Ginny Wilder, Rector
When you think about who a typical clergy person is, I am the least likely person to show up on the list. I grew up in the Episcopal Church, left organized religion in my 20s specifically because the church had some work to do around welcoming people in the LGBTQIA community. In my 30s I was ready to come back to the church and heal. In my wilderness years I spent my weekends playing music in bars, clubs, festivals, touring up and down the East coast. What I didn’t know at the time was that even playing in bars would somehow prepare me for being a priest.
Here’s the truth: we are all walking our own spiritual journey. Every single one of us is a beloved child of God and there is nothing we can do, say, think, or feel that will ever make God stop loving us. How we choose to respond to God’s love is up to each of us. I chose to respond by answering the call to serve in an ordained capacity. Maybe you will choose to respond to that love by offering your gifts in our worship, in our ministry, in our work for justice, in our desire to be the hands and feet of Christ in this beautiful and broken world as we become beloved community. If you ever want to talk about your spiritual journey, your call, and/or using your gifts to love God and love our neighbor, please know that I am here for that conversation. And speaking of conversations, I prefer to be called Ginny instead of reverend or pastor. Thanks!
When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Barbie, and our two rescue dogs Riley and Martin. You can find me out hiking, fishing, gardening, playing music, or riding my super cool Elliptigo bike. I prefer lite beer to microbrews (which is saying something since I lived in Asheville for 20 years) and my favorite place to be is by the firepit in the evening telling stories.
David Pegg, Director of Music
David Pegg is Minister of Music at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. David received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has done advanced studies at the University of Oklahoma, University of Iowa, University of Hartford, and Westminster Choir College. He is the former conductor of the Bel Canto Company, a professional choral ensemble of Greensboro, NC, which he led for 19 years. He has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point College (University), Kent State University, and Salem College. For 17 years he served as Director of Music and the Arts at Centenary United Methodist Church of Winston-Salem. He is the previous conductor of the High Point Community Chorus.
David has been a choral clinician and adjudicator for numerous workshops including the North Carolina All-State Chorus and Honors Chorus, Kentucky All-State Chorus, and Indiana All-State Men’s Choir. His choruses have sung on programs of the Music Educators National Conference, southern division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2004, he received the Lara Hoggard Award for Distinguished Service in Choral Music in North Carolina from the North Carolina state chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Mary Kroohs, Deacon
Mary was a member of St. Anne’s from late 1974 until her ordination in May 1991. Mary did her discernment for the diaconate among the community of St. Anne’s. She has served as a deacon in various capacities since 1991 and as of April 2018 Mary serves as St. Anne’s deacon. Welcome home, Mary. Below is some information about Mary.
“I have three adult daughters and five grandchildren. You may encounter me on local and mountain trails since I frequently hike. My time in nature offers a wondrous sanctuary for prayer and reflection. I am semi-retired and work only a couple days a week as a physical therapist. Throughout my career as a physical therapist, I have worked in a state psychiatric hospital, in homes, and in hospitals. These various settings have helped shape me for ministry with the dying, and those who experience loss. In the past two years, I have branched out to tutoring students at my neighborhood Title 1 school. (PSA: Teachers can always use help!). Tutoring has opened my eyes to the inequalities of our local schools.
Mark Biggam, Parish Administrator
Mark has been Parish Administrator for St. Anne’s since 2002. As Parish Administrator, he serves in various financial and administrative capacities.
Mark is also a musician and wears a variety of musical hats as a performer, composer and teacher. He studied oboe in high school at UNCSA and continued his training in Ohio, earning a doctorate at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Currently, he is a freelance musician in North Carolina, performing with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and other orchestras and chamber groups.
As an instructor of music theory, history, music technology and music appreciation, Mark has taught at Cincinnati-College of Music, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Forsyth Technical Community College. He also enjoys teaching in his modest oboe studio in Winston-Salem, and is proud of his students who consistently win statewide competitions and auditions.
St. Anne’s Vestry includes nine elected members who serve three-year terms on a rotating basis. A clerk and treasurer hold non-elected positions. New Vestry members are elected each year during the annual meeting held on the 3rd Sunday of September.
Vestry Nomination Form for 2022
If you are interested in standing for the Vestry at our annual meeting taking place on Sunday, September 25, 2022, please fill out this form.