Clergy, Staff & Vestry
Rev. William L. Sachs
The Rev. William L. Sachs, PhD, a native of Richmond, has served as a parish priest in Virginia, Connecticut, and Illinois. Also a writer and non-profit consultant, he has worked in interfaith relations and served as vice-president at the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York. An author, he has written nine books and over two hundred articles, reviews, and essays. He earned degrees at Baylor, Vanderbilt, and Yale, before earning his doctorate at the University of Chicago. He is married to Elizabeth Austin Tucker and has one daughter, Elizabeth Sloan Smith. Austin has an interior design business. Sloan is a mobile app designer who lives in Atlanta with two sons, Turner and Boyd. When not in Delaplane, Bill and Austin make their home in Richmond.
Meet the Staff
Traci was born and raised in Fauquier County. She is a graduate of Fauquier High School and the Washington Business School in Vienna, Virginia, and has worked mostly as an administrative assistant for a variety of different companies. “Working with my Emmanuel family has been such a fulfilling position.”
Director of Music Ministries
Linda resides in Winchester and is our Director of Music Ministries.
She is active in the American Guild of Organists and states, “For me, music is the passion, teaching is the calling, people are the reason, and God’s Spirit, ever present and always near, is the beginning and the end of it all.”
Karen joined our staff in September of 2018. She is a proud mom and grandmother and a pro in the nursery! During the week, you can find Karen loving on the children at the Piedmont Child Care Center and on Sundays you’ll find her surrounded by our youngest members here at Emmanuel. Stop by the nursery and say hello!
Andy joined our staff, as sexton, in December of 2018. Andy is a local to our community and brings with him a background of hard work and years of experience taking care of church properties. His positivity and “can-do” attitude are just two of his inspiring qualities. If you see Andy around the campus please stop and say hello!
Meet the Vestry
Bio Coming Soon!
Ross Armstrong is a member of Emmanuel through marriage, rather than birth. His wife, Jennifer, is a life-long parishioner and she and Ross were married at Emmanuel 25 years ago.
After relocating to Fauquier in 2002, Ross began getting more involved with church activities, especially those involving the youth of the parish. He has served as a Sunday school teacher, a youth mission trip leader, a search committee member and as a member of the Vestry.
During the week, Ross spends his time working as a high school assistant principal for Loudoun County Public Schools. Ross’s favorite part of being a member of Emmanuel is the true sense of family that exists among the parishioners.
A native Virginian, Lee Johnson is a Naval Academy graduate who served in the Navy for over three decades before settling in the Delaplane area in 2007, at which time he became a member of Emmanuel Church.
Since then, he has served as a lay reader, choir member, member of the Vestry, and warden. A reader of history, he has a special interest in the Old Testament. Now retired, Lee spends his time restoring collapsed stone walls and performing other chores on his once abandoned property. Retirement also permits him to indulge an interest in foreign cultures and languages. He currently finds himself in a losing struggle with the French verb system.
Lee appreciates the sense of community Emmanuel offers, plus the balance between traditional and more inventive practices in its worship.
Geri Porter came to Emmanuel with her husband, Tom, and their two children, Katie and Justin, through Trinity church in Marshall, in 1987. There they enjoyed services with John and Anne Finley along with Mrs. Cunningham, and it wasn't too long before they moved down to Delaplane with Tom's mom and dad in tow, who are now part of our underground congregation.
Geri has served Emmanuel as a Sunday School teacher, has been a part of the Episcopal Church Women's group, altar guild, and coffee hour fellowship, as well as helped with the Strawberry Festival over its many years of success.
Geri works as a nurse case manager during the week, and keeps in touch with both of her grandsons, which is her favorite job! Geri states that, "Emmanuel is an extension of my family and I am grateful to be a part of it."
Rob Porter was born into a family that was both Navy and Episcopalian. After growing up in the Navy, he served in the Marine Corps for twenty years. He and his wife Betsy moved around, winding up his Marine Corps career in northern Virginia.
Several years after retiring from the Marine Corps, Rob, his wife, and two children moved to Fauquier county where they have been for almost thirty years. They found Emmanuel Delaplane, in part, because it turned out that the rector at Emmanuel had been at their previous parish in Burke, Virginia.
At Emmanuel, Betsy and Rob have been in the choir, on the Vestry, lived strawberries, and undertaken mission trips to Honduras and New Orleans along with our parish. "The willingness of a small parish to take on big challenges allows us to grow, prosper, and participate in the revelation of God's presence in our world and our lives."
Florence McCarty has been a member of Emmanuel for over 45 years, where she was baptized, married, and raised 5 children along with her husband Dick McCarty who is a life-long member of Emmanuel.
In addition to serving on the Vestry, she has served as a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, and Episcopal Church Women member. Currently, she especially enjoys participating in Books for the Soul, Emmanuel's monthly book club.
During the week, Florence works as an analyst for Greystone Servicing Company and enjoys gardening and beekeeping.
Bob Baldini grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1974.
After 30 years with Ruby Tuesday, he retired in 2018. He and his wife Boots have been married for 43 years and have 2 boys, Ryan and Rory, along with a wonderful granddaughter, Gracie Ann, who they adore!
Bob and Boots live on their horse farm ‘Heaven Hill’, in the most beautiful countryside of Delaplane and love attending Emmanuel.
Kathy was born in Everett, Washington; however, since her father was in the military, she lived in many different places.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a BBA in accounting, she moved to Leesburg. For the past thirty years, she has worked for a small real estate development company located in McLean. She oversees the administration, property management and finance/accounting/tax areas.
On a personal note, Kathy has two dogs, Dandy and Casie, whom she adores!
It was not until coming to Delaplane and Emmanuel that she has felt like she has a home, a sense of community and a special place to share her faith. "Our church and our congregation are my anchor. I am truly blessed to have found my way here."