St. Bart’s Staff

Interim Rector, The Rev. Jo-Ann R. Murphy, D. Min.

The Reverend Jo-Ann R. Murphy, D.Min. has been an Episcopal priest for thirty-three years.  She has served churches in four dioceses and is canonically resident in the Diocese of Virginia.

Prior to accepting the position of Interim Rector of Saint Bartholomew’s, Reverend Jo-Ann served most recently as Assistant for Children, Youth, and Families at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. She has a passionate interest in justice-seeking ministries and in passing the Christian faith on to the next generation.

Reverend Jo-Ann is a widow with two grown children, five above-average granddaughters and one absolutely adorable great-granddaughter.

Nancy Row, Sr. Warden

Nancy Row retired from IBM after 36 years in October 2005. She started in IBM in Administration in NYC. From there she became a Systems Engineer (SE) in a NJ Branch Office and was promoted to Regional Staff in Philadelphia and Washington DC responsible for Product Technical Support, Help Desk, developed and implemented the Regional Critical Situation Desk, Problem Escalation and Customer Product Demonstrations and Seminars. In Nancy’s career at IBM she managed technical teams for many large accounts and was the National Operations and Installation Project Manager to USPS POS (Point of Sale) One contract and to Postal Stores.  There were over 4,000 sites installed and supported. She became a Senior Certified IBM and Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Manager.  

In 2006 Nancy came out of retirement to become the Finance Manager, where she reinvented herself learning the finance side of business along with accounting software for her husband’s company. In February of 2010 her husband passed away leaving her as the President. The business was closed formally in 2012.   After joining St Bartholomew in October 2013 Nancy became a member of several Ministries and is presently a member of the Growth/Outreach Committee and Blessings Committee. After 2 years on the Vestry Nancy became Senior Warden in 2017.

Nancy Moved from Gaithersburg, MD in 2020 to Annapolis (Eastport) MD. 

Ann Fitts, Junior Warden

Ann Fitts

I have been a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church since 1984 (almost 35 years). We began attending church here after moving to the town of Laytonsville following my job transfer with IBM. Although raised as a Methodist, I was confirmed as an Episcopalian by Father Bonbrest in 1986. Over the last 35 years, I have been a member of various ministries and activities including Sunday School, Prayer Beads, Altar Guild, Thrift Shop, and others. Since my retirement as Business Development Director for Lockheed Martin in 2011, I participated on the Bicentennial Celebration Committee where I gained a strong appreciation for the wonderful legacy of our church. Over the past 18 months, I was the coordinator for the Memorial Garden Committee with a focus on honoring our past while positioning to expand our community offerings for the future. Our church is very important to our family as we enjoy our grandchildren now attending services. As Junior Warden, I am committed to working hard to sustain and enhance the health of our church as a place of fellowship and worship that is welcoming to everyone.

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.