Meet the Staff

The Rev. Dr. Tom Day

Interim Rector

Tom was born in Bristol and graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School in 1968. He attended The University of Tennessee with a music scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He married his wife Kim in 1973. They have three children and eight grandchildren, all presently living in Texas. For the full bio plase click here.

Mrs. Kristie McElheny

Parish Administrator

Kristie Fayler McElheny is a life-long Bristol resident and graduated from Virginia High School and Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. in Organizational Management. Before coming to Emmanuel in 2009 she worked with non-profit agencies in the Bristol area and has expertise in marketing, administration and public relations. She and her husband Don have eight children, two grandsons and six granddaughters. Kristie is active with her parish at Saint Anne Catholic Church.

Ms. Jennifer Bemis

Organist/Choir Director

Jennifer Bemis recently moved from south Alabama to Troutdale, VA. She earned a M.M. in piano performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.M. in piano performance from the University of South Alabama. Jennifer and her husband have two grown daughters. In her spare time she likes to bake, garden, kayak, hike, and spend time with her dogs.

Children's Ministry Leaders

Eden Foster
Christina Passamonte

Nursery Attendants

Leanne Collins
Tara Collius
Nicole Cullop
Heather Harless


Mazie Reed