Church Staff and Vestry

Rev. Matt Rhodes

Rev. Matt Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Matt Rhodes has a long and cherished association with St. Stephen's
dating back to New Year's Day 1984, when he and his family walked through the
front doors of our sanctuary for the first time to attend a Sunday morning service.
Because of the formation, growth and relationships he experienced during the
subsequent eight years it is with great joy that he credits this parish as being at the
very foundation of who he is as a Christian and Episcopalian. Now, nearly 40 years
later, he has accepted our call to return and serve as priest-in-charge.

A 2017 graduate (M.Div.) of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, he
spent nearly two decades working in political, corporate and trade association
communications in Washington, D.C. before answering God's call to ordained
ministry. He and his wife Amy are the proud parents of two teenagers and reside in
Lynchburg.

Matt+ holds as the center of his approach to ministry the admonitions of Jesus in
Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, and care for the sick. He
believes we can accomplish this joint ministry of laity and clergy by taking the
love and redeeming grace of Christ beyond the four walls of the sanctuary and into
the wider world. This “ministry without boundaries” approach is at its root based
first and foremost in the Word, sacraments, and our life as a community. He feels
deeply that this approach will lead to a more expansive form of ministry in which
our parish family serves as modern-day apostles of Jesus in the world while
simultaneously welcoming all who come to this place for comfort, refreshment,
community, and a sense of God's presence and love.

Matt+ invites you to email him at ststephenspriest@gmail.com with questions,
pastoral concerns, or to learn more about life here at St. Stephen's and how you can
be a part of it.

 

 

 

Priest
Rev. Matt Rhodes
ststephenspriest@gmail.com
(703) 581-9500

 

Part-Time Parish Administrator
Wes Smallshaw
parish@ststephensforest.org
(434) 525-5511

 

Vestry

Justin McCarthy, Sr. Warden: justinmccarthy@bellsouth.net

Ray Vohden: vohden1@shentel.net

Jennifer Moore: jenfrmoore@aol.com

Sharon Wright:  swright3584@gmail.com

Larry Flores, Jr. Warden:  firstflores@gmail.com

Sharon Reynolds: little-woods@nymrod-mesa.com

Hal Clark:  halclark@shentel.net