The Rev. Sam Sheridan
Father Sam comes to us from the Shenandoah Valley here in Virginia. He graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from Sewanee: the University of the South, and an M.Div from Virginia Theological Seminary. In the decade between those two schools he had many jobs, often simultaneously. He served as Floor Manager at Bronzecraft Foundry for Sculpture; Children and Youth Minister at St John's Episcopal in Waynesboro; Assistant General Manager at Pasture and Pasture Q; and Director of Private Events at Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Charlottesville, Virginia among several smaller things—mostly in wineries.
In seminary he served at St. Margaret’s in Woodbridge for Field Education, and Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill as an intern. In 2020, he worked on a grant with the Episcopal Evangelism Society to interview Episcopal chaplains about what chaplaincy skills can be used in congregational evangelism. He and teacher-turned-friend, Rev. Stacy Williams-Duncan, Rector of Littlefork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville, are together fascinated by what chaplains can teach the wider church. This work has shaped his work in formation and preaching—making him devoted to the idea that people need to be invited to see that God can be part of their lives without all the bells and whistles of church. The love of Jesus can, and must, be part of who we are and how we live... quite whether we're at worship or not.
Fr. Sam is married to Rev. Mary Margaret Winn, Assistant Rector at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Sterling Virginia. She is from all over the south, having been born and raised in Atlanta, also earning her BA in English from Sewanee in Tennessee, serving as Youth Minister at Grace St. Luke's in Memphis, and recently earning her M.Div at Virginia Seminary.
Mary Margaret and Sam have recently given birth to James Malcom "Mac" Winn Sheridan, who was born this summer very early and with some difficulty. But he is now safe, healthy, and very happy. Mac spends most of his time chewing on things and making meep sounds, which is to be expected. The three of them live in Sterling with their weirdly matching pets; Eleanor Roosevelt (a ten month old terrier puppy) and Raiford (a grumpy old house cat).