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

Clifton Dickens

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

Charles Palmer Jr.

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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John Thompson 

Position: Senior Warden/ Verger



Today, in many parishes and cathedrals you will see a Verger ceremonially leading the Procession. The Verger wears a gown and carries a Virge (staff of office) to help clear the way and point the way for the procession.
A verger is a member of the laity, serves the church in a ministry of welcome and works under the direction of the Priest.

Senior Warden

Mission & Vision:

Mission: To meet the needs of the Church and Community

Vision: We are Stewards of God’s Grace

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