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Clergy & Staff

Rector: The Reverend Brett R. Johnson


For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jer. 29:11)


A person who models a life of hope and gratitude, Brett joined Emmanuel Episcopal Church as their 21st Rector on March 6, 2023. He leans into the truth that God cherishes every part of creation. He came to Emmanuel after serving at Christ Church (Andover, MA), St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Beverly, MA), Parish of the Good Shepherd (Waban, MA), and All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore (Danvers, MA). 


His call to the priesthood came while serving as a chaplain (Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA). Indeed, Brett loves pastoral care and chaplaincy.


He lives in North Reading with his husband and dog. He is surrounded by love and grateful to share that each one of us is beloved by God, too!

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Minister of Music: Currently vacant

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Parish Administrator:   Lisa Ventura

Lisa joined the Emmanuel staff as Parish Administrator in March of 2020. She previously worked in the educational publishing industry for 33 years.


Lisa is an active member at Emmanuel serving on the Altar Guild, the Pastoral Care Committee, and volunteers with the Bread of Life and Horizon House ministries.


She is a Wakefield resident and a long-time volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Wakefield.

Financial Secretary:  Mary Ann Nestor

Mary has served as Emmanuel’s financial secretary and bookkeeper since 2005. Prior to that, she was our parish secretary.


Sexton:  Doug Lloyd

Doug Lloyd has served as Emmanuel Church’s sexton since 2014. He was previously sexton at Grace Church in Newton. He and his wife are active Episcopalians, attending St. Paul’s Church in Malden.

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