Staff Biographies


Rector

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The Rev. Pamela L. Werntz

The Rev. Pamela L. Werntz is Emmanuel’s twelfth and first woman rector, and the first openly-queer rector of an Episcopal parish in Boston. Throughout her career, Pam has worked diligently for social justice and support of the arts, particularly among and on behalf of people who are most marginalized in our society.

Pam received her A.B. in English from Franklin and Marshall College. She spent the following 15 years in the private sector, rising to Vice President of Human Resources in a large consulting firm in northern Virginia. In 1996, she migrated north with her family to attend Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She received her MDiv in 2000, and was awarded Lockhart Scholar for contributions to community life and the Dietrich Prize for best paper on the urban mission of the church.

Pam was ordained as deacon on June 15, 2002 and priest on May 31, 2003 in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She served as Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Church in Brookline, MA, July 2002-January 2008. Emmanuel Church called Pam to serve as Priest-in-Charge in February, 2008, and as Rector in January 2010.

Pam and her wife Joy Howard have three daughters.

Senior Pastoral Assistant

Bishop Grew

The Rt. Rev. J. Clark Grew

The Rt. Rev. J. Clark Grew was born in New York City. He graduated from Harvard College and then served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for five years. Following active duty, he taught in two independent schools outside of Boston before entering Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge MA, from which he has received both a M.Div. and a Doctor of Divinity degree. Bishop Grew served as Rector of two parish churches, the first in Westwood MA and then in Lake Forest IL until he was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio in 1993. He retired from the active ministry in 2004, after over ten years of diocesan, national, and international Church involvement as Bishop. He has served on many non-profit and educational boards throughout his career, and currently serves as trustee of St. Mark’s School in Southborough MA, The Epiphany School in Dorchester MA, the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard, and The Maine Sea Coast Mission. He and his wife Wendy have three married children and eight grandchildren.

Priest Associate

Rev. Dr. Stecker

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Stecker

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Stecker has taught at Colby Sawyer College and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.  He holds degrees from the Bangor Theological Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary, the Institute for the Study of Violence at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and the University of the South. Among other ministries, he has served as priest-in-charge in NC, rector in New London NH, and assistant to a bishop in the Virgin Islands. He preaches at Emmanuel and assists our rector with pastoral care.  Rick and his wife Ann Page live in Cambridge and New London NH. In addition to numerous articles, he has published two books: The Podium, The Pulpit and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate (Santa Barbara CA: Praeger, 2011), and I Win, We Lose: The New Social Darwinism and the Death of Love and Other Writings by John Hall Snow (Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016).

Rabbi in Residence

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Rabbi Howard A. Berman

Rabbi Howard A. Berman, who preaches in our services approximately once a month, is Founding Rabbi of Central Reform Temple, our resident synagogue. He is also Rabbi Emeritus of Chicago Sinai Congregation, Chicago’s historic center of liberal Reform Judaism, where he has served as Senior Rabbi since 1982.

He was born in Fair Lawn NJ, where he received his early religious and general education. After attaining his undergraduate degree in European History from the Universities of Cincinnati and London, England, he studied for the Rabbinate at the Leo Baeck College in London, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he received the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters and was ordained in 1974.

Rabbi Berman has been active in various religious and civic organizations both locally and nationally. In 1986, he was appointed by the late Mayor Harold Washington to the Chicago Peace Conversion Commission, charged with drafting and enforcing the city’s Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance. From 1989-1996, he served on the faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and has also served on the Social Action Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis; the AIDS Pastoral Committee of the Council of Religious Leaders in Chicago; and the Leadership Council of the Howard Brown Memorial AIDS Clinic. From 1992-1996, Rabbi Berman represented the Chicago Jewish community on the Metropolitan Task Force of the Council for the World Parliament of Religions, and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Chicago from 1994-1996. In addition, he has been an annual contributor to the World Book Encyclopedia Year Book as editor of its articles on Judaism.

With his decision to move to Boston in 1997, he became Rabbi Emeritus of Chicago Sinai Congregation. Currently, he is active in a variety of civic and interfaith organizations in Boston. He was the Founding Co-Chair of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in 1997, and has regularly officiated at the annual Gay Pride Service at the New England Holocaust Memorial. As part of the partnership between Central Reform Temple and Emmanuel Church, Rabbi Berman serves as “Rabbi in Residence” of the parish and preaches regularly at Sunday worship services. Rabbi Berman also serves as Executive Director of the Society for Classical Reform Judaism, a national organization dedicated to promoting the historic liberal principles and distinctive worship traditions of the American Reform Movement. He lectures at congregations throughout the country  on behalf of the SCRJ, and teaches regularly at Hebrew Union College, the major seminary of Reform Judaism, at its campuses in Cincinnati and Jerusalem.

Parish Operations Manager

Amanda March

Amanda March

Amanda March, M.Div., BCC, is a board-certified healthcare chaplain and a postulant for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of M​assachusetts​. A Florida native, she moved to the Boston area to complete her M.Div. at Episcopal Divinity School and decided to make this area her new home. As a history buff she is enjoying the Northeast. Amanda has three grown sons, two of whom live in the Northeast​, and one in Florida​. On Sundays she works as a pastoral intern at the Church of Our Redeemer, Arlington.

​Amanda​ brings to Emmanuel an excitement about ministry in an urban setting and new opportunities to put her love of pastoral care and radical hospitality to work.​  She believes that working in administration is an important part of helping the church equip itself for mission and outreach, to which Emmanuel Church is particularly dedicated.

Administrative Assistant

Daniel Bell

The Rev. Daniel Bell

In the Fall of 2016, Daniel Bell joined the Emmanuel staff as part-time Administrative Assistant with responsibilities for extending the ministry of this community and our building, coordinating building use, event sextons, contracts, and other administrative duties.   Dan is also the Protestant Chaplain at Tufts University.  He has an MDiv and an MA in Religion from Yale, and is a postulant for the priesthood in the DioMass ordination process.  His administrative and program-management experience has included work at St. Stephen’s in Lynn and the Life Together program of our diocese. Dan is usually in the parish office on Mondays and Fridays for full days, and Wednesdays for a few hours.  Please stop by to meet him.

 

Music Director

Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner

For now, please see Ryan’s biography on Emmanuel Music’s website.

Organist

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Kevin Neel

Kevin Neel has been Organist and Chapel Choir Director at Emmanuel Church since September 2015. He also serves as Executive Director for Coro Allegro and Organist for St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, and is the Convener for the Young Organists Divisions of the American Guild of Organists. He received his Masters of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting at Boston University studying under Ann Howard Jones and Scott Allen Jarrett. While at BU, he accompanied the Symphonic Chorus in their Symphony Hall performance of Fauré’s Requiem and the BU Singers in their performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at Old South Church. He also has appeared in solo recitals as well as organ and piano accompanist for multiple ensembles in the New England area. As a singer, he has sung with the Marsh Chapel Choir, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, the Polyphony Project, and VOICES 21C. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music having majored in organ performance with Janette Fishell and minored in choral conducting. He served as Interim Director of Traditional Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro (NC), from 2012-2014, and while at IU, was a recipient of the “Jacobs Scholar” Award, the highest honor given to an undergraduate. From the Charlotte, NC area, he studied organ with Shirley Fishburne and David Lowry and has given recitals through the greater metropolitan area.