Christ Church Staff

The Reverend W. Earl Mullins: Interim Rector

PREFERENCE FOR MINISTRY Spiritual leader, preacher, pastoral counselor, administrator, and teacher in a large, multistaff parish which values lay ministry, excellence in liturgy, church as a unified family in the one body of Christ; with focused mission, justice and outreach ministries grounded in a Christocentric vision of healing, hope, and reconciliation.

QUALIFICATIONS Thirty years experience in ordained ministry. Have worked in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and suburban Washington, D.C. parishes. Served as rector of St. Paul’s Church in Dedham, Massachusetts, and St. Barnabas Church in Sykesville, Maryland.

PASTORAL SPECIALTIES Spiritual Guide Grounded in an Anglican ethos while open to the many ways the Holy Spirit can move in the lives of God’s people. Movements and methods helpful provided they are centered in Scripture and Sacraments. Enabler. Skilled in providing for renewal and development of spiritual life. Called to help God’s people develop a vision for mission and ministry. Studied at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Preacher Strive to bring Biblical truths to bear on life situations of parishioners and to nurture congregations through the Word proclaimed. Comfortable delivery, clear, comprehensible content. Sermon preparation taken seriously. Usually follow the lectionary for sermon texts. Use imagery, storytelling, and contemporary resources to enliven Biblical insights. Have delivered more than 1,000 sermons and homilies. Studied at The College of Preachers of The Washington National Cathedral, serving on its Board of Directors with The Reverend Dr. Herbert O´Driscoll, Warden. Pastoral Counselor As parish priest have managed multiple ministries to sick, shut-in, and bereaved. Have provided broad range of long term and crisis counseling to adults, families, and youth. Trained and certified as hospital chaplain and pastoral counselor. Founded and directed Departments of Pastoral Care at two major hospitals in Washington, D.C. View counseling as a means for spiritual growth. Pastor first; counselor second. Certified “Fresh Start” Trainer. Co-lead Diocesan Fresh Start Program, 2001-6. The Reverend W. Earl Mullins Page Two Administrator Have managed all facets of church organization including coordination of Christian education, administrative procedures, publications, worship services, stewardship development, and fellowship activities. Minister of Administration for 1200 member church with $500,000 budget. Founding rector of college preparatory boarding school; responsible for co-management and administration of $4 million dollar building project; oversight and coordination of faculty, budget, curriculum development, accreditation, admissions, counseling, and chapel services. Have had a significant role in the development of diocesan programs, especially those regarding processes for postulants and ordination. View administration as ministry of stewardship and enablement. Teacher Believe relationships between persons are channels of God’s movements in history that enable healing and reconciliation. See every moment as a calling to teach, communicate, and model God’s redemptive love. Strive to capitalize on “teachable moments,” especially points of passage—baptism, confirmation, marriage, childbirth, breakups, death, etc. Skilled in developing lay ministries. Facilitator. Coordinated Christian education program for 1200 member church; church school enrollment doubled in 3 years. Served as supervisor and consultant for 25 teachers. Supervised and trained seminary students and postulants. Served as adjunct professor of pastoral theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. Liturgical Leader Experience personal spiritual blessing in the role of celebrant. Eucharistically-centered but comfortable with a broad spectrum of liturgical expression. Appreciate the dignity and the joy of worship while respecting the past and embracing the future. Appreciate excellence in music. Prefer to share liturgical tasks with deacons and laity. Have trained lay committees to design, participate in, and lead worship services. Outreach and Social Justice Breadth of experience with outreach and social justice. As Southerner, especially committed to anti-racism training. Marched with Dr. Martin Luther King for open housing in Chicago. Worked as Diocese of Washington liaison with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa during apartheid regime. Protested apartheid at the South African Embassy with The Rt. Rev. John Walker in Washington, D. C. Led St. Barnabas Church as second parish in The Diocese of Maryland to implement anti-racism training course. Assist diocese anti-racism training team in training of deacons.

PASTORAL STYLE Prefer an open, collegial relationship with staff and councils. Still, the rector is called to lead. Nurture the councils, committees, and staff to be sensitive to their spiritual roles. Together we pray, plan, set priorities, implement, and evaluate. Strive to be positive, optimistic, steady, creative, and patient. Work hard because I enjoy ministry and being a priest. The Reverend W. Earl Mullins Page Three

