Staff & Vestry

Clergy

Paul N. Walker

Rector

Paul N. Walker

Paul was called to serve as Priest-in-Charge in 2008. He was called to be the 12th Rector of Christ Episcopal Church on September 23, 2009. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Paul graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 with a degree in English and received his Master of Divinity from Virginia […]

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Marilu Thomas

Associate Rector

Marilu Thomas

Marilu has served as Associate Rector since September 15, 2014. She specializes in Mission and Service, leading mission trips to Honduras and participating in Haiti Medical Missions, as well as organizing the church’s various local missions including the PACEM shelter, Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, Habitat for Humanity teams and serves on the board of […]

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Josh Bascom

Ministry Intern

Josh Bascom

Josh first arrived at Christ Church in 2010 to serve as a Fellow and our Urban Missioner. Following three wonderful years of friendships, encouragement, and countless sermons of grace, Josh and his wife Courtney moved to Durham for Josh to attend Duke Divinity School. In May 2016, after completing his Masters of Divinity, the Bascoms […]

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Staff

David Zahl

College and Young Adult Minister/ Licensed Lay Preacher

David Zahl

David Zahl arrived at Christ Church in 2010 and has never been happier. Born in New York City and brought up on the East Coast and in Europe, David graduated with honors from Georgetown University in 2001. He then served for five years as a para-church youth minister in New England before starting Mockingbird Ministries in […]

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Brooks Tate

Youth Minister

Brooks Tate

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Brooks moved to Charlottesville in 2006 to matriculate to the University of Virginia, where he attended the 5pm service. Since graduating in 2010 with a degree in Economics, he has been a Christ Church Fellow and Outdoor Educator. With his previous work experience with teenagers, Brooks is happily settled as Christ […]

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Sam Bush

Music Minister

Sam Bush

Originally hailing from Hingham, Massachusetts Sam attended UVa, majoring in English and Religious Studies and graduated in 2009.  After spending four years at Christ Church as a student, Sam joined the Fellows Program playing piano at the 5 o’clock service and curating The Garage, the church’s art space / music venue on 1st Street.  Sam […]

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Catherine Allen

Assistant College Minister

Catherine Allen

Catherine joined us in August 2015. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Catherine attended Cathedral Church of the Advent since childhood, volunteering in high school and interning there in the summer of 2013. She is a 2011 graduate of Mountain Brook High School and a 2015 graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where […]

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Alice Layman

Choir Director and Organist

Alice Layman

Alice holds degrees in Organ Performance (B.A. Hollins College, 1974 and M. Mus. University of Kentucky, 1977).  Since 1977, Alice has served several Episcopal churches in Charlottesville: Church of Our Saviour (1977-1982), Christ Episcopal Church (1982-1996) and St. Paul’s, Ivy (2000-2012), and she returned to Christ Episcopal Church in 2012.  Alice now directs the Adult Choir, the Junior Choir, and the Bell Choir, and she plays organ […]

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Amy Avery

Children’s Ministry

Amy Avery

Amy Avery and her husband Howie relocated from Knoxville, TN to Charlottesville along with their daughters Emma-Caroline (11) and Sophie (8) in August of 2015. Amy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Spanish and a Masters in Elementary Education. She was a bilingual teacher for 15 years teaching in Arizona, Oregon […]

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Marcy Hooker

Parish Administrator

Marcy Hooker

Marcy started at Christ Church in 1996 as a “temp.” A Chicago native, she and her husband, Jim, (high-school sweethearts, now married for 35 years), relocated to Charlottesville in May 1996. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren back in the Chicago area. She also serves as a faculty member of Credo, a wellness benefit […]

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Lyn Gunsalus

Office Administrator

Lyn Gunsalus

Lyn was born in Georgia and moved to Staunton, Virginia when she was 12. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Early Childhood and taught kindergarten and first grade for eight years. After leaving the classroom, Lyn worked on Capitol Hill as Office Manager for Congressman Tom Coleman (R-MO), then took a […]

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Tara Montgomery

Hospitality Minister

Tara Montgomery

Tara began her love of Christ Church in 2004 as a first year student at UVA. After graduating with a B.S. in Nursing in 2008, Tara worked as an Oncology nurse at both MJH and UVA. After many years of enjoying the delicious dinners after the 5 o’clock service, Tara is now extremely grateful for […]

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Hannah Richardson

Preschool Lead Teacher

Hannah Richardson

Hannah began work as Christ Church Preschool’s Lead Teacher in August 2014. She is a native of Charlottesville and graduated from the University of Virginia with her Master’s in Education in 2010. She taught at Greenbrier Elementary School (where she was once a student). Hannah has regularly attended the 5 o’clock service since she began […]

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Hilary Walker

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Hilary Walker

Hilary was born and raised in Charlottesville, but has traveled extensively throughout the world. During her Gap Year she lived and worked in an orphanage in China teaching preschool. She then spent two years in Scotland studying at the University of St. Andrews before returning to Charlottesville with a desire to work with children. She […]

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Al Loving

Facilities Manager

Al Loving

William Alfred Loving (you can call him Al) is our staff member with the most years under his belt. He was hired by Bishop Atkinson in 1994. Al is truly a Christ Church ambassador to all from our little corner of the world. He is always there with a helping hand for his fellow staffers […]

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Ethan Richardson

Jail Minister & Webmaster

Ethan Richardson

Ethan began attending Christ Church in 2006 when he was a student at UVA. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he graduated in 2009, before spending two years in New Orleans with Teach For America. While joining the Fellows program in 2011, Ethan also began working for Mockingbird, where he now serves as Editor of The Mockingbird magazine. He […]

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Vestry

Brendan Kilfoil

Brendan Kilfoil

Term expires 9/30/18

Laurie Ripper Kelly

Laurie Ripper Kelly

Term ends 9/30/18

Laurie Duxbury

Laurie Duxbury

Term expires 9/30/18

Andy Wicks

Andy Wicks

Term ends 9/30/18

Geri Randall

Geri Randall

Term ends 9/30/18

Proal Heartwell

Vestry

Proal Heartwell

Term expires 9/30/17

Virginia Josey

Vestry

Virginia Josey

Term expires 9/30/17

Lee Ann Barber

Vestry

Lee Ann Barber

Term expires 9/30/17

Bobby Montgomery

Bobby Montgomery

Term expires 9/30/17

Dale Varga

Treasurer

Dale Varga

Term approved annually

Rob Jiranek

Rob Jiranek

Term expires 2019.

Stephen Rilee

Stephen Rilee

Term expires 2019.

Norma Dobbins

Norma Dobbins

Term expires 2019.

Annie Izard

Annie Izard

Term expires 2019.

John Maddux

John Maddux

Term expires 2019