The Rev. Benson Shelton
Fr. Ben was called to be the Rector of St. Stephen’s in 2014. Preaching and teaching the love and grace of God for all is central to his ministry. Born and raised in Virginia, he graduated from Radford University in 2005 with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies and received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2010. He holds a Certification in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to being a Priest, Fr. Ben is loved by his wife, Adrianne, his daughter, Audrey Beth, and stepdaughter, Ravenne, as well as his English Mastiff, Pug, and six chickens. In his free time he is most likely to be found hanging out with his family or, when they let him, getting away to do Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at Culpeper Crossfit.
The Rev. Deacon Emmetri Beane
The Rev. Deacon Emmetri Monica Beane (Deacon Em) was named Deacon of St. Stephen’s in March 2019. In addition to performing all the liturgical duties of a Deacon, she has a full-time job and is an active part of Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, the Foothills Housing Network, and the local Re-entry Council. Ordained in 2013, Dea. Emmetri has a BA from UVA, MS and JD from George Mason. She is an active member of the Virginia Bar. Dea. Emmetri is the mother of two adult daughters.
The Rev. Brad Jackson
Brad is a native of our nation's great open prairie in Kansas, and he loves the mountains of Virginia especially excursions into Shenandoah National Park near his home in Madison. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in music in addition to his Master in Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has worked with all age groups as a music teacher and choir director. Brad has a pastoral heart and his desire is to lead lively worship with music people enjoy singing.