Reverend Anne Derse serves as Deacon and Community Life Coordinator at St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church in Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland. In this capacity, she supports St. John’s work to serve the needs of its parishioners, its community and the world. She attended the Deacon School at the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., from 2014-2018 and was ordained and assigned to St. John’s in September 2018.
Prior to joining St. John’s, Derse was a career Foreign Service Officer, serving for over thirty years with the U.S. Department of State in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She was U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania 2009-2012 and to Azerbaijan 2006-2009.