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Interim Rector

The Reverend Joseph Butler is our Interim Rector. Originally from the Diocese of Chicago, Fr. Joseph received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in History from the University of the South (Sewanee), and later received his Master of Divinity from the University of the South School of Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in June of 2018 in the Diocese of West Tennessee, where he served as the Associate Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Collierville Tennessee. Before coming to Emmanuel, Joseph served as the Curate and eventually Associate Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg Virginia. In addition to parish ministry, Joseph has previously served in Drug & Alcohol Recovery ministries, as supply clergy, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech, The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia Tech Team, and represented the New River Valley Convocation on the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia Executive Board.


Fr. Joseph has served Emmanuel since 2022.

Fr. Joseph publishes his sermons and other educational materials on his personal website


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.

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Youth Director

Rebecca Shannon is a senior at James Madison University where she is obtaining a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Nonprofit Studies and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Ecology.


Rebecca currently also serves as the Senior Warden at Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry in Harrisonburg and has attended there since her freshman year.


Rebecca's home church is St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Burke, VA. She has previously served as a member of the Parish Youth Ministry committee in the Diocese of Virginia and on the Bishop Search Committee for the 14th Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Virginia. Rebecca is passionate about working with children and youth and watching them grow as people, and she has plans to obtain a Master's degree in School Counseling and work with elementary-aged children as a guidance counselor.


Senior Warden:  Drew Williams            Junior Warden: Dave Seiter


Class of 2023

Amanda Holsinger

Kathleen McCoy

Brenda Seal

Dave Seiter

Class of 2024

Maggie Kyger

Joe Paxton

Rebecca Penrod

Drew Williams

Class of 2025

Paul Ackerman

Jeremy Aldrich

Katie Dredger

Ann Rice Yager

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