Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles


ericThe Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles is a native Californian, formed in Texas, with deep roots in the South who grew up in the Episcopal Church. His formal education is from Texas A&M University (B.A. in Biology), Virginia (M.Div from Virginia Theological Seminary) and Tennessee (D.Min. The School of Theology at the University of the South). Before accepting the call to serve as Rector with the people of St. Paul’s, Ivy in March 2012, Eric served two parishes in Alabama as a clergy person and two parishes in Texas as a lay person.

Eric is happily married to the Rev. Allison S. Liles (also an Episcopal priest) and they have two wonderful and energetic school age children. Eric enjoys cycling around Albemarle County, playing guitar, golfing, painting with acrylics, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Eric at 434.979.6354, extension 16 or via email.

The Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa

Associate Rector

sarah gaventa 02The Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa was born in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) teachers and moved to Germany when Sarah was an infant. She grew up going to American DoDDS schools in Germany and returned to the United States to attend the University of Richmond. She worked for The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy for three years and then attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where she received her M.Div. Sarah’s first call was as Assistant Rector at Emmanuel Church in Greenwood, Virginia, right up the road from St. Paul’s. She loved her time there and is particularly grateful to that congregation for introducing her to her husband, Matthew! Matthew and Sarah were married in 2007 and welcomed Charlie, their son, in 2011. Sarah has most recently been the Assistant Rector at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ, where Matthew received his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. Matthew is now the pastor of Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, VA.  At St. Paul’s Sarah supervises programming for youth and families, pastoral care, and newcomer ministry.

Contact Sarah at  (434)979-6354, extension 26 or via email.

Daniel Brinson

Director of Church Music

daniel brinson 02Contact Daniel at 434.979.6354, extension 32 or via email.

Audi Barlow

Director of Children and Youth Formation

audiAudi Barlow has been involved with the children’s programs at St. Paul’s, Ivy since first attending in September 2003. She came on staff in May 2009 as the children’s formation leader. In July 2016 she became the Director of Children and Youth Formation. She is married to George ‘Cricket’ Barlow and they have three daughters, Sarah, Kate and Emily. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College who’s first career of 15 years was in undergraduate college admissions, she also taught preschool for three years and has dabbled in retail. A life-long Episcopalian, Audi considers it a blessing to combine her faith with her interest in children and youth.

Contact Audi at 434.979.6354, extension 24 or via email.

Debbie Scott

Director of Spirituality and Missions

debbie scott 01Debbie Scott, our Director of Spirituality and Missions, works with spiritual growth, weekly centering prayer, EfM, our mission efforts and other activities to promote the spiritual development of all members of St. Paul’s, Ivy. She and her husband David and their two children, Justin and Sarah, came to St. Paul’s, Ivy in July 1993. Debbie is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and earned a M.S. in English education from Old Dominion University. She is an EfM mentor and serves as a Diocesan Spiritual Discernment Facilitator and Spiritual Director, trained in the RUAH XIII program at Richmond Hill.

Contact Debbie by calling 434.979.6354, extension 20 or via email.

Vic Dandridge


Contact Vic at 434.979.6354, extension 14 or via email.

Mary Lane

Parish Administrator

mary lane 01Mary M. Lane is a native of Albemarle County, living in Earlysville. After attending the University of the Cumberlands and then moving seven times in eleven years, Mary was happy to return home to Virginia. For the past eight years, she has been the office manager for the University of Virginia Investment Management Company. She is a member of UVA’s Community Emergency Response Team, certified in First Aid/CPR/AED. Mary has a daughter, Jennifer.

Contact Mary in the church office at 434/979-6354, extension 10 or via email.

Elizabeth Suoranta

Office Assistant

Contact Elizabeth at 434.979.6354, extension  12, or via email.

The Rev. Canon Henry N. F. Minich

Priest Associate

John Thornton

Senior Warden

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2017 Vestry

Carolyn Achenbach
Elizabeth Butler
Scott Chiachetti (Register)
E.B. Enfield
Dick Fogg
Paul Halliday
Lauren Hauser
Mary Leavell
Cass Morris
John Thornton (Senior Warden)
Steve Prevost
Paul Yesawich (Junior Warden)
Ben Lenox (Youth Representative)
Vic Dandridge (Treasurer)