I was born in Iran, spent five years in Cairo, Egypt, but for the most part grew up in a quiet suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attended Wheaton College (IL), and graduated with a BA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. Seeking the excitement of a big city, I moved to Washington, DC upon graduation, and spent three years working on Capitol Hill, and two on staff at The Falls Church (Anglican), running their young adults community. I earned my M.Div at Duke Divinity School in Durham, and was ordained by the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) as a Vocational Deacon on All Saints Day of 2008.
I met my (late) husband Patrick during those DC days, and we married while I was in seminary. We began attending All Saints right after we returned from our honeymoon in 2007. And for the most part have been here ever since. Our daughter, Cecilia, was born in 2009, and baptized at ASC. Jobs took us briefly to Charlotte and then back to DC, and while we were there, Patrick was diagnosed and treated for an unusual form of brain cancer. He passed away in January of 2012 at the young age of 34. Ceci and I moved back to Durham, because the thought of being a single-mom in DC seemed practically impossible. We have loved being back in NC, and have credited our community and worship at All Saints as a major part of our healing process. In January 2016, we adopted sweet little Zachary Alexander into our family.
I recently married Mark Stump, my high school boyfriend, with whom I reconnected after his late wife, Emily, passed away from breast cancer. I am ordained a Priest in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, and licensed by Bishop Steve Breedlove to serve at All Saints.
I love bringing order to chaos, establishing systems and mechanisms that can enable our life together to occur more easily, while equipping lay leaders to serve our church and community in fruitful, productive ways. I hope I can help All Saints journey through this season of growth, and help to make it a welcoming, accessible, and healthy place for new and old members alike.
My husband Michael, a UVA grad originally from Northern Virginia, and I met in Rome, Italy in 1999, while we were both living and working there. When my nannying stint in Italy came to an end, I moved to Arlington, VA in 2000 to work in government consulting. We started attending The Falls Church, as it was a perfect combination of my non-denominational church background and Michael’s Roman Catholic heritage.
Michael and I were married in 2003, and in 2006 I accepted the Assistant Director for Children’s Ministry position at The Falls Church. Ever since when I was in middle school, I have always loved serving and leading God’s children, so the transition from business to ministry was a great step of joyous faith. While on staff, we went on a mission’s trip to Rwanda, with our small groups, and through our time there and the amazing people we met (including the Kings, missionaries of ASC!), we developed a real heart for Rwanda and the global Anglican Church.
After we had our first son, Joseph Michael in 2007, we headed out west to Arizona for a few years, where Mike earned his IMBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management. While in Phoenix, we met some incredible folks, hiked a lot, soaked in tons of vitamin D, and welcomed Giuliana Marie to our family in 2009. In 2010 we moved back east to chilly Boston.
We loved our time in New England, where we have learned to smile regardless of whether or not the sun is shining (for a Floridian this was a hard lesson!), and in 2013 we welcomed our youngest son, Thomas Vincent. For the past several years, I have loved serving weekly in Pre-K Sunday School; leading kids in worship and sharing Bible stories in a fun and interactive way is a deep passion of mine.
Moving back to the Mid-Atlantic has been a hope of ours for many years, and we are thrilled to be closer to both of our families (mine in FL and Michael’s in VA). We love to play outside! Biking, running, camping, hiking, and grilling are just a few of the ways we spend our weekends.
I have been so amazed to watch how God has taken my professional skills in business, process, and communication consulting and has used them for ministry to his littlest children. I enjoy creating strategic vision for children’s ministry, developing clear, engaging plans, and working alongside a team of volunteers to execute the vision. Stepping back into ministry is an exciting adventure for me, and I look forward to walking on this path now with All Saints Church!
I began working in churches after volunteering at our family church in Arkansas about 15 years ago. I loved it so much, and was thrilled when I soon got a part-time staff position at a Disciples of Christ Church in that area. During our military moves, I also found fulfilling work in a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, and two Episcopal Churches. I am blessed to be a part of All Saints!
When I have free time I can be found at antique stores, area festivals and fairs, or watching a musical, play or dance concert with my family.
The Bylaws of All Saints Church define the role of the Vestry as follows:
“The Vestry, which shall include the Rector, shall be responsible for establishing, refining, communicating and defending the mission and values of All Saints. It shall be the duty of the Vestry to provide for whatever may be necessary for the celebration of worship and the encouragement of the ministries of All Saints, including all things necessary to support the worship and ministry of the Church, including buildings, offices and facilities as necessary.
“The Vestry shall be formed from individuals who are actively involved in the implementation of All Saints’ stated mission and values. Vestry members shall commit themselves to personal and spiritual accountability to one another and to God. Serving as a member of the Vestry shall be viewed as a spiritual and serious matter and the members of the Team shall be expected to order their lives and their work in accordance with the Leadership Covenant of All Saints. In addition, members of the Vestry shall earnestly and prayerfully seek God’s will with regard to the making of all decisions.”