Meet our 2016-2017 Seminarians

Epiphany is honored to have three seminarians assigned to us for their field education this academic year! All three students are in their second year of seminary, two are from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), and one is from Wesley Theological Seminary. Each seminarian has drawn up a learning covenant, will spend his/her allocated hours each week engaging with the life of our parish, and working toward their learning goals in conversation with an appointed ministry supervisor and lay advisors.

VTS Students: Supervisor – Lisa Kimball, Ph.D.; Lay Committee – Kathy Gallagher (chair), Teresa Hobgood, Lois Nembhard, Brad Rickel. Wesleyan Student: Supervisor – The Rev’d Marge McNaughton; Lay Advisor – Carter Echols.

Joshua Daniel






Before seminary, Joshua Daniel and his family lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he worked both as a graduate student in philosophy (finishing his Ph.D. in 2015) and as the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Jenna, live in Alexandria with their two children, Jude (aged 6) and Ruby (aged 2). Having extensive experience in large, more suburban congregations, Joshua looks forward to learning first-hand about “downtown” ministry.

Mary Matthews

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Mary Matthews is from Melbourne, Australia and on an international scholarship to study a Masters of Divinity at the Virginia Theological Seminary. In Australia she worked as a community nurse for ten years and then in chaplaincy for nine. Most recently Mary was the national program director for an industrial chaplaincy program funded by Australia’s largest transport trucking corporation, to employ people exiting prison, those recovering from long term addiction and aboriginal Australian’s, to give them a second chance at life through employment in her program. Mary has also worked extensively in the area of human sexuality counseling and writes academically on queer, feminist theology. In her spare time she likes to draw, hike, and sing in choirs. She is delighted to be a part of the Epiphany church family for her field placement.

Michelle Wood

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Michelle Wood is from the Dallas, Texas area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in development and family studies from the University of North Texas in Denton and was a member of the Denton Wesley Foundation. Michelle has work experience with the refugee and empowerment services of Catholic Charities of Dallas. She was commissioned in 2012 as a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church for 3 years. She served in South Africa with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, doing research around unaccompanied minors’ migratory concerns. Then, Michelle served in chaplaincy at the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is currently attending school at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC to obtain a Master of Divinity and expects to graduate May 2018.


  1. Ann Gordon

    Mon 13th Mar 2017 at 5:24 pm

    As a parishioner at Epiphany, I want to say the we are greatly blessed to have these three seminarians with us this year. Epiphany is quirky, challenging, loving. These three seekers face a challenge their predecessors did not face: we’re in a period of transition. Our previous rector retired in 2015 after 21 years of ministry with us. We’ve had two interim priests since then. We’re hoping to call a new rector by this summer. They’re getting an extra dose of experiential learning during our transition. Each has brought special gifts that we are blessed to share. I hope this unsettled time adds a deeper dimension to their time
    with us. Blessings to you all.

  2. Mercedes Bautista

    Fri 14th Apr 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Planning to come Easter Sunday to my beloved Epiphany. I pray that the Lord will give me this chance after a long absence. So excited to see my friends and hear the Choir.


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