The Episcopal Church of the Atonement


Father Ricardo Sheppard


The Reverend Ricardo Sheppard was born in Trinidad and Tobago and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1975.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after serving 9 ½ years. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in Social Science from the College of New Rochelle, a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from the University of the South, School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee. Prior to coming to the Episcopal Church Reverend Sheppard served as the Youth and Outreach Minister at Hebron Baptist Church, Brooklyn NY, a church which was organized and founded by His father Reverend Valentine Sheppard in 1983.  After His ordination as a Priest in 2016, Reverend Sheppard served as the Priest in Charge of St. Albans Episcopal Church in New Brunswick, NJ until 2019. In September of 2019 Reverend Sheppard answered the call to serve as the Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Washington DC. Since coming to Washington, he has served as the Chaplain at the Bishop Walker Episcopal School for Boys, on the Diocesan Council and he currently serves as the Chair of the Diocesan Committee on Black Ministries.  Rev. Sheppard is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing the love and hope of God to the greatest and the least in the Kingdom.

Rev. Antonio Baxter

Our Deacon

From 2005 to June 2018


Rev. Baxter works as the Agency Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and has worked for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the past five years.
Rev. Baxter has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Policy, and as of May 11, 2021, a Master’s of Divinity. He is now a student in the Doctor of Ministry Program. He was ordained to the vocational diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in November of 2020. He has served on the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church and was responsible for starting a new outreach ministry. This ministry concentrated on small group discussion with people of the Generation X and Millennials age groups. It meets once a week and is growing.
Rev. Baxter is an avid fan of Duke Blue Devil Basketball. His favorite scripture is Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives.

Douglass C. Bowman, Jr.


Anita Marsh

Parish Administrator

Dr. Michael Clarke


Not Pictured:
Clyde Partlow, Sexton
Phillip Little, Sexton-On Call
Georgia Little, Housekeeper