The vestry is an elected group of parish members who oversee the church and its operations.
This group of parish members ensure that the church obeys the denomination’s church doctrine.

The Very Rev. Charles E. Connelly, Rector

Father Connelly did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina and then earned an MBA at the Columbia Business School. After an eighteen-year career with Owens-Illinois, he spent fifteen years engaged in various entrepreneurial endeavors. As a layman he was involved in a wide variety of ministries in several Episcopal churches including serving…

The Rev. Michael Cannon

The Rev. Michael Cannon is excited to serve as Associate Rector. Though a South Carolina native, Michael did much of his growing up in South Florida. He is a second-career clergyman, having spent 28 years in business prior to seminary. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Washington & Lee University, and a Master’s…

The Rev. Chase Ackerman

A native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Father Ackerman received a Bachelor’s of Science in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 and spent eight years as an active duty Surface Warfare Officer.  He traveled extensively during his naval career, and enjoyed the opportunity to be stationed in numerous places, including the United…

Greg Hearing, Senior Warden (2020)

Greg is married to Kamra and they have four boys who have graduated or are still attending St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School. Greg grew up in Tampa and has attended St. John’s Church since 1972, serving in the choir for six years. He graduated from St. John’s in 1978 and, after graduating law school,…

The Rev. Dr. James Reho

Father Reho holds degrees in Asian Studies, Chemistry, and Divinity.  Prior to seminary, he was a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and then a chemistry professor and researcher at East Carolina University.  Since graduating from The General Theological Seminary and being ordained a priest in 2008, he has ministered and taught in churches, seminaries,…

Stephen Leal, Junior Warden (2019)

A native of Tampa, Stephen has been a member of St. John’s since 1994. He is a graduate of The Berkeley Preparatory School, Florida State University, and Stetson University College of Law. Stephen served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office for six years before leaving to start his own…

Doug Arthur, Treasurer (2019)

Doug first joined St John’s when he moved to Tampa with his parents in 1979.  He graduated Plant High School in 1981 and moved to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina.  After graduating with a degree in Economics, he moved to Atlanta to work in the financial services industry and made All…

Heddy Murphey Brown (2019)

Heddy Brown was born and raised in Tampa and is a graduate of St. John’s School, Plant High School, and Vanderbilt University.  Her professional experience is in marketing, newspaper reporting, and free-lance writing.  She is involved in the Tampa Bay community through philanthropic work as president of the Sumter L. Lowry Foundation and the Lowry…

Deacon Kathleen Moore

Kathleen Moore serves as St John’s Parish Deacon and also assists the Bishop as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.  She grew up in the north of England and began her professional career in Europe as a teacher of English as a second language.  After coming to the USA in 1977, she spent more than thirty-five years as…