The Reverend Linda R. Calkins, Rector

Because of a friend of the family, I came into the Episcopal Church at the age of 35 and have never looked back. The beauty of the liturgy, the welcome of silence, the Scripture contained in the Book of Common Prayer all drew me into a worship I was longing for.

Since that time, I served on a Vestry and, after moving to Maryland, approached my priest about being ordained. At the same time, I obtained two Master’s Degrees in Pastoral Studies and Pastoral Counseling from Washington Theological Union and Loyola College, respectively.

After becoming a postulant for Holy Orders, I received my Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. I began my ordained ministry in the Diocese of Washington, serving as Assistant, Priest-in Charge and supply at a variety of parishes. I was called to serve in the Diocese of Vermont from 2008-2009, then returned to Silver Spring, where in 2010 began serving as Priest-in-Charge at St. Bartholomew’s, where I now am privileged to be the Rector.

I have called Maryland home since 1996; I have two grown children, one beautiful grandson, have come to love a variety of pets, and was married in 2013 to my wife, Susan.

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Janice Peterson, Senior Warden

Coming from a family where my father was senior warden, and my mother ran the altar guild, I grew up Episcopalian and love the tradition and beauty of the prayers and hymns.

Attending the service every week grounds me and helps me to take on a new week of challenges.  The community spirit of our church also brings a sense of belonging and being a part of something bigger.

I have been a member of St Bartholomew’s for six years. This is my second year on the vestry.  I am a chalicist and reader, and a member of the worship committee. I have lived in Gaithersburg for 30 years, where I have raised three daughters, and now have 2 fun and very active grandchildren.  I am a nurse manager and have a busy career helping seniors.

Being a member of St Bartholomew’s has been a blessing for me. We continue to grow as a parish and have a tremendous future ahead.  We have many exciting projects in the works that will benefit our young children and families, as well as our more seasoned members.  It is a great time to get involved and be a part of something great!

Bill Fitts, Junior Warden

I have been an active member of St. Bartholomew’s Church since my family and I moved to Laytonsville in 1984. I have served on the vestry, as senior and junior warden, and have beenSunday School director with my wife Ann. One of the great joys of my life has been watching young church kids grow up to become current church leaders. I am now serving as parish treasurer and I’m a member of the church choir. I have served on a variety of church committees over the years, always with a focus on making our church a better place to worship and to provide meaningful fellowship. I am excited about our church and its well being continues to be a priority in my life. If elected, I will work hard to continue to make St. Bartholomew’s Church a place other people want to call their own.

Lauren Fisher, Music Director/Organist

Lauren Fisher has been a member of St. Bartholomew’s for 20 years. Prior to being appointed as director of music in May 2009, she served as a choir member, junior choir director, supply organist, and summer Sunday school teacher. She has also served as a member of the Vestry. Lauren holds two degrees in music education, a B.M. with a piano concentrate from Susquehanna University and an M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. She is currently employed as an elementary vocal music teacher in the Prince George’s county public school system. In addition to teaching general music classes to students in grades Pre-K through 5, Lauren co-sponsors drama club and recorder club as extracurricular activities. When she is not teaching or directing the St. Bartholomew’s choir, Lauren enjoys reading, writing, composing music, and ice-skating.

Lauren was appointed Organist in October 2015.