Priest in Charge:
The Reverend Shelby Ochs Owen
Our new priest in charge, the Reverend Shelby Ochs Owen, officially begins her duties as of February 3, 2013. She previously served as Associate Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, our near-neighbors in Staunton. Shelby holds a Master in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria. Prior to her work at Trinity, she had served as Associate Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Ivy, Virginia, and St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston, Virginia. As a seminarian, she participated in a mission trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, working primarily at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. She and her husband Steve Owen have three children, and reside in Staunton.
Shelby replaces the Reverend Ed Covert, who retired in November 2012 after 13 years of service with Emmanuel, first as priest-in-charge and later as rector. Before that, he had served for many years in Martinsville, Virginia.
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Our organist, Sarah, is a busy musician! In addition to serving Emmanuel on Sundays, she also serves as cantor at the Temple House of Israel, where she is a member. During the week, she teaches a variety of Musikgarten classes in Staunton and Waynesboro for children from infancy to age 9. For more information, see Sarah's Music Studio.
Secretary and Bookkeeper:
Mrs. Lucy W. Dennison
Members of the Vestry:
Senior Warden: Allan Hadfield (2011-2013)
Junior Warden: Dana Cormier (2013-2015)
Clerk: Katherine Turner (2011-2013)
Treasurer: Sue Buerkel
Assistant Treasurer: Dana Cormier
James Emory (2012-2014)
Alice Cassada * (2013-2014)
Andrew Clem (2012-2014)
Steven Cox ** (2012-2013)
Dana Cormier (2013-2015)
Mike Harmon (2013-2015)
Al Dahler (2013-2015)
* Replaced Jon Venn in April 2013.
** Replaced Charles Robinson in March 2012.
The members of the Vestry, Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
From left to right (back row): Steven Cox, Allan Hadfield, Katherine Turner, Dana Cormier, Al Dahler.
(front row): Andrew Clem, Rev. Shelby Owen, James Emory, Alice Cassada. (Not pictured: Mike Harmon.)