The Vestry at Emmanuel Church serves as the church’s fiscal administration, manages real estate and property and promotes leadership. For more information about the work of the Vestry, please contact the Rector.


Currently, the Nominating committee is working on renaming and expanding its role at Emmanuel, under the new title, the Leadership Development Committee. This committee works to identify gifts of parishioners to expand candidates for leadership positions, invites parishioners with identified gifts to become involved in Emmanuel programs, and mentors new leaders for succession planning. For more information about this ministry, please contact the Junior or Senior Warden.

The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell

Anita began her tenure as the 18th rector of Emmanuel Church on Mother’s Day 2010. She is native to Lancaster…

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Ellen Vadney

Ellen Vadney has been a member of Emmanuel since 1998. She is currently a member of the choir and serves as a Eucharistic minister. She has served on the vestry once or twice, and has served as Junior Warden and Treasurer. She has served at the diocese on the board of Episcopal Charities and as […]

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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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Ron Fleming

Ron Fleming and his wife Pam, live in Newport and have been parishioners at Emmanuel Church since April 2013. Ron was born into a Northern Baptist tradition, changing to a Methodist Church in his teens. In the 1990’s Pam and Ron began worshipping at an Episcopalian Church, Christ Church, in Needham, MA. Ron was confirmed […]

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Sarah Atkins

Sarah Whitehouse Atkins moved to live full time in a family home in Newport five years ago, with her husband and three teenage children. She has been involved with the Episcopal Church since her days at the National Cathedral School, serving as a school acolyte at the Washington National Cathedral, and later as a member […]

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Debra Venancio

  Debra Venancio joins the Vestry to fulfill a vacated seat. Her 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 […]

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Janet Park

Janet Conroy Park was born in Newport, and lived in Connecticut for most of her life. In 2014, she realized her dream of moving to Newport. Janet has continued her career in Special Education and works as a teacher assistant. Janet loves living here, and enjoys welcoming friends and family, especially her children and grandchildren. […]

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Courtney Crimi

Courtney grew up on Long Island and her first arrival to Rhode Island was during Architecture School at Roger Williams University in 1987. Upon graduation she pursued her career for two years in San Francisco and then for 20 years in Manhattan. During her Manhattan time she was continually drawn to Newport and frequently spent […]

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