The Rev. Tracy Bruce has been active in the Episcopal Church for the last 40 years, on both sides of the altar rail; for over 20 years as a Priest. Receiving her Masters of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in NYC in 1991, she has served churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia and Arlington, Virginia before coming to St. John’s Church in Maryland in 2006.
Prior to seminary she participated in all levels of parish lay ministry and in retreat work and as a Spiritual Director. Tracy has been in relationship with several ministries in Haiti over the last 20 yrs., working in the slums of Port-au-Prince, in the mountains with St. Etienne’s Episcopal Church and with Holy Trinity Music School in the capital. Her interest in ministry has always centered on the parish. She gets excited about the possibilities for healing and growth, creativity and vision that emerge from God’s presence in the midst of the gathered community in worship and from the places of challenge where the parish reaches out into the world. She has a passion for the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and is inspired by human kindness. Together with her husband, the Rev. Stephen R. Davenport, they have seven children and three grandchildren, many of whom live in the Baltimore/Washington area. She loves to cook, travel, play tennis and sail. She roots avidly for the men’s basketball team from her college alma mater, The University of Kentucky.
The Reverend Alistair So-Schoos has had a love for the ministry of the Episcopal Church since his college years at American University in Washington DC. He was active there in campus ministry and at his home parish. While pursuing a graduate degree in microbiology at Georgetown University, Alistair fully embraced the compatibility between science and faith and began his discernment for the ordained ministry. In 2005, he received his Master’s in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Since his ordination at the Washington National Cathedral, Alistair has served several churches in the Diocese of Maryland in clergy leadership roles before coming to St. John’s. He is also active in diocesan and church-wide ministries, serving as member on the Clergy Disciplinary Board of Maryland, the Disciplinary Board for Bishops of the Episcopal Church, the Society of Ordained Scientists (North America), and most recently, the national Task Force for the Church’s Response to the Opioid Crisis. He also served as chair of the Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology, and Faith from 2009 to 2015.
Some have described Alistair as a polyglot, as he speaks several different languages fluently. Perhaps, most importantly, Alistair continues to learn and teach the language of the soul, which is our faith in Jesus Christ. He enjoys working on the Christian formation of all ages and building the ministries of the church for a better world. Alistair and his husband Dan, who is a teacher of classics, have a son, Victor, who is a joy like no other. Their dog, Luke, a Siberian Husky who doesn’t like the cold, has been extremely patient and agreeable since the arrival of Baby Victor. Alistair enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working out, Python data wrangling, and learning new languages.
John Shilling has spent his adult life in The Episcopal Church, and here at St. John’s for the last thirty five years. John has responded to God’s call to serve us as a Lay Pastor. His ministry was named and blessed by the congregation and Bishop Sutton in June, 2012 and since then he has served with the staff in promoting and encouraging all ministries, coordinating with clergy in planning and implementing worship and in leadership with the vestry. He now works part-time for the church and is currently coordinating the restoration plans for the church and refurbishing the rectory and parish hall along with the property commission. He has received special training in pastoral care through GBMC, is a graduate of the EfM (Education for Ministry) program and regularly sees a Spiritual Director for guidance in his discernment and life. John shares his life with his wife, Carol. Together they have three married children and four grandchildren.
Benjamin Buchanan (b. 1989) is a Baltimore based organist, beatboxing toy pianist, composer, and performance artist. Described by the late three-time Nobel prize nominated poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, as a “most quickly enflaming young composer,” he has received performances of his music in Hungary, Italy, Sweden, and throughout the United States. In addition to being the pianist for the Maryland Choral Society, he is the co-founder and assistant director of Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope working with individuals suffering from or at risk of homelessness to create an experience of community through music.
Benjamin holds Master of Music degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied under Michael Hersch, and a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Tulsa. He teaches composition and music theory at the Peabody Preparatory, and can be seen performing throughout the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.
Parish Admimistrator: Debbie Mays
- Rector: The Rev. Tracy Bruce
- Sr.Warden: Jeff Knight
- Jr. Warden: Laurence Oster
- Treasurer: Frank Martien
- Registrar: Amanda Wharton
- Ellen Ray (’20)
- Paul Ort (’20)
- Sissy Altstatt (’20)
- Will Cook (’21)
- Matthew Rothaus Moser (’21)
- Chris Wasson (’21)
- Alex Gerstmyer (’22)
- Susan Mucklow (’22)
- Christianna McCausland (’22)
- John W. Shilling, Jr., Laypastor