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
He is married to Joelle Thomas Zacharia, an English lecturer. They have two children, Abigail
The Rev. M. Dion Thompson
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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
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The Rev. Jessica Sexton serves as an Associate Priest here at St. Anne’s with a focus on Adult Formation and Outreach. Rev. Jess previously served as an Associate Priest for Children, Youth and Families 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. She taught Religious Studies at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Brooklandville and served as an adjunct faculty member in the Religious Studies Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Rev. Jess finds 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, 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.
The Parish House office is closed. However, during this time members of staff are continually monitoring voicemail/emails through normal parish house hours. We are always available for pastoral emergencies through our on-call priest line. You can reach this line by calling our main office number 410-267-9333.
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