Meet Our Clergy and Staff

Our Clergy

 

The Reverend Dr. Kathryn Wajda, Co-Rector

I was born in Massachusetts, and grew up in New Hampshire as a Roman Catholic. Church, school, and Girl Scouts formed me into a faithful student with a passion for preserving the outdoors.

As a young adult, I found myself yearning for something more–a real faith community, not just Mass on Sundays. My husband Michael and I began searching for a church home, and found it, in the Episcopal Church. After discerning a call to ordained ministry, I attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I’ve been serving as Rector at Epiphany since 1998, and in January 2012, Kristofer and I were installed as Co-Rectors.

I’ve been married to Michael since 1967, and we have two adult children, Matthew and Kristine. I still feel that passion for the outdoors, and tend my soul by hiking, gardening, kayaking, and yoga.

Favorite Bible Story: Jesus having breakfast with his disciples after the Resurrection, John 21: 9-12.

Best Book I’ve Read Lately: The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series.

Something Most People Don’t Know About Me: I have a science background, and worked in a clinical laboratory before I attended seminary.

Most Rewarding Part of Serving at Epiphany: Being engaged in ministry with faithful, committed parishioners.

Click here to contact Kathryn.


 

The Reverend Kristofer Lindh-Payne, Co-Rector

I was born in Baltimore and have spent most of my life with one leg in Baltimore City and the other in Baltimore County. I discovered and began to explore the Episcopal Church when I was an undergraduate at St. Mary’s College, and that is also where I met my wife, Heather. For almost a decade I worked in faith-centered community development initiatives, during which time I completed a Masters in Pastoral and Spiritual Care at Loyola University. I attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois before coming to Epiphany in June 2009.

Favorite Bible Story: It is hard to name one bible passage as my favorite, because I am captivated by the whole narrative arc of the presence, power and love of God that brings us all as a people from the garden in Genesis to the city in Revelation.

Best Book I’ve Read Lately: The books that are on my nightstand now are The Catonsville Nine, Cloud Atlas, The Art of Racing in the Rain and a combined NRSV Bible and Book of Common Prayer. The best is yet to be revealed.

Something Most People Don’t Know About Me: I really enjoy playing lacrosse. (Even as I write this bio, I am nursing several serious bruises from this week’s lacrosse game. And no, I am not too old to be playing still!)

Most Rewarding Part of Serving at Epiphany: Most striking about this congregation is the way in which the love of God pours through these people, calling them to love each other and compelling them to strive for social and economic justice in our community. It is truly inspiring to witness and share in it!

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The Reverend Dean Pugh, Deacon

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Our Staff

 

Susan Beares, Parish Administrator

 

Jennie Fumarola,, Youth Organizer

 

Mary Hamlin-Spencer, M.M., Director of Music

 

Alan Hirsch, Community Liaison, Neighbor to Neighbor

 

 

Kate McAllister, Coordinator, Neighbor-to-Neighbor

 

Liz Witty, Financial Secretary