The Rev. John A. Weatherly is the Interim Rector of Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, MD, recently retired after 22 years at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. He attended the University of the South and graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in American History. While there he played on the Soccer team, and the Intercollegiate Whitewater Canoe Team. After graduate work at Duke University and earning a Master of Arts degree, he taught in public schools in Portsmouth, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Following a journey of discernment for three years, in 1978 he entered the Divinity School at Yale University. While there he completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Yale University Mental Health unit, and later at St. Elisabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. Upon graduation and earning his M.Div. in 1981, the Bishop of New Jersey appointed him as Vicar to both St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Trenton, New Jersey. John was on the founding board of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and served as President of the Board for three years. In 1986 he and the Rev. Beverly K. Weatherly were married and appointed as Missioners to Igreja Episcopal do Brasil, serving in Brasilia, Brasil from 1986 to 1989. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born in 1987 and their son Andrew, in 1988.
Returning to the United States in 1989, The Rev. John A. Weatherly was elected Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampstead, North Carolina. John served on the board of the Episcopal Farmworker’s community in Newton, NC, the Executive Board of the Diocese. Their daughter Maegan was born in 1990. In 1993 John was called as Associate Rector to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Darien, CT where he was responsible for Youth and Children’s Ministry. He completed his Th. M in Pastoral Care and Counseling from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In 1996 John was appointed Priest in Charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Temple Hills, MD, in the Diocese of Washington when his wife was elected Associate Rector at Christ Church, Alexandria, VA. In July 1997 John was elected Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria and Vicar of Iglesia Episcopal de San Marcos.
The Rev. John A. Weatherly recently retired with the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, as Joint Forces Command Chaplain to the Virginia National Guard. In 2001 he served in Bosnia with the 29th Division in a Peacekeeping mission, and later deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 with the 2/224th, an Army Blackhawk helicopter unit, serving with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Forward and the 3rd Marine Air Wing, Al Asad, Iraq. John served in the Diocese of Virginia on various committees, including the Hispanic Church Plant committee and the Executive Committee of the Diocese. What draws his life together is his wife Beverly and his family, a ministry of hospitality to all people, and the joy and transformation of a Eucharistic community grounded on Jesus Christ.