The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, Rector
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Gini Gerbasi is a graduate of the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington (with 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
ministris 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.
The Rev. Timothy Watt, Deacon and Seminarian
Tim is a deacon and a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. Tim is studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Arizona. He holds a BA from Boise State University and a Master of Administration from Northern Arizona University. Before seminary, Tim was a Higher Education Administrator, specializing in Student Services.
Tim lives in Alexandria with his amazing wife, Tanya, and their two pets, Daisy the Delighted Dog and Buddy the Cantankerous Cat.
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.
Joy Warburton, Parish Administrator
Joy Warburton joined our staff in June 2015 and supports St. John’s in her capacity as
Parish Administrator. Joy manages the day-to-day operations of this very active parish, and supports the work of the clergy, vestry and parish as a whole. Jy sees Parish Ministry & Administration as her spiritual gift and ministry and strongly believes her previous training and Managerial experience were merely preparation as part of God’s plan. A cradle Episcopalian, Joy is an active member at her church, Trinity Church, Arlington, where she serves in many capacities.
Nibe Winston, Accountant
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Lidia Ruiz and Jesus Reyes, Sextons
Bella Hidalgo and Corie Eligado, Childcare Providers
OUR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
John Ryan, Senior Warden
John and his wife Judy joined St. John’s 15 years ago prior to the marriage of their daughter
and son-in-law (who are also members of St. John’s). Three of their grandchildren were baptized at St. John’s, and all five appear in the annual Christmas Pageant! John has served as an usher, coffee hour host, House Tour volunteer, and has served on the vestry. He believes that his family’s participation in outreach programs such as the Homeless Shelter and Grate Patrol sandwich-making has not only provided wonderful teaching moments for their grandchildren, but also great opportunities to give back to the community. John is a graduate of Randolph Macon College. He served in the Peace Corps in Malaysia, and with the Agency for International Development in Vietnam. His professional career has been managing medical and dental practices.
Lizzie Livengood, Junior Warden
Originally from Columbus, GA, Lizzie has been a member of St. John’s since 2011 when she
was drawn to the parish during her graduate studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. While the proximity first brought her to St. John’s, as a cradle Episcopalian it wa the music, atmosphere, and wonderful church family that prompted her to stay. With the exception of her year in Germany as a Bosch Fellow following graduate school, she has been an active member of St. Johns, serving as a Sunday school teacher, coordinator for young adult activities, acolyte, and as a member of the vestry, and of the advisory Committee for the Georgetown Episcopal Campus Ministry. She is also one of this year’s co-chairs for the Georgetown House Tour Parish Tea, which will be on April 23rd this year.
These 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
A verger in the Episcopal Church is a lay person who assists the Rector and ensures that all liturgical volunteers are present and in place at each service. John took over these duties in late spring 2012.
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 staff he carries is called a verge. In Medieval times, a verger may have needed the verge to beat back animals or unruly people from the clergy or person being escorted.