Enlightening, Eclectic, Engaging:

Emmanuel.

Since its founding in 1854, Emmanuel has taken its own distinctive perspective on Anglican theology and worship. Always a parish to question the status quo, we have created an ever-evolving blend of traditional and progressive liturgy, while cultivating a great appreciation for the visual and aural aesthetics of worship: a unique combination we trust will endure for generations to come.

The seal of Emmanuel features a mother pelican feeding her young, symbolic of the nourishment we receive from Jesus' love. 

The seal of Emmanuel features a mother pelican feeding her young, symbolic of the nourishment we receive from Jesus' love. 


Our Mission

Emmanuel is a community that expects and celebrates guests: people of all faiths, races, nationalities, and walks of life. Holy Scripture tells us, "do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware" (Heb 13:2). Thus we view hospitality as an important part of our ministry and we hope you will feel welcomed here. 

Urban and suburban; rich and poor; LGBTQ and straight; families and single people; young, old, and anywhere in-between, all are invited to share and help to shape our community. We receive you as one who has a message for us, and we pray that you will find the spirit of Christ in our midst.


Our leadership

The Staff

The Rev. Hentzi Elek | Rector

The Rev. Joseph Wood | Assistant Rector

John Repulski | Director of Music & the Arts

Jordan Prescott Organ Scholar

Walter Ridgeway | Director of Finance & Administration

Kim Harris | Office Manager

Antoin Quarles & Sheila Burrell | Sextons

Taylor Daynes | Community Engagement Coordinator

The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Culbertson | Rector Emeritus

The Vestry

Martha Montgomery | Senior Warden

Lindsay Hebert Proctor | Junior Warden

Demetreus Gregg | Treasurer

Jesse Craig | Registrar

Rebecca Atwater

Matthew Crenson

Saidah Grimes

David Kettler

Tiffany Lundquist

Jonathan Mester

Vickie Miller

Herschel Wade

Gregory Weidman


Our History

The first service at Emmanuel Church was held on October 15, 1854. A daughter parish of Christ Church, Baltimore, Emmanuel was formed to serve the newly fashionable Mt. Vernon neighborhood, where many founding parishioners lived.

 

Emmanuel's interior and exterior architecture have changed significantly since its founding.

 

Over the years, Emmanuel has been blessed by the service of an array of devoted rectors. 

Emmanuel's ornamental wooden pulpit. 

Emmanuel's ornamental wooden pulpit.