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Emmanuel Staff Update

Although the church offices are closed, the hard work at Emmanuel continues! We’ve had several staffing updates since the beginning of Covid, and are excited to further introduce you to Melissa, Fr. Gabe, and Elizabeth. 


Melissa Giltzow, Director of Christian Education 

Melissa is a proud mama, Army wife, and our Director of Christian Education since the spring. She was born and raised in a beautiful town on Long Island New York called “Sayville”. She is the youngest of seven kids and was the first of her family to go to college, but not the only that went to college. She went to Lock Haven University in central Pennsylvania to study Health and Physical Education, where she met and fell in love with her husband Jeffrey. They have been together for over 15 years and have four beautiful kids, all of whom are growing up way too fast. They reside in Moore County thanks to Jeff’s current duty station at Fort Bragg. 


Fr. Gabe Lamazares, Assisting Priest

Fr. Gabe Lamazares is helping out at Emmanuel for a time as Assistant Priest. He commutes from Chapel Hill to join us a couple of times a week.  He’ll primarily be helping with worship and preaching at Fr. John’s request. Gabe has moved a good bit in his life with stays in Miami, Boston, Seattle, Portland, and New York, but since he graduated from high school in Fayetteville, he’s called North Carolina home, no matter where life took him. He was sponsored for ordination by Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill and ordained to the priesthood 10 years ago. Since then, he’s served congregations in Portland (Oregon), Manhattan, and Queens. He’s been joyfully married to his husband Terry Milner for 18 years, and they have a Boxer mix named Marley to keep them active and entertained.


Elizabeth Carter, Verger

A native North Carolinian who lived all over the country before returning home to raise her family, Elizabeth has been a member of Emmanuel for six years along with her husband Cooper and two children, Liddy and Eve. A corporate event planner for the past 15 years, Elizabeth’s previous line of work slowed to a halt with Covid, but she saw that as an opportunity to serve her beloved church home. Elizabeth is responsible for all church communications, including production of the online worship services and all other online content on the website, social media accounts, and other platforms. She strives every day to keep our parishioners connected to each other and Emmanuel through fellowship programs, and hopes to share Emmanuel’s love to new people through newcomer initiatives. 



350 E. Massachusetts Ave, Southern Pines, NC     eec@emmanuel-parish.org      (910) 692-3171            

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