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The Rev. Lisa Saunders Ahuja was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.

She has served churches in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Texas. Before moving to Washington D.C., she lived in Australia for four years, and served as a chaplain in Anglican schools there. In January of 2020 she returned to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to serve here at St. Thomas’ Parish as the Priest in Charge. In October 2020 she accepted the call to serve as our rector. She and her husband Salil are delighted to be part of this vibrant community.

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The reverend Linda Mahler was ordained a deacon in 2020. She was raised up for the diaconate by All Souls Episcopal Church here in DC, where she was baptized nine years ago. Linda has been a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, first as a disability rights lawyer, then as a special education teacher. She is currently pursuing a vocation in healthcare chaplaincy.
 
Linda brings to her diaconal ministry a passion for spiritual formation, social justice, and pastoral care. She loves to create safe and sacred spaces in which people feel able to share about their spiritual journey and their deeply felt emotions. Linda is eager to join with the parishioners of St. Thomas in discerning the needs of the community and ministering to our most vulnerable and marginalized and neighbors.
 
Linda lives in northwest Washington, DC with her beloved wife Nancy and their cat Noodle.

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cindy adkinsCindy Adkins,
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Cindy Spangler Adkins received a BS and honors in Music Education with a major in piano from Concord University. She earned a Masters in Music Education at the West Virginia University School of Music, exercising the piano recital option at the end of her term. The methodological classes in music education that Cindy took during this period sparked her interest in K-12 teaching and helped shape her belief in the power of music to transform young lives.

Cindy has nearly 35 years of combined experience as a music educator in the public school systems within the wider DC area (Fairfax County, Howard County, and Prince William County) and West Virginia (Monroe County and Raleigh County). Beyond her teaching experience, Cindy has enjoyed a notable career as a church musician for over 30 years. In 2016, she was appointed the Music Director of St. Thomas’ Parish, where she is the pianist, organist, and choir director. She has served as the Minister of Music at Christian Love Baptist Church (Baltimore), Choir Director and Piano Accompanist at Carr Memorial Methodist Church (Princeton, WV), and the Pianist/Organist at Fairfax Circle Baptist Church, Braddock Baptist Church (Alexandria), and First Baptist Church (Beckley, WV), among others. In addition to her classical piano endeavors, Cindy is an enthusiast of jazz, blues, and classic rock, which she performs in traditional concert venues, clubs, and event settings in the DC area.

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The Rev. Becky Zartman

Becky is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Becky attended Gettysburg College (’07) where she was active in their campus ministry in addition to being a camp counselor at Camp Mount Luther. After college, Becky worked at non-profits in DC until she went to Virginia Theological Seminary (’13) for her M.Div. Becky lives in SE DC with her husband Josh and infant daughter, and she enjoys reading and writing non-fiction and throwing parties. She serves as the Episcopal Chaplain to Georgetown University.