Who We Are
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is an Anglican, traditional, and inclusive faith community.
Our mission is to be a vibrant, Christ-centered church, witnessing God’s love for all people, through worship, education, stewardship, outreach and pastoral care.
We believe that God calls us to live our lives as Christians, not just as individuals, but as a community — part of the larger body of Christ. We are called to witness God’s love for people everywhere, nearby and afar.
We believe God does not want us ever to be comfortable and complacent, but rather to be vibrant … “vigorous, lively, and vital.”
To support our ministries in the local community, we are undertaking an ambitious project to renovate the kitchen in our parish hall.Learn More
St. Alban’s Vestry
The St. Alban’s Vestry are a dedicated group of elected volunteers who lead the parish and help to define, articulate, and sustain the St. Alban’s mission.
The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
A peaceful corner of the church property has been set aside and consecrated for the purpose of receiving the cremains of St. Alban’s congregants, families and friends.
Emergency Action Plan
The St. Alban’s Vestry has approved this Emergency Action Plan to address emergencies that we can reasonably expect in our neighborhood and here at church, such as fires, tornadoes, floods, and others. This plan will help us prepare before emergencies strike, and help St. Alban’s to be a shelter and refuge for our neighbors in case a disaster should affect the local community.
In addition, the plan includes contact phone numbers for the various vendors who maintain our physical plant systems.
Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Jeff Shankles
Father Jeff first joined St. Alban’s in 2005 as Assistant Rector, and since September 2013 has served as Rector.
Father Jeff has served at St. Alban’s since 2005, first as Assistant Rector, then Associate Rector, followed by Priest-in-Charge and now, since September 2013, as Rector.
Ordained ministry is Fr. Jeff’s third career. He served in the US Army Intelligence and Security Command for eight years as a Russian linguist in West Germany in the 1980’s. After leaving the Army he worked for the next fifteen years in the corporate world as an IT specialist, programmer, system administrator and data center manager.
In 1998, Fr. Jeff was ordained to the permanent, or vocational, diaconate in his home parish of St. Stephen’s, Boise, in the Diocese of Idaho. His diaconal ministry was focused on establishing and leading his church’s participation at the local soup kitchen in Boise. After discerning a call to the priesthood, Fr. Jeff packed up his family and moved to northern Virginia in 2002 to attend Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. After graduation from seminary Fr. Jeff was called to serve at St. Alban’s.
Fr. Jeff and his wife, Kate, have two adult children: Audrey and William. In his spare time Fr. Jeff likes tending the grounds of the rectory which Kate likes to call the “deer’s snack-bar.”
The Rev. Paul Moberly
Father Paul joined St. Alban’s in 2017 as Assistant Rector and in 2018 became Associate Rector.
Father Paul grew up in Minnesota surrounded by Lutherans and lakes. He was first introduced to the beauty and grandeur of the Anglican tradition as a ten-year-old, in Hawaii, when his dad taught a Bible course in an Episcopal Church. His favorite childhood author, Madeleine L’Engle, was a devout Episcopalian, and as a teenager he read many of her religious-themed journals and memoirs. From an early age, he was drawn to the music and liturgy of the church.
Fr. Paul is an alumnus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1997. And yes, he did sing in one of the choirs. He spent much of his twenties living in San Francisco, where he worked as a bartender and freelance copy editor. In his thirties, he exchanged the West Coast for the East, and lived in Vermont for half a decade.
Fr. Paul’s spiritual quest led him to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in 2009, in Brattleboro, VT, where he quickly joined the choir and began serving in various other lay ministries — and began to grow deeply in Christian faith and Anglican identity. It was at St. Michael’s that he began to actively discern a call to ordained ministry.
The Diocese of Vermont admitted him as a Postulant for Holy Orders in 2014, and Fr. Paul relocated soon thereafter to begin theological formation at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He gained a great deal of liturgical knowledge and invaluable experience as a Seminarian at St. Paul’s Church, K Street, in Washington, DC from 2015 through 2017. He received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in May of 2017.
Fr. Paul was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Diocese of Vermont at St. Michael’s Church, Brattleboro, Vermont on January 7, 2017. He was ordained as a Priest eight months later at St. Alban’s Church, Annandale, Virginia, on September 8, 2018. The Right Reverend Thomas Ely, tenth Bishop of Vermont, conferred both ordinations by the laying-on-of-hands and presided at both liturgies.
