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Fr. Jim Proffitt has been the pastor of St. John the Evangelist since July 1, 2009. He was born in Westminster, MD on August 18, 1964, the only child of the late James and Brenda Caples Proffitt. He spent his early years in Reisterstown, MD before moving to Hampstead, MD where he attended middle and high school. Fr. Jim converted to the Catholic faith during his senior year at North Carroll High School months before his graduation in 1982.  He then studied at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH and received his B.A. in Theology and Mental Health and Human Services (1986). He graduated from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, receiving the S.T.B. and M. Div. degrees (1990) and completed an M.S. in Organizational Development and Strategic Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University (2009). He was ordained to the priesthood by then-Archbishop William Keeler on May 11, 1991. Fr. Jim is a member of the archdiocesan College of Consultors and currently serves on the Senior Priest Retirement Board (Chair), Presbyteral Council, and Board of Financial Administration. He is also a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He enjoys the water, his dog Tucker, likes to travel, is a die hard fan of the Baltimore Ravens, and has rediscovered his childhood affinity towards the Baltimore Orioles. By far, his greatest passion is preaching the Word of God and forming disciples of Jesus Christ! You can find him online at www.facebook.com/jdproffitt.

Fr. Michael Rubeling is the eldest son of Gary and Stephanie Rubeling. He has nine younger brothers and sisters: Meredith, John, Peter, Timothy, Claire, Emily, Monica, Elijah, and Gabriel. Fr. Michael and his siblings were all homeschooled through high school. After graduating high school, Fr. Michael attended a year at his local community college, during which he decided to enter seminary during his sophomore year at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in Philosophy. He was then assigned to the Pontifical North American College in Rome and completed his S.T.B. at the Angelicum University under the tutelage of the Domincan order.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop William Lori on June 25, 2016 at the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen. He returned to Rome and completed his S.T.L. in moral theology. Besides serving in his home parish of St. Peter, Libertytown, Fr. Michael has served as a seminarian at St. Louis, Clarksville; Our Lady of Hope, Dundalk; St. Ignatius, Hickory; and Holy Family, Middletown. These assignments have given him wonderful opportunities to experience many parts of the Archdiocese and to develop relationships with her wonderful people. He is very excited to be joining Fr. Jim Proffitt and the St. John's parish family. 

Deacon Ron was ordained by Cardinal Keeler in 2001. He served as a deacon for five years at St. Athanasius in Curtis Bay, MD and has been assigned to St. John Severna Park since July 2006. Deacon Ron serves in the areas of liturgy, preaching, and teaching for the parish. Deacon Ron has been married to his wife Sherry for 42 years and has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. He retired from federal service in 2002 after a 33-year career. He enjoys reading and walking.

Deacon Nick was born and raised in Pittsburgh, the fifth of eight children, the son of the late Dominic and Rita Pitocco.  Graduating high school in 1972 he enlisted in the United States Air Force where while on assignment in Italy he met his wife of 40 years, Lisa.  They have three children and four grandchildren.  Deacon Nick retired in 1992 after 20 years of active duty.  He works at C-SPAN in Washington DC where he is the Director of Information Systems.  In 2003 at the age of 49 he was ordained by Cardinal Keeler.  He served as a deacon for five years at Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, MD and for five years at Ascension Parish in Bowie, MD.  He has been assigned St. John the Evangelist since January, 2015.

Karl Discher is serving a pastoral year assignment at St. John the Evangelist. Karl graduated from Catholic University in 2017 where he lived at St. John Paul II College Seminary. A native of Harford County, his home parish is St. Ignatius, Hickory. 

