At the February 4 Annual Meeting of St. John’s Parish, the following candidates are standing for election to the Vestry. Richard Metzger is standing for Senior Warden, Paul Barkett for Junior Warden, and the remaining are standing for election to be members of the Vestry, with three seats available.
Richard Metzger, Senior Warden
Richard Metzger has been a member of St. John’s Church for more than 25 years. He currently serves as the Junior Warden and is a member of the Properties Committee. He previously was the Chair of the Investment Committee, which assists the Vestry in supervising the management of the church’s endowment. Richard also serves as an Assistant Head Usher at the 7:45 and 9:00 a.m. services. He was a member of the Vestry between 2006 and 2010.
Richard is a member of the law firm Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC, which specializes in advising and representing clients regarding matters pending before the Federal Communications Commission. Richard is a graduate of Williams College and Georgetown University Law Center.
Paul Barkett, Junior Warden
A member of St. John’s church since 1984, Paul previously served on the Vestry from 2005 to 2007 and as warden from 2007 to 2012. Over the years, Paul has served as a crucifer, lay reader, chalice bearer, Lay Eucharistic Minister and as a member of the Church Growth Committee, the Flower Committee, and the Music Advisory Committee. Paul is a past chair of the Flower Committee, and most recently a co-chair of the Bicentennial Planning Committee. Paul currently serves as treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
Paul earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The George Washington University and is employed as the Chief Operating Officer at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Northwest Washington.
Having been confirmed as an Episcopalian at St. John’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut in 1987, it may have been inevitable that Carolyn Crouch would find her way to St. John’s Lafayette Square in 1997. She was a newly-minted M.F.A. Acting graduate from the Catholic University of America and newly married to Nelson Crouch. In her twenty years as a St. John’s parishioner, Carolyn has been a reader, directed the Christmas pageant (twice!), served on the Church Growth Committee, been elected to the vestry, sung with the Parish Choir, and whipped up many a Parish Lunch. At present she is a co-mentor for the Education for Ministry Program. Carolyn founded and operates Washington Walks, a D.C.-based walking tour company. She also serves on the board of The Welders, a D.C. playwrights’ collective. Her favorite role is parent to Thea, her 15-year old daughter.
Jeff Hantson has attended St. John’s with his wife Katie since 2012. Jeff was born and raised in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, and moved to Washington, DC, to attend law school in 2007. He and Katie came to St. John’s shortly after purchasing their first home in search of a church to call their own. They were quickly drawn in by Luis’s thought-provoking sermons and St. John’s commitment to the local community. In the ensuing years, Jeff’s involvement with the church has grown. He is an usher at the 9:00 am service, serves on the Outreach Committee and Refugee Subcommittee, is a frequent attendee of the St. John’s Book Group and Theology on Tap, and—together with Katie—organizes the annual Angel Tree Gift Drive. His daughter Charlotte was baptized at St. John’s in 2018.
Jeff is a counsel at the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, where his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and various pro bono matters. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Andrew Hunt first came to St. John’s Church as an infant, and he was baptized and confirmed here and was a Sunday school student of several current members. Upon returning to Washington after college and graduate school, he began attending St. John’s again. He serves regularly as a Crucifer and Greeter at the 9:00 and 11:00 services and he is the Chair of the Church Growth Committee.
Andrew and his wife Elizabeth “Izzy” Hill were married at St. John’s in 2012, and they have a two-year-old daughter, Joanna, who was baptized here in 2015. Andrew is the son of Fred (Jr.) and Casey Hunt, and grandson of Fred (Sr.) and Eleanor Hunt, and several generations before them have also been members.
Professionally, Andrew leads AGH Strategies, a database consulting firm helping nonprofit organizations build and strengthen relationships with their supporters through open-source software. He holds a B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis and a M.A. in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia School of Social Work.
I have worshipped at St. John’s since 1988 and have been active in many of its ministries. These include serving as an usher, teaching Sunday school and leading the Youth Group, and participating in parish outreach programs such as Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity. Most recently, I had the privilege of being one of the adult leaders of our parish’s 2017 confirmation class. I have cherished my role in parish youth ministry and the opportunity it has provided to deepen and share my faith and help our parish’s teenagers form their own relationship with God.
I am employed by the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency, where I currently supervise a team of attorneys as an Assistant Chief Counsel on the personal staff of one of the Board members. I am an avid rower, and have served on the board of Capital Rowing Club, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring rowing opportunities to the Anacostia River community and the larger Washington DC area.
I previously served on the vestry from 2001to 2005 and, during that time, I learned a lot about the management and finances of the parish. Thanks in large part to our Rector’s leadership, our parish stands on a strong foundation and is well-positioned to meet the challenges we face, which include calling a new Rector after Luis retires. I believe that my experience would be an asset to the parish as it addresses those challenges, and I would be honored to have your support.
Sara McGanity has been a member of St. John’s since 2009 and presently serves as the Secretary to the Vestry. She has had the pleasure of serving on a variety of committees, including Stewardship, Church Growth, and the Capital Campaign. She is active in Latrobe, teaches Sunday School, and is a Greeter. Sara graduated from the University of Richmond and specializes in marketing and public relations; she is a Board member of the Junior League of Washington.
Peter is an attorney with 25 years of experience in handling special victim and homicide cases. He is currently a senior training advisor to the criminal law division of the Army Judge Advocate General.
Peter has been a member of St. Johns since 2015. With his wife, Eleanor, he organizes Sandwich Sunday for Martha’s Table. He also is one of the core members of the Grace’s Table ministry at Grace Church in Georgetown. Peter and Eleanor are also in the greeters’ rotation for the 9:00 a.m. service.
Peter is a former vestry member at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where he served on the Outreach Committee, the Cuba Companionship Committee, the Board of Directors of Crossroads Ministry (a large homeless ministry) and played banjo and guitar with the Parson’s Pickers, the St. Luke’s in-house folk and bluegrass band. Peter lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in DC. He has 2 grown children and an 8-month-old granddaughter named Harper.