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, along with a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School. He serves as the Dean of the Norfolk Convocation and is active on several local boards/associations, including Hands United Building Bridges, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling, and Mentally Healthy Norfolk. John 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 M. Div. from Yale Divinity School, along with a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Berkeley 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. Connie Jones, Priest Associate
Connie joined the staff of St. Andrew’s as Priest Associate in 2018 after her retirement from full-time parish ministry at Grace Church, Yorktown, where she was Assoc. Rector. She taught U.S. History for many years in the Virginia Community College system before studying for ministry at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond) and Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria), and being ordained in 2003. Connie’s late husband Bill taught at Virginia Wesleyan and was a frequent presenter at the NARO Theatre. Connie lives in Larchmont with a couple of cats, has two children (and their families) in Wisconsin and Richmond. Connie does a little swimming and reading every day.
Harper Lewis Bathel, Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry
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 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.
Maggie Mahloy, Nursery Coordinator
Maggie joined the St. Andrew's staff in September 2019 as our Nursery Coordinator. She is studying Psychology at Old Dominion University, where she also is involved with the Christian Student Fellowship group. She previously served as a youth group leader and nursery worker at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Newport News, as well as a counselor at Camp Chanco and a volunteer at various diocesan youth events. When she's not studying, she enjoys photography and exploring Norfolk.
Allison Enedy, Director of Parish Communications
Allison joined the St. Andrew’s staff as the Director of Parish Communications in January 2019. Previously, she worked for APM Terminals, Norfolk Southern, City of Virginia Beach and Mary Washington College in a variety of media and communications roles. Most recently, she served as the Director of Special Events and as a publications consultant with the Virginia Beach SPCA, before taking time off after the birth of her son. She and her husband, Tom Cholis, make their home in Norfolk with their son, Thomas, and three dogs.