Serving you in God’s grace
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, the Reverend Curtis Kennington taught and recorded music professionally in Fairhope, Alabama, before moving the family to New York City to attend General Seminary. Following seminary, he returned to the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast to serve as the 5th Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Troy, Alabama. After three faithful years, Curt answered the call as 11th Rector of Immanuel Episcopal Church, Highlands.
Curt has long been associated with the arts, having been a musician. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies for Exceptional Students from the University of West Florida and a Master of Divinity from General Seminary.
Most important to Curt is his family: Sellers, his wife, and Grayton and Henry, their sons. (And Mocha, the rescue dog.) They travel, they adventure, they enjoy movies and the arts. They are all grateful and enthusiastic about the move to Wilmington, and look forward to planting deep roots.
Deacon Sheila was ordained on December 5, 2009 in the first group of vocational deacons ordained in this diocese and joined the staff of Immanuel Highlands in 2010. She has a BA in music from the U of D, a MS in Pastoral Care/Spiritual Direction from Neumann University, and a Certificate in Theological Study from LTSP. Prior to her ordination she was active in parish ministry and served on several diocesan committees. Sheila serves as deacon in our liturgies and the main thrust of her ministry is outreach. She works with programs sponsored by Friendship House and has also served on the FH Board. Currently she is serving on Diocesan Council and on Province III Council. She is married to Richard and they have three adult daughters and three grandchildren. In 2006, she became a Professed Member of the Anamchara Fellowship and her religious name is Sister Sheila Brigid. Her outside interests include singing, reading, and making Anglican Rosaries.
Children and Youth Minister
Anne Alexis was born and raised in the Episcopal Church in Delaware. Anne Alexis has served on the vestry of her home parish, St. David’s, as well as represented St. David’s at Diocesan Convention for several years. Anne Alexis grew up learning Godly Play in Sunday School. She currently teaches Holy Moly, Godly Play, and other Sunday School curriculums. She graduated from Washington College in May 2019 with a B.A. in English, and is working on her master’s degree in secondary education at St. Joseph’s University. In the summers, she works at Camp JCC with the 7th-9th grade campers. Anne Alexis currently serves on Diocesan Council, Parish Acceptance Task Force, and the Diocesan Racial Justice Think Tank. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, reading, and spending time with her family — including her beloved godson, Will. Email Anne Harra
Parish AdministratorJon is in the office from 8:30am to 1:30pm, Monday through Friday preparing Sunday bulletins, preparing and publishing the Parish weekly newsletter (the Highlands Voice), keeping the books, publishing financial reports, answering the phone, as well as managing the property and other things that need to be attended to throughout each week. Jon is married with two adult daughters and a granddaughter. An avid reader and golfer, he is also very active in his home parish. Email Jon
Organist and Choir DirectorSteven is originally from Kennett Square, PA and serves as Organist and Choir Director of Immanuel’s music program. As choral conductor, he chooses music from Renaissance to contemporary styles, and prepares the choir to sing a wide variety of hymns, chants, anthems, and service music. As organist, he plays a repertoire from Baroque to modern, selecting music to support each week’s liturgical themes. He has performed organ recitals in the U.S. and abroad, including Trinity Church Boston, Harvard Busch Hall Museum, Princeton University Chapel, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Saint Thomas Church, New York, Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He received degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory, studying organ with David Boe, Garth Peacock, Ray Urwin and William Porter; harpsichord with Lisa Goode Crawford; and choral conducting with Daniel Moe and Donald Teeters. Steven is also a piano and organ teacher who enjoys guiding musicians of all ages. He is pleased to continue the tradition of excellent music at Immanuel in his roles as organist, teacher, and choral director. Email Steve Patchel
SextonIt is both a great privilege and pleasure to be entrusted with the care and maintenance of this magnificent old building. I am happy to serve this faith community to help ensure it is a place that encourages spirituality and community.