clergy and staff
Following the departure of Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell in mid-June 2023, after she served for two years as our interim rector, our Sunday worship services will be led by various supply clergy from the Washington, D.C., area:
Rev. Jim Quigley
Rev. Quigley has been a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for the last 11 years and was ordained in the Diocese of Kentucky in 2001. The focus of his church work has been parish ministry, serving as an associate priest and campus chaplain in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as a rector in New Orleans, and most recently as an associate rector at St. Alban’s in D.C., where he worked alongside one of St. Stephen’s own disciples, Rev. Yoimel González Hernández.
Rev. Quigley’s other lifelong vocation is that of an artist. He graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the mid 1980s with a double major in drawing and painting. Eventually he learned the art of blacksmithing and was the owner and operator of Fine Art Metal, a metalworking studio creating wrought iron furniture and sculpture. In his senior year at Virginia Theological Seminary, he was awarded an honors thesis for A Way of the Cross, which consisted of creating eight large-scale paintings based on the Passion of our Lord, and which are on display at Grace Church in Silver Spring. Currently he is working on three large pieces – Occupation, Empire & Pieta – reflections on experiences he had in Israel, Great Britain, and South Africa while on a 2019 Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal grant.
Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin
Serving the Misa (Spanish-speaking congregation, which worships at 5:30pm on Sundays)
I was called to serve St. Stephen and the Incarnation in December 2005 with an ardent dream of planting a Spanish-speaking congregation. In March 2006, Misa Alegria was born. My role was not only to be a missioner to Misa Alegria, but a priest to both congregations, helping build bridges between the two. I can only say that I cherish those years with abiding joy. They were the most exciting years of my ministry to date. The Holy Spirit was surely at work doing a new and a good thing. I will always be grateful to my
partner in ministry, Rev. Frank Dunn (former priest at St. Stephen's), and members of St. Stephen’s for their courage and willingness to help widen the circle of love and unity at St. Stephen and the Incarnation and in the world.
In 2014, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington invited me to be the Latino Missioner for the diocese. My focus became the support and guidance of our diocese's Latino congregations. I was also able to dedicate time to immigrant justice and the founding a of a new congregation with New Episcopal Communities grants from the (national) Episcopal Church. My retirement date caught up with me in February 2022, before I felt quite ready for it. My husband John and I moved home to West Virginia. We now live in
Shepherdstown, a historic liberal village on the banks of the Potomac, 90 minutes from D.C.
John and I have missed Misa Alegria. The music, the liturgy and the people fed us. It is my “Pan del Cielo.” I hope that our presence with Misa during this search process will be a mutual blessing in this interim time. I share a very short video (1:38) made by the Episcopal Church Foundation about St. Stephen's/Misa Alegria. (Thanks to Cruz Aguilar and Sarah Bushman for the music.) This is who St. Stephen’s became and who we can become again—a place of love for all, where the Spirit rejoices in joy and hope.
Rev. John Graham
Serving the Misa (Spanish-speaking congregation, which worships at 5:30pm on Sundays)
Rev. John Graham did his seminary fieldwork at St. Stephen’s from 1982 to 1984 and feels a special bond with this community.
After ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Chicago in 1984, he began learning Spanish and participating in the ministries of Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (NSA or, in English, the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of the Americas). NSA was the first Spanish-speaking mission in the Diocese of Chicago, founded in 1957.
NSA shared a building with Church of the Advent, an English-speaking parish. Rev. John became rector of the Church of the Advent in 1986 then vicar of NSA in 1987. Over the coming 18 years, God worked among the two congregations to form a partnership in ministry that respected the autonomy of each while allowing for collaboration in worship, community service, and celebrations of various sorts. He hopes the two congregations of St. Stephen's can also work together to address the challenges facing the existing relationship, with the goal of creating a partnership in which each congregation honors the other.
Grace Church in Georgetown called him to be its rector in 2004. He served in this capacity until February 2021, when he retired. His wife, Sakena McWright, and he celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in May 2022. He loves jazz of all eras and styles; baseball, especially the Chicago White Sox; reading, mostly history, philosophy and biblical scholarship – and, of course, anything he can put his hands on about jazz and baseball. Both Sakena and he have close friends and family spread out across the country, and they do their best to keep up with all of them.
Interim music director-organist
Ronald Butts-Boehmer has served as music director at churches in Florida, Texas, Virginia and in Italy. He is experienced in liturgical planning, choir training, church music programs, hymnody, musical education, organ performances and promoting participation.
He has performed as a conductor and as an organ and piano recitalist in the U.S. and Europe. His conducting activities includes the Giffoni Film Festival, City of Salerno, Salerno Conservatory Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Teatro Sannazaro Naples and for numerous ensembles and venues in the Naples area. He was director of the Choral Scholars of Naples and was a Maestro Collaboratore at Teatro San Carlo, Naples. He has given various recitals for the D.C., Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Northern Virginia, and Potomac Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, the Basilica of St. Petronio, Bologna, numerous venues in the Naples area and the Cathedrals of Salerno and Sorrento. He has served also as a jury member of international music competitions.
He holds a graduate degree in orchestral conducting from the Salerno Italian State Conservatory. He studied conducting with M⁰ Massimiliano Carlini, choral conducting with M⁰ Antonello Mercurio, piano and orchestration. His dissertation was titled “Gabriel Fauré Requiem Original Version 1888-1893.” His advanced organ studies were in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain, Frederic Blanc, H-F Houbart (Madeleine), Olivier Latry (Notre Dame), Daniel Roth (St. Sulpice) and in Bologna with Luigi Tagliavini. Piano studies for ten years were with Lois Nielson. His orchestral debut was at age 15, when he performed Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in Dallas. He studied organ with James Livengood, Paul Riedo, Jesse Eschbach and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier.
Children's Christian Education Coordinator
Jane’s multi-faceted career of over 35 years provides a deep and wide toolbox of professional and personal skills to use in the service of God and families for children’s Christian education and development at Saint Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church.
As a cradle Episcopalian who has lived around the world, she is well-grounded in this denomination and has a global perspective and deep appreciation for diversity.
Her life has turned full circle as she began directing a Sunday School during graduate school and now continues here in semi-retirement.
Previously, Jane worked as senior writer/editor on projects and publications for the Office of Head Start (OHS). With HealthMark Multimedia, Jane managed teams of writers, edited, and interfaced with programmers to develop two e-commerce multimedia health education packages.
Prior to that, Jane provided project management and team leadership, curriculum development and English-language instruction from preschool through university in Egypt, Singapore, and the United States.
Manager of Loaves & Fishes
Denize is a native Washingtonian who grew up on 17th and Euclid Streets, NW. She attended H.D. Cooke Elementary School, Lincoln Junior High and Woodrow Wilson High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from York College of Pennsylvania, two Master of Arts degrees, one from Notre Dame University of Maryland and the other from George Washington University. Currently, Denize is competing her doctoral degree at Morgan State University in leadership and administration.
Denize has been responsible for the weekend and holiday operations of the Loaves and Fishes Program since 2013.