Staff

The Very Rev. Dr. Stanley W. Sawyer
Rector

The Very Rev. Dr. Stanley W. Sawyer has served as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church since 1981. He is a native of Norfolk, VA. In 1971, he received a B.S. in Mathematics from Randolph-Macon College and then Taught math and coached soccer at Maggie Walker High School in
Richmond, VA.

 

Responding to a call to the ordained ministry, he entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, graduating with an M.Div. in 1976. Later, he received a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation. During his time in Virginia Beach he has maintained an active interest in youth and community service. He has served the Diocese of Southern Virginia in many leadership positions, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and reading.


Dr. Sawyer and his wife Linda have been married for 47 years, and are the parents of two sons, Chris and Ryan, and, now, also, the proud grandparents of Peyton, Jaxon, Reagan, and Wyatt.


                        The  Rev. Linda Rogers                                                                             Deacon 

The Rev. Linda Rogers grew up outside of New York, but she and her husband David and their two children have lived many places. Graduating from Columbia University with a B.S. in Nursing, she worked in public health in Detroit, Michigan and Racine, Wisconsin until David's business called them to a three-year stretch in Europe. 

 

Upon their return to this country, this time to Philadelphia, Pa., Linda soon enrolled in the Philadelphia Divinity School which was on the threshold of merging with the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Boston. Unable to move, she completed M. Div. requirements at the Lutheran Seminary and Villanova University, and later, an advanced master's in Theology from NY Theological Seminary, eventually also a diploma in pastoral Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute. She was a therapist and certified spiritual guide for many years.

In 2003, relocating to the Eastern Shore, she revisited an old sense of calling to ordained ministry and, after formal diaconal training,  was ordained in 2018. She served at  Holy Trinity, Onancock until being reassigned by Bishop Hollerith to All Saints'.

Rev. Robert Scott Foxwell
Organist/Choir Director

Robert Scott Foxwell has been the Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints' since September 2004. He studied organ with J. S. Darling at Bruton Parish Church while at The College and with Boyd Jones while at Southern Seminary. He began his career as organist while in high school at the South Norfolk Baptist Church. After graduating, he worked with A. Loutrell Sawyer at Trinity Baptist Church in Norfolk until going to seminary in Louisville, KY.

 

While in seminary he served at Highland United Methodist Church and First Lutheran, both in Louisville. Returning to the area, Virginia Heights Baptist Church in Norfolk hired him as Minister of Music and ordained him to ministry. After a brief stint at Great Bridge Baptist Church, he was fortunate to be offered this call to ministry. Scott was born in Norfolk, Virginia and moved to Virginia Beach when he was in the fifth grade where he attended Kempsville Elementary, Kemps Landing, Kempsville Junior High and Kempsville High Schools.

 

After graduating from The College of William & Mary in Virginia he began his career with Virginia Beach City Public Schools teaching music. He received his Master of Divinity in Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and returned to teaching in Virginia Beach, retiring in June 2015 after 30 years of service. Mr. Foxwell served as Worshipful Master of Kempsville Lodge No. 196 in 2016 and plays keyboards in the Khedive Shrine Band. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Virginia
Wesleyan College.

Mrs. Diane Islev-Peterson
Day School Director

Dianne Islev-Petersen has served as the Director for the All Saints’ Day School since the fall of 2011. Dianne comes to us from within our own school where she served as lead teacher of the “Three’s Class” from 2006-2011. In 2010, she added the role of librarian to her responsibilities; a role that found her following her passion for children’s literature.

 

Dianne began her professional career in 1992 as a teacher with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. For nine years she taught at Kempsville Meadows Elementary School, where she also served as grade level chair, member and secretary of the Principal’s Advisory Committee, Language Arts Committee chair, drug education coordinator, after-school tutor, and co-coordinator of a “Study Buddy” program that paired struggling first graders with fifth-grade student mentors.

 

Following her tenure with the VBCPS¸ Dianne worked as a field representative for Scholastic Book Fairs. In this role, she visited schools, collaborated with media specialists and teachers.


Ms. Anne Zobel
Director of Christian Formation

Anne Zobel, LCSW, has served as Director of Christian Formation at All Saints’ since 2011. She attended the University of Virginia, where she majored in German and double-minored in Religious Studies and Psychology. She lived in an ecumenical house owned by St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Charlottesville and was President of the Canterbury Student Fellowship at UVA.


In 1989, Anne received a Master's in Clinical Social Work and began working as a Mental Health Clinician. She has been in private practice for over 30 years in addition to her work in Christian formation. Anne found her faith mother tongue 16 years ago when she experienced the Godly Play Montessori Method pioneered by Episcopal clergyman Jerome Berryman. Anne deeply cherishes the privilege of getting to travel the walk of faith with the children, youth and families at All Saints’.


Anne and her husband Dave are renewed by God’s gifts in creation found on the hiking trails of our National Parks. They are grateful to have been able to transfer this love to their four grown sons.

Mrs. Mary E. West
Parish Secretary

Mary West grew up in Ocean View in Norfolk, but for the last 36 years, my she and her husband Stuart have lived in Virginia Beach. For 21 of those years, she's had
had the joy of working at All Saints'.

  

Mrs. Kate Keck

Coordinator of Children's Ministries

Kate started working as Coordinator of Children's Ministries in 2018 but prior to becoming a staff member, she served as Sunday School teacher and Children's Chapel leader since 2012. Kate has taught Spanish at All Saints' Day School since 2014. Serving in all these capacities has helped her share her love of faith and language with the children at the church  and Day School. 

Kate has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. 

Kate, her husband Steve, and their three children moved to Virginia Beach in 2010 for Steve's battalion command  at Fort Story. The Kecks fell in love with Virginia Beach     and All Saints' became an integral part of their lives. Steve completed his three- year tour and retired from the Army to call Virginia Beach their home.  

 

Kate's hope is to make All Saints' feel as welcoming to other families as it did to her family. 

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