About us



Who We Are


St. John’s, Mt. Washington began as a group of worshippers holding services in various settings around the area, led by the Rev. George Stokes, Rector of Church of the Redeemer. The first church building, a wooden edifice, was erected in 1869, and a second building, this time made of red brick, was built in 1928.

Unfortunately, after many years, it became unsustainable to maintain the historic church building, and it had to be put up for sale. St. John’s maintains its presence in Mt. Washington, though–since 2008, worship has been held in Springwell Chapel at Springwell Senior Living on Rogers Ave., which is in the neighborhood.

St. John’s has always had very close ties with the surrounding community of Mt. Washington, working hard to reach out to help the needy in the area and strengthen bonds with our neighbors.


The Reverend Dr. Neil O'Farrell

Interim Rector

On July 10, 2016, we 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 Masters in Divinity from Harvard University and was ordained in 2003. Before entering seminary, he worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., specializing in health care and other issues. For fifteen years, he was also a hospice care volunteer and continues to serve as a part-time hospice chaplain. He lives in Mt. Washington with his husband, Stephen.

Rachel Erdman

Parish Administrator

Rachel Erdman was born and raised in the Midwest, but has lived in Baltimore on-and-off for 8 years. She has a Master’s degree in Theology, and in her free time writes articles and book reviews for various theological publications. She is married to Nathan, the assistant priest at St. Thomas Episcopal in Owings Mills. She and Nathan have two daughters.

Melody Quah

Music Minister

Melody Quah is a Yale-, Julliard-, and Peabody-trained musician, who has performed on stages all over the world. She has worked as a church organist, pianist, and music director in various settings for over eight years. In addition to playing for St. John’s, Melody is a doctoral candidate at Peabody and teaches International Music at Baltimore City Community College.

Devon Holmes


Devon Holmes is originally from Kentucky and joined St. John's when she moved to Baltimore for law school. Besides serving on the vestry, she is a part of the altar team, and can occasionally be found playing flute in church. Devon enjoys ballet, horseback riding, sewing and is always planning her next Disney trip.

Sarah Fawcett-Lee

Senior Warden

Sarah Fawcett-Lee has served as Senior Warden at St. John's Mt. Washington for the past four years. She is a voting member of the Vestry of St. John’s Mt. Washington. A native of the United Kingdom, she was born and raised in the Church of England. Between college and graduate school, she was a nanny in Cambridge, Massachusetts and lived on the campus of the Episcopal Divinity School. Sarah has lived in Baltimore since 1989 and is married to Jason, a photographer, and they have one daughter. Sarah is Vice President for Philanthropy for MedStar Health, overseeing fundraising for four hospitals in the Baltimore area.

Paul Kopelke

Vestry Member

Paul Kopelke The son of an educator and an entertainer, Paul is a master of public speaking as his students at University of Baltimore can attest. He is a longtime radio voice coach, and has been involved in broadcasting throughout his career. He most recently served as general manager of the radio station, WNST. Paul is married to Cindy, and is a father and a grandfather.

Georgia Hilliard

Head of Feed My Sheep

Georgia Hilliard met her husband, Mike, at St. John’s Mt. Washington and they were married in the historic church on South Road. She coordinates several outreach activities for St. John’s including the Feed My Sheep program, and our work in partnership with Ochan Self-Help Alliance.

Georgia and Mike live in Towson and are parents to their blended family of Colleen, Keith, Mark, and Anne (and Anne’s husband, Rob). Born and raised in Maryland, Georgia graduated from Glen Burnie High School and attended Essex Community College. She is a retired realtor and also worked for many years as a manager at Nordstrom. Georgia is
passionately devoted to her three young grandchildren and loves to travel, make new friends, and root for the Ravens and the Orioles.

Jay Williams

Vestry Member

Jay Williams has been part of the St. John’s community for forty years and has been active in all aspects of the life of the parish. Currently, she volunteers one day a week in the parish office, has put her interior design skills to good use by making the Spiritual Arts Center welcoming and comfortable. She helps make sandwiches for the Feed My Sheep program and serves as an usher at church on Sundays. A life-long resident of Baltimore City, Jay graduated from St. Paul School for Girls. She attended college in Boston, then Baltimore where she raised her son and daughter. She has three grandchildren who love to spend time with her at her Quarry Lake home.

Charmion (Charms) Worrell

Vestry Member

Charmion (Charms) Worrell was born and raised on the Island of Trinidad and Tobago. Charms and her daughter, Micha have been coming to St. John's for the past five years. Charms in involved in Altar Guild, Hospitality and Daughters of the King. Charms enjoys helping out wherever she can. Charms loves to coordinate hospitality hour after church services.