Clergy & Staff
The Rev. William Nesbit
The Rev. William Nesbit and his wife, Beverly, will be with us on Sunday, Feb. 3, as Father begins his tenure as Interim Rector. Father Nesbit's ministry has been primarily in the Diocese of Chicago with a brief sojourn into Missouri. An introductory letter from Fr. Nesbit appears on the welcome page of this website.
The Rev. Douglas Rogers
Doug has served Emmanuel Episcopal since his ordination to the vocational deaconate in 2004. He has an under-graduate degree in communications, and has completed five units of clinical pastoral education. During this course of study he was an intern at Rockford Memorial Hospital, and served his residency at Meritor Hospital in Madison. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a staff chaplain at a 500 bed trauma one hospital in central Wisconsin. In addition to his service as a deacon, Doug provides a prayer ministry during each Sunday worship service.
Organist / Choirmaster
Wayne Hatwich received the Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Iowa where his study included organ, voice and accompaniment. At Iowa, he sang with Daniel Moe’s 60-voice University Choir. Other instructors at Iowa included Gerhard Krapf, Delbert Disselhorst, Naomi Rowley, Eldon Obrecht, Richard Hervig, and Bruce Macombie.
Founding and leading Rockford’s Bach Chamber Choir for its first 15 years until 1998, Mr. Hatwich directed choral repertoire ranging from Heinrich Schütz to twentieth-century composers.
Mr. Hatwich has been and continues to be inspired and enriched by participating in classes and workshops led by significant leaders in organ and choral music, such as: Anton Heiller, Marie Claire Alain, Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, John Scott, Simon Preston, Gillian Wier and Paul Jacobs.
Wayne sings with the community group Camerata Emanon Singers, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for that organization. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as newsletter editor.
Mr. Hatwich is retired from his former position as healthcare information system consultant for Healthcare Performance Group, and from his previous position as administrative pharmacist at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Gardening, travel, music and family consume and enrich his time.
Assistant Music Director
Trish Rooney is thankful to have shared the Music Ministry responsibilities with Wayne Hatwich since 2008. A cradle Episcopalian, she has also served in United Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. She is an active volunteer with the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Rockford Chapter of Guitars for Vets, the Beta Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Emmanuel Guild. She began choral accompanying as a student at Rockford West High School, and continued throughout her educational career at Rock Valley College (AA), Rockford University (BFA) where she was introduced to the organ by Marsha Foxgrover, and the University of North Texas (MME). Trish has been active in the musical life of the Rockford community in many varied positions: Elementary Music Specialist for the Rockford Public Schools, adjunct faculty member at RVC and RU, and accompanist for many local organizations including Bach Chamber Choir, Camerata Emanon, Kantorei-the Singing Boys of Rockford, Rock Valley Children’s Choir, and Rock Valley College Starlight Theatre. She continues to be amazed by and thankful for the power of God’s love as shared by the Emmanuel congregation.
My name is Gale Degner; I have been an Episcopalian all my life. As a child I grew up going to Holy Trinity in Belvidere. My husband, Dan and I have been members of Emmanuel since 2000, and in February 2009 I was hired as Parish Administrator. I enjoy singing in our Church Choir, participating in Emmanuel Guild, Grace Guild and Altar Guild activities. Prior to working here, I also worked for a law firm for over six years and J.L. Clark for 24 years. Dan and I live in Loves Park, have two Scottish Terriers, Cooper and Loki and enjoy outdoor activities.
Dale Thomas became the Treasuer at Emmanuel in January 2017. Dale is a Certified Manufacturing Accountant employed by the Helm Group. Dale and his wife, Mendy, have been dedicated parishioners at Emmanuel for over two decades serving the church in many roles as vestry member, Acolyte warden, ushers and church school teachers. Mendy is active in Emmanuel Guild. They are the parents of Hayley Thomas and Lauren Thomas Snyder (Caleb) and grandparents of Micah.
Maria Mendia is a certified elementary teacher and has served as nursery coordinator for 25 years. Children at Emmanuel Episcopal have a friendly, welcoming, and secure place to play and get to know God's people.
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Tim Borden has been serving a Sexton at Emmanuel for two years. Or to view it another way, he has had two seasons of spring, summer and fall to improve and upgrade the gardens around the churhch. In addition he makes the church look its absolute best for events and every day use. Tim is a baritone who sings in the Emmanuel choir and in Camerata Emanon.