The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
The Reverend Patricia (Patty) Phaneuf Alexander began her ministry as St. Dunstan’s Rector on September 1, 2019. Patty started her professional career at the Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, where she taught both the seventh and fifth grades. As Patty began to discern a call to ordained ministry, she worked for three years as Director of Christian Education at St. James’ Church in Manhattan before eventually entering seminary. Ordained in 2001, Patty has extensive experience as a parish priest, having served as Assistant Minister at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, NY before being called as Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church on City Island in the Bronx. For the last eight years, Patty has ministered as Head Chaplain and Head of the Philosophy and Religion Department at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.
Patty holds degrees from Yale University (BA, magna cum laude), Middlebury College (MA), and the Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv, cum laude). She is married to the Reverend J. Randolph (Randy) Alexander, who currently serves as Rector of Immanuel Church on-the-Hill in Alexandria, Virginia. Patty and Randy are the proud parents of three sons: William, a freshman at Elon University; Peter, a Junior at St. Andrew’s; and Andrew, a eighth grader at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria.
Kimberly Matthews, Parish Administrator
Kimberly Matthews begin her tenure as parish administrator in November of 2014. She was born in North Carolina and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Kimberly came to the area to attend Howard University where she earned a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation she started a career in non-profit management. Kimberly has worked for a variety of organizations in the area and held a variety of positions. She likes to think of herself as a “Jill of all trades” when it comes to administration. Kimberly looks forward using her creative and organizational skills to serve the people of St. Dunstan’s and to further the churches mission.
Joseph Arkfeld, Interim Music Director and Organist
Joseph L. Arkfeld received his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the studio of Larissa Dedova, and his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Lawrence University in the studio of Anthony Padilla. While at Lawrence, he studied organ performance, and continued his organ studies with John Walker in Baltimore, MD after moving to the DC area. Joseph's piano skills have taken him across the U.S. and Europe as a collaborative and solo pianist, and he is the Third Prize winner of the 2018 Russell C. Wonderlic Piano Competition.
In May 2017 he founded New Dynamic, a new music ensemble fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, and he is the group’s artistic director and resident composer. One of Joseph’s compositions for the group, Blue Bird, was presented at the Music Encoding Initiative Encoding Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park, in May 2018 and at the Digital Humanities Conference in Mexico City in June 2018. The piece is an interdisciplinary collaboration created with research programmer Dr. Raffaele Viglianti that sets the text from some of Emily Dickinson’s draft manuscripts to a digital score that changes based on the weather. New Dynamic is one of a very small number of projects that are exploring the medium of the digital dynamic score powered by MEI. Joseph resides in the DC area with his wife, soprano and co-founder, Tory Wood where he is a faculty member teaching piano and music theory at the International School of Music.
Dr. Robin A. Reed, Senior Seminarian Intern
Robin is a “Middler” –or second year student—at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
She recently moved with her husband, Mike Brown, from Orlando, Florida where she completed her first year of theological study at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Robin was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 2007 and served as Director of Christian Formation at Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee, Tennessee from 2009-2015. She then followed her sense of call to the priesthood to the Diocese of Central Florida where she was an active lay leader at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Longwood, Florida. Robin brings a love
of working with God’s children of all ages, particularly in the areas of Christian formation, pastoral care, and liturgy. Prior to her attending seminary, Robin worked as a clinical psychologist in various settings. One of her passions is inspiring and empowering wellness for parishes, families, and clergy persons.
Robin is delighted to be called to serve at St. Dunstan’s in this exciting new chapter in the life of the parish!
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath, Middler Seminarian
My name is Fergie Horvath and I’m looking forward to joining Robin as the new ‘seminarian on the block.’ I’m a deacon from the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina and was ordained to the diaconate in 2009. I’m now a middler at Virginia Theological Seminary and a postulant for holy orders to the priesthood, with a concentration in Spirituality.
In my first life, I was a musician, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee and Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. As I was studying to be a deacon, I completed the University of the South’s four year Education for Ministry program (EFM).
As a deacon, I’ve participated in outreach experiences in my hometown of Spartanburg; Cumberland, Tennessee; White Horse, South Dakota; New York City after 9/11; Ecuador; Haiti; and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. I’ve led several mission trips to Alabama after the tornado outbreak of April 2011, and a trip to Staten Island, NY after Hurricane Sandy. In the diocese, I have served on the Matthew 25 Committee, the Bishop’s Search Committee, and the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Board. I enjoy leading retreats, facilitating quiet days, presenting at conferences and teaching Christian. I am also a volunteer chaplain for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, spending much of my time with the employees of the 911 Communications Center. I’ve completed classes in Chaplaincy, Grief, Mass Casualty Disasters, Critical Incident Stress Management, Pastoral Crisis, and setting up a Family Assistance Center. Whether in church with parishioners or on scene with deputies and families, I see my ministry as being a calming presence when others are in need.
I’ve been married to my husband Gary for almost 37 years now. He is the most patient and kind person I know. Gary is an orthodontist who is working parttime now, going back to South Carolina one week a month as an independent contractor in an orthodontic practice. I think you all will love his calm, loving, and funny presence among you. We have one daughter, Rebecca, who is 30 and just recently married. I hope she and her husband will be able to visit St. Dunstan’s sometime during our time with you.
As you may have noticed, my name is on your parish prayer list. In July of this year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer; thankfully it was caught early. I have had surgery and will be going back to South Carolina for several weeks of radiation starting the last week of September, so I’ll be with you some in person and some virtually this fall. Either way, I look forward to being at St. Dunstan’s for the duration of this academic year.
Thank you so much for your prayers on my behalf. Gary and I look forward to being with you soon.