NUESTROS LIDERES

leadership

La Iglesia Episcopal San Esteban y la Encarnación ha desarrollado un modelo de ministerio y liderazgo en el que el servicio es ofrecido por laicos y clerigos, por obreros asalariados y voluntarios -un modelo que relfeja "el sacerdocio de todos los creyentes". 

 

Nuestros líderes laicos son los Guardianes y la Junta Parroquial, quienes son elegidos por la congregación. Nuestros clérigos conforman un equipo liderado por el Sacerdote Mayor, quien es elegido por la Junta Parroquial con el consentimiento de la Obispa. El resto de los clérigos no son asalariados completamente por nuestra parroquia.  El liderazgo principal de la congregación es compartido por el Sacerdote Mayor, la Guardiana Mayor y el Director de Operaciones, bajo el cuidado de la Obispa. Este modelo es diferente al de la mayoría de las Iglesias Episcopales, en las cuales hay un sacerdote con el título de Rector, y ostenta casi toda la autoridad. ​

Nuestros clerigos

The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leité

St. Stephen’s clergy team is led by The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leité, our Senior Priest.

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Phone: 202/630-3771
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The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb

The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb was born in the Diocese of Easton, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church as a child. While a student at Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, she became excited about biblical studies, theology, and “the movement church,” the part of the church that is committed to working for peace, civil rights, and economic justice for all. A philosophy and religion major in college, she also learned how to do community organizing around race and poverty, gained experience in innercity ministries, and served as president of the peace organization.

 

After college, she attended Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. She was admitted to the bar associations of Maryland and Washington, DC, but practiced law only briefly before entering the Virginia Theological Seminary. She had been attending St. Stephen’s during law school, attracted by its hands-on ministries to the poor, especially Loaves and Fishes, its commitment to women’s leadership in the church, and its version of post-Vatican II liturgical renewal. St. Stephen’s was her sponsoring parish through the ordination process in the Diocese of Washington.

 

Following graduation from Virginia Seminary, she was ordained by Bishop John Walker and served for the next ten years in the Diocese of Maine. During that time, she earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and taught for two years at Bangor Theological Seminary, before returning to teach at the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1994. She also teaches regularly at the Servant Leadership School associated with the Church of the Savior. She has published a book on Romans and is presently writing one on Hebrews.

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.

The Rev. Joan Shelton

The Rev. Joan Shelton was born and raised in Roosevelt’s Depression America. Before marriage she worked in art museums; after marriage she had two daughters and stayed home until her bishop, Lloyd Gressle of Bethlehem, a very courageous man, approached her with a project to raise up “worker priests” for his diocese. Joan was the only woman. After a year of study she would be welcomed to an unpaid ministry limited to that Diocese. Her husband, of course, had to give his permission and gave it enthusiastically. However, her husband was subject to transfer, and outside of Bethlehem her ministry wouldn’t be accepted. So Joan completed the 3-year seminary course needed to fully qualify for ministry anywhere. Meanwhile the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women in 1976, and Joan was ordained in March of 1977.

For the first five years she was of course un-hireable in nearby Episcopal Dioceses—wrong gender—so she volunteered as chaplain for local institutions, until finally Bishop Gressle arranged for her to study for Episcopalian interim ministries. A parish which wouldn’t consider a woman for a full-time post might consider one for a short-term adventure. Such calls alternated with teaching freshman English in local colleges until she got her first full-time position in Rhode Island in 1985. While in Rhode Island Joan’s husband died of cancer in 1986. Since then, Joan served in two parishes in Central New York, first as an interim and next as rector of a middle-sized parish in a Syracuse suburb. In 1995 a changed family situation enabled her finally to answer a call to mission in Haiti, where she taught for two years in the Episcopal Seminary while traveling about as the first woman priest licensed in that diocese. Her students are today leading parishes, battling the horrible poverty and general misery of Haiti, and helping direct the work of the Diocese.

On returning home she lived in New York for 2 years and then moved to Washington D.C. where her elder daughter and grandchildren live.

The Rev. Martin Smith

Martin Smith is well-known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as a writer, retreat leader, and teacher exploring contemporary spirituality. A priest since 1971, he most recently served as the Senior Associate Rector at St. Columba’s church in Washington, D.C., while continuing to travel widely for his teaching ministry. He retired from full-time parish ministry in July 2012 to devote himself to his roving ministry of spiritual formation: writing, preaching and the leading of retreats, conferences and workshops. His widely read books include Reconciliation: Preparing for Confession in the Episcopal Church, A Season for the Spirit, The Word is Very Near You, Love Set Free and Compass and Stars. His latest book, co-authored by the Rev. Julia Gatta, is Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions.

 

Martin was drawn to the parish of St. Stephen and the Incarnation and its radical tradition soon after his move to Washington and has been an occasional preacher and celebrant for the community over the years. He joined the team of affiliated clergy in the summer of 2016.

 

He was born in the northwest of England in 1947 and trained as a theologian at the University of Oxford. He prepared for the ordained ministry at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. After several years in the parish ministry in the Diocese of St. Albans, he joined the oldest religious order for men in the Anglican Communion, the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and served in the community in Oxford before transferring to the North American branch of the community in 1979. After completing three terms as Superior of the community, he left the order in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, he was on the staff of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

The Rev. Susan K. Walker, Deacon

The Rev. Susan K. Walker, Deacon, grew up in Nashville, Tenn., attending the Episcopal Church.  She studied English and prepared to teach by earning a Master’s degree at George Peabody College. Since 1976, she has lived Alexandria, Va., where she raised two children, and since, 2008, has lived with husband Carl Scheffey. Her work in the church began as a volunteer before taking a staff position as Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Evangelism at Christ Church, Alexandria.  She worked for several years in geriatric mental health services and was trained in chaplaincy at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.  Both environments gave Susan direct experience with the poor.  She reentered parish ministry, but in an urban setting, Epiphany, downtown Washington, where the Sunday breakfast program offered more relational work with the city’s marginalized and underserved.

 

Susan graduated from the Washington Theological Union with a Master of Theological Studies and a certificate in Spiritual Direction Studies.  She offers spiritual direction at Virginia Theological Seminary.  A 30-day Ignatian retreat was a life changing experience which ultimately led to ordination as a vocational deacon in 2012.  In 2013, she completed a certificate program on the Process of Aging at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

 

During the week, Susan works as Resident Services Director and Leasing Agent at St. Mary’s Court, an apartment community for low-income seniors.  On Sundays she serves as deacon at St. Stephen’s 8am liturgy, where husband Carl and dog, Harriett are in attendance.  Although Harriet may benefit from the sermons, it’s mostly all the back scratching she receives that keeps her coming back.  After the 8am liturgy, Susan can be found downstairs with guests at Loaves and Fishes, passing out the day’s gospel passage and chatting with anyone who looks interested.  Being at St. Stephen’s is learning what it means to be a deacon, that is, learning to be a bridge between the church and the world.  Loaves and Fishes is a great place for that.  Susan welcomes others to join her.

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Director de Operaciones de la Parroquia

Mike Ritonia

Mike has been St. Stephen’s Director of Operations since April 2016. He is a former Marine Corps Infantry Officer who has earned a BS in Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and an MBA from The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Previously Mike has owned his own Management Consulting business, was President of two software start-up companies and was an Executive with AOL from 1996 to 2003.

Mike believes his widely diverse set of experiences, ability to prioritize and “calm under pressure” will prove to be his best contribution to the success of the church.

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