Clergy & Staff



      The Rev. Dr. Anna Brawley

The Rev. Dr. Anna P. Brawley earned a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and Church Music from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.  She received both the MDiv and the STM from Yale Divinity School and the PhD in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University.  From 1999-2002, she taught Bible subjects at the Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji Islands, where she was confirmed and received into the Anglican Communion and felt a call to the priesthood.  In 2002, Anna moved to Chicago, where she taught at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  She then worked as a Secretary and Document Aide for Sargent and Lundy, LLC, an engineering firm focused on the building of power plants. In 2008, she received the Certificate of Anglican Studies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and worked in the offices of St. James Cathedral in Chicago as Production and Communications Assistant.  She was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2009 and to the priesthood in 2010.  During her time as a deacon, she served as Pastoral Associate at Montgomery Place Retirement Center, which operates under the auspices of the Diocese of Chicago's Episcopal Charities.  From October of 2010 through August of 2016, she served as Rector of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Florence, Alabama, and from 2014 through August of 2016, she served as Dean of the Alabama Iona Ministry School.  She began serving as Rector of St. James the Less in September of 2016.  Her parents currently live in Durham, North Carolina, where her mother is retired and her father is working toward being retired.  She had one younger sister, Sara, who died in 2011.

One of the things that attracted Anna to Ashland and St. James the Less is the trains that run through the middle of town, day and night.  She loves to travel by train, and she loves the homey, comforting sound of the train whistles.  She also loves the beautiful, older homes in the area, as well as everything being so close.  And she loves her breve with a shot of caramel from Ashland Coffee & Tea!



Loida Matthews, Nursery Attendant

Loida cares for infants and toddlers in the nursery on Sundays. She became part of the St. James the Less family in 2005. She and her husband have two daughters. She is originally from Davao, Philippines.








Joanne Robb, Director, St. Cecilia Children's Choir

Joanne Robb first directed a children’s church choir while a student minoring in music at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and co-directed the children’s choir with her husband, Paul, at Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford, VA. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, K-12. She has taught preschool, elementary school, and for both the alternative high school and middle school for Stafford County. Joanne has performed as the soprano soloist with various churches and choral ensembles in the Richmond, Fredericksburg and DC area and has also been the lead female performer in numerous professional musical theater productions. Joanne has four fabulous children and seven fantastic grandchildren.





Paul Robb, Organist and Choir Director

Paul Robb studied organ in high school with the late Robert Prichard at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and continued his studies as an organ performance major at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to St. James the Less, Paul was organist and choir director at Westminster Presbyterian in Richmond. He has also served at the Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, St. George’s Episcopal of Fredericksburg, and Aquia Episcopal Church. While in Fredericksburg, Paul was a founding member and Dean of the Rappahannock Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.





Margaret Rush, Parish Administrator

Margaret brings a strong administrative background to her role as Parish Administrator, having held similar roles in the corporate world as well as the non-profit world.  Previously, she served as the Executive Assistant to a rector and was also interim communications director of another Richmond Episcopal parish.  Margaret juggles tasks with ease and serves parishioners diplomatically and compassionately. She earned her B.A. at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY; a paralegal certificate from the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Training (sadly, now closed); and she modeled good study skills and habits to her then-middle-school-aged boys while she earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

A single parent, she has two adult sons, and 3 dogs of indeterminate breeding and sweet demeanor.  She loves to read and to travel.

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