Clergy, Staff and Vestry

Leadership Staff

Rector Della Wager Wells

Our Rector, Della Wager Wells, is a cradle Episcopalian and has been an active layperson from her childhood in Watertown, New York, to her adult years in Atlanta, Georgia, at the large urban parish where she was senior warden and developed and led a training program for laypersons to prepare them for leadership in the […]

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Debra Venancio

Senior Warden Debra Venancio’s lifetime experience includes 42 years of practice at Newport Hospital as both a staff nurse and an administrator with her main focus in the Intensive Care Unit for eleven years and in Obstetrics for thirty-one years. As an Emmanuelite, Deb was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel and spent most of her […]

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Maggie Martin

Maggie Martin joined Emmanuel Church in 2012. On her first visit to Emmanuel she was invited to participate in the Bible Study group and she has been a regular member of that group since then. She was asked to be the Chair the EDS School Committee and served in that capacity for two years. During […]

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Jean Lewis

Jean is the Wedding Coordinator at Emmanuel Church.  Prior to joining us she spent five years working for the Newport Bridal Show, Newport Wedding Magazine, and Newport Life Magazine.  Jean received her Master’s Degree in Communications Management from Simmons University and Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Salem State University.  She lives in Newport with her […]

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Raymond Buttero

Raymond Buttero is the organist and choirmaster at Emmanuel Church.  He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Degree from New England Conversatory, and has also studied at the Juilliard School. In addition to being a noted area recitalist and accompanist, he has given numerous  performances both in the United States and abroad, including […]

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Anne Sherman

Edith Anne Sherman (Annie) was born right here in Newport, and was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Church. In her younger years, she operated an infant and toddler day-care licensed under what is now DCYF.

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Dave Monroe

David is a lifelong active Episcopalian. He and his wife Marcia met and were married at Grace Church Providence more than 50 years ago. They have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. They moved from CT to RI in 1982 and migrated from St. Mary’s Portsmouth to Emmanuel 2 years ago. David is […]

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Ann (Lynch) Martin was born in Newport, RI and was a member of Trinity Church. Valerie married Michael Martin in Trinity Church in 1975. They moved to Tiverton RI in 1981 and attended Holy Trinity Church. Upon moving to Middletown in 1987, the Martin family with children Christine and Michael Jr. began attending Emmanuel […]

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Margaret Keiran

Margaret Keiran grew up in Connecticut where she attended church at the United Church of Christ, Congregational. After becoming a nurse, she lived in New Hampshire and eventually Massachusetts. She attended Simmons College and has been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 30 years. She met her husband Steve in Boston, and they enjoy a […]

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Catherine Curtis

Catherine Curtis moved to Newport in 2012 and began attending services at Emmanuel Church in 2017. She was baptized at Good Samaritan in Paoli Pa but grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She was educated at Phillips Exeter and Yale University where she received a BA in Near Eastern Studies. Catherine has worked as a […]

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Janet Park

Janet Park has been a member of Emmanuel Church (the church her grandmother and mother attended) since realizing her dream of moving to Newport in 2014. Janet is a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Altar Guild, a counter, and a regular helper for Soup’s On. She is also on the School Committee for Emmanuel […]

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Phil Schmitt

Phil Schmitt came to Newport to assume the position of medical director for the partial health program at Newport Hospital. He is also on the teaching staff for Brown University medical students when they rotate through Newport Hospital. He graduated from Georgetown University and was chief medical resident in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hopkins. […]

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Kevin Venancio

Kevin Venancio has been a member here for most of his life. He was baptized at St Mary’ s Church in Portsmouth and was confirmed here at Emmanuel. Kevin was an acolyte until he went to college. He currently sings in the choir and has been a lector in the past. Kevin graduated from the […]

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Jackie Breen

Jackie was elected to fill an unexpired term as Vestry at Large in April 2020.

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