Rector, Priest in Charge

Mother Barbara is a native of Virginia who joined the community of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in August 2019. She has a daughter, grandson and a miniature poodle. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and cross-stitching. She is a fanatical fan of everything kpop, especially BTS! and Kdramas. She holds a B.S. in Marketing Education and Economics from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, a Master's in Marketing and Communications from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD, a Master's of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va, and a Certificate in Anglican Studies from The Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria Va. Before ordination into the priesthood, she served as a high school teacher in the Fairfax County Public School System, as well as in Harrisonburg City VA and Cumberland County in NC.  In addition, to she has served as a Chaplain Resident at the University of Virginia Medical Center,


Before coming to Emmanuel, she served churches in Minnesota and Illinois, where she also served on the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, and the Canons Committee.


Currently she serves as a trainer with the College of Congregational Development, as well as the Diocese’s Resourcing God’s Mission Task Force. In 2019, she was appointed as Dean of the Southern Shenandoah Region.


The Reverend Deacon Ed Bachschmid is our Deacon. The Deacon is called to serve in a special ministry of servanthood directly under our bishop, assisting in the administration of the sacraments and reaching out to those in our community and beyond who are in need. In addition, Ed leads worship services at the VMRC, Sunnyside, and Bridgewater retirement communities. Ed has served Emmanuel since 2006, where he came to us from the diocese of the Rio Grande.


Music Director

Dr. Linell Gray Moss serves as Music Director for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, and teaches music courses for Blue Ridge, Germanna, and Mountain Empire Community Colleges. Moss brings a broad background in music ministry, teaching, and performing.   She has directed church music programs in Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Northern Baptist churches, and has sung as cantorial soloist in synagogues in Iowa and Virginia.  Moss has taught at colleges and universities in Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music.


Brad and his family are members of Community Mennonite Church. He holds a doctorate in harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan. His undergraduate degree in music and mathematics is from Goshen College.

Brad's post-doctoral research has been into historical methods of tuning keyboard instruments unequally, especially a temperament used by Bach in The Well-Tempered Clavier. His several articles on this topic were published in 2005.

Brad also writes for American Record Guide, where he reviews about a dozen classical keyboard CDs in every issue. Much of his career outside of music has been devoted to designing and building interactive telephone systems.

Brad has composed more than 60 hymns. Six appear in Hymnal: A Worship Book, 1992, the current hymnal of the Mennonite and Brethren churches.


The Very Rev. Barbara H. Seward, Priest


Senior Warden:  Drew Williams            Junior Warden: Dave Seiter


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