The Reverend Canon Jonathan J.D. Ostman, SSC moved to northern Virginia in late 2007 to accept the call to become Rector of S. John the Baptist. Father Ostman was born to missionary parents in Bangkok, Thailand. Having spent his childhood in Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science. Father Ostman pursued a first career as a biochemist, with further studies at the London School of Economics. While in London, he sensed a call to the priesthood, and on return to the States, he entered the Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity, cum laude. From 1989-1991, Father Ostman served as curate at All Saints Church, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
In 1991, Father Ostman was called to become rector at the Church of S. John the Evangelist in Newport, Rhode Island, where he served for almost sixteen years. During his time in Newport, Father Ostman became involved with the Anglican Communion on a global scale and began a series of mini-sabbaticals with the Diocese of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, in the Province of Central Africa. As a result of his continued work there, he was made an honorary Canon of the Cathedral of S. John the Baptist in Bulawayo.
Father Ostman can often be found at the parish office with his remaining Chow-chow, the most recent rescue, Bella the beautiful. (A deep void has been left by the recent death of the gracious Eva and queenly Geisha.) Fortunately, Bella has not read the Chow manual and so continues in her uncharacteristically serene canine behaviour.