St. Anne’s Ministry Team
Sacramental and Pastoral Care
The Rev. Dr. 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. 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 Rev. John Smith
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We are blessed to be supported in our ministry by the ministry of The Rev. John Smith. In a non-stipendiary capacity, Fr. Smith assists us on Sundays and serves as a leader in the Stephen’s Ministry and Prayer Ministry. He retired as Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eastport.
Administrator - Contributions, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Bulletins, Website, eBlasts
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Kirsten has been the Financial Administrator at St. Anne’s since March 2007 and the Communications Assistant since January 2016. 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.
Buildings and Grounds
Director of Buildings and Grounds
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Caprice serves as the primary staff liaison to the Facilities Committee and supervises the execution of the facility-related contracts at our properties. Caprice also serves as Associate Director of PASA and is elated to expand her connection to St Anne’s in her capacity as a steward of our property. In Caprice’s own words: “Every day is a joy, being surrounded by awesome preschool students and families, all the incredible preschool teachers, and the wonderful St. Anne’s clergy and staff.” Caprice enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading a good book, and being a part of her local Walking With Purpose Bible study group.
Christian Formation and Congregational Life
Minister for Congregational Life
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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.
Director, Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne's
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I am Amy Hoffman and I am the Director at PASA. I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a passion for enriching the development of the whole child. I’ve been at PASA for over five years where I started as a Lead Teacher in our Fabulous Fours Program. I love seeing the creativity, energy and excitement for learning that children in preschool bring towards learning. I am so proud of how our staff fosters this love of learning and believe this is truly what makes PASA such a special place.
Evangelism and Outreach
Alyssa Pasternak Post
Minister for Communication and Evangelism
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Alyssa Pasternak Post comes to St. Anne’s as a Candidate for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. In the past year, she undertook Anglican Studies coursework through Lancaster Theological Seminary, Clinical Pastoral Education (level 1 extended unit) through Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, and an internship with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania.
Alyssa most recently served Saint James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as their Director of Children, Youth and Families for four years. This past summer she was appointed to her diocese’s task force for theological reflection on the pandemic, wondering with people throughout the region what we are learning about ourselves and our relationship with God throughout this unique time.
A native of Appalachia, Alyssa holds theology degrees from the University of Dayton and Wheeling (Jesuit) University. Alyssa’s Master’s thesis – “Dare to Speak:” This Land Is Home to Me from Idea to Proclamation (May 1973 – February 1975) and Beyond – studies the history and theology of the first pastoral letter from the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA). Alyssa served on the committee for the writing of the CCA’s most recent pastoral letter The Telling Takes Us Home (2015).
Post-college Alyssa served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at WomenRising in Jersey City, New Jersey, followed by a few years as a theology teacher at Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City and later at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio. She also facilitated theology e-courses on the subjects of morality, prayer and Catholic social teaching for The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation at the University of Dayton. Alyssa writes on occasion for Women in Theology, the Godly Play Foundation, and Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Just Parenting.
Alyssa, her spouse Jeff, and their two daughters are delighted to join St. Anne’s and the greater Annapolis community. When not on church campuses, you can find her family outdoors, hiking under the cathedral of the trees, biking along trails, centering themselves in creation.
J. Ernest Green
Director of Music
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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!
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.