Clergy & Staff

Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams: Rector

Darcy came to Emmanuel Church in July 2013 as the parish’s new curate, after serving her diaconal year in the five Episcopal parishes of Cecil County, MD. A May 2013 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Darcy was ordained a deacon in September 2012 and a priest in June 2013. She was named Priest-in-Charge in October 2015 and invested as the 33rd Rector of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish on May 11, 2016.

Prior to answering God’s call to the priesthood, Darcy worked in the private sector first as a pharmaceutical research associate, then as a math and science teacher at The Tome School and at Cecil College before becoming the Head of School at Tome. She was a long-time member of St. Mary Anne’s in North East where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and in numerous lay leadership positions including Senior Warden. In addition to her MA in Theology from VTS, Darcy holds a BS degree in Biology from the College of St. Elizabeth, MS and PhD degrees in Zoology from Rutgers University. She and her husband Joe have two adult children and one grandchild.

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Nancy Dick: Senior Warden

Nancy has been at Emmanuel for her entire life. She has served in numerous capacities including a previous tour as Senior Warden, Vestry member, and Assistant Treasurer. Nancy is also a member of the Choir, the Altar Guild, the Finance Committee, the Kitchen Krew and numerous other committees. She is normally a participant at the 10:30 Service where she divides her time between the Choir and Lector, Intercessor, and Eucharistic Minister.

Most weekdays Nancy can be found in the Church Office. She can also be reached at

Brad Hollomon: Junior Warden

A recovering engineer, Brad came to Chestertown in 2011 near the end of a career promoting sustainable energy technology in the US and abroad. He now divides his time among caring for our church buildings, teaching English as a second language, playing trumpet in the community marching band, contributing to the town green committee, testing water quality in tributaries of the Chester River, visiting his three grown sons, and moving dirt in the garden where his wife, Elizabeth, tells him to. He grew up in Schenectady, NY and moved here after living in the DC area for 20 years, and he holds degrees in economics and engineering from Harvard and Dartmouth.

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Stephanie King, Director of Music/Choirmaster

Stephanie King became part of the Emmanuel team in October 2017 as our Music Director and Choirmaster. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from San Jose State University, a Master’s degree in Music along with a certification to teach K-12 music from Lewis & Clark College, and a graduate certificate in Bible from Multnomah University. Stephanie studied conducting in Sarteano, Italy with Simon Carrington from the Boston Conservatory, and worked closely as personal assistant and accompanist to renowned choral director Charlene Archibeque. She was the featured guest soloist with the Willamette Falls Symphony, performing the Grieg piano concerto.

Stephanie has led five international choir tours, including trips to Germany, Ireland, Hawaii, Austria, and Canada. For the past twelve years, she was the Music Director & Organist at The Church of the Transfiguration, and previously was the Creative Arts Director in charge of vocal and instrumental music, drama, dance, visual and technical arts for a large metropolitan church in Portland, Oregon. Stephanie is highly sought after as a freelance accompanist, and will be returning for her third consecutive summer as a faculty pianist with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy.

Stephanie can reached at

Avis Wheatley, Organist

Avis Wheatley joined the Emmanuel Team as Organist in September 2016, after having played for many of our services of Choral Evensong over the past several years. Avis is a graduate of Bridgewater College in Virginia with a BA in music and Spanish. Currently she teaches at the Gunston School in Centreville. Previous organ posts include Centreville United Methodist Church, Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kent Parish, in Chestertown.

Laura Kaufman: Parish Secretary

Laura Kaufman, Parish Secretary:

All Maryland natives, Laura and her family moved to the Eastern Shore in 1989. A stay-at-home mother for 12 years, Laura worked in a variety of public- and private-sector jobs beginning in 1995, and came to Emmanuel as the Parish Secretary in July 2011. Their two daughters grown, Laura and husband Doug live with their collection of dogs, horses, chickens, and one goat in the small town of Starr in Queen Anne’s County. Doug and Laura are active members of St. Paul’s, Centreville.

Laura can be reached at