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St. John's Episcopal Church
Hopewell, Virginia


Meet the People of St. John's

St. John's Vestry and Staff

The vestry of St. John's is comprised of laypersons who are registered parishioners of the church. It is responsible for keeping the church running as a strong, vibrant, sound, ethical, and compassionate institution for its members, the diocese, and the community. The vestry meets once a month, and present at the meetings are: elected members of the vestry (which includes the Senior and Junior Wardens), the rector, the parish treasurer, and the register. At vestry meetings, the business of the church is executed, with reports from the committees, reading of correspondence, reports from the treasurer, and discussion of old and new business.

The vestry is divided into 8 committees. Vestry members and non-vestry members serve on these committees. The committees are: Finance, Property, Education, Mission, Parish Life/Hospitality, Communication, Stewardship, and Fundraising. Committee members are responsible for progress being made in each area to keep the church sustained, active, and growing. If you are interested in sitting on any of our committees, please contact a Vestry member or the church office.

Fr. Bill



Joe ConcodoraJr.Warden

Carolyn Rickmon

Melissa Melesky

Jennifer Parr



David B. Ameen

Chuck Frederickson, Sr. Warden

John "Red" Redling

Joe Shearin



Mary Ann Leftwich

Joan Parrish

Margaret Walker

R. Marshall Parker

The Right Reverend Herman “Holly” Hollerith IV

Bishop, Diocese of Southern Virginia



The Reverend William B. Taylor, Rector


Kristin Verdone, Secretary                                    Mary Parlier,  Choir Director

Joseph Bailey, Sexton                                           Melissa Adams,  Organist/Pianist

Patricia Townes, Register                                      Mary Catherine Pruden, Organist Emeritus

Brian McDonald, Treasurer                                  Chuck Fredrickson, Verger



Strictly a volunteer organization, the Choir at St. John's treats its ministry with utmost reverence, and with objectives and standards shared by most professional choirs. However, members of the choir are like a family, and unlike professional choirs, the members are singing, fraternizing, picknicking, and praising together for the sheer love of making music together for God and His Church. The choir rehearses at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday mornings, before singing at the 10:30 service. They also perform at services on religious holidays and during Holy Week. Anyone who wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! There are no auditions, and the ability to read music is NOT required.

The music selected by Mrs. Ruthan Eliades, the director, covers a wide range of genres from traditional to contemporary, and the choir is indeed fortunate to be accompanied by 2 extremely talented and dedicated instrumentalists, Mrs. Melissa Adams and Mrs. Mary Catherine Pruden, whose artistic skills at the church's piano and pipe organ make our little church resound with a vibrancy felt at the world's great cathedrals. Guest musicians also participate in the music ministry at St. John's: trumpets and timpani on Easter, and parishioners on flute, marimbas, bass, banjo, and singing in ensembles or solo to name a few! Whether singing an anthem or leading a hymn, the choir embodies the spirit of the people of St. John's and expresses that spirit in praise of God through their music.

Acolytes and Crucifers

Boys and girls who are 9 years old are eligible to be Acolytes and Crucifers. They are given assignments by a moderator who is a parishioner, and trained by Father Taylor. Acolytes and Crucifers are treated to pizza parties and outings, while providing a vital service to the church by performing a sacred and solemn duty.


St. Martha's Guild

St. Martha's Guild was established in 1994 to provide fellowship for the women of St. John's and service to our parish and community. The Guild meets the second Thursday of each month from September through May. Guest speakers from the Diocese or community often provide the program for the meetings. Each Christmas, Guild members gather for a covered dish dinner and Holiday Sock Exchange! The May meeting is also a dinner meeting at a local restaurant.

One of St. Martha's favorite events is the preparation of an Agape Supper for church members and guests on Maundy Thursday each year. The Guild's most recent project was raising funds to help with the electrical box upgrade needed for Ribble and Eppes Halls. The Guild also supports other church and charitable needs.

St. Martha's Guild welcomes all women and friends of St. John's to join us as we carry on Christ's work in our church and community.

St. John's Youth

The Sunday School at St. John's is vibrant and exciting. The children participate in their own worship, then commence with lessons, activities, and crafts as they break up into separate age groups. Parents of the children volunteer as teachers, one of which coordinates the activities of the Sunday School for the year. A nursery is available for infants and toddlers.

The children attend Eucharist at "Big Church" on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, if they wish. The children prepare a song to sing at the Offertory on the 3rd Sunday of each month, much to the delight of the congregation!

Vacation Bible school is offered every summer. Instead of a 1-week session, we hold our VBS each Sunday during the 10:30 service. Also, each year, the children present a fresh, new twist on the Christmas story with their Christmas Pageant. This is an annual event that has captivated and delighted parishioners, and has proven to be lots of fun for the kids!

The Sunday School at St. John's has a wonderful balance of fun worship, education, and activites in Eppes Hall, and reverent worship with the grown-ups in the main church. The spiritual growth of the children of St. John's is a priority for everyone involved with the church.

In addition to the Sunday School, St. John's has an active Episcopal Youth Community. This worthwhile organization gives the teens of the parish a group of friends with which to relate, and tangible goals and objectives to help them grow spiritually and civically at this pivotal point in their lives.