Rector: The Rev. Kathleen Murray
The Reverend Kathleen Murray was installed as the 25th Rector of the Historic Beckford Parish (St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Mount Jackson, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Woodstock) and first woman Rector on April 11, 2018.
Before coming to the Shenandoah Valley, Mother Kathy served as the Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Keansburg, NJ. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church and a certificate in spiritual direction in 2013 along with a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University in 2004.
Mother Kathy has been an ordained priest since 2013. She brings a strong background in education, government, finance and public administration, as well as experience as a senior warden and vestry member. In her community in Keansburg and in Philadelphia, where she served as chief of staff to a city council member, Mother Kathy was an active leader. She served in a variety of governance positions in the Diocese of New Jersey as well.
In the Diocese of Virginia, Mother Kathy serves on the Committee on the Diaconate and the Related Organizations Committee, which is charged with presenting to the Convention nominations, or elections of confirmation, of officers and board members of a variety of organizations affiliated with the Diocese of Virginia.
Here in the Shenandoah Valley, Mother Kathy hopes to proclaim God’s love and mercy for all.
Parish Administrator: MELISSA SOROKAS
Melissa comes to us with a B.A. in journalism and a background in writing, editing and marketing. Typically, she is at St. Andrew’s on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at Emmanuel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Along with being an ambassador for both churches and handling administrative tasks, Melissa supports the Rector and the vestries in their administration of the churches and parish; manages communications, social media, and the website; and coordinates special events.
Music Director AT St. Andrew’s: Wilson Troxell
Wilson has served at both of our churches over the years and is currently music director/organist at St. Andrew’s. With a B.A. in Music Performance from Longwood, he brings remarkable musical vocal and keyboard gifts that enrich our worship.
Wilson loves the Episcopal Church liturgy and knows it well, so his selection of music always complements the seasons and the services. His ability to improvise amazes us all, and his inspiring music played as prelude, postlude, and offertory adds so much to everyone’s worship experience.
Music Director At Emmanuel: Linda BevillE
Linda came to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in March 2015 as organist and choir director. She retired from teaching music in Prince
William County Public Schools and moved to Winchester. She has been involved in the music ministries of various Episcopal churches for over 40 years.
Linda works closely with the Rector to select music and centers her music selections on traditional Episcopal hymns, styles for preludes, postludes, and anthems, while incorporating contemporary, folk heritage, classical and spiritual traditions.