As Rector, Reverend Lynn oversees all areas of parish life: Worship/Preaching, Pastoral Care, Christian Formation, Outreach, Evangelism, and Fellowship. Reverend Lynn maintains direct responsibility for Worship (church and on-line), Preaching, Adult Christian Education, Pastoral Care, and Strategic Planning. She manages a staff of seven, including a full-time Assistant Rector and Music Minister, Parish Administrator, Director of Christian Education, Youth Director, Sexton and Secretary.
Rev. Lynn also presides over the Vestry, an elected “board” that directs the fiduciary concerns of the congregation. Rev. Lynn also oversees scheduling and use of the 45-acre wooded campus, which includes Pohick’s 1774 Church, historic cemetery, parish house, vestry house, forest, and fairgrounds. She maintains key relationships with the community-at-large, particularly other related historic entities.
Rev. Lynn is the 16th Rector in Pohick’s 288-year history, and is Pohick’s first female Rector. Pohick was founded in 1732 by leaders like Augustine Washington, father of our country’s first president. Rebuilt in 1774, Pohick was home church of colonial patriots and families, including George Washington, George Mason and George Fairfax.
Prior to Pohick, Lynn served as Rector of Church of the Incarnation in West Point, MS. Before that, she was Rector of Church of the Advent in Summer, MS. She was a professional Hospice Chaplain, and a CPE Chaplain Resident in Houston, TX. She ministered for several years as a Community of Hope International lay chaplain. A Spiritual Director, today she serves on the Community of Hope Int’l Board of Directors.
Rev. Lynn was ordained to the priesthood in 2013, after receiving her MDiv from St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. In 2016, she earned a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from the Sewanee School of Theology, where she also completed Anglican studies. Her doctoral thesis, “Towards a Spiritual Formation Model of Clinical Pastoral Education,” created a new approach to clinical pastoral education (CPE), by integrating Benedictine spirituality into the CPE model. Rev. Lynn also holds a B.A. in Journalism from Ole Miss, and an M.B.A. from The University of Dallas.
Rev. Lynn is a Board-Certified Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, and Diplomate CPE Supervisor for CPSP. She completed 5 CPE units (some as chaplain resident) in the Diocese of Texas, where she became postulant for priesthood. She completed CPE supervisory training when her family moved to Mississippi. The Bishop asked her to implement her CPE model in the AC Marble Diocesan School of Theology, which prepares candidates for ordination. She was appointed Counselor to Post Ordination Consultation and to the Commission on Ministry’s presbyter discernment.
In November 2022, Bishop Susan Goff appointed Rev. Lynn as Dean of the Potomac Region of the Diocese of Virginia. As Dean, the Very Reverend Lynn Ronaldi is responsible for gathering the clergy of the Region regularly for prayer, conversation, sharing information, and community building. She works with the President of the Region to ensure there are Regional Council meetings. She supports the clergy of the Region, ensuring that those who need pastoral care are receiving it. She attends and participates in scheduled gatherings of Deans with the Bishop and the Archdeacons. She also presides at Celebrations of New Ministry in the Region.
Rev. Lynn is married to Tom Ronaldi, President of OSG in Virginia. They have three adult daughters, Alley, Tori, and Carly. In her free time, Lynn enjoys reading theology, spirituality, and fiction, and spending time with her family and dogs, walking, gardening, and exploring other countries, museums, and historic places.