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.
Joe Cochran is a lifelong Episcopalian. Joe was baptized at the age of one at Grace Episcopal Church in Muncie, Indiana. A few years later his family moved to Williamsburg, Virginia where they attended Bruton Parish Church in historic Colonial Williamsburg. There Joe was confirmed and was active in the boys’ choir and as an acolyte. When he left home for college Joe’s church attendance waned, but in 1992 he reaffirmed his faith at Christ Episcopal Church Smithfield, Virginia. Thus began a deep and meaningful engagement with the life of faith and church involvement that continues today. Most of Joe’s experience as an Episcopalian has been at Trinity Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. There Joe served in many capacities as a lay person including bible study participant and leader, EFM graduate, Cursillo group participant, Sunday school teacher, and as Junior and Senior Warden.
In 2010 Joe answered a call to ordained ministry and he and his family moved from Charlottesville to Sewanee, Tennessee where he enrolled in the University of the South School of Theology Master of Divinity program. Joe completed his studies in May of 2013. In addition to a Master of Divinity degree, Joe holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee University School of Law. He comes to ordained ministry after 20 years in private law practice. Joe is married to Dr. Pamela (Pam) D.H. Cochran and they have two children Sam who is 13 and Cate who is 10. Joe and Pam met at Trinity Charlottesville, were married there, and their children were baptized there. Pam holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia . She taught at UVa for 10 years and at Sewanee during their time there. She has also taught at Bethel Seminary and the Sewanee’s School of Theology.
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
Administrative Assistant: Douglas McKenney
- Rector: The Rev. Tracy Bruce
- Associate Rector: The Rev. Joe Cochran
- Sr.Warden: Ann Hankin
- Jr. Warden: Laurence Oster
- Treasurer: Frank Martien
- Registrar: Amanda Wharton
- Timothy (Tim) Kulp (’19)
- Jeffrey (Jeff) Knight (’19)
- Mary Carol Byers (’19)
- Ellen Ray (’20)
- Paul Ort (’20)
- Sissy Altstatt (’20)
- Will Cook (’21)
- Matthew Rothaus Moser (’21)
- Chris Wasson (’21)
- John W. Shilling, Jr., Laypastor