Norman Whitmire, Jr., MD, MDiv
The Rev. Dr. Norman Whitmire, Jr. began his tenure as the Seventh Rector of All Saints Church in July 2013. Fr. Whitmire was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and grew up in San Bernardino, California. He earned his bachelor degree in linguistics from Harvard University in 1990 and an MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine in 1995. Following medical residency in Philadelphia, Fr. Whitmire moved to the Washington, DC area and practiced internal medicine for almost ten years, mostly in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, before following a call to ordained ministry. Fr. Whitmire graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2011. He was ordained to the diaconate by The Rt. Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, Suffragan Bishop of Los Angeles in June 2011 and to the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Bishop of Virginia in December of that same year.
Life in the church is not new to Fr. Whitmire. He began as a child singing in the choir of the Baptist church where his grandfather was the pastor. Eventually, he served as a pianist/organist and choirmaster of the youth & young adult choirs. During his years at Harvard, Fr. Whitmire was introduced to Anglicanism and fell in love with the beauty of Anglo-Catholic worship. Fr. Whitmire was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1991 at Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut and became an active member and server at the altar. During his years in Philadelphia, Fr. Whitmire sang in the choir at St. Mark’s Church (Locust Street), and while living in the Washington, DC area, was a very active member of All Souls Church in Woodley Park, where he sang in the choir, served in numerous ministries, and was a member of the vestry until he began studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. After graduating, Fr. Whitmire served as Assistant to the Rector and Director of Youth Ministries at St. David’s Church in Ashburn, Virginia and briefly as Interim Assistant Rector of St. Peters in the Woods Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia. For many years, Fr. Whitmire was also a frequent congregant at St. Paul’s Church (K Street, Washington, DC) and eventually served among the honorary assisting clergy there, until he was called to New York City to serve as Rector of All Saints.
In his spare time, Fr. Whitmire enjoys cooking, wine tasting, sci-fi and fantasy movies, biking, skiing, and playing the piano. He likes church history, antiquities, and collecting religious icons. He loves to travel and has visited Europe several times. In 2010, Fr. Whitmire went on a pilgrimage to The Holy Land, and later that year, participated in the Canterbury Scholars Program, which brought together nearly 40 clergy and seminarians from around the Anglican Communion for a two-week conference at Canterbury Cathedral. In addition, he has participated in medical missions to Nicaragua and Ecuador and a humanitarian mission to Honduras. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Director of Music
C. Lance Davis, CAGO
Mr. C. Lance Davis was appointed Director of Music and Organist at All Saints Church in October 2015. Originally from Augusta, GA, Lance grew up studying classical piano, organ, and vocal performance. From an early age, he was involved in church music, and knew that he was called to music in his professional life. Lance moved to Tulsa, OK in 2005 to pursue a degree in Ecclesiastical History and Liturgics from Oral Roberts University. He graduated magna cum laude in 2009, and was appointed Choirmaster at the Roman Catholic Parish of the Most Precious Blood. In this position, Lance was tasked with creating a music and choral program for the celebration of the traditional Latin liturgy. In the span of five years, this program grew from two volunteer choristers at its inception to more than fifteen talented men and women who specialized in weekly performances of Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony.
In 2010, Lance became Associate Organist at Tulsa’s Holy Family Cathedral, and in 2013 was named Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints Anglican Cathedral. In 2012, Lance earned the Colleague Certification in Organ Performance from the American Guild of Organists. He has performed in venues ranging from the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City; the historic Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; and in 2014 completed a choral residency at Southwark Cathedral in London, United Kingdom. He has also been the Resident Organist at the Philbrook Museum of Art, where he performed the inaugural recital on the newly-restored Aeolian house organ.
When he is not attending to his liturgical duties, Lance enjoys cooking, keeping up with the latest technology, Byzantine hymnography, discussing politics, appreciating fine scotch, reading, collecting religious artwork, traveling, and hosting elegant dinner parties.