Maria (she/her) has served as St. Paul's pastor since 2014. After spending her childhood in Texas, Maria earned her BA in history and classical civilization at Howard University and a MDiv from Duke University. She completed her Ph.D. in history at The College of William and Mary. Her dissertation, “Pretty Girls and Fascinating Boys,” is a historical and ethnographic study on the intersection of race, nationalism, and sexuality in the spiritual formation of evangelical teens in the late twentieth century. Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, Mother Maria served as a parish priest in Williamsburg, Virginia, and as a chaplain & teacher at a boarding school in New Hampshire (where she learned the true definition of winter).
As a historian and priest, Maria sees her primary purpose as curating spaces for people to encounter the holy amidst the ordinary and to discover that they are the longing of God's heart. She loves living in the questions and accompanying people in the midst of joy and sorrow to places of hope and abundance.
An avid reader and writer, Maria has written for Weavings, Alive Now, the Upper Room, and Grow Christians. Maria enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking, reading, and cycling. Her greatest joy, however, is being a godmother to four fantastic kiddos. She's forever on the hunt for good Tex-Mex and chicken fried steak.
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