1534922239
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 30 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, gro.s1534922239ilopa1534922239nna-s1534922239ennat1534922239s@ned1534922239rawrs1534922239
Cardie Templeton*, Junior Warden, gro.s1534922239ilopa1534922239nna-s1534922239ennat1534922239s@ned1534922239rawrj1534922239
Katherine Hilton*, Registrar, gro.s1534922239ilopa1534922239nna-s1534922239ennat1534922239s@rar1534922239tsige1534922239r1534922239
Music, Nominating Committee, Worship
Steve Fisher*, Treasurer, gro.s1534922239ilopa1534922239nna-s1534922239ennat1534922239s@rer1534922239usaer1534922239t1534922239
Pastoral Care, PASA
Evangelism, Christian Formation for Children
Christian Formation for Children
Investment Committee, IT Committee
Facilities, Communications, Outreach
Investment Committee, Stewardship, Personnel
Outreach, Nominating Committee
- 2018: Ann Carlson and Clay Richards
- 2018 & 2019: Pat Poffel and Caroline Purdy
- 2018: Patrick Carlson and Jason Houser
- 2018 & 2019: Howard Buskirk and Larry Earle
- Patrick Carlson
- Betty Creighton
- Ginger DeLuca
- Phyllis Everette
- Cary Lukens
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