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.
The Rev. Francisco Valle, is the Associate Rector of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, Hillandale in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Born and raised in El Salvador, he attended the José Simeon Cañas National Institute and obtained his Associate Degree in Social and Human Sciences. He was admitted in 1990 to the Roman Catholic Regional Seminary, “San José de la Montaña” in San Salvador, where he studied Philosophy for three years. In 1993 he began his studies in Theology, earning his Master in Divinity in 1996.
In August of 1997, The Reverend Francisco Valle was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Zacatecoluca in La Paz, El Salvador. He was then appointed as Rector of the Saint Peter the Apostol Church in San Pedro Masahuat El Salvador, and Rector of the “Clara Luna de Samayoa” Parochial School by The Right Reverend Romeo Tovar Astorga, Bishop of the Diocese of Zacatecoluca.
During these first years of priesthood Father Francisco implemented and developed the “Basic Ecclesial Communities” – small neighborhood groups which meet to reflect upon scripture and apply its lessons to their, religious, political, and community life. He also managed and began the reconstruction work of the new parish school building and taught religion curriculum for middle school students at the “Clara Luna de Samayoa” Parish school.
In 2001, Father Francisco received a call to serve as a missionary priest, for the pastoral care of migrant workers and their families, for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond in the State of Virginia in the United States of America. He was also appointed Associate Rector and Latino missionary for the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Eastern Shore, Virginia.
During the following years Father Francisco served in the creation and implementation of the first pastoral plan of the Latino congregation in the area; personal and community development workshops, and; pastoral care of migrant workers and their families. He was then he was appointed Priest in Charge for the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle in the Eastern Shore, Virginia.
In 2014, after some sabbatical years, consultations and a long process of prayerful discernment, The Reverend Francisco Valle was received as Episcopal Priest for the Diocese of Washington DC, the USA capital.
He has since participated in the requisite course work and obtained certifications that reinforce his pastoral work. These include:
The Reverend Francisco Valle is happily married to Lourdes Orellana and they have three children – Maximo Nestor Valle, Sabina Alexa Valle and Camilo Alexander Valle – with whom he enjoys a wonderful family life.