The Reverend Robert Salamone

Fr. Robert came to Emmanuel from New Jersey after being sidetracked in Western North Carolina for 15 years. While there he pastored both the local Roman Catholic Church and St. James Episcopal which just happened to be right across the street! During his over 30 years of ordained ministry, Robert has held a variety of positions both pastoral and administrative. He has served as chaplain to a number of civic and religious organizations and has been elected to leadership roles both in the religious community he came from and dioceses he has been privileged to serve in. Robert and his wife Karen (a clinical psychologist)  enjoy the beach, walking, cycling, swimming and their pets. Contact Father Robert.

The Reverend Samuel Porras
Associate Rector
Samuel Porras was born in Medellin, Colombia. He entered the seminary when he was 16 years old, completed his philosophy studies in Bogota, Colombia, at the Universidad de San Buenaventura. When he was 26 years old he arrived to Atlanta with the Catholic diocese of Atlanta to complete his theology studies. He completed his Master’s degree in Theology from Mount Saint’s Mary Seminary and College in 1997 and was ordained in the Catholic Church in the same year. He served as a priest in the Catholic Church for about seven years and then he left the active ministry because he wanted to begin a family. He was working in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster since he left the active ministry and during the years he has completed additional studies related to the insurance industry. He was officially received as a priest for the Episcopal Church on May 15, 2016. He initiated the Hispanic service at Saint Gabriel’s since the end of January 2016. He currently helps Saint Gabriel in Oakwood GA with the Spanish celebration every Sunday. He was part of our team of four Priest who initiated the Hispanic ministry here at Emmanuel since February 2017 and has been part of Emmanuel’s staff since November 18, 2017 when he joined our parish as an associate rector. Contact Father Samuel.
The Reverend Clayton Harrington
Associate Rector for Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Clayton came to Emmanuel from Atlanta, having worked on staff at the Cathedral of St. Philip.  Prior to coming on staff, he served as the seminarian of the Cathedral while he earned his Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology. Clayton is passionate about the potential of Christian community, worship, and service to empower youth and young adults to grow into the people that God has made them to be. Contact Clayton.

In addition to working with youth and young adults at Emmanuel, Clayton is also the Episcopal Campus Missioner at UGA (GO DAWGS!).

Melissa Fulcher
Director of Administration

Melissa came to Emmanuel in 1999 as a temp and within 2 months became one of Emmanuel's own. At Emmanuel her job consisted of administration along with "other" task (nothing to big, nothing to small that we can't jump right in to) to assisting the Rector in the needs and programs at Emmanuel. She enjoys the many challenges that come her way.

She has been married to Ricky for 42 years. She has 2 sons (Michael and Shane), 1 daughter-in-law (Erin) and 6 grandchildren (whom she adores), Tristan, Kylie, Alyssa, Madison, Jaxson and Elijah. If you ask her what her favorite thing to do it is spending time with her grandchildren and family. Contact Melissa

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Martha Babendreier
Director of Children's Formation
As director she supports and oversees the Nursery and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and develops the children’s program and ministries at Emmanuel. She plans events throughout the year to support young families and provides opportunities and time for parents and children the time to get to know one another and connect with others at Emmanuel. Martha enjoys meeting, working and connecting with children and their families. She welcomes and encourages all to become involved in Children Formation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Virginia Tech. Throughout the years she has worked as an elementary teacher in Virginia and taught at Emmanuel Day School. She brings her experience and love for children, with joy, to Emmanuel. She has been a member of Emmanuel since 2016 and served on the Vestry from 2018 to 2019. Martha moved to Athens in 1999 from Virginia with her son, Jake, and husband of 25 years, Justin. Martha enjoys the mountains, camping, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Contact Martha.
Michael Brewer
Director of Music

Michael Brewer is a Web Developer Principal at UGA, as well as the Principal Conductor of the Classic City Band, Georgia's oldest continuously-operating community band, and the Athens Brass Choir, a community brass ensemble. He also plays bass trombone with the Athens Symphony, sings with the Athens Master Chorale,  and participates in local theatrical companies (including both Town & Gown and ACT). A lifelong member of Emmanuel Episcopal, Michael lives in Athens with his lovely wife, Terri Tillman, and many, many cats (and one dog). Contact Michael

Alexandra Dunbar

Dr. Alexandra Snyder Dunbar is an award-winning musician and pedagogue. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School (MM and DMA in Harpsichord Performance), The Manhattan School of Music (BM in Piano Performance), and Interlochen Arts Academy. Solo performances with orchestra include with Orchestra 54, Dorian Baroque Orchestra, The Memphis Chamber Music Society, The Symphony of Westchester, and The Chamber Orchestra of New York. Dr. Dunbar has collaborated on performance projects with the The Dryden Ensemble, the Foundlings Ensemble, The New York Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  She is the harpsichordist and co-director for the Amethyst Baroque Ensemble. Dr. Dunbar is on the music faculty at the University of North Georgia, Athens Technical College, Piedmont Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Camp, and maintains a private teaching studio and active performance calendar. Community performance projects in Athens Georgia include Classical Revolution, a once monthly performance series at Hendershots Coffee Bar on Prince Avenue.

Dr. Dunbar grew up in a musical family and is a cradle Episcopalian. Her mother, Dr. Rev. Bindy Snyder, has served as rector and priest-in-charge since 2005 in Memphis, TN, and surrounding communities.

Karen Holland
Director of Finance

My name is Karen Holland. I perform all the bookkeeping functions for Emmanuel Church along with helping out with projects for the staff and church members. I am married to a wonderful man, Greg, with a stepson, Keith. I have a son, Joshua, who, because of a car accident, is now quadriplegic. When time permits, I enjoy gardening and playing with the dog.  Contact Karen.

Leah Goodwin
Emmanuel Thrift Store Manager

Leah Goodwin is the manager of the Emmanuel Thrift Store. She has been in retail all of her life, and co-owned a gift shop downtown for over 20 years. She loves the variety of merchandise, helping people find just the right thing and doing displays. She is mom to two high-schoolers, Amelia (17) and Abel (14), two mutts, and a cockatiel. In her spare time she frequently visits thrift stores and flea markets. Contact Leah

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Amber Pitt
Emmanuel Day School Director

Amber lives in Athens with her husband, Nick, and two children, Solon (8) and Kaya (6). Amber brings a diverse range of educational experience to her role as director of Emmanuel Episcopal Day School.  Having started her career in the K-12 art education classroom, her career soon took her overseas, where she also led instruction in Istanbul and Tokyo, returning to Athens with her family to pursue her Ph.D., at UGA.  Her instructional focus has always been student-centric, whether in the arts-based classroom, or helping to develop the next generation of educators.  As a parishioner of Emmanuel Episcopal, she looks forward to further creating a nurturing environment at Emmanuel that will foster relationships within our community.