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 (www.emelibrary.org) 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 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.
Interim Director of Music
Director of Outreach
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church
XII Bishop Diocesan of North Carolina
VI Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina