Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Beth Franklin
The Reverend Beth Franklin, (formerly Magill) began her call as 7th Rector of St. Michael's on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
A native of Alexandria, Beth grew up in the Diocese of Virginia. From a young age her parents instilled in her that participation was the most important part of worshipping in community. As a result, she was very active in the church, community, and Diocese, including serving as a counselor at various Shrine Mont camps.
Beth attended William & Mary as an undergrad, receiving a BA in Sociology. Soon after, she attended Yale for her Masters of Divinity and Diploma of Anglican Studies. Ordained in 2009, Beth's first call took her to the Diocese of Texas where she served as an Associate Priest at St. David's, Austin.
Her next call was as Missioner to the Episcopal Student Center at the University of Texas, where Beth served for five years. She is still convinced that this is the most fun job in all of the Episcopal Church! After her work at UT, she served as Missioner for Congregational Initiatives for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. In this role, Beth oversaw all campus misssions in the Diocese, including the start of six new campus ministries, and traveled throughout the state working to enhance congregational ministry.
Beth is trained as facilitator in The Daring Way TM, the work of Dr. Brene Brown. Additionally, she serves as a board member to the Episcopal Church at Yale, and remains active in the work of Magdalene House, Austin, a community she co-founded for survivors of human trafficking.
Beth and her husband Nic love being a part of the vibrant community in North Arlington. In addition to enjoying the beautiful trails, they can often be found at Nationals baseball games, cooking elaborate meals, or playing in the garden.
Noel Warford has been surrounded by musicians from a young age. The son of a church choir director and a cellist, he started studying the piano at the age of five. Since 2007, he has studied organ with a variety of distinguished teachers, including Dr. Wilma Jensen, Dr. Murray Somerville, Thomas Russell, Dr. Marilyn Keiser, and Dr. Bruce Neswick. In addition, Noel has studied classical and jazz piano, harp, and percussion of all sorts.
Noel holds two bachelor’s degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory - in computer science from Oberlin College and in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Dr. Jonathan Moyer. Noel also studied choral conducting at Oberlin Conservatory with Dr. Jody Kerchner and Dr. Gregory Ristow. He has served as a frequent substitute church organist at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Hillwood Presbyterian Church, Harpeth Presbyterian Church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, and First Baptist Church, all in Nashville, Tennessee. Noel served as organist choirmaster at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Parma, Ohio, for three years. Noel is currently attending the University of Maryland to pursue his PhD in Computer Science.
Director of Music Emeritus