The Staff at Immanuel

Serving you in God’s grace


The Reverend Paul W. Gennett Jr. has served as a priest in the Episcopal Church for 26 years. He received a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1992 and recently retired as Rector at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware in 2017. Prior to his ordination, he was a corporate consultant for 20 years, principally serving the human resources and organizational development disciplines. He completed the Interim Ministry Network training for transition ministry certification in 2016. In this role, much like his ministry of spiritual direction, he walks with the ministers and ministries of Immanuel Highlands Church in preparations for the calling of their next rector. For the last 20 years, Paul has been enjoying his deeper calling to walk with others in his own recovering spiritual journey. He has led retreats on spiritual living and the Twelve Steps for both recovery and non-recovery communities.

The Rev. Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

The Rev. Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

Interim Rector

Deacon Sheila was ordained on December 5, 2009 in the first group of vocational deacons ordained in this diocese and joined the staff of Immanuel Highlands in 2010. She has a BA in music from the U of D, a MS in Pastoral Care/Spiritual Direction from Neumann University, and a Certificate in Theological Study from LTSP. Prior to her ordination she was active in parish ministry and served on several diocesan committees. Sheila serves as deacon in our liturgies and the main thrust of her ministry is outreach. She works with programs sponsored by Friendship House and has also served on the FH Board. Currently she is serving on Diocesan Council and on Province III Council. She is married to Richard and they have three adult daughters and three grandchildren. In 2006, she became a Professed Member of the Anamchara Fellowship and her religious name is Sister Sheila Brigid. Her outside interests include singing, reading, and making Anglican Rosaries.
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Anne Harra

Anne Harra

Youth Director

Anne was born and raised in the Episcopal Church in Delaware. Anne has served on the vestry of her home parish, St. David’s, as well as represented St. David’s at Diocesan Convention for several years. Anne has grown up with, and now teaches, Godly Play and other Sunday School curriculums. She graduated from Washington College in May with a B.A. in English, and is working on her master’s degree in secondary education at St. Joseph’s University. In the summers, she works at Camp JCC with the 7th-9th grade campers. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, reading, and spending time with her family — including her beloved godson, Will.

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Jon Barrett

Jon Barrett

Parish Administrator

Jon is in the office from 8:30am to 1:30pm, Monday through Friday preparing Sunday bulletins, preparing and publishing the Parish weekly newsletter (the Highlands Voice), keeping the books, publishing financial reports, answering the phone, as well as managing the property and other things that need to be attended to throughout each week. Jon is married with two adult daughters and a granddaughter. An avid reader and golfer, he is also very active in his home parish. Email Jon



Steve Patchel

Steve Patchel

Organist and Choir Director

Steven is originally from Kennett Square, PA and serves as Organist and Choir Director of Immanuel’s music program. As choral conductor, he chooses music from Renaissance to contemporary styles, and prepares the choir to sing a wide variety of hymns, chants, anthems, and service music. As organist, he plays a repertoire from Baroque to modern, selecting music to support each week’s liturgical themes. He has performed organ recitals in the U.S. and abroad, including Trinity Church Boston, Harvard Busch Hall Museum, Princeton University Chapel, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Saint Thomas Church, New York, Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He received degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory, studying organ with David Boe, Garth Peacock, Ray Urwin and William Porter; harpsichord with Lisa Goode Crawford; and choral conducting with Daniel Moe and Donald Teeters. Steven is also a piano and organ teacher who enjoys guiding musicians of all ages. He is pleased to continue the tradition of excellent music at Immanuel in his roles as organist, teacher, and choral director.   Email Steve Patchel


Jim Maloney

Jim Maloney

Sexton

It is both a great privilege and pleasure to be entrusted with the care and maintenance of this magnificent old building. I am happy to serve this faith community to help ensure it is a place that encourages spirituality and community.