Clergy and Staff
The Rev. John Rohrs, Rector
John came to St. Andrew's in 2009, after serving for four years as an Associate Rector at Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was ordained. Originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma, John has a B.A. from Duke University and a M. Div. from Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Andie, live in West Ghent and have three children: a daughter, Anna, and twin boys, Tom and Will. You can contact John by email or at 622-5530.
The Rev. Andie Wigodsky Rohrs, Associate Rector for Parish Life
Andie joined the staff at St. Andrew’s in the summer of 2013. Prior to that, she was at home with young children and enjoyed serving as a supply priest around the Diocese. Her previous positions include serving as the Chaplain at Saint Mary's School, an all girls Episcopal boarding and day school in Raleigh, NC and as the Chaplain in Charge at Duke University. She has a B.A. from Duke and Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. One of Andie’s passions is building community, and she is excited to work with and coordinate ministries for parishioners of all ages at St. Andrew’s.
The Rev. Dr. Marguerite Alley, Deacon
Marguerite came to St. Andrew’s in October of 2015 to serve as a deacon. Originally ordained in 1998, she previously served as the deacon and Christian Formation Coordinator at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. She maintains a long-standing ministry to people living with HIV/AIDS, and she also has a background in music education and currently teaches fifth grade orchestra part time at two area elementary schools. She has an undergraduate degree from James Madison, master’s degrees in education and pastoral studies, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in liturgy. She makes her home with her partner, Jan, three dogs and a cat.
Harper Lewis Bathel, Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org
Harper joined the staff in August 2016. For the past six years, she served on the staff of St. Andrew’s, Newport News, as the Youth Director. Before that, she spent seven and half years at St. John’s, Hampton, serving as a Director of Youth Ministry and Christian Education (including a stint as a Parish Administrator.) Harper also works for the national Episcopal Church as a Conference Administrator for CREDO, which is a clergy wellness conference. Harper grew up in Hampton and has her B.S. degree from Longwood University in Therapeutic Recreation. In her free time, she loves exploring national parks, seeing live music, and connecting with family and friends.
Dennis Sipes, Parish Administrator
Dennis has served since 1998 as the Parish Administrator, a role in which he oversees routine parish finances, communications, and other administrative needs. His is the friendly and faithful face in the office window and voice on the line. Dennis worked previously as a Religious Program Specialist, assisting chaplains in the United States Navy from 1975-1996. He has two adult children, Nicole and JonMichel. You can contact Dennis by email or at 622-5530.
JonMichel Sipes, Sexton
JonMichel began working at St. Andrew’s in 2004, under the auspices of Coverall Cleaning Service. In 2008, he was hired as the Sexton, with responsibility for cleaning and maintaining our parish buildings. Born in Clifton Park, New York, JonMichel grew up nearby in Virginia Beach.
Stephen Leist, Director of Music Ministry
Stephen joined the staff in January 2015 as our Director of Music Ministry. A research librarian at Virginia Wesleyan, Stephen is also an accomplished organist and choir director with a lifelong passion for the music and liturgy of the Episcopal tradition. Before moving to Norfolk in 2012, he served as the Organist and Choir Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles, Ky. He holds degrees from Furman University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Kentucky and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. He is married to Joanna Binford, a music teacher and professional viola player.
Richard Rigg, Associate Director of Music Ministry
Richard joined St. Andrew’s in 1985 and a few years later began overseeing the Youth and Handbell Choirs. More recently, he led the formation of the Gospel Lights, a string band comprised of parishioners. In January 2015, Richard began serving as Associate Director of Music Ministry for the St. Andrew's Senoir Choir. Richard works as the Band and Orchestra Director at Virginia Beach Middle School and can play a great variety of instruments. He is married to Christann and has two children, Michael and Mary Catherine.
Ashlee Erestain, Nursery Coordinator
A native of Virginia Beach, Ashlee holds a BA in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University. She has been the Nursery Coordinator at St. Andrew’s since the end of 2013 and also works full-time as a Parent Educator with CHIP of South Hampton Roads. She has extensive experience working in pre-primary level Montessori classrooms and other day care settings. When she’s not caring for the wonderful children of St. Andrew’s, she enjoys running, cooking, and playing with her two puppies!