Rector, The Rev. Dr. Nina Pooley
The Reverend Dr. Nina Pooley has served as our rector since she joined us on St. Bartholomew’s Day, (August 24) 2007. During her time with us, Nina has led St. Bart’s through implementing our strategic plan, and the subsequent capital campaign and building project. When the building project was complete, we had expanded our education space, improved accessibility in the entire facility, added a small chapel and access to our Memorial Garden, and updated our kitchen and choir loft, as well as included some unfinished spaces that give us room to continue to change and grow. Concurrent with the building project Nina and the newly formed Education committee began to redesign the program, building the support needed to hire our first paid Education Coordinator, and launching our new program when the space was completed. With Nina and the Education Coordinator the group has written a three year, lectionary based Sunday School curriculum to be shared in the diocese.
During his visitation in 2014, Bishop Lane invited our parish to be a place of liturgical experimentation. Given our history as the first parish in our diocese to celebrate Creation season, and having used Enriching Our Worship and other approved liturgies over many years, and Nina’s passion for liturgy, we were glad to accept. That spring Nina received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Sewanee, The School of Theology of the University of the South. Her work focused on Liturgy and Preaching for the 21st Century; her D.Min. thesis: Responsive Rather than Emergent: Intentional Episcopal Liturgy for the 21st Century.
Nina continues to engage us in joyful liturgy, both old and new; focus us on responsive outreach and formation for all ages, and fostering our natural inclination as a warm and welcoming community.
Prior to St. Bart’s, Nina was Associate Chaplain at the St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland. Before St. Paul’s School, Nina served as Assistant Rector for Youth and Family Ministry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.
Nina received her B.A. in Religion and Psychology from the College of William and Mary, a M.A. in Education from the University of Virginia, and her Master of Divinity from the University of the South (Sewanee). In 2014, Nina completed her doctorate at Sewanee.