Alston Flynn Lippert was licensed as a local pastor in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC in 2017. She has a BS in Economics from the College of Charleston and a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina and has taught economics at various colleges and universities including Villanova, Columbia College, and the University of South Carolina since 1990. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She is divorced with two daughters, Alston Lee Lippert and Catherine Lippert. Washington Street is Reverend Lippert’s first appointment.