Clergy and Staff

Christ Church Clergy

The Rev. Webster S. Gibson, Rector


Webster is from Alexandria, Virginia and has his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He graduated from seminary at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, in 1997. Webster came to serve as rector at Christ Church in 2007. Prior to coming to Christ Church, Webster served at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia until 1999 and at Immanuel Episcopal Church, Old Church in Hanover County, Virginia until 2007.

The Christ Church office is open Monday - Thursday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

 

On Fridays, the office is open 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The office is located at 114 W. Boscawen Street, upstairs from the Treasure Box Thrift Shop. There is usually a volunteer receptionist on duty at the top of the stairs to assist you.

The Rev. Martin Geiger, Assistant Rector

 

The Rev. Martin Geiger comes to Winchester from St. Louis, Missouri, whose diocese sponsored him at Virginia Theological Seminary. Martin is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in English. He’s worked as teacher's aide, and two years as an intern through the Episcopal Service Corps. Martin graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2019. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 2019 in St. Louis by The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Tenth Bishop of Missouri. While a good bit of Martin's ministry at Christ Church will be with youth and families, through Christian Formation and outreach programs, he will be involved in all aspects of parish life.

Christ Church Staff

Margery Wingenbach, Director of Christian Education

Margery is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a double AB in Spanish literature & French and then earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia. She moved with her husband, David, to Winchester and Christ Church in 1980. They have loved every minute of bringing up sons Joseph and Thomas in this church and community. Her career includes teaching at Southern Seminary, owning and operating the Stone House pre-school, and working as a children's librarian for the Handley Regional Library, specializing in the development of the First Step to Literacy outreach program for local daycare centers. She recently retired from teaching Spanish at Handley High School in Winchester. She has served on the Diocesan Committee on Education and the Lord Fairfax Child Care Task Force.

Ted Dix, Director of Music

Ted's first Sunday on the organ bench will be December 1, 2019. He is coming to Winchester from Maryland, where he has served parishes in Baltimore, Towson, and Westminster, been adjunct faculty at several colleges, and has been involved in a variety of programs and performances for over 20 years. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in Organ Performance from Towson University, Towson, Maryland, and both a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey, and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. When not making music, Ted enjoys old TV shows, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with his kids.

Marsha Baden, Director of the Cherub Choir

Marsha is a native of Winchester and is married to James Baden, the son of the Right Reverend John A. Baden, former rector of Christ Episcopal Church. She is owner/partner of Elwood McIntire Kitchen Specialists, LLC, and is a kitchen and bath designer as well as the office manager. She calls her young choir members “the light of her life” and looks forward to seeing their smiles each Sunday morning.

DeLyn Celec, Director of Alleluia Singers

DeLyn Celec grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She and her spouse of nine years, Sarah, moved to Winchester in 2008 so DeLyn could become the Worship Arts Coordinator at Shenandoah University. The title of Campus Minister has since been added following her ordination as clergy in 2011 through the social-justice-focused Church Within A Church Movement. DeLyn has been working in music and worship arts since she was in high school, formalizing her education in 2008 by obtaining her Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. Her studies at Drew included a focus on power and privilege along with worship arts, which led to a passion for worshiping together to experience reflection on our life-renewing relationships with God and neighbor, education in social justice, and inspiration to celebrate diversity. Sarah and DeLyn added three children to their home in 2014 and the whole family has enjoyed a warm welcome when we have worshiped with the community at Christ Church.

Helen Zebarth, Parish Nurse

Helen graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Her Master's Degree in Counseling is from Boston University. Helen graduated from the Parish Nursing Certified Program in 1987 and has been the volunteer parish nurse at Christ Church since then. She taught at Shenandoah University from 1979 to 1987 in the nursing program. In 1987, she became director of the Mary B. Wilkins Wellness Center and retired from that position in 2004. She started Blue Ridge Hospice in 1982 and became medical director of the five county Critical Incident Stress Management Team in 1986. She is also an active member of Kiwanis and a board member of Healthy Families, Domestic Violence & Blue Ridge Hospice. She has been a member of Christ Church since 1972 and is an LEM volunteer, Diocesan Parish Nurse Coordinator, and representative from the Diocese of Virginia in Health Ministry to Province 3.

nurse@christchurchwinchester.org

Rosalie Lewis, Parish Nurse

nurse@christchurchwinchester.org

Theresa Seitz, Bookkeeper

Theresa joined Christ Church as bookkeeper at the end of 2011. She has over 30 years of financial, budget and accounting experience including over a decade each with IBM Corporations, Wayside Foundation for the Arts, Inc. and owning and operating her own property business. Theresa is originally from Pennsylvania and has a BS from the University of Pittsburgh. She believes her greatest accomplishment in life is her son Jesse.

tseitz@christchurchwinchester.org

Noelle Creamer, Communications Coordinator

Noelle’s primary responsibilities include church publications, the website, social media, and other modes of communication that enhance the Christ Church community. Noelle brings nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, writing and editing positions, working most recently as a part-time freelance writer (and full-time mom). She holds a BA from Dickinson College and an MA from the University of Richmond, both in English Literature.

Steven "Tuffy" Whitacre, Sexton

Tuffy has been sexton at Christ Church since 2005, taking care of the parish properties. A Winchester native, he attended Quarles Elementary and John Handley High School. He began working at a family business in Ohio before returning to Winchester. He worked for Zero Distributors and in the construction industry, primarily painting for local contractors.

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Christ Episcopal Church
140 W. Boscawen Street

Winchester, VA 22601

540-662-5843

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