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Rector, St. Barnabas Church, Holy Trinity Parish in Sykesville, Maryland, 4/2000 – 2013. Rector of historic parish (1771). Attendance tripled. Added third worship service. Diocesan recognized model for transitioning a family-sized parish to a programmatic model. Christian formation and outreach flourishing. Children, youth, adult forum programs very successful, requiring new building. National Cathedral Certified D.O.C.C. (Disciples of Christ in Community) training site. County approval to build new facility on historic property in 2013 – 14. Administrator, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Annapolis, Maryland, 3/93 – 4/2000. Administrator of a public health care division comprising a staff of 500 professional, managerial, clerical, and service personnel with an annual budget of $14 million. Concurrently, served in clergy supply ministry for Diocese of Maryland, 6/97 – 4/2000. Rector, St. Paul’s Church in Dedham, Massachusetts, 6/88 – 6/92. Rector of a large, affluent, historic parish. Attendance, revenues, and endowment doubled in four years. Outreach and educational ministries flourished. Focus on spiritual development. Rector, The Windsor School, Darnestown, Maryland, 7/85 – 6/88. Founding rector of college preparatory boarding school. Responsibilities included co-management and administration of a $4 million dollar building project, oversight and coordination of faculty, budget, recruitment, public relations, fund-raising, curriculum design, counseling, and chapel. Associate Rector, St. John’s Church, Georgetown Parish, Washington, D.C., 7/83 – 7/85. Emphasized excellence in preaching and liturgy. Shared equally with rector all preaching, teaching, and worship in this affluent, historic urban parish of 500 persons. Directed adult and children’s education. Implemented and coordinated Spiritual Development Task Force. Provided extensive pastoral care and counseling for individuals and families experiencing crisis and transition. Led parish and vestry retreats, Bible studies, and prayer groups. Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, 8/84 – 5/85. Taught Pastoral Care and Theology to seminarians. Pastoral Psychotherapist, Private practice in individual and family pastoral psychotherapy, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 9/79-7/85. Ten – fifteen clients per week with supervision. Trained at the Institute of Pastoral Psychotherapy with the Pastoral Care and Counseling Centers of Greater Washington, in McLean, Virginia. Trained with Dr. Murray Bowen at the Georgetown Family Systems Center. Group supervision with Rabbi Dr. Edwin Friedman and Dr. Sheldon Kopp. Pastoral Associate, Christ Church, Washington Parish on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., 6/76 – 6/83. Assisted rector in all pastoral, liturgical, and educational aspects of parish life. Led workshops, education classes, and retreats. Served as priest-in-charge during interim. Director, Department of Pastoral Care, Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington, D.C., 2/77 – 6/83. Responsible for all pastoral care of patients, their families, and medical staff. Supervised associate chaplains. Recruited, trained, and supervised 12 volunteer chaplains and 4 seminarians. Taught numerous workshops for nurses and medical staff relating to grief, stress, and conflict. Served on hospital’s medical ethics committee. The Reverend W. Earl Mullins Page Four Associate Director, Department of Pastoral Care, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 6/76 – 6/78. Provided crisis and grief counseling for staff, families, and patients in the emergency room, intensive care, neonatal, cardiology, burn, and oncology units. Interim, Manassas Baptist Church, Manassas, Virginia, 7/74 – 6/75. Managed 1200 member church with $500,000 budget. Provided pastoral care for church following major crisis in the suspension of the former pastor. Emphasized mutual ministry with laity, pastoral preaching, lay participation in worship services, creative Christian education, and social outreach programs. Minister of Administration and Education, Manassas Baptist Church, Manassas, Virginia, 6/72 – 6/74. Coordinated all administrative and educational aspects of this 1200 member church. Second-incharge on a four-person clergy team. Shared all preaching and worship with senior minister.

EDUCATION Master of Divinity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1972. Bachelor of Arts, English and Psychology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, 1967. Postgraduate studies and Continuing Education based in Washington, D.C. : Courses in spiritual development with The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Attended the College of Preachers at The Washington National Cathedral. Advanced two-year clinical pastoral counseling program at the Institute of Pastoral Psychotherapy sponsored by the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington (PC&CC) and the American Association of Pastoral Counseling. Additional two-year clinical pastoral education program receiving advanced certification as hospital chaplain by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Three-phase training by the Mid-Atlantic Association for Training and Consultation (MATC) in human relations, experiential educational design skills, and organizational development. Human relations, conflict, and family systems study at: The Center for the Study of Human Systems; The Georgetown Family Systems Center with Dr. Murray Bowen and Rabbi Dr. Edwin Friedman; and The Washington Family Systems Institute with Salvador Minuchen. Organizational Development training with NTL (National Training Laboratories). Certification by National Cathedral as a D.O.C.C. (Disciples of Christ in Community) Presenter. 2007 Sabbatical Leave : St. George´s College, Jerusalem: ¨Jesus in Palestine;” and “The Footsteps of Paul in Turkey” courses. Invited to serve as St. George´s College Chaplain for a second “Jesus in Palestine” course. Visited Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine´s Monastery. Arranged a solo Sinai Wilderness Experience including five days on a camel with a Bedouin guide. Concluded with Benedictine Spiritual Direction, Study and Reflection Time with Esther de Waal at her hermitage in Wales.

PERSONAL: Born in Nash County, North Carolina. Excellent Health. Exercise regularly. Three children: Scott, Sophie, and Tessa. Ordinations: Episcopal Priesthood, 1983; Episcopal Diaconate, 1982; Southern Baptist Ministry, 1972. Hobbies: Sailing, tennis, fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, reading, travel, fine arts, theater, and dance

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Sonni Aribiah : Sr. Warden


Glenda Sanchez : Jr. Warden


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.

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Frank Rittermann: Director of Music

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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Shahra Toth : Sexton


Christopher Pouch : Web Admin


Amanda Kirkpatrick : Nursery Caregiver


Mary Keath : Volunteer Ministry Coordinator