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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. She most recently lived in Australia for four years, and served as a chaplain in Anglican schools there.  She is thrilled to return to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and serve here at St. Thomas’ Parish as the Priest in Charge. 

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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.

Parish Administrator

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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.

Pastoral care is a gift from God when we are in crises or ​having ​difficult life transitions. If you are having mental or physical health concerns and want to talk to our priest, then contact the parish office. If you have ideas on how we can support each other through crisis or life transitions, please contact Alex, our priest in charge. Also, let Alex know if you are willing to assist with pastoral care.

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