The Reverend Louise Browner Blanchard
Louise Browner (Weezie) Blanchard has served at St. Mary’s since January 2015 and as Rector since September 2016. She has a heart for pastoral care, which she believes encompasses all the ways that we care for one another. She is extensive management experience, and her gifts as a preacher and celebrant are well known. She is passionate about making liturgy and worship accessible and meaningful for all ages. Weezie enjoys teaching, and during her time at St. Mary’s has led Bible and book studies and seasonal classes, including Advent and Lent tours of the collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As as result of her relationship with the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, St. Mary’s has hosted a weekend SSJE retreat at St. Mary’s and led two retreats to SSJE in Cambridge, Massachusetts within the past year. She is also committed to children and youth ministries and mission and outreach. Prior to coming to St. Mary’s, Weezie served first as Associate Rector and then Vicar at St. Stephen’s Richmond for nearly seven years. Her service at St. Stephen’s included all aspects of planning, pastoral care, and worship for the 4,500-member parish. A life-long Episcopalian, Weezie is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University Law School, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and attended Virginia Theological Seminary. She and her husband Buck, the Director of Mission and Outreach for the Diocese of Virginia, have two adult sons and twin adult daughters.The Reverend Louise Browner Blanchard serves as Rector.
Andrew Y. Moore joined St. Mary’s as Associate Rector in February, 2017. He is delighted to have the opportunity to get to know the people of St. Mary’s and discover what God is calling us to do together. Andrew is passionate about equipping and enabling people of all ages to live into their baptismal ministry through community building, spiritual formation, and worship. A gifted preacher and teacher, Andrew especially loves hearing the stories of people’s faith and helping them discover how they can more effectively share those stories. Through his work with hospitality and welcome he is excited to help newcomers discover the vibrant life of St. Mary’s and help them connect within the community. A native of northern Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University, Andrew has been active in the Episcopal church his entire life. He worked as an actor for several years before exploring ordained ministry and was the Director of Youth & Family Ministry at Calvary Episcopal Church for two years before seminary. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School and served for two years as Curate at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT before coming to St. Mary’s. He is a passionate supporter of the arts, devotee of Indiana University basketball, and an avid knitter.
The Reverend Canon Robert G. Hetherington
Bob served as Rector of St. Paul’s in Richmond for 22 years and remains an active presence in the Richmond community, including service to Richmond Hill and the Westminster Canterbury Foundation in particular and life of metropolitan Richmond in general. As Priest Associate since January 2016, Bob participates in and supports all aspects of ministry at St. Mary’s, and his gifts in pastoral care and preaching have already made a strong imprint on our common life. Bob also serves as Chaplain to our discernment process, as we explore together “Where is God calling St. Mary’s?” Among his many other talents, Bob continues to be a championship squash and tennis player.