The Reverend Doctor Noelle M. York-Simmons is the 28th rector of Christ Church, joining the Christ Church community in September of 2016. Originally from Atlanta, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, Master of Divinity from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, and Doctor of Ministry from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to moving to Alexandria, Noelle served churches in Atlanta and Nashville. She has served as convocational dean in the Diocese of Atlanta, as well as on diocesan committees and task forces exploring the full life of Christian formation from infancy to adulthood. She is a committed lifelong learner and a passionate pilgrim, both gifts she is excited to share with Christians and seekers of all stripes. In addition to a passion for Christian formation, Noelle is a student of homiletics, having published articles in preaching guides and commentaries over the last decade. Her most recent project is a doctoral thesis on preaching controversial topics, that was presented and accepted at Emory University in May of 2017. Noelle and her husband Kevin, a college professor in Religion and Ethics, have two children, two dogs, and two guinea pigs. They are enjoying exploring Alexandria and the greater DC area.
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Lyndon joined the staff in April of 2018 as an Associate Rector. Ordained in 2002, Lyndon has served in various capacities in the Episcopal Church, most recently as an Interim Rector for a number of parishes in Virginia. From 2011–2013, he was the Director of Program and Ministry at Washington National Cathedral. He is delighted to be part of the vibrant life of prayer, learning, and service at Christ Church. A dedicated scholar-priest, Lyndon received his PhD in 2015 from Archbishop Justin Welby at a ceremony in Lambeth Palace. From 2009 to 2014, he studied as a member of the Archbishop's Examination in Theology under The Rev'd Andrew Davison, PhD (University of Cambridge). In 2016, Cascade Books published his dissertation with the title: "Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management." Lyndon is an active writer and speaker on topics ranging from Christian understandings of the human person to questions on the role of leadership and management in the church. His most recent writings explore the place of imagination in the role of parish leadership. Lyndon is fond of good coffee, Australian Cricket and Rugby League, and time spent in the company of good friends.
Seldon joined the Christ Church staff in May 2018 as the Associate Rector for Youth Ministries / Curate. Seldon graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary on May 17, 2018 and was ordained to the Transitional Deaconate in the Diocese of Virginia on June 9, 2018. God-willing, Seldon will be ordained to the Priesthood in December 2018. Prior to seminary, Seldon practiced as a geologist and environmental specialist as he holds a B.S. in Geological Sciences from James Madison University. A lifelong Episcopalian, Seldon has always had a passion for church, and felt called by God to act further upon that passion after discerning that while he loved his career in the environmental field, he was more passionate about the time he was spending and volunteering in the church. Seldon is thrilled to begin his professional church-career with Christ Church and is looking forward to serving with the youth and their families. Seldon has a passion for youth ministry, mission, outreach, and liturgy and hopes to bring that passion to the ministries he will be working with here at Christ Church. Seldon and his wife, April, have three dogs and enjoy spending time together in the outdoors, finding good places to eat, and being in the company of family and friends. Seldon also loves sports, the Washington Nationals, music, and fishing.
Diane serves in a variety of roles—celebrant, officiant, preacher, lecturer and pastoral care provider—upon request. As a bi-vocational individual, she is also a corporate business owner and lecturer.
Diane has been a Priest Associate at Christ Church since 2005. She was received into the Episcopal Church at Christ Church in 1992 and quickly became instrumental in the formation of a Pastoral Care Ministry. She served as a longtime member of the Christ Church stewardship committee and often was called upon as a real estate advisor to both the parish and the Diocese of Virginia.
Diane holds a BA in English from Gannon University, a Master’s and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. After two full blown careers in education and real estate brokerage, she was called to the priesthood and ordained in 2003.
In addition to her work at Christ Church, she works full time in real estate and teaching. Writing prayers and reflective essays are two of her passions. She also loves studying American culture, working in the garden, restoring homes and furniture, and being a wife, mother, and grandmother.