Leadership

Buck Mountain Episcopal Church clergy and staff

Clergy

Connie Clark, Vicar

A native of Alexandria and a lifelong Episcopalian, the Rev. Connie Clark came to Buck Mountain in March, 2008 from Evanston, Wyoming, where she had served as chaplain of the Wyoming State Hospital, a public psychiatric facility.

Connie began her professional ministry as chaplain at a northern Virginia psychiatric hospital in 1998. She was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Wyoming on April 1, 2006, having attended St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, Alberta, a seminary of the United Church of Canada.

Prior to her service in psychiatric hospital ministry, Connie was a writer and communications consultant for nonprofit organizations. She attended college at the University of Chicago, where she met her husband-to-be, Guy Lushin. Guy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees clients at the Greene CARE Clinic (Stanardsville), Chrysalis (Madison), and the Blue Ridge School (Dyke). He serves Buck Mountain as a musician and in other roles. Connie and Guy will celebrate their 39th anniversary this year. They are devoted dog-lovers and currently enjoy the company of a Jack Russell terrier mix (Buddy) and a border collie, Kiko, who both came from rescue organizations.

Connie serves on the Committee on Race and Reconciliation of the Diocese of Virginia. She is a pianist and helps accompany Buck Mountain’s choir. You may see her in the pool at ACAC, where she is an enthusiastic participant in water aerobics.


Courtenay Evans, Deacon

A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Culinary Institute of America, Courtenay was ordained in 2021 to the Vocational Diaconate in the Diocese of Virginia after completing her training through the two-year Deacons’ School program. Courtenay is currently the Outreach Minister and Newcomer Liaison at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville and prior to, worked at the PB&J Fund, teaching healthy cooking classes to children and families. After extensive travel and interning on an organic farm in Italy, Courtenay gained a passion for local growing and for environmental stewardship. 

As a Deacon, Courtenay feels called towards garden and creation care ministry. Courtenay believes that cultivating gardens bring opportunity for all communities to enjoy a taste of God’s goodness, nourishing body, mind, and spirit. In turn, God’s gift of nourishment brings gratitude, generating a desire to become a greater steward of our creation while developing a deeper relationship with the earth and with each other. Courtenay has been appointed to the Creation Care Task Force of the Diocese Virginia with her term lasting until November 2024. You will often see Courtenay in the garden or in her spare time, taking long walks, mountain biking, or practicing yoga!   


Jane Piver, Priest Associate

Jane has been a priest for over 20 years. After graduation from seminary, she has served in several different settings, from church planter, assistant in an historic church, and Vicar of Grace Episcopal church in Stanardsville, Virginia. After “retiring” from Grace, Jane embarked on the next chapter of her ministry. She engaged in transitional ministry (Interim Ministry). As an interim minister, she has served at Calvary, Front Royal; Christ Church, Winchester; and Church of the Incarnation, Mineral.

Jane proudly served in the United States Navy Nurse Corps for 20 years. She was stationed in Naval Hospitals from New London, Connecticut, Bethesda, Maryland, MCAS Cherry Point, Fleet Hospital 5, Saudi Arabia to Keflavik, Iceland. Her two daughters, Michele and Dawn, are also proud to have served our country as “Navy Brats.” Jane also has four perfect grandchildren.


Staff

Diane Shelden, Administrative Assistant

Diane has enjoyed working with Buck Mountain Episcopal Church as their Administrative Assistant since 2009. She lives in Palmyra, Virginia.

Diane enjoys singing, reading, and baking, and she occasionally sells homemade truffles for special events and holidays.


Vestry

The vestry is a group of lay people elected by the parish to work with the rector to oversee the temporal health of the congregation. A new group of vestry members is elected at each annual congregational meeting (in January), and all communicants of Buck Mountain are eligible to vote.

Buck Mountain is blessed with an active, working vestry made up of parishioners who give generously of their time and talents. Our vestry includes people with a variety of skills and backgrounds, ages, and length of time as parishioners at Buck Mountain. Some are lifelong Episcopalians. Others are relatively new to the Episcopal Church.