The Clergy & Staff
After serving Saint John's for seven years, Fr. Todd Young, 28th Rector of this parish, has accepted a call to become the next Rector of Saint Luke's, Buffalo, WY.
This move returns him to his western roots and passion for small-town ministry.
Saint John's now begins the process of examining where we are, where we would like to go, and who might become our 29th Rector.
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please contact the office, 301-733-2560, for any pastoral issues.
Deacon Susan Wert
Sue was born and primarily raised in Annapolis, Maryland.
She was baptized in the Lutheran Church of America, now known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, and was confirmed there as well. She was received into the Episcopal Church in 2011.
She felt compelled by the Spirit to be a beacon of light for all who cross her path. Guided by the Spirit, she was active in youth leadership throughout her adolescence and young adult life. While being a volunteer in the Church, she earned an Associate’s degree, Bachelors of Science and a Master’s in Divinity.
Sue felt a call to be a pastor in the Lutheran Church. She completed her degree with faculty approval to move forward with her call. The Synod committee, however, did not see these same gifts. Sue then worked toward a better understanding of her vocation and participated in two yearly resident chaplaincies in pastoral care.
Deciding against furthering this pastoral call, Sue went to work at Barnes and Noble, T Rowe Price, and today she works for Walmart.
The Spirit continued to compel Sue into ordained ministry where that call was developed and confirmed in the role of a vocational deacon. Ordained to the Diaconate in June of 2019, she brings the gifts of the chaplain listener, the beacon of compassion and mercy, having a hand in hospitality, servanthood, and a desire for justice. She looks forward to the challenges ahead with God leading the way.
During her ordination service at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Bp. Eugene Sutton announced her placement at Saint John's, Hagerstown. The people and staff of Saint John's are pleased to have her with us, and we look forward to developing our relationship together.
She lives in Hagerstown with her wife, Vicki, and one fur baby, Mattie. Her favorite hobbies are gardening and reading (Jack Reacher novels).
Mr. John Sabine, Minister of Music
Mr. Sabine comes to us from Atlanta, GA, where he served as Organist and Choirmaster for Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, and Pre-school Music Instructor for Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He has served extensively in churches and schools, and has a wealth of other musical knowledge.
He has a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a Master of Sacred Music from Emory Universty, Atlanta, GA.
When not playing or teaching music, he enjoys time in the gym and watching Star Trek.