I am pleased to announce that Whitney W. Wolf will join the staff as Director of Family Ministries beginning September 1.
Whitney joins us from St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa, Florida where she served as Director of Children's Ministries and Parish Life and spent the past year reenergizing the ministry and helping to ignite a dynamic and engaging family experience that is expected to thrive for years to come. In her role at St. John's in Tampa, Whitney was responsible for strategic ministry visioning, leadership and mentoring, volunteer recruitment, children's curriculum development, and event management including Vacation Bible School—which attracted 100 children and nearly 50 volunteers just last month. Her experience matches our needs, and all members of the search committee were impressed with her ability, warmth, and creativity. I concurred completely, and invited Whitney to join the staff.
Before sharing her talents and passion with the church, Whitney was an advertising executive for over a decade, working at several globally acclaimed firms in Chicago, Illinois on accounts including Sears, Kenmore, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Whitney earned a B.S. in Communications with dual majors in Advertising and English/Creative Writing at the University of Miami. Whitney is also a classically trained violinist, having studied at the New England Conservatory of Music through childhood, serving as Concert Mistress in multiple community orchestras and with Off-Broadway theater groups in Chicago, and most recently, teaching violin to children ages 5–17 during her husband's assignment in Naples, Italy. She is a life-long Episcopalian who has been active in churches and is very enthusiastic to be joining our community in September.
Whitney, her husband Ian, and their son Aidan moved to McLean in early July and live in King's Manor, just behind the church. Ian is a Commander in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, assigned to the Pentagon. Aidan will be attending preschool at St. John Academy in the Fall.
The search comes to an exciting conclusion after an extensive, nationwide search with consultation from Ministry Architects. Special thanks to search committee members Ryan Bosch, Pamela Fox, Margaret Kerfoot, Carolyn Sloan, and Sarah Tyler. They were assisted by several other adults and members of the EYC.
The Reverend Edward 0. Miller, Jr. Rector
Welcome Nigel Tangredi,
New Youth Choir Director
We welcome Nigel Tangredi to the staff as the part-time Youth Choir Director beginning September 1. A graduate of George Mason with degrees in Music Education and Conducting, Nigel is currently Director of Choral Studies, Assistant Band Director, and AP Music Theory Activities Coordinator at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn. Nigel has sung at St. John’s on special occasions as a bass in the choir.
Nigel’s plan for the Youth Choir is to blend traditional and contemporary music and “to provide a comfortable atmosphere for children so that through music we can enrich worship for each other and the congregation. I want the children to feel proud of what they are doing and to make lasting friendships.”
The Youth Choir is open to anyone in the 2nd grade or above. Older students (middle and high school age) will be invited to help lead the Youth Choir. Nigel describes himself as a “fun and energetic director” hoping to have singers excited to come every week. The first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 6 at 5 pm.