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 Christopher Cole
Chris' ministry is one of leadership in the continued development and growth of the parishioners of Emmanuel with a special focus on Emmanuel's Junior and Senior High students, while also walking the journey with our young adults. In addition to these roles he ministers with the Rector in programs of Christian formation, pastoral care, hospitality, outreach, and of course our life of worship.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Virginia Theological Seminary, Chris was ordained a priest by the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor in the Diocese of Western North Carolina in summer of 2012. He holds a BSBA from Charlotte and an MDiv from Virginia, and is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
In his free time Chris enjoys sports, especially baseball. He is an avid Atlanta Braves fan, outdoors-man, and traveler; who especially relishes the vast mysteries of the ocean. He is inspired by a profound conviction and deep yearning to help people in connecting with and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ. Contact Father Chris
Director of Administration
Melissa came to Emmanuel in 1999 as a temp and within 2 months became one of Emmanuel's own. At Emmanuel my job consist of administration task - to assisting the Rector in the needs and programs at Emmanuel. I enjoy the many challenges that come my way.
I have been married to my hubby, Ricky for 39 years. I have a awesome family, 2 sons (Michael and Shane), 1 daughter-in-law (Erin) and 4 grandchildren (whom I adore), Tristan, Kylie, Alyssa and Madison. If you ask me my favorite thing to do it is spending time with my grandchildren and family. I love to read and listen to Christian music and yes exercising! Contact Melissa
Mississippi native Sam Polk began playing the piano for church at age eleven. His fascination with the organ led to organ lessons as early as the seventh grade. Attending the University of Southern Mississippi he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and church music studying under Dr. Paul D. Andersen. During undergraduate school he was active as a choral and vocal studio accompanist in addition to winning the Collegiate Artist Award in Organ from the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. While under full scholarship he completed coursework for the Master of Music degree in organ performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Roberta Gary.
Mr. Polk has served churches in Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia and began his tenure as organist for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in January 2008. He is also employed by A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Sales and Service in Lithonia, Georgia. Contact Sam
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.
Director of Emmanuel Day School
Amy has been directing the day school since the fall of 2002. She holds a bachelors degree from Rutgers College in New Jersey and holds a Child Development Specialist certificate. In 2005, she was one of the first in Georgia to complete the Early Childhood Program Administration program at Flint River Technical College. She has recently become certified to teach early childhood continuing education classes. Amy has been an active volunteer in the PTO for over 10 years, holding many offices including President. She has taught parenting classes at two Mother's Centers and women's support groups at her church.
Amy lives in Oconee County with her two sons and her husband Bill, a UGA professor in the College of Education. Contact Amy
Rector's Associate for Children's Formation and Family Life
Georgia Collier began her work as a volunteer for the children's programs at Emmanuel for Vacation Bible School during the summer of 2002. She was immediately hooked and has enjoyed serving the children's ministry ever since. Georgia began her formal training for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2011. Through training, we learn that our only Teach is Christ, and we position ourselves to understand the mystery of the liturgical celebration. Her greatest joy is seeing the excitement and wonder of Christ through a child's eye.
Georgia enjoys time with her husband of 18 years, Curt, and their children Harris and Mary Morgan. They live in Jackson County where they are surrounded by God's beautiful countryside. Contact Georgia
Denise if the mother of three children; Bethany, Nanette and Kierra. She lives presently in Comer, Georgia. Denise is originally from the Winder-Athens area. Denise keeps our facilities clean and helps out with the maintenance of the campus. She likes to play the piano and sing gospel songs.
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