Staff

  • The Reverend Lisa Saunders Ahuja

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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. 

  • Nolan DiFrancesco, Parish Administrator

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    Nolan DiFrancesco is thrilled to be a part of the Parish community. Nolan lives in the neighborhood, just a few blocks away from the Church, and is eager to help support the continued building of the local community. He is originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania (not too far from Pittsburgh), and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2012. He has lived in DC for six and a half years, long enough to start calling it home.

  • Cindy Adkins, Music Director

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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.

  • Clifford Bowens
  • Kim Davis

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