The Rev. Lisa Graves, Rector
The Rev. Lisa Graves received her Masters in Divinity from the Virginia Theolgoical Seminary in Alexandria, VA and her B.S. in Communications from Stephens College in Columbia,MO. An army brat, Lisa enjoyed a career in marketing and advertising before pursuing ordination.
Lisa is passionate about serving the impoverished, especially children. She supports causes that involve children, animals, literacy and education. She is married to the Rev. Chip Graves, also an Episcopal priest in Huntington (Trinity Episcopal) and has two daughters, Bella and Kat. She also has three goofy dogs, Uno, Tyler and Kipper.
The Rev. Kit Jenkins, Associate Rector
The Rev. Kit Jenkins is a graduate of Cramner Theological House, Houston TX. He has a BS in Nonprofit Management from Colorado Christian University.
His passion is serving senior citizens in nursing home settings or in the church community. He champions school safety, better treatment for educators and improved care for the elderly especially in nursing homes.
The Rev. Ray Hage,
Associate Priest for Pastoral Care and Worship
The Rev. Raymond J. Hage (Fr. Ray) serves as Associate Priest for Pastoral Care and Worship here at St John’s. For seven years beginning in 1996, Ray served as our Deacon. For twelve years he was Missioner and Priest-in-charge of the Riverbend Episcopal Ministries serving Grace Church Ravenswood, St. John’s Ripley, and rector of Christ Episcopal Church Point Pleasant. Ray continues to serve as a Spiritual Director in the diocese.
Fr. Ray earned a Masters in Applied Theology from Wheeling Jesuit University, and received Clinical Pastoral Education at Cabell Huntington Hospital. His postgraduate in-resident studies included Salem Institute For Spiritual Direction and Formation, The College of Preachers resident studies under the Rt. Rev. Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll, and Topics in Theology under the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mark Dwyer, professor of theology, Virginia Seminary.
Fr. Ray taught Sacramental Theology, Systematic Theology, and Ethics/Moral Theology in the Diocesan Study Program which prepared Postulants for ordination and the Laity for licensed lay ministry.
Ray is married for 54 glorious years to Susan McCray and they have 3 Children, 7 grandchildren, and a golden doodle named Moose. Ray has the distinction of being the oldest living original member of St. John’s.
Dr. David Castleberry, Director of Music
When not serving faithfully as our Director of Music, David 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 conducts the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
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.
Karen Proctor, Church Administrator and Director of Outreach and Night Church
Karen Proctor serves as our professional and capable part-time Parish Administrator, Director of Night Church and our Outreach efforts and she is in the office Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Other times by appointment.
Vivian Kost, Parish Life Director
Vivan serves as director of parish life, events and programming as well as marketing, communications and social media. .
Alicia Lewis and Justin
These two talented people are our Sunday Morning Communications and Hospitality Team. They make sure our worship is live on FB each Sunday morning.
Night Church Vocalist
Maggie is the voice of Night Church, and functions as our cantor and song leader.
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 every third
Thursday at 6:30 in the upstairs Library at St John's. The minutes from these meetings are available at the church office for any member of our church community.
Meet our vestry:
Lynn Butler, Sr. Warden
Anne Graybeal: Jr. Warden
Mary Beth Reynolds