Nancy Ross

Position: Acolyte Master

In Anglican churches such as the Episcopal Church of the United States or the Church of England, altar servers are called acolytes and can be of either sex and any age (although usually no younger than ten).
An acolyte can assist in worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles or "torches", assisting a deacon or priest set up and clean up at the altar, swinging incense or carrying the incense boat, handing the offering plates to ushers, and many other tasks as seen fit by the priest or acolyte warden.





Altar Guild

Michael Walker

Position: President/Coordinator

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a group of women and men who work behind the scenes preparing and tending the sanctuary where we worship. Our goal is to work with our priest, Rev Foster, to see that the service runs smoothly. We try to avoid surprises by having the sanctuary prepared before worshippers arrive and by having everything needed for the service cleaned ,in its place so that the sacraments and offices of the church can be conducted with order, decency and beauty. Our Altar Guild prepares for and cleans up after three services weekly.

Altar Flowers Sign-Up Form

Lay Readers Schedule

Episcopal Church Women

Marjorie T. Goodwin

Position: President

Episcopal Church Women (Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia)

Who we are
We are Episcopal Church women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds who hold a variety of views. However, our common denominator is our love of God and the desire to do his work.

Our Mission
Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empower women to do Christ's ministry in the world.

Our Vision
Our vision for all women of the Episcopal church is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the church. We aspire to be a God spark - shining and sharing the love of Christ.

Constitution & By-Laws

Activities & Events

Lay Readers

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Sandra Garner

Position: President

What ministry can a lay reader perform? In Anglican (Episcopal) tradition he is limited to certain functions within the range of worship services of the Church. He/She can:

1. Read Morning and Evening Prayer, although he cannot, of course, give the absolution or blessing;
2. Read Morning and Evening Prayer although he cannot, of course, give the absolution or blessing;
3. Read the Offices of Instruction (rather more honored by neglect than by use in the present day);
4. Read the Epistle in the Order for Holy Communion;
5. Read the Burial Office, omitting any priestly blessing.


Lay Readers Schedule (Jan. 5, 2020-May 31, 2020)


Men's Club

Dr Kenneth Lewis

Position: President

The Name of this organization shall be the Ransom - J. B. Patterson Men's Club of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Petersburg, VA

The Patterson-Ransom Men's Club of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Petersburg, VA supports the mission of the Church through prayer, service and education in knowing Christ.

Membership in this organization is open to all men of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The Men's Club meet on the second Sunday of each month in the Parish Hall. The officers are President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Chaplain.


Constitution & By-Laws

Activities & Events

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Nancy Ross

Position: Senior Warden/ Admin

R J Bragg

Position: Junior Warden/ Property

Clifton Dickens, Aleisha Manson, Cheryl Talley, Deborah Young

Senior Warden

The senior warden is usually the primary elected lay leader of the congregation, and serves as a principal liaison between the parish and the rector. The senior warden typically presides at vestry meetings in the absence of the rector.

Junior Warden

The junior warden is often given responsibility for the upkeep of the parish buildings and grounds. The junior warden presides at vestry meetings if both the rector and the senior warden are absent

Mission & Vision:

Our Mission: 

To meet the spiritual needs of the church and community through worshiping, preaching, witnessing, serving, and sharing God’s grace.

   Our Vision:

We strive to become valued  servants

to a diverse community

by keeping our community connected

through service and commitment

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    Organized in 1867 - Dedicated, June 2, 1918 - 150th Anniversary (2017)