The Reverend Dr. Lynn P. Ronaldi
As Rector, Reverend Lynn oversees all areas of parish life: Worship/Preaching, Pastoral Care, Christian Formation, Outreach, Evangelism, and Fellowship. Reverend Lynn maintains direct responsibility for Worship (church and on-line), Preaching, Adult Christian Education, Pastoral Care, and Strategic Planning. She manages a staff of seven, including a full-time Assistant Rector and Music Minister, Parish Administrator, Director of Christian Education, Youth Director, Sexton and Secretary.
Rev. Lynn also presides over the Vestry, an elected “board” that directs the fiduciary concerns of the congregation. Rev. Lynn also oversees scheduling and use of the 45-acre wooded campus, which includes Pohick’s 1774 Church, historic cemetery, parish house, vestry house, forest, and fairgrounds. She maintains key relationships with the community-at-large, particularly other related historic entities.
Rev. Lynn is the 16th Rector in Pohick’s 288-year history, and is Pohick’s first female Rector. Pohick was founded in 1732 by leaders like Augustine Washington, father of our country’s first president. Rebuilt in 1774, Pohick was home church of colonial patriots and families, including George Washington, George Mason and George Fairfax.
Prior to Pohick, Lynn served as Rector of Church of the Incarnation in West Point, MS. Before that, she was Rector of Church of the Advent in Summer, MS. She was a professional Hospice Chaplain, and a CPE Chaplain Resident in Houston, TX. She ministered for several years as a Community of Hope International lay chaplain. A Spiritual Director, today she serves on the Community of Hope Int’l Board of Directors.
Rev. Lynn was ordained to the priesthood in 2013, after receiving her MDiv from St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. In 2016, she earned a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from the Sewanee School of Theology, where she also completed Anglican studies. Her doctoral thesis, “Towards a Spiritual Formation Model of Clinical Pastoral Education,” created a new approach to clinical pastoral education (CPE), by integrating Benedictine spirituality into the CPE model. Rev. Lynn also holds a B.A. in Journalism from Ole Miss, and an M.B.A. from The University of Dallas.
Rev. Lynn is a Board-Certified Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, and Diplomate CPE Supervisor for CPSP. She completed 5 CPE units (some as chaplain resident) in the Diocese of Texas, where she became postulant for priesthood. She completed CPE supervisory training when her family moved to Mississippi. The Bishop asked her to implement her CPE model in the AC Marble Diocesan School of Theology, which prepares candidates for ordination. She was appointed Counselor to Post Ordination Consultation and to the Commission on Ministry’s presbyter discernment.
Rev. Lynn is married to Tom Ronaldi, President of OSG in Virginia. They have three adult daughters, Alley, Tori, and Carly. In her free time, Lynn enjoys reading theology, spirituality, and fiction, and spending time with her family and dogs, walking, gardening, and exploring other countries, museums, and historic places.
The Reverend Alex Allain
Assistant to the Priest In Charge/Rector
A Natchez, Mississippi, native, a 2009 graduate of Millsaps College, and a 2015 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Alex will be moving to Northern Virginia to join his fiancée (wife as of July 4), Kelly, of Raleigh, NC. Alex was one of a group of new priests I had the pleasure of mentoring for two years in Post Ordination Consultation. He completed a chaplain residency at UAB, and served as curate and associate rector at Trinity in Hattiesburg for over two years. At Trinity he was responsible for young adult and youth ministry, in addition to sharing liturgical, teaching and pastoral responsibilities with the rector. During that time, his Southern Mississippi University college ministry more than doubled. He also spearheaded tornado relief in that area for Trinity.