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Meet the team
The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Soltys
The priesthood was a mid-career change after time spent in academia. Soltys has a PhD in Russian Language and Literature from Yale University. She taught in a variety of academic settings and worked as a simultaneous translator for NBC during the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit. Soltys also worked as Prestigious Fellowships Coordinator at Cornell University, where she coached applicants through the application process for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.
Rev. Soltys has two adult children: one studies at Washington and Lee Law School; the other is pursuing a degree in fashion design at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Soltys’s husband, Stuart Henderson, is a physicist. He is Director of Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News.
and Imaginative Projects
Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr.
Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr., is Director of Choral Activities and conductor of the Concert Choir at Norfolk State University. A native of Henderson, NC, he completed the Bachelor of Music degree in music education, cum laude, as well as the Master of Music in choral conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to his work as a choral director, he has extensive experience as an orchestral conductor, piano soloist, and musical theatre director. He has also been actively involved in church music work since high school, working in congregations throughout North Carolina, Mississippi and Virginia. When not making music you can find him perfecting a recipe in the kitchen or out in the apiary tending to his beehives.
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and my family’s from upstate New York, but I’ve lived in Virginia Beach since 1999, so I’m a quasi-native. Film is my passion. I have my MFA from Regent University in Film Directing. I’m always happy to give film recommendations, should you be bored on a weekend. I have one daughter, Lexi, who is my most frequent source of joy. I’m grateful to be part of Good Shepherd’s team and I look forward to serving the church.
An Episcopal Parish
The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, in 111 dioceses and regional areas in 17 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The mission of the church, as stated in the Book of Common Prayer’s catechism (p. 855), is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”