Dan Scofield joined St. John's staff in August 2017 as our first Director of Mission, where he oversees all pastoral ministry related to faith formation and worship, and is a member of our Senior Leadership Team. A decorated Navy veteran with 25 years of service, Dan completed graduated work at the University of Dallas, receiving his Masters of Theological Studies. With a background in business management, team building, and strategic planning, Dan served in various formation ministries at Holy Family of Nazareth parish in Irving, Texas before coming to St. John's. Dan is married to his amazing soul mate, Jackie, and together they have raised five wonderful children: Ryan, Danielle, Matthew, James, and Jakob and welcomed their first grandchild, Daniel, to joy of their daughter Danielle and son-in-law Nigel. Dan has taught various bible studies and classes on prayer and has a deep love for scripture and a passion for developing intentional disciples who exhibit a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. 


Al grew up attending twelve years of Catholic school and graduated from University of Michigan. He served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and then continued to serve an additional seven years in the Michigan and Indiana National Guard units. Professionally Al has worn the hats of CPA, Financial Analyst, licensed Builder and Contractor. As a catechist, he has had the privilege of teaching the confirmation class for a number of years at his former parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is a Knight of Columbus and very active in Right to Life. Al and his wife, Christine, have six children and four grandchildren. Ask him about his kids and you'll quickly see where his interests lie!

Donna has worked at St. John's full time since February 1987 and has had a variety of jobs over the years here at St. John the Evangelist. She became the pastor's secretary in 2000 and the office manager in 2006.  She is now Pastoral Assistant with responsibility for managing the pastor's schedule as well as serving as staff liaison to Service and Outreach ministries. Her degree is in Fine Arts and she is known for her gourmet cooking and farm fresh eggs.

Jen grew up in Peekskill, New York. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and worked in government consulting in Northern Virginia for 13 years. While working in consulting, she obtained her Master Degree in Pastoral Studies from Washington Theological Union. She began working for St. John’s in 2005 and relocated to MD shortly thereafter. In her spare time, she occasionally sneaks out of the office to take art classes at the community college.

Stephen Herrera began his ministry as Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. John's in August, 2013. A native of Florida, Stephen received his B.A. in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida, where he was actively involved in Catholic campus ministry. After graduating, he became associated with Life Teen International as a missionary based at Camp Covecrest in Tiger, GA as well as at their Europe mission base in Selfkant, Germany. He became a Ministry Formation Leader with Life Teen before relocating to Maryland to assume his position at St. John's. Stephen brings to his ministry a zeal for his Catholic faith, a friendly disposition, and a passion to offering quality ministry to our teens in helping them develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. He has been married to his wife, Brooke, since December, 2015. Stephen oversees our high school Life Teen program, Confirmation preparation program, as well as working with Frassati AAC, the young adult ministry for Anne Arundel County..

Casey Buckstaff loves St. John the Evangelist School! She started her own Catholic education in Mount Prospect, Illinois at St. Raymond Catholic School. She is a life-long learner and has continued her eudcation at the University of Notre Dame (BA), Notre Dame of Maryland University (MAT), University of Phoenix (Ed.D., ABD), and then back to the University of Notre Dame (candidate, MNA). She was a Division I athlete at Notre Dame, and those rowing team lessons of leadership, hard work, and collaboration find their way into every day as a principal.She taught 2nd grade in Baltimore with Operation TEACH and has continued her ministry in the Archdiocese. She has taught may grades and subject areas, coach basketball and softball, and directed a children's choir. She worked for Catholic Relief Services in the Phillipines, writing education programming on the subject of peace=building and mediation for middle and high school students. She has been an educational leader as an Assistant Principal at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middle River, as well as here at St. John the Evangelist for a total of nine years. After serving as principal at Monsignor Slade Catholic School in Glen Burnie, she returned to St. John in 2015 as principal. 

JoAnne arrived at St. John's on May 2, 2011. She received her degree in music from Florida State University and studied organ under Dr. Terese Gemme. She is a founding member of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, as well as a member of the American Guild of Organists. She previously served at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Overlea (2000-2011) and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Essex (1990-2000). JoAnne oversees our liturgical music programs at St. John’s including serving as Director of our traditional, contemporary, and handbell choirs. She and her husband, David, have been married for over 35 years and have three daughters and three granddaughters.