CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
THE REV. EMMANUEL ATO MERCER
Emmanuel comes to Christ Church having previously served at All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA. where he worked on Refugee Ministry and Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, SC where he was responsible for Youth Ministry and Pastoral Care. Emmanuel earned a Masters in Sacred Theology at Yale University, Masters in Divinity at Emory University and Licentiate in Theology from St. Nicholas Theological Seminary, Cape Coast, Ghana. Emmanuel has also completed the EfM theological education and is currently enrolled at the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia for his Doctorate in Ministry.
Emmanuel grew up in the West African country of Ghana and is married to Monique with whom he has four children – Havilynd, Frances, James, and Georgina.
THE REV. MARCIA DAVENPORT
We are blessed to welcome the Reverend Marcia Davenport as the Priest Associate for Christ Episcopal Church. Marcia served here at Christ Church during the tenure of our beloved former Rector, Jim Shields. She has served at different places between her times here in Columbia, most recently residing "across the pond" in the beautiful country of Ireland. Marcia will be primarily be working on children's formation as we begin to regather over this coming year. She will not be exclusively focused on that area of ministry; she'll dedicate energies towards adult formation and small group ministries, as well. Marcia began her current ministry at Christ Church this September, so please give her a warm welcome when you see her around campus.
THE REV. DENISE SCHIAVONE
Ordained a Deacon on June 13, 2020, Denise’s home parish is St. John’s in Ellicott City, where she spent several years on staff as Pastoral Care Coordinator. Her ministry leadership experience includes developing a mental health ministry, serving on Vestry and also as Stewardship Commissioner. She also has 10-plus years’ experience as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. For eleven years, Denise served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children in Howard County.
Denise holds a Master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland. She works as a Writer for The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company serving the public interest.
Denise served twenty years as a Naval Officer, retiring from active duty in 2006. She lives with her husband of 25 years, Matthew, in Ellicott City, Maryland, and they have three children: Joe, Connor and Jordan.
INTERIM MUSIC DIRECTOR
Len has over twenty-five years of professional experience cultivating musicianship and a love for music in both adults and children. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Organ Performance from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University, and currently teaches vocal music for the Howard County Public Schools. He has served the church at the national level as a conference director, planner, and clinician. Locally he has served as choir director for the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City and choir director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. Len lives in Columbia with his husband, Tim.
“I feel that two of my strengths in ministry are creativity and enthusiasm; I have a great interest in worship that is creative and enjoy the work it takes to design experiences that are imaginative and appeal to a diverse audience.” If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Christ Church's Music Ministry, please email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop me after church any Sunday morning!
Aisha has worked for various churches over the last decade-plus, including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in nearby Ellicott City, where she was able to assist in the volunteer effort during the flood of 2018. Her last position was with The Leadership Conference of Women Religious where her report detailing the border crisis in 2019 was featured in Time Magazine. Originally from Michigan, Aisha has lived in Maryland for over 18 years. She currently resides in Windsor Mill with her 16-year-old son, Devon.
As Parish Administrator, Aisha's goal is to continue to help each and every parishioner - newcomers and long-standing members of the parish family - find their own calling here at Christ Episcopal Church, and to make their visit to our campus as safe and comfortable as possible. Feel free to reach out to her any time with any questions, or just to simply say, "Hello!"
Please welcome Todd Domer to Christ Church as our new Youth Minister! Here's Todd: "I was raised in a Christian household and have believed in God my entire life but I would say I accepted Jesus into my heart at age 14. Since graduating high school in 2002, I have been volunteering in youth ministry and loving it, with a passion for helping kids bump into Jesus and discovering how great our God is. I also work for Habitat for Humanity and I love it. I have a heart for people and I am always ready to listen to anyone's story. When not working you can find me hanging with friends, going to the movies, playing sports, and finding any new, little adventures I can find. I have a beautiful 6-year-old girl named Selah, and look forward to getting to know everyone in the Christ Episcopal Church family."