The Rev. Eric Long
The Reverend Eric C. Long began his service as Rector of St. John’s in August, 2014. Coming to us from St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Pensacola, Florida, the Rev. Long is a natural leader, talented teacher, and gifted preacher. During his tenure as Rector, he revitalized St. Christopher's into a dynamic, fast growing, multigenerational church. Currently working on his Doctor of Ministry (Preaching) at the School of Theology, Sewanee, he loves the breadth of liturgy within the Episcopal Church. In his words, "it is most exciting when complex truths become real for people and they can see how the richness of the Christian tradition intersects with their own lives." Passionate about outreach, he has established the "The Incarnation Project," an ongoing ministry to improve health care and build a school in the rural town of Le Pretre, Haiti. Early in his career, the Rev. Long was a Missioner and a Church Planter, growing congregations and churches from the ground up. He was the founding priest of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rev. Long also worked as a hospital chaplain in the United States Navy.
Father Eric was ordained to the diaconate in June 1999, to the priesthood in January 2000 and is an alumnus of The University of Memphis (BA - Finance, '93), The Nazarene Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, '96) and The School of Theology at The University of the South (Anglican Studies, '99).
The Rev. Long has been married for over twenty years to Shelley Henderson-Long, a special education and remedial reading teacher. They were both raised in Memphis, Tennessee and have two beautiful daughters: Abigail, age 11, a 6th grader and Madalene, age 8, a 3rd grader. The Rev. Long is a private pilot and a scuba diver, but his friendships and family life fill most of his time outside of the church. He describes his home as "a noisy, rambunctious, happy incubator for love," with a busy schedule of homework, guitar and piano lessons, volleyball games and still time for "movies and pizza picnics on the living room floor."
Father Eric loves the Church of Jesus Christ and is insistent we first and always be who God calls us to be.
The Rev. David Olson
Senior Associate Rector
David joined the staff of St. John’s as an associate in July of 2014.
David is an ordained Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. A lifelong Lutheran he graduated from Lenior-Rhyne University with degrees in Theology and Music. He studied at Duke Divinity School and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. David has served parishes in Michigan and North Carolina and has served as the pastor to the LEAF community at Elon University, a joint Lutheran and Episcopal campus ministry group.
Originally from Hendersonville North Carolina, David loves first and foremost spending time with his wife Andrea and their three children Isaac, Maya and Ezra. He also enjoys reading, working with his hands, and doing anything outside. Especially if it involves trail running, mountain biking or paddling. David loves to spend time with family and friends and thinks laughter is one of the greatest ideas God ever had.
The Rev. Whitney Burton
Associate for Youth,
Young Adult and Community Life
Whitney joined the staff at St. John's in October of 2015, as Associate for Youth, Young Adult, and Community Life.
A native of Atlanta, Whitney grew up attending St. Martin in the Field’s Episcopal Church. Whitney was very involved in the life of the church and first discerned a call to ministry while on a youth pilgrimage to Italy.
She attended University of South Carolina where she graduated with a B.A. in both Philosophy and Religious studies and a minor in Business Administration, where she worked with the College Ministry. From South Carolina, Whitney went to Seminary at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Divinity.
The outdoors are a great love of Whitney’s. If she can be on the water or on a hiking trail, she will be. She prefers to be around people and gets great energy from spending time with family and friends.
The Rev. Mary Mackin
Mary joined the staff at St. John's in July, 2012, as Curate for Pastoral Care. She spends most of her time out in the community, visiting parishioners who are in the hospital, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities, or at home. She extends the love and care of the St. John's community to the people she meets and listens to.
A native of Wisconsin, Mary joined the Episcopal Church in 1994. Earlier in her life, Mary served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland and then had a full career in academics, serving as a faculty member at the University of New Orleans for twenty-five years. She taught poetry, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics and published composition textbooks and articles in composition studies.
Mary and her husband Cooper moved to Roanoke in late 2005. They immediately fell in love with St. John's and became active members. When Mary felt called to ordained ministry about three years later, the parish sponsored her at seminary. She feels immensely privileged to be able now to serve this vibrant and active parish.
Mary holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Bethel College, 1968), Master of Arts in Linguistics (Ohio University, 1977), and Master of Divinity cum laude (Virginia Theological Seminary, 2012).
Mary enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Minister for Parish Administration
David Charles Campbell
Minister of Music
Minister to Children and Families
Assistant Minister of Music
Children's Music Associate
Program Coordinator, CYP
Executive Director, CYP
Crystal Gills Fernatt
Co-Parish Wedding Director
Co-Parish Wedding Director