We’d like to introduce you to the new Vestry members starting 2021! You can also view the Vestry Vision document for 2021 here.
A native of Savannah, GA, Maria has lived in Hampton Roads for the past 13 years. She and her husband Topher, along with their two daughters Cadence (age 8) and Cameron (age 6), have attended Christ & St. Luke’s since September 2018. Maria graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 and then worked in Philadelphia for several years while attending the Wharton College of Business. In 2007, she moved to Virginia and began her career with the Navy as a civilian Financial Management Analyst. Although most of her career has been here in Norfolk, the Booths enjoyed a three-year tour in Naples, Italy (2015-2018), where Maria served as the accounting officer for a ship maintenance activity supporting Naval Forces Europe. She now works in the Comptroller’s Office at U.S. Fleet Forces Command. When not at work, Maria enjoys reading (her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird), hiking, and spending time with her girls. She also plays violin and sang with the Christ & St. Luke’s choir in 2018-2019. She is madly in love with her six-month-old kitten Luna, whom her husband despises.
My family and I have attended Christ and St. Luke’s for four years. In that time we have come to love the CSL community and the people that make it wonderful. We moved to Norfolk eight years ago, and currently live near the University. I am an Associate Professor of History at Old Dominion University, where I research the history of Britain and the British Empire. I also love to teach and mentor college students, and appreciate conversations about history, philosophy, literature, spirituality, and the humanities. My wife Emily is a children’s counselor, and my daughters Elliot (12) and Quinn (10) are both animated, lovely, and bright. In my spare time, I like to run, read, and am a very, very amateur wordworker. My wife and I are both from Denver, Colorado, and have seen stops in Arizona and South Carolina along the way. I look forward to serving our friends and neighbors in the church and the surrounding area.
I was born and raised in Virginia Beach; attended Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University and then worked as a Human Resources Administrator at ODU until my retirement in 2010. I have been a member of Christ and St. Luke’s since 2002 when Allen Shaffer recruited my husband, Cliff, and me into the choir. (Sadly, I lost Cliff this past July.) Currently, I am the music librarian and vestments mistress for the choir and previously helped to manage the pledges for the first capital campaign. Before being fully aware that I was an Episcopalian trapped in a Methodist’s body, I attended Virginia Beach United Methodist Church where I served on the Finance, Music, and Staff/Parish Relations Committees as well as the Administrative Board, of which I was Secretary for 10 years and Chair for 3 years. I was also President of the choir for 15 years. I look forward to being a part of moving Christ and St. Luke’s into not only the next phase of our Parish Hall but of our service to God, our congregation, and the local community.
A former Navy Supply Corps officer, I still work in naval logistics after 30+ years, but now as a civilian department director at the Navy’s largest Fleet Logistics Center. I met my husband, Paul, eighteen years ago. Although incredibly happy together, we recognized about four years ago that something was missing from our lives. We were Christians, but not active in a faith-based community. We sought to change that but struggled to find the right church until the Spirit moved us to visit Christ & St. Luke’s. The sermon that morning was, “You belong at Christ & St. Luke’s.” It spoke very personally to us. In the following weeks, the beautiful Episcopal liturgy, the amazing music, and mostly, the warm and welcoming people of Christ & St. Luke’s made it evident that we had found our “forever” church family. We are blessed every day, now, to feel the Spirit of Christ working in our lives through all of you. I’m deeply honored to be considered for service on the Vestry.