The Rev. Connie Clark, Vicar
A native of Alexandria and a lifelong Episcopalian, the Rev. Connie Clark came to Buck Mountain in March, 2008 from Evanston, Wyoming, where she had served as chaplain of the Wyoming State Hospital, a public psychiatric facility.
Connie began her professional ministry as chaplain at a northern Virginia psychiatric hospital in 1998. She was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Wyoming on April 1, 2006, having attended St. Stephen's College, Edmonton, Alberta, a seminary of the United Church of Canada.
Prior to her service in psychiatric hospital ministry, Connie was a writer and communications consultant for nonprofit organizations. She attended college at the University of Chicago, where she met her husband-to-be, Guy Lushin. Guy is a social worker specializing in the treatment of addictions. He serves Buck Mountain as a Sunday school teacher and musician. Connie and Guy recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary and enjoy life with their two dogs, Bernice and Kiko.
Connie serves on the Anti-Racism Committee of the Diocese of Virginia and as a Colloquy Mentor for people in the discernment process for ordination as Deacons. She is known for her sense of humor, warmth, and passion for music. She is pleased to play keyboard for the Buck Mountain BBQ & Blues band and loves jazz, rhythm and blues, classical chamber music, and contemporary sacred choral music. You may see her at NIA classes at ACAC, or walking the dogs anywhere around town!
The Rev. Anne Scupholme, Deacon
Meet the Reverend Deacon Anne Scupholme.
Anne was born and raised in an Anglican family near Whitby, on the northeast coast of Yorkshire, England. She attended Casterton School, a boarding school for girls, which was immortalized by Charlotte Bronte in the nineteenth century in her novel Jane Eyre.
After leaving school, Anne trained as a nurse at University College Hospital in London and it was during this time that she was introduced to the worker priest movement in Europe and to a theology of social justice as was being practiced in the East End of London in the early 1960’s. Later, Anne trained as a midwife at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manchester and spent some time working on Moss Side, the notorious slum area of that city.
In 1968 Anne left England for a 5 year working trip around the world. After spending one year working in Kingston, Jamaica, Anne arrived in Miami, Florida and spent the next 32 years working as a nurse-midwife, in various capacities, among the socially underserved and recent immigrants in the inner city at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. During this time she earned a BA degree in Religious Studies from Florida International University and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Miami. She was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Miami School of Medicine in1991. Anne did manage between finishing her education and retirement to complete her trip around the world scuba-diving!
In 1992, Anne began to explore a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. Based on a prayer life built on the theology of classical and contemporary spiritual writers, and the liberal theologians, she increasingly felt the need to be a voice within the established church on behalf of the poor and those on the margins of society because of inequities in the social justice systems. She was accepted as a postulant for the vocational diaconate in the Diocese of Southeast Florida in 1995 and was ordained in 1998. For the next 5 years, she served on the staff of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami while maintaining her professional position within the medical center.
At the end of 2003 Anne retired to Charlottesville with the intention of pursuing post graduate education in bioethics in retirement. At this time Anne was licensed as a vocational deacon by the Rt. Reverend Peter James Lee being the first in the diocese. For a short time, in 2004, Anne was assigned to St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville but, in 2005 was assigned to the Blue Ridge Mountain Mission team as Vicar of St. George’s, Stanley. Anne retired from that position in January 2013 and was immediately recruited to serve at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church.
She lives in Forest Lakes with her black Labrador retriever, Zadok.
Diane Shelden, Administrative Assistant
Diane came to the Charlottesville area with her husband, Andy, in 2008. Diane previously worked as an assistant office manager at a Ford dealership in Yreka, California. She enjoys singing in the church choir, making chocolate truffles, reading, and working at Buck Mountain Church. Diane and her husband Andy are raising two wonderful children.
Doug Simon, Organist and Director of Music
Doug Simon's musical career began when, at age seven, he studied under the Royal School of Church Music as a boy chorister at St. James Episcopal Church in New London, CT. At age eight, he started playing the saxophone. A few years later, he picked up piano and flute. He was first chair alto sax in the symphonic band of Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, Virginia, for three years and toured Europe with this award-winning band.
Doug attended Berklee College of Music, where he majored in woodwind performance and minored in audio engineering. He played with Patti Labelle, Sister Sledge, and many other artists and bands. (Ask him about "going platinum!") He left that fast-paced world and returned to Virginia, where he raised his family and worked for Chemlawn, then owned and operated a number of businesses. Doug now works at Crutchfield Corporation.
Doug is known around church as "Buck Mountain Man" and is greatly appreciated for his extraordinary contributions to the life of this parish for 23 years (and counting). He is married to the artist and church member Marla McNamara.
Andrew J. Shelden, Director of Music for Evening Worship
Andrew Shelden played his first church service at the age of 11 and has been at the console of at least one church's organ ever since - for a total of more than 30 years of experience. From the foot-powered 1880s vintage organ at Montague United Methodist Church to the largest pipe organ in Finland, he's played them all!
Andy studied classical piano, organ, and percussion at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, learned jazz at College of the Siskiyous, and completed his BA at Southern Oregon University. Formerly an instructor of Advanced Ear Training at the College of the Siskiyous, he also served as Staff Accompanist for the COS Music and Theater Departments and Music Consultant for the Theater Department. In addition, Andy served as Organist at Yreka United Methodist Church, a post he held for 26 years (with a short break for college). He currently serves as Organist and Chancel Choir Director for First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville. In addition to piano and organ, Andy also plays double bass, percussion, recorders, tin whistles, accordion and Scottish Smallpipes professionally.