THE STAFF AT 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.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Adam Detzner is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned the degree of Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature. Prior to his studies at Eastman, Adam spent a year as Organ Scholar at Trinity Church, Copley Square, in Boston. In 2014, he graduated from Stanford University with distinction and departmental honors, earning a B.A. in Music (concentrations in organ and harpsichord performance) with a minor in Modern Languages (French and German). Adam's major organ teachers include David Higgs, Robert Huw Morgan, and Christian Lane.
An accomplished concert performer, Adam has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (Nashville, 2012) and the National Pastoral Musicians Association (Saint Louis, 2014). His playing has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams. In September 2017, he competed in the International Gottfried-Silbermann Organ Competition in Freiberg, Germany, one of only two Americans invited to compete. As a church musician, Adam served most recently as Music Minister at the Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) in Rochester, where he played a historic 1928 E. M. Skinner organ. He is also a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Born and raised in Maryland, Adam is a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. He recently moved back to the area with his partner Karl Robson, the new Director of Music Ministries at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, in Chevy Chase. Adam and Karl are looking forward to musical collaborations between their two parishes. In his free time, Adam enjoys running, cooking, and solving crossword puzzles.
Christie is likely the first voice you hear when you call us, and the first smiling face you could see when you visit our office. She keeps our parish family organized, whether it's scheduling activities, maintaining the church calendar, coordinating every bulletin, or anything in between. With years of experience, Christie provides administrative support for our Rector and Staff, managing each hour of a Christ Church day while treating each as the most important.
If you need to arrange a service or event, or have any questions about the groups and gatherings at Christ Church, feel free to email her. Church Office hours are weekdays from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.
Mary found Christ Church in 1974 when she and her husband Ed and two young sons moved to Columbia from Texas. She joined the welcoming, strong community of faith and remains a parishioner. Over the decades she served in many capacities ranging from Sunday School teacher to chair of number of committees to Vestry member (and warden for more than 6 years). She spent 4 years chairing the Building Committee for New Brick and continues to serve as lector, Eucharistic minister and visitor. She was a part time paid Parish Coordinator (not administrator) for 3 years and now serves voluntarily as a ministry coordinator on a very part time basis. As Ministry Coordinator, Mary's goal is to help each one of us (fellow parishioners) find our calling in one or more of the many ministries at Christ Church. When she is present on Sunday morning (ie, when she is in town!), she joins fellow parishioners in seeking out visitors and newcomers to help incorporate them into the Christ Church community.
Mary's “very part time” hours of serving as Ministry Coordinator are due to enjoyment of family, friends, travels and hobbies – photography, hiking, gardening, reading, and weaving. She and her husband Ed participate in many of the Somos Amigos Medical Mission trips, and hope to spend time enjoying travels in the new camper Ed built. One of Mary and Ed's sons lives in the Mid East (with wife), and one currently in Cleveland Ohio (with wife and 2 children), and Mary's Godchildren from Christ Church are scattered across the U.S. As a result, there are many temptations to skip town and go visiting!
Meanwhile, back at Christ Church, there is always a ministry that looks inviting and fulfilling!
RSCM PROGRAM VOCAL COACH
Praised for singing with “passion and emotional depth” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick has performed with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany as well as with US military bands in Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. In the US, she has performed with Opera Piccola of San Antonio and at the Princeton Festival. Other credits include concerts with the Richmond and Alamo City Ballet companies, and the Charlottesville Symphony. The winner of Hawaii Public Radio’s art song contest, Ms. Piazza-Pick was also a finalist for the American Prize in the women’s art song division and the winner of the George Cortes Award for Classical Singing by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Jennifer’s musical curiosity has led to research on women composers, which has been presented at the International Music by Women Festival.
As an educator, Jennifer has taught talented students from ages 5 to 72 in both individual voice lessons and in the classroom settings. She has had successful private studios in Texas, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as in Heidelberg, Germany. At the collegiate level, she has taught at such universities as Trinity University, the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, University of Richmond, and Virginia State University. She has also taught high school-level choir and music theory as well as elementary public school music and choir. No matter the context, she remains committed to fostering the musical and personal growth of each student, creating music lovers for life.
DR. MADELINE MISKIE
RSCM PROGRAM VOCAL COACH
Dr. Madeline Miskie's voice is characteristically "beautiful...warm in expression...striving to become a true artist...refreshing in her love and respect for the art form." (Maureen O'Flynn, soprano). Dr. Miskie has over 12 years of experience as a vocal teacher. Her teaching style is both accessible and versatile; serving students who perform a wide range of vocal styles. Currently, she serves on the Voice Faculty (Musical Theater Division) at The Catholic University of America and on the board of the MD / DC Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Vice President). In addition, she is the Owner of Windsong Studio; her private studio in Columbia MD. Her high school vocal students have been accepted into undergraduate music programs (performance, education and music therapy) with full or partial scholarships at the following institutions: The Hartt School of Music, The Crane School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory, Towson University, The University of Maryland, Baldwin Wallace, George Mason University, West Virginia University, Temple University, and Morgan State University.
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