Our Clergy, Staff, and Vestry

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VICAR

The Rev. Daniel Vélez Rivera

Fr. Daniel’s passion is to help make the Episcopal Church 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.

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DIRECTOR OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE MUSIC

Peter Schweitzer

Peter has been involved in music at St. Gabriel's~San Gabriel since the initial launch in 2002, playing flute and piano, and singing. Currently, he leads the English language choir and provides piano accompaniment, in addition to choosing the music in our English language worship services.

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PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

David (D.j.) Gunning, Jr.

Dj manages the day to day operations of St. Gabriel's~San Gabriel, and serves as assistant to the Clergy and Staff, and is the Clerk of the Vestry. He has a heart for bringing people together in unity, equality, and service, and making the church in today's world a more welcoming place for everyone.

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DEACON

The Ven. Holly Hanback

Deacon Holly's ministry at St. Gabriel's~San Gabriel includes serving our bilingual community and the people in greater Leesburg and Loudoun. In December of 2019 she was appointed Archdeacon of the Diocese of Virginia to guide and care for people in discernment and formation for the diaconate and also as a pastoral presence for deacons.

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DIRECTOR OF SPANISH LANGUAGE MUSIC

Carmelo Saavedra Hernández

Carmelo joined St. Gabriel's~San Gabriel in 2019 to lead the Spanish language music ministry. He is a gifted musician and guitarist, with over 30 years experience as a church musician and choral director.

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YOUTH MINISTER

Abi Hernández Cruz

Abi is passionate about children and youth formation because it has grounded her in the love for Jesus Christ and the church. She learned so much of what she brings to the ministry for children and youth as a five-year Shrine Mont camper.

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CHORAL DIRECTOR

Anica Lee

Anica is a gifted voice teacher, which is a wonderful asset in her direction of the English and Spanish-language choirs at Saint Gabriel's~San Gabriel. Anica loves to work with singers of all levels and along with Peter, she welcomes you come and try singing in the choirs!

St. Gabriel's Vestry


The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. At St. Gabriel's there are seven vestry members with three-year terms, the Vicar holds an ex-officio position and does not carry voting rights.  

Officers

 

Rob Buchanan (Senior Warden/2024)

Carla Rhoads (Junior Warden/2024)

Steve Rice (Treasurer/2023)

Rev. Daniel Vélez Rivera (Exoficio Member)

Dj Gunning (Secretary - Exoficio Member)

Vestry Members


Paula Callaghan Morató (2022)

Karen Ballesteros (2023)
César Frías (2024)
José Mejía (2024)
Sue Schweitzer (2024)
Eva María Torres Herrera (2024)

Eileen Shaffer (2025)

Isamar Ortega (2025)