john and nina

New Senior Associate

The Rev'd John Whitnah is joining the Good Samaritan clergy and staff team as of May 1, 2017. With more than 25 years of ordained leadership in several Episcopal churches in Virginia and Connecticut, he brings a wealth of experience in a variety of ministries in both large and small parishes. He is looking forward to spending the first few months at Good Sam. simply getting to know as many people as possible and discerning what specific roles and responsibilities might be emerging as we move forward together into the next chapter of mission and ministry here. He is excited about the opportunity to work in the context of a collaborative and complementary team of clergy and lay people in a parish that is focused on pointing people to Christ, helping them grow in Christ, and encouraging them to serve the world locally and globally with the love of Christ.

John has particular interest, experience, and passion in such areas as biblically focused preaching and teaching; leading worship in a variety of musical styles and liturgical forms; creative use of the pastoral offices (ie Baptisms. Weddings, Funerals) to engage and connect with people both pastorally and evangelistically; small group leadership; developing new ministries and revitalizing existing ones; helping people discover their gifts for ministry in the church and in the world; and seeking innovative ways to reach out to people who are without a church family or faith in Christ.

John and his wife, Nina, fell in love with each other and the Episcopal Church at roughly the same time and were married and confirmed in 1980 in Virginia. They have been blessed with three wonderful young adult children, a fantastic daughter-in-law, and an awesome grandson who was born in December 2016. (Many of you will know Michael and Joanna; Michael served on CCO staff in conjunction with Good Sam. beginning in August 2010 and is now being sponsored for ordination by Good Sam.). Nina and John are particularly interested in mentoring the next generation in spiritual formation and strengthening families while at the same time paying careful attention to the needs of singles and seniors. They also have the gift of hospitality and regularly welcome friends and strangers into their home.

One of his favorite verses of Scripture is Romans 15: 13. To paraphrase the words of St. Paul: “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”