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

Assistant to the Rector

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

Neal Goldsborough

Associate for Pastoral Care

Neal Goldsborough

Neal is our part-time Associate for Pastoral Care. He was in full-time ordained parish ministry for thirty-six years, and served thirty of those years as Rector of diverse congregations–from yoked, small, family-sized churches to a large downtown corporate-sized church, in rural, suburban, urban, and small town settings. A retired chaplain (Captain) in the Navy Reserve, he […]

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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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Rebecca Lankford

Youth Minister

Rebecca Lankford

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Rebecca graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2013 and from Furman University in 2017 with a B.A in Spanish and Religion. In Birmingham, Rebecca attended the Church of the Advent, where she was an active youth group participant and served as the Youth Intern in the Summer of 2015. At […]

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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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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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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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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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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 job as a Legislative Analyst with a Washington, D.C. law firm.  Her husband, […]

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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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Courtenay Evans

Newcomer Welcomer, Assistant in Mission & Service

Courtenay Evans

A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Culinary Institute of America, Courtenay returned home in 2009. Prior to her return, Courtenay spent time living abroad in both England and Italy, in England working at a boarding school as a University of Virginia UK Fellow, and in Italy as […]

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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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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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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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Vestry

Geri Randall

Senior Warden

Geri Randall

Term ends 9/30/18. After moving to Charlottesville from Rockville, MD, in 2008, I earned an MS in Nursing at UVA and was employed by UVA Medical Center and then Hospice of the Piedmont. My husband Bill, and I were married here in 2012, and we were confirmed here in 2013, at the 11:00 a.m. service, our […]

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John Maddux

Junior Warden

John Maddux

Term expires 2019. I grew up on a tobacco and dairy farm in Southside Virginia. I married the love of my life in January 1972, Jane Sheffield (d 06/07/14), graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in May and started working for Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. in June. In May of ’77 we moved to Charlottesville, and I started […]

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John Desmond

Treasurer

John Desmond

Term approved annually. I was born and raised in Charlottesville, and graduated from James Madison University.  My wife Debbie and I live in Albemarle County and have three grown children.  For most of my professional life I was a partner in a group of companies that developed land and commercial and residential properties in central Virginia.  […]

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Norma Dobbins

Register

Norma Dobbins

Term expires 2019. Although a Buckeye by birth and matriculation, Charlottesville has been home since 1985. Christ Church too has been my spiritual home for more than 15 years. The gentle rhythm of the liturgy with the constant, consistent message of grace through word, action, and music have grounded me and continue to help me […]

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Brendan Kilfoil

Brendan Kilfoil

Term expires 9/30/18. I grew up in Asheville, NC and studied business at the University of North Carolina where I met my wife, Brooke, a native of Charlottesville and lifelong member of Christ Church. We married at Christ Church in 2006 after relocating here so Brooke could attend graduate school at the University of Virginia. Post-graduation, we settled permanently in Charlottesville and […]

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Laurie Duxbury

Laurie Duxbury

Term expires 9/30/18. I have lived in Charlottesville for 23 years. My husband, Bill, and I have two grown children. We first came to Christ Church in 2006 and have been members since 2007. We attend the 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. service. From our first visit I have felt known and loved by the congregation. Our church is a gracious church, from the […]

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Laurie Ripper Kelly

Laurie Ripper Kelly

Term ends 9/30/18. I grew up in upstate New York, moved to Charlottesville to attend UVA in 1998, fell in love with the town and plan on never leaving. I stayed on to graduate from UVA Law School, met my husband Blair, had two sons Carter and Jack who are now 6 and 8, and sell […]

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Andy Wicks

Andy Wicks

Term ends 9/30/18. I am a life-long Episcopalian, have been a regular attendee at Christ Church for the past 4 years, am married to Cathy, and together we have 6 grown children and two grandchildren (Grace and Jackson). I’m a professor at the Darden school where I have been teaching for the past 13 years. I graduated from UVA’s religious studies department with […]

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Rob Jiranek

Rob Jiranek

Term expires 2019. My wife Pam and I have attended Christ Church since 1993. We have three children: Hobey 24, Glenna 22, and Hayes 17, two dogs (Sammy & Maple) and a Cat named Addie. Together we all live in Earlysville. I am Publisher of The Daily Progress and have spent 30 years in the […]

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Stephen Rilee

Stephen Rilee

Term expires 2019. A native of Richmond, I moved to Charlottesville in 2009. I live in the City with my wife, Claire, and our two boys Robb (3) and Grant (9 months). I work in commercial banking for BB&T. We came to Christ Church in 2009 and knew we had found our church home. Raised […]

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Annie Izard

Annie Izard

Term expires 2019. I moved to Charlottesville in 1999 with my husband, Bo and our son, Bolling. I joined Christ Church about 6 years ago and we  attend the 5pm service where we have enjoyed serving as ushers. I was raised Catholic but was confirmed at Christ Church in April 2013. I am challenged and inspired […]

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Term expires 2020. Amanda and I were confirmed at Christ Church in April 2016. We have four adult children who are scattered from South Carolina to Baltimore and three grandchildren (all in SC). I served on the UVA Systems Engineering faculty for 13 years and, prior to that, was a Senior Scientist at SAIC (now […]

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Kate Franzen

Kate Franzen

Term expires 2020. I am originally from Britain and grew up in Scotland and England. I was confirmed into the Anglican Church of England. I attended the College of William and Mary as an Exchange Student from St. Andrews University in Scotland. I met my husband David there and we moved in 1986 to Albemarle […]

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Casey Resnick

Casey Resnick

Term expires 2020. Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, I now call Charlottesville home. Christ Church has been my church home for the past eight years. I was part of the Fellows Program in 2009, was confirmed in 2013, and my husband Matt and I were married here in 2015. I continually find comfort in the unchanging […]

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Noah Goodall

Noah Goodall

Term expires 2020. I was born and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I came to Charlottesville as an undergraduate in 2000, returned for graduate school in 2008, and I’ve been here ever since. I married my wife Trisha in 2011, and we have a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. I work as a researcher for […]

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Linda Macilwaine

Linda Macilwaine

Term expires 2020. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and am a graduate of Vanderbilt University. I came to Charlottesville in 1973 to pursue a masters degree in Counselor Education at UVA. After teaching for 2 years at St. Anne’s-Belfield I married Bill Macilwaine, whom I met in graduate school, and we moved to Durham, […]

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