The Falls Church Episcopal congregation of “continuing Episcopalians” that assumed occupancy of the historic Falls Church this summer, announced that The Rev. John Ohmer will assume the position of Rector today, with his first Sunday service scheduled for this weekend. Rev. Ohmer and his family come to The Falls Church Episcopal from Leesburg, where he has served for the past 13 years as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church.
A 1984 graduate of Wabash College with an A.B. in Philosophy, Rev. Ohmer graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. Following his ordination, Rev. Ohmer served for 4-1/2 years as Assistant to the Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington. He has served on the Board of Directors of Samaritan Ministry for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., and on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry. He was recently appointed by The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, to serve as an issues writer for the diocesan publication “Center Aisle,” a publication providing balanced coverage of issues facing the Episcopal Church. Rev. Ohmer and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three children – Graham, Will and Elizabeth.
“I am thrilled to be joining the people of The Falls Church Episcopal as they take this next step in their ministry to not only share, but be, good news to the community of Falls Church,” Ohmer said.