LEADERSHIP and STAFF

OUR STAFF 

The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, Rector 

email: gini @ stjohnsgeorgetown.org  

 

gini-st-johns-fall-2Gini 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 left St. John’s, Lafayette Square to become our Rector in June of 2014.

dw_facilitatorseal-2Gini 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, 25 and Andrew, 21. 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.

Psst!  Gini is on Facebook and Twitter, and also co-hosts a podcast – The Irreverends – with our former Assistant Rector, Tim Watt!

The Rev. Sarah Helene Duggin, Associate Rector (part-time) 

email: Sarah @ stjohnsgeorgetown.org 

 

sarahSarah 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. 

Coming (God willing) Summer of 2021, Organist & Choirmaster

 

 

After a long, distinguished career in church music, our former Organist & Choirmaster, Sam Carabetta, retired in November of 2020. We will miss him greatly!

We are currently in a search for a new Organist & Choirmaster. Call the office at 202-338-1796 for information and a job description. We hope to hire a new person in the summer of 2021!

 

 

 

Kurt Ellison, Parish Director of Operations

202-338-1796 – email: Kurt @ stjohnsgeorgetown.org

 

Kurt Ellison (our Director of Operations) comes to us from Christ Church, Kensington where he had served as Parish Administrator since 2007.
In addition to his ministry as Director of Operations, Kurt has worn several hats in the wider church, including as a Member at Large of Diocesan Council and guest lecturer on Parish Administration at Virginia Theological Seminary.
When Kurt isn’t in church he can be found on his family’s farm in Culpeper Virginia, or in an antique shop anywhere!

Nibe Winston, Accountant

202-338-1796 

Vestry Meetings

These meetings are open to the public and are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 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.