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Meet our Clergy & Staff

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Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet

Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet

Priest-in-Charge

We are excited to have Fr. Mark with us as our Priest-in-Charge. Read more from him and from our Vestry here.
Katherine Wright

Katherine Wright

Interim Music Director

Katherine Wright is a collaborative pianist, church organist, and composer. Her broad artistic background includes work with singers, choirs, instrumentalists, schools, and churches. She teaches piano and organ is currently the accompanist for the Virginia Children’s Chorale. Recently, she accompanied students at Bucknell University and Susquehanna University and performed with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. In 2020, she was awarded the certificate of Colleague of the American Guild of Organists. In 2017, she became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano. She also holds an MM in Piano Performance from Wright State University, as well as a BA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Music from the University of Puget Sound. Her sacred compositions have been performed at BYU Education Week, BYU Women’s Conference, and at the Church Music Festival at Temple Square.

Katherine is originally from Colorado Springs. Her husband, Lee, is on active duty in the U.S. Public Health Service and they are the proud parents of three boys, ages 16, 13, and 11.

Donna Holub

Donna Holub

Parish Administrator

Donna has been with St Thomas since 2003, where she serves as the Parish Administrator and Pledge Recorder. A transplant from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Donna has made a career of working in church administration since 1995. She lives just south of the border in NC with her husband Tim and their golden retriever, Sophie. “I continue to feel blessed by both the fulfilling work and the warm relationships that I have found in the St. Thomas community.”
Amanda Ipock

Amanda Ipock

Communications Assistant

Amanda joined the staff of St. Thomas in January 2016. She has a degree in Communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and lives in Chesapeake with her husband and twin daughters. Amanda and her family are members of Christ & St. Luke’s in Norfolk.
Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Sexton

Tom joined St. Thomas in 2017 as our Sexton.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are you worshipping during the COVID-19 crisis?

We are excited to be meeting in person again. Worship services are at the following times:

  • Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sunday at 10:30 am
What's the Episcopal Church?

We are a liturgical (a set order of worship) and sacramental (Baptism and Holy Eucharist) church. Our heritage is from the Church of England brought to Virginia in 1607 with the settling of the Jamestown colony. We ordain both women and men to each office in our tradition and believe in the ‘real presence’ of Jesus in the celebration of Holy Communion.

We have been described as the Via Media (middle way) between the Roman Catholic tradition and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th century in Europe.

Traditionally Anglicanism (the global expression of our Episcopal faith) privileges ‘right worship’ over ‘right belief’. This means that the community, united by the life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of a fully human and fully divine Jesus, is formed by worship that informs belief rather than the other way around.

Certainty is not necessary for belonging nor is doubt a disqualification.

Are you LGBTQ+ friendly?

St. Thomas is a community that welcomes and affirms the rich variety of humanity. The first letter of John calls us thusly,

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-9)

We accept all seekers of Truth, Beauty and Goodness to encounter the Good News of God in Christ Jesus. Taste and see if we might be a place for you and yours to grow in your faith and deepen your relationship with God, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. We believe Christian community is a place where,

“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-13)

Do I have to wear a mask?

Currently we are not requiring masks, but we are constantly re-evaluating the need for masking in our services. Please contact the Church Office if you have any questions.

Will there be singing?
We are continuing to limit singing indoors to masked choir members.
Is there childcare?
You and your family members are a blessing to us and our ministries. Please settle in and be comfortable. We appreciate most children need to move. It’s ok if they do. We understand children make noise. We love the sound of new life. For infants and toddlers, we have a nursery waiting for them, if you prefer that option. We also have activity bags and simple cheerio snacks for your little one to bring into the sanctuary. If you are unfamiliar with our Eucharist Feast, please know that your entire family is welcome to come forward (the ushers will invite you) to receive the bread or to be blessed.
How will communion be different?
We are only offering bread during communion.
What other changes can I expect?
Some changes will include an abbreviated service, no passing of the peace, and offerings will be collected in a basket at the back of the church.

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