Worship, spiritual direction, pastoral care, and Christian formation are primary responsibilities of our priests. In addition, all baptized persons are ministers in the Church and we enjoy a strong partnership between ordained and lay persons at Hickory Neck. This passion for leadership thrives in our Vestry as well.
Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly
The Rev. Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly joined Hickory Neck Episcopal Church as Rector in April 2016. Previously, she had served as Rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Plainview, NY since 2011. Prior to St. Margaret’s, she served as the Curate and Assistant Rector at Christ Church Christiana Hundred from 2009-2011, and as a seminarian at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and St. Martha’s in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
The Rev. Andrews-Weckerly received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University, cum laude, a Master in Divinity, cum laude, from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Master in Management from the University of Alabama. Before ordained life, Jennifer served a year of AmeriCorps service in North Carolina, and as the Director of Volunteer Services at Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Delaware, for almost six years.
Jennifer is married to Scott Andrews-Weckerly, and they have two daughters.
The Rev. Bob Gay
Bob was a member of Hickory Neck when he discerned his call to ordination. After serving other parishes and retiring, he felt called to leave retirement and serve the community once again. Bob is especially interested in helping people discern and affirm their vocation – whether professionally, within the Church, or out in the world.
The Rev. Canon Charles Robinson
Charles joined the Hickory Neck community in the summer of 2022. He served in the Navy before attending seminary in 2001. Charles was rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Suffolk, Va., and served as Vicar, Bruton Parish Church for nearly nine years. In 2016, he joined the Diocesan staff as Canon to the Bishop Diocesan, retiring from that office in 2019.
Rev. James P. Nickols
Jim joined Hickory Neck in the summer of 2022. He and his wife have been worshipping at HNC for about four years since Jim’s retirement from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Norge. In his 48 years of ordained ministry, he has served in multiple parish settings and had a long career as a Navy Chaplain. In addition to his Masters in Divinity, Jim has multiple masters degrees in Communications, HR Management and Christian Spirituality.
Sarah Ford Bland
Minister of Music
Minister of Music Sarah Ford Bland has been serving at Hickory Neck since the summer of 2013. She also taught piano at the College of William and Mary, performs on the historic Wren Chapel organ recital series, and enjoys free-lance accompanying. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Church Music/Organ from Westminster Choir College.
Robin J. Axness
Parish & Communications Administrator
Robin Axness joins Hickory Neck Church as the Parish and Communications Administrator. She moved to Williamsburg two years ago and has been working as a marketing and development consultant for a local nonprofit. Back in her hometown in Connecticut, Robin was very active at her church serving on various committees and is a Stephen Minister.
The vestry is composed of the Rector and a group of elected parishioners who administer the temporal affairs of the parish. Vestry meetings are held in the Wilkinson Center at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.
Melissa SchuttSenior Warden
Andrea SheffieldJunior Warden / Pastoral Care
Chase GroggBuildings / Grounds
Judy BristowChristian Formation
Marina LibroCommunity Engagement
Terri LensenmayerParish Life
Stuart FarrandCommunications / Evangelism