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The Very Rev. John A. Weatherly, Rector

The Very Reverend John A. Weatherly

After 21 years as our Rector, the Rev. John A. Weatherly has announced his upcoming retirement. Father John will serve as our Rector until September 30th, with September 9th being his last Sunday.  John was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1951 and raised in Covington, Kentucky and Moorestown, New Jersey. He attended the University of the South and graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in American History. While there he played on the Soccer team, and the Intercollegiate Whitewater Canoe Team. After graduate work at Duke University and earning a Master of Arts degree, he taught Exceptional Children in both Portsmouth, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia. Following a journey of discernment, in 1978 he was received as a Postulant in the Diocese of New Jersey and entered the Divinity School at Yale University. While there he completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Yale University Mental Health unit, and later at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation and earning his M.Div in 1981, The Rt. Rev. Albert VanDuzer ordained him to the Deaconate and appointed him as Vicar to both St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Trenton, New Jersey. Fr. Weatherly was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in 1981 by the Rt. Rev. G.P. Mellick Belshaw and the Rt. Rev. John Burgess. John was on the founding board of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and served as President of the Board for three years. In 1986 he and the Rev. Beverly K. Weatherly were married and appointed as Missioners to Igreja Episcopal do Brasil, serving in Brasilia, Brasil from 1986 to 1989. Their daughter Kathryn was born in 1987 and their son Andrew, in 1988.

Returning to the United States in 1989, The Rev. John A. Weatherly was elected Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampstead, North Carolina, a church plant in Pender County. While in the Diocese of East Carolina, John served on the board of the Episcopal Farmworker’s community in Newton, North Carolina, the Executive Board of the Diocese, Commission on Ministry, and Dean of the Lower Cape Fear Deanery. Their daughter Maegan was born in 1990. In 1993 John was called as Associate Rector to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Darien, Ct. where he was responsible for Youth and Children’s Ministry. During this time he completed his Th. M in Pastoral Care and Counseling at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In 1996 John was appointed Priest in Charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Temple Hills, MD, in the Diocese of Washington and in July, 1997 John was elected as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. His wife Beverly is presently Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in California, Md.

John has served in the Diocese of Virginia on various committees, including the Hispanic Church Plant committee and the Executive Committee of the Diocese. He is presently Dean of Region 6. What draws his life together is his wife Beverly, his family, Kathryn and Brian, Andrew, Maegan, and grandchildren Kaeden and Madison; the call and companionship of the Gospel, and the joy and constant transformation of St. Mark’s as a Eucharistic community founded in Jesus Christ.

John recently retired from the U.S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, where he completed his service as Joint Forces Command Chaplain to the Virginia National Guard. In 2001 he served in Bosnia with the 29th Division, and later deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 with the 2/224th AVN. BN., serving with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Forward and the 3rd Marine Air Wing in the Anbar Province.