Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Sarah Phelps


The Rev. Sarah Phelps has served as an ordained minister for more than 20 years in a variety of settings and two denominations – from a solo clergy appointment in a small United Methodist church, to an Associate position in a mid-sized congregation with responsibility for missions and liturgical development, to directing a faith-based community organizing effort in Los Angles, to Rector of a vibrant, multi-staff Episcopal parish of nearly 300 households in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

In each setting, Mother Sarah helped lay leaders, community organizations, and congregations navigate significant transitions that have enabled them to do ministry more effectively, and with greater unity and joy.

Mother Sarah is married to Michael Phelps – no, not the Olympic swimmer, but a pretty great guy all the same. Mike is founder and Executive Director of the Early Manuscript Electronic Library ( which works to make ancient biblical and classical manuscripts accessible to scholars and the general public through digital technologies. Mother Sarah and Mike have a young son, Sam, who is the light of their lives.

The Rev. Amanda Bourne



The Rev. Amanda Bourne is a priest from the Diocese of Virginia. A recent graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, she is passionate about Jesus, preaching, church history and intentional community.

Before seminary, Amanda earned a B.A. in English at Marymount University and completed a monastic internship at the Society of St. John the Evangelist, through the Episcopal Service Corps.

When not working, you can find her hiking, baking bread, drinking tea, and indulging in bad Sherlock Holmes adaptations. She is excited to spend a year at St. John’s through the Reimagining Curacies Program.

Barbara Kwiatek

Parish Administrator

Barbara Kwiatek joined our staff at St. John’s in April 2011 after relocating with her family from New Jersey.  She graduated  William Paterson University with a B.A. Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Resources, and an A.A. Degree in Sociology.

Barbara lives in Wake Forest, NC with her husband Walter and her two cats, Mr. Dapper & Sampson.  Barbara loves reading mystery books, watching movies, cooking and eating popcorn!  She has two adult children, Paige and Justin. Barbara’s family feels blessed to be active members of St. John’s Church.

Marcia Klinder-Badgley

Interim Director of Music


From performing on concert stages throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia; to teaching on faculties at West Coast colleges and universities; to serving in music ministry at churches in the Midwest, West and East Coasts; Marcia Klinder-Badgley is one diverse, eclectic lady. With multiple undergraduate and graduate performance degrees, she is thrilled to share her lifetime commitment to worship and music with the congregation of St. John’s Episcopal Church!

Joy Shillingsburg

Director of Outreach

Joy Shillingsburg joined St. John’s in 2009 when she moved to Wake Forest from the Philadelphia area. She served as our Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) leader since January 2012 and has served the dual role of Director of Outreach for several years. As an outgrowth of the Community Meal Program that she has led since 2017, she now serves as both the Director of Outreach for St. John’s and the Executive Director of the forthcoming Wake Forest Community Table nonprofit organization.  Joy has led our parish’s outreach ministries and has co-led our Beloved Community adult formation program since 2017.
Joy brings 15 years of experience as a middle- and high-school history teacher, and life-long faith, to this position. She completed her MA in History Education at Villanova University and is a proud West Chester University graduate.
Joy, her husband Steve, their daughter, Vivian, and dog, Gracie, live in Wake Forest. Joy loves podcasts as much as reading and she loves biking on the greenway and hiking.

Jane Hill

Acting Director of St. John’s Preschool

Anne (Mimi) O’Donnell

Finance Administrator

Our Bishops

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church

The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman
XII Bishop Diocesan of North Carolina
The Rt. Rev. Anne Elliott Hodges-Copple
VI Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina