Dr. Darcy Williams
The Reverend Dr. Darcy Williams 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, and MS and PhD degrees in Zoology from Rutgers University.
She and her husband Joe have two adult children and one grandchild.
The Vestry is the lay leadership body of an Episcopal congregation. Vestry members are elected by the voting members of the parish and serve as the legal representatives and agents of the parish, charged with specific responsibilities by the canons of The Episcopal Church including the management of parish finances and parish buildings. In addition, the Vestry works collaboratively with the rector to define and articulate the mission of the congregation and to support that mission in word and in deed.
At Emmanuel, the Vestry is composed of nine elected members serving three year terms, two wardens, a treasurer and a registrar. Each year, at the first Vestry meeting following the Annual Meeting of the Parish, all members take the Vestry oath:
"In the presence of Almighty God,
I (name) do solemnly promise and declare that I will faithfully execute the office of Vestry Member of Chester Parish at Emmanuel Church, Kent County, without prejudice, fear, or favor, according to the best of my skill and judgement. And I further declare my belief in the Christian religion."
Sandra Bjork, Senior Warden
Tom Mack, Junior Warden
Roger Brown, Treasurer
Penny Block, Registrar
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