The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, Rector
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Gini Gerbasi is a graduate of the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington (with coursework in Anglican Studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary). She is also a graduate of both the Undergraduate and Law School at the College of William and Mary. In her previous life, she worked in public policy relating to poverty and hunger, and as a criminal defense attorney. She was ordained in 2007, and served as Associate Rector at Christ Church in Kensington, Maryland, before moving to St. John’s Lafayette Square in 2012. Gini joined us as our Rector in June of 2014.
Gini is a certified Daring Way Facilitator. Daring Way is based on the Research of Brené Brown, which explores topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Daring Way is a deeply theological approach to life that invites us, as Paul does, to recognize that in accepting our vulnerabilities we can be strong and courageous (2 Corinthians 12:10). In being real with one another, we can be truly free to love God, one another, and ourselves.
Gini is married to Joe Gerbasi, a federal prosecutor, and is the mother of Michael, 21 and Andrew, 17. When Gini is not working, you will probably find her at a baseball field, coffee in hand, cheering her favorite MLB team (the O’s!) or one of the men in her life.
The Rev. Sarah Helene Duggin, Associate Rector (part-time)
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Sarah has served at St. John’s since she came to the parish to do field work as a seminarian in 2007. At St. John’s, Sarah has participated in a number of parish
ministries with an emphasis in the area of pastoral care. Sarah attended both Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Sarah is a member of the diocesan Constitution and Canons Committee, and she is involved in a variety of professional activities related to faith at work. Sarah came to the priesthood after a career in the law. She was a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP and then Vice President & General Counsel of The University of Pennsylvania Health System and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). In addition to serving at St. John’s, Sarah teaches Constitutional Law and Corporations at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. She also teaches courses in American Law for Canonists at Catholic University’s School of Canon Law. Sarah holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an A.B. from Smith College, and an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary. She graduated from Wesley in 2009 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2010.
Samuel Carabetta, Organist & Choirmaster
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Samuel Carabetta has been Organist and Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish since October 2009. Previously he served at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Virginia and Artistic Director of theprestigious Grace Church Concert Series. For 16 years he was Organist and Choirmaster at Saint John’s Church, Lafayette Square, “The Church of The Presidents,” across from The White House.
Carabetta also has an association with the Washington Performing Arts Society, one of America’s leading non-profit, multi-disciplinary presenting organizations. In this capacity, he coordinated the development and launching of WPAS, Music in the Country in Middleburg, Virginia which provides additional performance opportunities for young artists who appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
A native of Connecticut, he began his musical training at the age of eight. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory of Music. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he was an organ student of Robert Anderson.
A member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, he has also served on the Executive Board of the American Guild of Organists, and trustee of the Washington DC, AGO Foundation. He has been heard in performance on National Public Radio throughout the United States and has recorded for the BBC. His recording, Anthems and Motets, with the choir of St. John’s Church on the Gothic label, has received critical acclaim.
As a solo artist, Carabetta has recently performed at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami, The Cathedral of St. Philip for the Summer Organ Festival in Atlanta, Princeton University Chapel, The Church of the Advent in Boston, St. Thomas Church in New York City, and Washington National Cathedral, among many others.
Kurt Ellison, Parish Director of Operations
Nibe Winston, Accountant
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Lidia Ruiz and Jesus Reyes, Sextons
Bella Hidalgo, Childcare Provider
Landis Jones, Senior Warden
Andrew Overton, Junior Warden
Ron Ivey, Treasurer
These meetings are open to the public and are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings usually occur in the Conference room, right inside the Potomac Street door.
What happens at a vestry meeting?
The meeting format is both spiritual and businesslike. We open meetings with prayer, followed by a light dinner and a Bible study. The meetings are conducted according to an agenda sent out with other materials about a week before the meeting. Materials consist of committee reports, financial transactions, and draft minutes from the previous month’s meeting. Votes, in most cases, are by voice. At the end of business, we conclude with Compline and a prayer.
Our Lay Ministers
John Wise, Verger
John is experienced in “making the trains run.” He retired from Amtrak in 2007, having served 30 years — 10 years as an operations manager and 20 years as a front line customer service manager at Union Station in DC. He lives in Arlington with his partner of 34 years, Rick Orrison. He is president of his condo board and serves on St. John’s Music, Worship and Search Committees.
The stick he carries is called a verge. In Medieval times, a verger needed the verge to beat back animals or unruly people from the clergy or person being escorted through the city square, where the church was usually located. Nowadays, vergers are lay persons who help coordinate church services.