Paul and his husband, Gerardo, live in Annandale, Virginia. They were married at St. Paul’s, K Street in Washington, DC, in Eastertide of 2017. Together, they enjoy cooking and (perhaps especially) baking, and travel whenever time and resources permit them to do so.
The Rev. Theresa Lewallen
Deacon Theresa was first appointed to St. Alban’s by the Bishop of Virginia after being ordained in 2016.
Deacon Theresa began her time at St. Alban’s in January 2015 while she was attending The Deacons’ School of the Diocese of Southern Virginia and the Diocese of Virginia. After her ordination as a Vocational Deaconal, the bishop assigned Deacon Theresa to St. Alban’s. Deacon Theresa works with members of the Outreach Committee to support St. Alban’s partnership with Belvedere Elementary School which includes providing weekend food to students identified by the school as needing assistance. She also supports other ministries, including Sleepy Hollow Nursing Home, Samaritan Ministry, and the Caregivers’ Group. Deacon Theresa serves as the chaplain for The Deacons’ School and on the Diocesan Committee on the Diaconate and the Race and Reconciliation Committee.
A Northern Virginian since 1983, Deacon Theresa was received into the Episcopal Church in 1987 and was an active lay leader at Grace Church, Alexandria. She is employed by the National Collaborative for Health Equity where she directs the day-to-day operations of a leadership program funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her adult son and daughter-in-law live in Tampa, FL.
Patrick J. Summers
An active church musician for nearly five decades, Patrick Summers is serving as interim music minister.
Patrick J. Summers has been an active church musician for 49+ years in both the Washington, D.C., and New Orleans areas, and he has performed in the U.S., Venice, Florence, and Rome. He has directed programs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Burke, Va., First Congregational United Church of Christ D.C., and Our Savior Lutheran Church and Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Va.; in addition, he served as the Chapel Organist for Headquarters Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Pentagon. He is a member of the D.C. Chapter, American Guild of Organists, for which he volunteered as the Treasurer for six years, an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, serving as a national conference Treasurer, and Treasurer of the Organ Historical Society.
At Saint Andrew’s he directed the fifty-voice SATB Adult Choir and served as a member of Worship Committee and Silver Jubilee Committee. While there he executed a strategic development program that grew choir membership by over 100%, and he expanded the ensemble’s choral literature to encompass all periods of music (Renaissance to Contemporary). On a regular basis Mr. Summers coordinated and directed ensembles of professional instrumentalists to enhance major celebrations.
At First Congregational UCC he directed the twenty-voice SATB Choir and during his tenure formed “Friends of Music” to provide additional musical programming and resources for enhanced worship and other programs. Part of the expanded program included adding a jazz trio to the Christmas Eve service which, after three years, tripled in attendance. In addition, he recommended, guided and oversaw restoration of 41-rank 1958 Casavant pipe organ, and he advised the site transition team regarding music program facility needs in new $18+ million worship and administrative space.
As part of his undergraduate work Mr. Summers studied organ with Richard J. Heschke. He was a member of the A Cappella Choir, the University Chorus, the Opera Chorus, Phi Mu Alpha (professional fraternity for men in music) and chaired the University’s Performing Arts Committee.
In a management capacity Mr. Summers is Principal of Summers & Associates, LLC, and Summers & Wall, LCC, both Washington, D.C.-based accounting firms serving a variety of client audit and tax preparation needs. Most recently he has been working with churches and other nonprofit organizations assisting them with their conversions to GAAP-based fund accounting and reporting.
Prior to his forming these companies he completed eight years as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for AIMS Worldwide, Inc., a five-subsidiary publicly-traded marketing and media corporation where he was responsible for design and execution of all financial and accounting functions, including timely, accurate reporting to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.
He has also been Controller and Business Manager for several nonprofit organizations as both employee and volunteer. In addition, he was C.F.O. and Controller for News USA, Inc., a national public relations/publicity firm where he began as Production Manager and subsequently designed and implemented operations systems for the company’s growing product line. As member of the executive management team, he originated the C.F.O./Controller position and was later promoted to Executive Vice President.
As a consultant Mr. Summers has had a wide variety of experiences including contract accountant/controller work, individual tax preparation, and nonprofit audit. He serves on the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (D.C.).
A member of the National Association of Tax Professionals and the National Society of Accountants, Mr. Summers holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Louisiana State University and earned graduate credit from The University of Virginia and Tulane University in New Orleans. Active in many collegiate organizations, he was Local Committee President of the International Association of Students in Economics and Business Management and a member of the Union Program Council and the Governing Board, and he was admitted to the campus honorary fraternities of Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board.