The Very Rev. Benson Shelton
Father Ben was called to be the Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on September 28, 2014. He was 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. Previously, he served as Associate Rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia from 2010-2014. Prior to being the Associate Rector at St. Francis, the Bishop of Southwestern Virginia made him Deacon in Charge at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Martinsville, Virginia.
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.