Pilar Parnell is a native of Upstate New York and moved to the Northern Neck upon graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in May of 2017. Since then life has been constantly changing in many exciting ways. In July of 2018, Pilar and the Reverend Scott Parnell (Rector of Ware Church in Gloucester) married. They welcomed their first daughter, Charlene, into the world in June of 2019 and their son George in October of 2021.
Pilar received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Fredonia in English, with a minor in religious studies. She received her Masters of Divinity upon completing three years of study at Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to her call to St. Stephen's, Pilar served as the Associate Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock. Before her call to the Northern Neck, Pilar served in several capacities as a priest formation intern in the Diocese of Western New York, as well as the seminarian at Immanuel Church on the Hill, Alexandria, VA. Pilar came to her calling through her mission work in El Salvador.
As she has grown in her call, she has felt a pull towards intergenerational and family ministry, as well as pastoral care particularly to the sick and dying. In addition, Pilar is a classically trained vocalist. She enjoys all things singing and can often be heard humming. These days she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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Chris Bowen was born, raised and still lives in Lancaster County. She is single and has two grown children -Tara, who lives with her husband and daughter in Charlottesville and Jason, who lives with his wife and 2 daughters in Newport News.
Chris has held several office-type jobs over the years-the main one being the Office Coordinator for Rappahannock General Home Health Agency. A position she held for 36 years. This office has since closed and now she works for the rehab department at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington part time, as well as recently joining St. Stephen's Church as Parish Administrator.
Chris is a member of Menokin Baptist Church in Warsaw and very active as clerk, secretary, worship leader, preparer of bulletins as well as meal and correspondence activities.
Chris loves to read, do volunteer work for her church, baking, caring for her mother in White Stone and spending time in either Charlottesville or Newport News with children and grandchildren. She loves to watch her flowers grow and show their colors, but hates the weeds.
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Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis received a Bachelor of Music Ed. degree from Madison College in 1971, a Master of Music in vocal performance and choral conducting from The University of Michigan and in 1990, a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia in Curriculum and Instruction. In 1972 Dr. Brown Davis began her teaching career in the Cheboygan, Michigan, public schools where she taught music in grades k-12. From 1973-1977 she taught choral music at Ferguson High School in Newport News. For ten years she taught vocal music in the Rockingham Co. Virginia Schools, two years in the Ann Arbor Michigan Public Schools and for five years taught at North Dakota State University. From 1998-2007, Dr. Brown taught vocal music in Albemarle Co. Virginia at the middle school and high school levels. After her husband retired in 2007, Dr. Brown Davis returned to Newport News and taught at Riverside Elementary School until her retirement in 2011. During 1978-1983, while teaching choral music in Rockingham County, Dr. Brown Davis was adjunct teacher of voice and choir at Mary Baldwin College, sang with the Shenandoah Choral Society, organized and directed the first Shenandoah Valley Children’s Chorus, directed the Staunton Chapter of Sweet Adelines, and directed a professional vocal jazz ensemble, “Jasmine”. From 1987-1990, while a doctoral student at the University of Virginia, Dr. Brown Davis sang with the University Singers, was a member of the University Arts Council and the Jefferson Society, and worked as a guide at the Rotunda. In 1989, she was elected into the Raven Society and co-directed the Glee Club, the first and only woman ever to direct that group. Dr. Brown Davis has been a frequent guest conductor and vocal music adjudicator in district and state festivals for the past thirty-five years in Virginia, Michigan and North Dakota. She continues to perform as a guest soprano soloist and choral conductor. She worked as private voice instructor and clinician at both Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the International Music Camp in Canada. In 2005 she was named the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” at Monticello High School where she was the department chair. From 1976-2007, her choral groups maintained a superior rating in festival competition. Since 1998 she has been an adjudicator for Spectrum of Richmond and the Fiesta-Val Music Competitions. She conducts the ANNUAL Messiah “Sing-In” each December held at Kilmarnock United Methodist Church. She retired from teaching in June 2011 and lives in Heathsville with her husband William Davis. She is the Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chorale and is active in numerous local and statewide civic and artistic activities.
Please contact her at, Cheryl_Davis@woodberry.org