The Rev. Dr. John D. Stonesifer: Interim Rector
The Rev. Dr. John Dewitt Stonesifer is a life-long Episcopalian and has been ordained for 31 years. Born and raised in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, he received his undergraduate from Clemson University in 1980 and then returned to Virginia to attend Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, receiving his M.Div. degree in 1984 and a D.Min in May, 2015 in Transformational Leadership, Louisville Seminary. After serving in varied priestly capacities in several Episcopal churches and other institutions, he has focused on interim ministry for close to the last 20 years. His time with us at Christ Church is his fourteenth appointment as an Interim Rector.
John loves music. He and Susan have been married since his graduation from VTS in 1984 and have a daughter who is married and lives in Maryland, and a son who lives in West Virginia and is currently active in the National Guard.
Renée L. Patrick: Parish Administrator
Renée is a lifelong Episcopalian who grew up in Neptune, New Jersey and graduated from Stockton State College with a BA degree in Business Management. After college, Renée expanded her knowledge in business management while working for Federal Government agencies. Her career ultimately brought her from New Jersey to the DC Metro area, residing in Alexandria, Virginia for a few years.
While working for the Federal Government she met her future husband, Ernest. They were married in her parents’ home church of St. James Episcopal, Bradley Beach, NJ on November 4, 1994. Renéeand Ernest then moved to Columbia, Maryland where they continued to work for their respective Federal agencies.
In 1997 after the birth of their daughter, Jasmine, Renée took time off from her career to be a stay-at-home mom. The following year, they welcomed their son, Miles. The Patrick family also joined the Christ Episcopal Church family in 1997. Both of their children were brought into Christ’s love with Thanksgiving for a Child, followed by their Baptisms.
As the children grew, Renée worked part-time, as well as served in various Christ Church ministries – Hands, Sunday School, VBS, Youth Group, Lector, and Choir. In July, 2015 Renée went back to work full-time by accepting the Parish Administrator position here at Christ Church.
Renée and her husband, Ernest are blessed that their family is doing well. Their daughter, Jasmine, graduated high school in May 2015 and is currently attending Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmittsburg, Maryland. Their son, Miles, graduated high school in May 2016 and is also attending Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmittsburg, Maryland.
Frank Rittermann: Director of Music
Frank is a Baltimore native and was exposed to music education at an early age, studying piano by age 9 and later organ at age 14. Having being awarded a full scholarship to Cardinal Gibbons High School, he continued to study music privately and began his church music ministry under the tutelage of Forrest Barrett. Soon he had numerous private piano students of his own that helped him to earn his way through college.
Frank received his undergraduate degree in music education from Towson State University where he studied piano, organ and voice. While teaching choral music in the Baltimore Count Public Schools, he continued his graduate studies in music, earning the majority of credits toward a master’s degree.
After five years of teaching in the school system, Frank decided to pursue a Master’s degree in business, graduating from Loyola College and becoming a CPA. He continued his ministry as music director of St. Mark Church, a large Catholic community in Catonsville, where he directed adult, high school, and children’s choirs. For a time, he was on the board of the Catonsville Concert Association, which he chaired during his tenure.
After graduating from Loyola, he pursued full time employment as an accountant while working part time in the church music ministry. He founded and managed a national giftware distributor for a number of years before being appointed to his current position as Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Morris Hardwick Schneider LLC, a large law firm that specializes in servicing the mortgage industry.
Over the years, Frank has been involved in the music programs at Milford Mill and Linthicum Heights United Methodist Churches as well as, most recently, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He has sung in the Charlestown Chorale and the Columbia Pro Cantare, having collaborated with Frances Dawson for numerous performances.
He has affiliations with the American Guild of Organists and the American Institute of CPA’s.
Frank has a marathon to his credit, likes to exercise and participates in other social activities such as ballroom dancing.
Frank and his wife, Susan, have three children (Brian, Eric, and Adam), one grandchild, Xavier and the family pet, Max, a miniature Schnauzer.
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