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Leadership and Staff

Leadership at Immanuel starts with Jesus.
The leadership team of Immanuel includes clergy, lay staff, and an elected vestry. The entire team works with one focus in mind: “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12)

Clergy

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Father Travis loves Jesus, loves his wife and their four children, and loves the family that is Immanuel Anglican Church.  (And he’s pretty fond of his family’s dog and cat as well.)  Travis began serving this congregation as their rector in June 2020, grateful to share life together as we experience and express the truth of our name:  Immanuel – “God with us for the sake of others.”
 
Texan by birth and a life-long follower of Jesus, Travis set his sights first on theatre, then on teaching, then stumbled into computer technology.  To his surprise, the Lord called him to be a pastor, right about the same time he had his first encounters with liturgy and sacraments – an experience of the presence of God in a sung Compline service, and an experience of grace in the rite of Confession.  Those drew him into the Anglican Way, leading him into studies at Trinity School for Ministry, ordination in Pittsburgh and  Uganda, and service in theological education, cross-cultural mission, cheesemongery, and local churches.  Fr. Travis and his family are grateful to be putting down roots in Woodbridge, VA, ready to grow with Immanuel, as the Kingdom of God grows here in Northern Virginia.

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The Rev. Sallie Rathbone
Pastoral Assistant

Thirty years ago, Sallie found Immanuel Anglican Church, her Christian family. The passion to serve Jesus through serving His people has defined all of the ministries in which she participates As a lay person, she sought out numerous areas to serve this community, all of which have shaped her walk with Jesus.
 
After serving as a deacon at Immanuel for eleven years, Sallie was ordained to the priesthood on October 1, 2022. She is involved in pastoral ministry: bringing the presence of Jesus and the Immanuel community to those at home or in the hospital through Holy Communion; serving as clergy for our Stephen Ministry; providing Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction; and simply walking alongside people to listen. All of these are services of Sallie’s heart, along with leading women’s retreats and organizing and facilitating women’s bible studies that encourage our sisters in Christ.
 
Sallie also serves as a clergy for a Kairos Prison Ministry team, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for teens involved in the court system.
 
Sallie actively seeks Jesus in each moment of her life. He lives in us and with us each and every moment of each and every day. He puts before us opportunities to witness and serve, showering on us His abundance and blessings.

Vestry

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Debra Tomchek, Senior Warden

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Scott Ankers, Junior Warden

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Becky Ragon, Registrar

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Janice Flynn

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Paul Giannini

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Jazmny McGinley

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John Morlu

Kathy Oravetz

Bryan Zwanzig

The Vestry is an elected body of lay leaders that provides oversight in the business affairs, activities, and property of the church; prays regularly for the church and its mission; and serves as a resource for godly counsel, biblical wisdom, and vision casting with the Rector.
 
The Vestry leadership is as follows: Deb Tomchek (Senior Warden),  Scott Ankers (Junior Warden), Becky Ragon (Registrar), Janice Flynn, Paul Giannini, Jazmny McGinley, John Morlu, Bryan Zwanzig and Barbara Finney (Treasurer). If you need to contact any member of the vestry, please email office@iachurch.org with your inquiry. 
If you are interested in joining the vestry and would like to learn more about the election process, please click here.

Staff

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Melissa Byers

Children's Minister

Melissa joined Immanuel’s staff as Children’s Minister in January 2017. Melissa and her family have been members of Immanuel since 2015. She lives in Woodbridge, VA with her husband of 10 years, Brian. They are blessed to have three young children: Lillian, Amanda and Owen.

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Rhema Brown
Parish Administrator 

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Meredyth Stirling

Organ & Keys

Educated here and abroad, Meredyth made her concert debut at 16. Many years later, she celebrates 35 years as our organist. Her “happy hour” is any Sunday morning, and she is equally at home with Mozart or good gospel music. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy theatrical production, golf, and working with young children.

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Danny Cade

Office Assistant

Danny joined the church in 1986 and has served twice on the Vestry. While working with Fairfax County Government, he volunteered in the office printing and folding bulletins and newsletters. He has been an usher and with his wife, Alice, is a member of the Altar Guild. Danny also serves on our Sound Team. He has one daughter and four grandchildren.

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