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Meet the Clergy and Staff

The Reverend Doctor Christian Brady


The Reverend Doctor Christian Brady


The Rev. Canon Dr. Christian Brady, is a scholar of ancient Hebrew and Jewish literature, Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the inaugural dean of the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. He has written on ancient Jewish interpretation of Scripture, particularly the Books of Lamentations and Ruth, and his latest book is Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief, and Hope. He is Canon Theologian in the Diocese of Lexington.

Choir Director, Organist


Dr. Julianna Charnigo

Julianna Charnigo completed her doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kentucky in May of 2023.  At UK, she studied composition with the late Joseph Baber, a renowned American composer and longtime principal violist with the Lexington Philharmonic. She also minored in choral conducting and studied with Jefferson Johnson, UK Director of Choral Activities. In 2012, Julianna earned a Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy from the Rensselaer Program in Church Music and Liturgy at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. She is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association and has a ten-year history of working as a music director in churches of different denominations.  Julianna has sung in the alto section and as alto soloist with the Louisville Choral Arts Society and the Louisville Master Chorale.  Her compositions have been published by Oregon Catholic Press and GIA Publications.

Kathy Sparrow - Parish Secretary

Kathy began working at St. John's in August 1997 and has served four Rector/Priest-in-Charge clergy and three Interim Rectors. She was born and raised in Versailles.


She is active in community theatre; acting, dancing, singing, designing sets, props, costumes for many shows in Woodford County and other Kentucky venues. Kathy is a Certified Expanded Duties Dental Assistant and worked for a local dentist for many years.


Her children are grown, but she stays active cooking, gardening, sewing, and  decorating for friends and family.

Dr. Charnigo
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