Sonya joined St. John’s staff after working for many years as a legal assistant in the Jacksonville, Florida and Washington, DC offices of a nationwide law firm, serving as Director of Christian Education at Episcopal churches in Florida and Virginia, and as Administrative Coordinator/Business Manager of the Methodist college ministry at Florida A&M University. Most recently she was an adjunct religion instructor at St. Leo University and also worked at a nonprofit research organization.
Sonya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with specialization in management, summa cum laude, from St. Leo University. She subsequently earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She has a Certificate in Church Management from The Villanova School of Business.
Sonya and her husband, The Rev. Dr. Mike Sowards, moved to Pennsylvania when he was called as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Collegeville/Evansburg. Mike & Sonya have two adult, married children and a growing number of grandchildren.