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The Reverend Dr. Neil O’Farrell
On July 10, 2016, St. John’s welcomed The Reverend Dr. Neil O’Farrell as our Interim Rector. Neil is a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is a “full communion partner” with the Episcopal Church. Through this partnership, the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church work together in mission, and their clergy and laity may move freely between the two churches.
Neil received his master of divinity degree from Harvard University, with a focus on the history of the development of the bible. He was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 2003, and served in an urban congregation for 15 years. He received his doctor of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His research emphasis was in pastoral health-care ministry.
Before entering seminary, he worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, specializing in health care and life long learning. In addition to his ministry at St. Johns, he is a hospice chaplain in Washington, DC. He sits on the board of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. He is an dedicated gardener, published writer, and photographer. He lives in Mt. Washington with his husband, Stephen; and Rufus, their redbone coonhound.
Caring for those in need beyond our doors is not an option for those who follow Jesus. It is a real joy for us to meet newcomers and to tell you about all the good things God is doing in our church family. Check out the many ministries offered at St. John’s Mt. Washington and get involved!