Announcement of our new Rector, The Rev. John L. Roddy

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The Church of St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland
“An ACC Parish in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States”
1607 Dewitt Avenue
Alexandria, VA
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Trinitytide, 28 July 2011

Fellow Parishioners:

After more than six months of developing rector profiles, discussions, interviews, second interviews, polls of the committee, and interminable meetings, the Rector Search Committee has finally completed the vetting process and made a deliberative decision. The Search Committee presented its recommendations to the Vestry this past week in an executive session. The Vestry, after due deliberation, gave its unanimous consent to the acceptance of The Rev. John L. Roddy, currently rector of St. Hilda of Whitby, Atlanta, Georgia. Father Roddy has now formally accepted our proffer. He intends to be with us in early September. It should be noted that Father Thierry Hakpon will continue with us as the Assistant Priest.

Father Roddy needs little introduction to our many parishioners that have been with us several decades. He was an active member of St. Margaret’s from 1981 to 1995. He attended Holyrood Seminary in Liberty, New York, and was ordained in 1999 by Archbishop Mark Haverland after having taken his canonical exams in our Diocese of the Middle Atlantic States. During 2004-2005, he taught Bible Study at St. Andrew & St. Margaret while he was the Priest-in-Charge at our sister parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Frederick, Maryland.

The Rev. John L. Roddy was born in Georgia, received his B.A. degree at the University of Georgia, and later did graduate work in the School of Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Army Reserve, from which he retired in 1998 as a Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry. Further, he has served as a senior staffer in the U.S. Senate, as a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Education, and as Director of Federal Programs in the Georgia Department of Education.

Father Roddy is learned in history and literature. He is theologically sound and grounded in Anglicanism.

He is married and has four children. His wife, Carolyn, an attorney, will join him as soon as practicable. I ask each of us to open our hearts and welcome him and his family into our parish community.

Yours in Christ,


Richard B. Abell
Senior Warden