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.
Jinsun’s path led her from South Korea to prestigious universities around the world. She has served as St. Alban’s organist since 2008.
Jinsun was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, in a Christian family, her father serving as a Pastor. She began piano lessons at the age of four and became interested in organ during high school.
She holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Church Music and Organ from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. During her undergraduate program, she studied extensively in the North German organ school in the Netherlands, as well as organ construction in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
After receiving the Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, she completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the Catholic University of America in Washington.
Jinsun has won prizes in many prestigious competitions, including the Arthur Poister Organ Competition, the San Marino Organ Competition, and the Strader Organ Competition. She has served on the music faculties of Yonsei University and Mokwon University in South Korea, and the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Jinsun has been serving as an organist at St. Alban’s since 2008. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her son, Joseph.