clergy and staff
Our Interim Rector
The Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell
The Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schnell grew up in a military family and lived all over the world. Rev. "Ronnie" has over 15 years of experience in parish ministry, school chaplaincy, and youth and young adult ministry. She holds a B.A. in communication from Gonzaga University and an M.Div from The Church Divinity School of The Pacific in Berkeley, California.
She is a big sci-fi and comic books geek.
Rondesia believes God accepts us for who we are and that we are wonderfully made. This is why she believes social justice is a major part of Christianity.
Supply Preacher & Presider
The Rev. Linda Kaufman
The Rev. Linda Kaufman is from Seattle, but her family moved a few times, ending up in northern Virginia, where Linda attended high school and her father raised beef cattle on a farm in Round Hill. Her religious background is Lutheran and Evangelical Charismatic Episcopal. After attending George Mason and majoring in elementary education, she landed a very good job as a consultant in performance problem solving. At 30, she had what she thought would take her until she was 60to accomplish. She should have been content, even happy. But something was missing.
Linda went to church one Sunday, and it changed her life. In the fall of 1977, she committed herself to Christ and soon entered seminary. At first she only meant to get a PhD and teach, but some of her professors suggested ordination. So she attended Virginia Theological Seminary for her last two years. It was there that she met Jack Woodard, former Rector of St. Stephen’s and an adjunct professor, who told his students that they were too pietistically insular, too set apart from the real world. The next weekend, Linda spent the night in a woman’s shelter in Washington. She realized two things: that she had been called to preach, and that she had been called to be out on the streets. She was soon ordained.
In the fall of 1997 she attended St. Stephen’s at the urging of Bishop Jane Dixon.
She and Liane Rozzell had a commitment ceremony in 1998. Linda and Liane are parents to Ryan and Jamal.
Director of Music
Michael has served as parish musician since 2011, directing the 10:30 service choir, playing the organ, helping to plan liturgies, and engaging the congregation as they sing each week. In his other life he teaches fifth grade English, social studies, and math at Sidwell Friends School. Over the last 30 years, Michael has served as an organist and choir director in a number of churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He was inspired by the teaching of Stephen Best, Lee Spear, and Robert S. Baker and earned degrees from Hamilton College and Yale University. During his time at Yale he studied at the Institute of Sacred Music. He is also active in the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada.
Michael especially enjoys helping the congregation experience the spiritual power of singing together in community each week and choosing hymns and service music that reflect our diversity and strengthen our faith. He also enjoys learning and playing the music of J.S. Bach.
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.