Publisher: The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston
Bishop Johnston is the thirteenth bishop of the Diocese of Virginia. Center Aisle takes its lead from Bishop Johnston’s commitment to a shared life in Jesus Christ, believing that the Church does itself a disservice when it simply seeks to find the palatable solution between two parties; instead, he believes we are at our best when we engage in vigorous discourse while remembering that we are called to share the same feast. In that spirit, the “center” we are called to is not the midpoint of a line between extremes, but the center of a circle–the core of faith that unites us at the foot of the cross. He’s also a huge fan of Zeppelin.
Editor: The Rev. Deacon Ed Jones
Ed Jones has served as editor of Center Aisle since 2000. Between stints editing Center Aisle, he serves as secretary and chief of staff of the Diocese of Virginia. He joined diocesan staff in 2013 after a 40-year career at the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Ed is a vocational deacon serving at St. Mary’s, Colonial Beach. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He has more cats than you.
Digital Editor: Ed Keithly
This is Ed’s second stint as an editor for Center Aisle. He’s a transition minister and manages the ordination process for the Diocese of Virginia. He graduated from Sewanee in 2010 with a B.A. in English. When his Myers-Briggs profile called him a devil’s advocate, he disagreed.
Print Editor: Nancy Chafin
Nancy is the director of communications for the Diocese of Virginia. She brings a wealth of experience from non-profit and corporate communications and has taught writing and public relations at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her dream is to write a best-selling novel and be interviewed about it by Oprah.
Staff Writer: Sarah Kye Price
Sarah is a professor of social work at VCU and a seminarian at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She was recently awarded a grant by the Episcopal Evangelism Society for her project, Faith from the Margins to the Web, a blog and Gospel commentary co-written by people living with homelessness, poverty or food insecurity. She’s a mild-mannered professor by day, and a multi-tasking superhero by, well, also by day.
Staff Writer: Crystal Hardin
Crystal is a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary, a recovering attorney, and an accomplished writer and photographer. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as an editor of The Alabama Law Review. She blogs at Seeking Sacrament. Her Alabama ex-pat drawl makes her constant cursing sound very charming.
Staff Writer: Patrick Keyser
Patrick is a seminarian at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. During his time serving with the Episcopal Service Corps in Richmond, Va., he was awarded a grant to start a program that helps low-literacy adults who want to learn to read the Bible. He loves Italy more than most Italians.
Staff Writer: Amanda Kotval
Amanda is a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary and a member of the Province III Mid-Atlantic Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic. Amanda grew up in Texas and received her B.A. in Russian and Political Science from Texas A&M. In her dreams she plays banjo for a bluegrass Nirvana cover band.
Art Director & Social: Erin Monaghan Kamran
Erin is the communications associate for the Diocese of Virginia. She graduated from Messiah College in 2016 with a degree in cross-cultural Christian ministry and communications, then moved south to serve in the Episcopal Service Corps in Richmond, Va., where she interned for the diocesan offices. When she’s not at Mayo House, you can find Erin with her dog Clifford, the cutest big red Vizsla around.
Photographer: Celal Kamran
Celal is the office and ministry assistant at St. Andrew’s Church in Richmond, Va., and a soon-to-be seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary. While attending Messiah College, Celal was the sports editor for the school newspaper. His first job after graduating college was professional wine tasting and ice cream making.