CLERGY, STAFF, VESTRY AND INTERNS
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The Rev. Daniel Vélez Rivera
Fr. Daniel’s passion is to help make the Episcopal Church hospitable, relevant, and accessible to all people in their spiritual and life journeys. He is committed to nourishing and strengthening communities by raising multigenerational and multiethnic leaders to be Christ’s ambassadors inside and outside the walls of the church.
Fr. Daniel's ministry began as a church planter. Prior to joining St. Gabriel’s in September, 2012, he established a Hispanic ministry at Grace Church and then he founded the bilingual congregation of St. Peter's ~ San Pedro in Salem, MA. He served as Interim Rector at St. Michael and All Angels in Baltimore, MD, and consulted for the Office of Hispanic/Latino Ministries of The Episcopal Church Center. When St. Gabriel’s launched its Hispanic Ministry in 2014, it became the first bilingual, multicultural Episcopal congregation in Loudoun County.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Englneering from Northeastern University and a dual master’s degree in Divinity and Social Work from Boston University. One of his most gratifying achievements was to help found Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free Episcopal middle school for girls in Lawrence, MA.
Daniel is married to Parker Gallagher, his partner of twenty-three years, who introduced him to the Episcopal Church in 1996. In his free time Daniel enjoys being with family and friends, cooking and eating, yoga, golf, gardening, travel, music, dancing, and learning.
The Rev. Holly Hanback
The Rev. Deacon Holly Hanback, was appointed by the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, Diocesan Bishop of Virginia to Saint Gabriel's in Advent, 2016. Deacon Holly's ministry at St. Gabriel's includes serving our bilingual community and the people in greater Leesburg and Loudoun. Her secular vocation is as pastoral as is her clerical vocation, she works for the Loudoun County Public School as a Parent Liaison. Deacon Holly also serves on the board of Mobile Hope, a non profit that serves precariously housed teens. Her service ministry includes Grace to Go, a ministry for the food insecure in Leesburg.
The word “deacon” derives from the Greek work diakonos meaning “servant” or “minister.” The deacon’s service is a sign or sacrament of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need (especially the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely), and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments; at St. Gabriel's Deacon Holly proclaims the love and Spirit of Jesus in English and Spanish!
In the Episcopal Church, a deacon is one of four orders of ministers: lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons. There are two types of deacons: transitional deacons, and vocational deacons. Transitional deacons are those who serve for a specific period (typically six months to one year) prior to ordination as priests. Deacon's such as Holly are called to a lifetime of Diaconal ministry.
Holly and her husband Clint are the parents of four beloved children. Meet Holly and you will know that you are in the presence of a spirit filled and beloved child of God. You can reach Holly at email@example.com or by calling the office at 703-770-3616.
Mr. Peter N. Schweitzer
Director of Music
Peter Schweitzer has been involved in music at St. Gabriel's since the initial launch in 2002, playing flute and piano, and singing. Currently he leads the choir and provides piano accompaniment, in addition to choosing the music in our English language worship services, keeping a history of our musical life together in a web-enable database. In the Spanish-language service he plays the flute and sings with the choir, with occasional piano.
He was a member of the choirs of St. James' before the launch of St. Gabriel's, is a graduate of EFM, and has led numerous small group studies at St. James' and at St. Gabriel's.
By day Peter is an earth scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Peter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Anica Hee Yun Lee
Anica Hee Yun Lee, holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance and in Music education from Eastman School of Music. She is a winner of the Asian American Music Society where she had an opportunity to perform at The Kennedy Center. She has numerous experiences on stages in concert and opera performances (including Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro) and Fortuna in L'incoronazione di Poppea). She also is an experienced choral performer! Anica is also an experienced pianist that worked with students from all different levels.
Anica is a gifted voice teacher which is a wonderful asset in her direction of the Engliish and Spanish-language choirs at Saint Gabriel's. Anica loves to work with singers of all levels and along with Peter, she welcomes you come and try singing in the choirs!
Mr. David (Dj) Gunning, Jr.
David "Dj" Gunning is a Baltimore native and currently resides in Ranson, WV. Dj is an Aspirant to Holy Orders (Priesthood) in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and until recently, Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick, MD and chorister in the Sunday Evensong choir at St. Paul's K Street on K Street in Washington, DC. He has also recently transitioned from a 15-year career in Broadcasting and Journalism, having worked at radio stations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and locally at 92.5 WINC FM.
Becoming involved in the day to day operations at St. Gabriel's is a big step in transitioning his life's focus to service to the church. Dj is an avid connoisseur of music of all types, wine, food and locally produced microbrews and spirits. He also enjoys taking his 10 year old chihuahua/better half, Chloe on adventures to local state parks and beaches, and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. Philene M. Ware Dunn
As a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Virginia and a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Philene is most thankful to have been guided by the Holy Spirit for her two years of priestly formation with the loving people of St. Gabriel’s – San Gabriel. “From the first time I entered the sanctuary and saw the beautiful Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and heard the mariachi music, I knew I was home.” Even though she has been living in Northern Virginia since 1980, the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico border, her childhood home, still holds a special spot deep in her heart.
Philene and her husband, Paul, and their cat Tyson, have four adult children who are joyfully starting their own families.