We’re delighted to introduce you to our next Rector! The Rev. Greg Pennington has accepted our call to serve as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington. We expect to welcome Fr. Greg, his wife, Megan, and their sons, Owen, and Gabriel to our Parish family on May 1st. His first Sunday as Celebrant at St. John’s will be on May 7th, followed by his Installation as Rector of St. John's on Thursday May 18th (Ascension Day).
Rev. Greg already had a wealth of work experience in ministry, education, and behavioral health before attaining a Master of Divinity specializing in Pastoral Counseling and Addiction. He attended the Seminary of the Southwest's Iona Program in WV and was ordained to the diaconate in December 2021 and the priesthood in July 2022. For the past year, he has served as Priest in Charge at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV. He currently serves the Diocese as a member of the Standing Committee, Peterkin Board, and as Ecumenical Officer.
He is passionate about the Bible, theology, spiritual formation and the reconciliation and renewal of the world through God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ.
Both Rev. Greg and Megan are excited to meet everyone and begin their ministry with us! Please pray for Megan, Fr. Greg, and their family (along with our brothers and sisters at St. Christopher) as they begin this transition.
The Rev. Kit Jenkins, AOJN
Requiesce in pace, Fr. Kit.
Although we lost our beloved friend and priest in July 2019, his spirit lives on in the work he so enthusiastically began in us. We continue in that work, remembering his infectious enthusiasm in all things.
The fullness of Joy is to behold God in everything. ~ Julian of Norwich
The Rev. Kit Jenkins was a graduate of Cramner Theological House, Houston TX. He held a BS in Nonprofit Management from Colorado Christian University.
His passion was serving senior citizens in nursing home settings or in the church community. He championed school safety, better treatment for educators and improved care for the elderly especially in nursing homes. He is sorely missed by many here on earth, but there was great rejoicing in Heaven as he was welcomed into the next life.
Vivian Kost, Parish Life Director
Vivian is tasked with managing the daily life of our parish. In coordination with the Clergy, Vestry, our musicians, staff and volunteers, she plans and implements liturgies and growth strategies; coordinates social media and special events; and will develop marketing tools to support our growth. She holds degrees from Wittenberg University (Hamma Seminary) in Sacred Music. Her course of study centered on Liturgy and the history of Church Music. In addition to her work with the church, Vivian also holds degrees in Business Administration and has worked in Project Management and Systems Administration for the past 35+ years. She is grateful for the support of her church family and, most of all, the love and support of her husband, Joe Hoffer.
David Castleberry, Director of Music
When not serving faithfully as our Director of Music, Dr. Castleberry is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Marshall University. He directs the acclaimed select MU Chamber Choir,which tours regularly and has performed for conventions and meetings of ACDA, MENC, AGO, and many other professional music organizations.
Dr. Castleberry has also conducted the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus for the past 10 years.
Will Murphy, Organist
William A. Murphy, holds a Master of Arts in Performance (Piano) from Marshall University. In addition to serving faithfully as our Organist, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Marshall University since January 2013 teaching applied voice, piano lab, Choral Union, and pianist and coach for the Opera Workshop. Will serves as pianist and organist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston, WV. He has earned the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists.
We lost our wonderful and patient Church Administrator in July to allow her the opportunity to pursue new adventures. This position will be filled again at a future date.
The vestry is the governing board in an episcopal church. Vestry elections are held each year for three year terms. The Sr. and Jr. Warden along with the Treasurer and Registrar comprise the officers of the Vestry Vestry meets on the 4th Sunday of each month in the upstairs Parlor at
The minutes from these meetings are available at the church office for any member of our church community.
Meet our vestry:
Linda Vinson; Sr. Warden
Jim Vassar; Jr. Warden (Class of 2023)
Nicholas Reynolds; Clerk
Pat Hooten; Treasurer (not a voting Vestry Member)
Jerry Coleman (Class of 2023)
Barbara Becker Cottrill
Susan Tusing (Class of 2023)
Becky Wood (Class of 2023)