Mary Lynn Jones Rynkiewicz
From where do you hail?
How do you occupy your days?
I’m currently the communications director for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. General aviation, for those who don’t know, is all aviation except military aviation or scheduled commercial airlines. I was integrally involved and proud to be part of the recent World War II flyover in Washington, D.C., to honor the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe.
When and how did you join the St. Andrew’s family?
I began attending St. Andrew’s when I very young. I learned the Lord’s Prayer here, was confirmed here and was active as an acolyte and lay reader while attending Yorktown High School. I left in the 1990s and returned in 2010, when my now-husband and I were looking for a church in which to be married.
You know you are a member of St. Andrew’s when …
You find yourself getting involved in a ministry area — whether by invitation or your own initiative. We have many ministry areas and fantastic volunteers, but we welcome additional “arms and legs,” whether you can do a little or a lot!
What is your best St. Andrew’s memory?
My best memory is getting married to my husband, Pete, at St. Andrew’s on August 20, 2011 — and looking out to see a church filled with love as all of our family and friends gathered to support us.
What do you bring to St. Andrew’s and what does St. Andrew’s provide you?
I bring to St. Andrew’s the skills I use in my day job, but hopefully I also bring a sense of continuity while being willing to try new ideas during Mother Jenny’s sabbatical. I receive a great sense of inner calm on Sundays during the service and wonderful fellowship at coffee hour, during the Vestry meetings and at other gatherings — most recently the parish’s Shrine Mont retreat!
Who inspires you?
From a career perspective, Elizabeth Campbell, the woman who helped found WETA, the public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital. (I interned for Mrs. Campbell at WETA in the summer of 1992.) Her remarkable career achievements also include pushing to desegregate Arlington’s schools.
From a personal perspective, my mom, Wendy Jones, is an inspiration. She seemed to effortlessly balance having a career and being there for our family.
What book are you currently reading or what was the last movie you saw?
In addition to “Still Life,” which we read for the recent St. Andrew’s book discussion, I am currently reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. With a husband, two dogs and a full-time job, my life is best described as “happy chaos.” I’m hoping to have more happiness and less chaos — in our home, at least.
In my free time …
I enjoy going on walks through the woods with Pete and our dogs, Pretzel and Triscuit. (Yes, my pets are named after snack foods.) I also enjoy reading and spending quality time with good friends.
Most people wouldn’t know that …
I completed the Avon 39.3-mile walk for breast cancer the first weekend in May 2015. And I’ve signed up to do it again in 2016! If you’d like to join me, shoot me an email.