Pohick's Clergy

  • The Rev. Donald D. Binder, PhD
  • The Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Correll
  • Mr. James Rickenbaker


Dr. Binder first worshiped at Pohick as a visiting Boy Scout, receiving communion from the hands of the Rev. Albert Jones, Rector in the 1970s. He returned as a seminarian in the 80s and mentored with Mr. Jones' successor, the Rev. William Brake, Jr. After ministering in parishes in Miami and Dallas, the Vestry of Pohick Church called him back as Rector in 2001.

As Rector of Pohick, Dr. Binder oversees all areas of parish life and provides direct leadership over weekly worship and adult education. He is also a singer and guitarist in the Pohick Pickers, a folk ensemble he helped establish while a seminarian. Last year, he released his second Extended Play CD, I've Come a Long Way, available on iTunes. Outside the parish, he has served as Dean of Region VI and is past Chair of the Liturgy and Music Commission for the Diocese of Virginia.

Dr. Binder received his PhD in New Testament studies from SMU in 1997, where he also served as an adjunct Professor. His doctoral dissertation, Into the Temple Courts, was published by the Society of Biblical Literature in 1999. Along with a companion website, it explores the earliest synagogues and their relationship to the Jerusalem Temple before it was destroyed in 70 AD. A follow-up volume was published in 2007. More recently, he co-edited and authored an essay in the Festshrift, A City Set on a Hill: Essays in Honor of James F. Strange (2014).

He has excavated in Israel and has written numerous articles on various topics in his field, most recently serving as a Resident Scholar at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem during his sabbatical in 2013. For over a decade, he has also served as a Field Education Supervisor at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, regularly overseeing seminarians from that institution.

Dr. Binder is married to Chris, who regularly teaches women's Bible studies at Pohick. They have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, a teenaged daughter, and a granddaughter, who all enjoy playing with their dog Riley and cat Ellie.

The Reverend
Donald D. Binder, PhD


A Few of Dr. Binder's Past Newsletter Articles:


Assistant to the Rector


As a full-time Assistant at Pohick, Ruth leads worship on Sunday mornings and at our mid-week services. She also assists with pastoral calls and in teaching. Programatically, she provides clergy oversight for our Alpha Course, our Community of Hope ministry and our Parish Nurse.

Prior to her full-time ministry at Pohick, Ruth served as a Chaplain at Greenspring Retirement Home in Springfield from 2008 to 2012. Before that, Ruth ministered for 25 years as chaplain at numerous Episcopal schools in Maryland, Washington D.C., Texas, Hawaii and New York.

Ruth received her Doctor of Education in Religious Education from New York University in 1987, and also holds two Master’s degrees and a Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Education.

In her freetime, Ruth enjoys reading, swimming and taking long walks.    

The Reverend Dr. Ruth E. Correll, Ed.D.
Assistant to the Rector





James Rickenbaker is in his third or senior year at Virginia Theological Seminary and his second of two years at Pohick. Recently a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Appalachian State University, he has previously served as a High School teacher in North Carolina, teaching World History and Spanish. He hails from the Diocese of East Carolina.

As a seminarian at Pohick, James regularly leads Sunday worship, preaches about once a month during the school year, teaches, and works within various parish ministries as assigned.

In his freetime, he enjoys playing guitar, reading, watching movies, and cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks and Carolina Panthers.

James Rickenbaker