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. 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.
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.
I joined Christ Church back in 2008, when my sister invited myself, my son, and our mother to the church. I immediately fell in love with it, as it was a very welcoming community that encouraged new members to participate in different ministries. My first opportunity to volunteer at Christ Church was around 2009, where I'd help Father Ginnever in the office on the weekly newsletters, then subsequently volunteered as an usher and a Sunday school teacher. I eventually stepped in to the role of Youth Group Coordinator around 2018, when the opportunity was presented to me. Now, as Parish Ministry Coordinator under Father Manny, my goal is to continue to help each and every parishioner find their own calling in one or more of the ministries here at Christ Episcopal Church.
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STAFF BARITONE SINGER
Kareem Mack, Baritone, graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2019 by receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. At UConn, Kareem performed varying operatic roles and also performed in numerous art song recitals. During his UConn residency, Kareem was a section leader choral scholar at Storrs Congregational Church. During his last year of undergraduate studies, Kareem toured a recital through the state of Connecticut titled Black Music in Motion, a self-presented production of art songs composed by African-American composers. After graduating, Kareem spent time as a Live Performer in the Entertainment Department at Six Flags America. Kareem is now pursuing two associate degrees at Howard Community College, in Dance and in English, with hopes of acceptance into a master's degree program.
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.
STAFF SOPRANO SINGER
Simone Brown is a Maryland native with both a BM and MM from Xavier University of Louisiana and Peabody Conservatory. After recently relocating to Arlington VA, Simone is excited to come on board with Christ Episcopal Church. Simone was last seen at the Kennedy Center with Opera Nova’s Black History Concert, in Keegan Theater’s Womxn of Fire Festival and in The Snowy Day at Adventure Theater MTC. Simone has performed at Toby’s Dinner Theater as an ensemble member and understudy for Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, Heather Chandler in HCC’s The Heathers, and the Kensington Arts Theater production of Sweeney Todd as Johanna.
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