Our Clergy, Staff and Leadership
The Rev Tom DuMontier
Tom is a native of Madison, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. After college, Tom moved to Staunton, Virginia to spend a summer. That one summer turned into a 19-year stay. In Staunton, Tom worked at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, Habitat for Humanity, and was involved with community radio. But he found something missing in his life. That missing piece was a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. Tom and his family answered the call and moved to Sewanee, Tennessee where he received his MDiv from the University of the South. Tom is excited about St. John’s and God’s presence in this community. Tom is married to Nicole Royse DuMontier. They have 2 daughters (Wallis and Saskia) who are passionate about coffee hour baked goods.
The Venerable Brian Hutcherson
Deacon Brian grew up in Stuarts Draft and graduated from James Madison University with degrees in Political Science and Economics. He also has a master's degree in Public Administration from JMU. After working on Capitol Hill for a couple years as an advisor to a Michigan congressman, he relocated to the Charlottesville area where he worked at State Farm Insurance for 10 years.
Brian discerned a call to the diaconate in 2011, and was ordained in April 2016. He served at St. Luke's Simeon, outside of Charlottesville, for three and a half years. He helped the congregation establish an outreach ministry that provided diapers to babies and mentoring relationships with their mothers. Brian also volunteered with Love INC of Charlottesville in the Redemptive Compassion program.
Brian and his wife Amy were married in 2013. Amy, is also from the Waynesboro area. She works as a school psychologist with the Waynesboro City Schools. She enjoys singing in the Waynesboro Choral Society. They have twin girls, Kate and Maggie.
In his free time, Brian enjoys attending UVA football and basketball games, traveling, watching movies, reading the local newspaper, and following professional wrestling.
Donna Johnson Balser
Donna is the first smilling face you see when you walk into the church office. If you need something done, she is the best person to ask. She does her best to keep us all together. She has been with St. John's since 1998, and is our most senior staff member.
Donna was born and raised in Staunton, graduated from Robert E. Lee High School (on the hill) and Elizabeth Bryant's School of Business. She is married to our Sexton and they have 3 wonderful grown children, and three grandchildren
Her Administrative positions have included Temple House of Israel and The United States Air Force Recruiting Office. In her spare time, she enjoys tracing her family history, which includes visiting court houses, old homes, and cemeteries. Her proud family has been in this area since the 1700s.
You will find Tony most anytime here at St. John's ready to lend a helping hand with a smile on his face. He is very capable of keeping our building and grounds in the best possible shape, and the go-to guy about anything to do with our facility. He was born and raised in Augusta County and graduated from Wilson Memorial High School and Valley Vocational - Technical Center, and has been happily married to our Parish Administrator for many years.