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Cynthia F. Arnold, Parish Administrator

 Cynthia Arnold served as Parish Administrator at Grace Church, Keswick for 21 years, Administrative Assistant at Orange Presbyterian Church for 2 years and has been the Financial Secretary for St. Thomas, Orange since 2013. She also does title searches in Orange and the surrounding counties.

Cynthia graduated from Longwood College in 1979. She taught elementary school for 6 years and then found her calling to church administration. She and her husband, Doug, have three children and one grandson.

She has volunteered for The Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and Christian Emergency Council. She enjoys reading, movies, television, sewing, quilting, writing, gardening, traveling with her husband, Doug, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and pets.


Thomas E. May, Jr., Organist

Tom May has served as organist at Christ Church for three decades. A native of Gordonsville, Tom is administrator at The Village at Gordon House, which is an assisted living facility located in Gordonsville.

An accomplished musician, he is well known in the area. A fond memory is playing a Christmas concert at the famous Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. In addition to music, Tom is well known for his innovative work with flower arranging frequently conducting workshops in the art. He lends his talent in this area to Christ Church’s magnificent Christmas and Easter decorations.


Benjamin C. Armistead, Choirmaster

Ben Armistead has been choirmaster at Christ Church for thirty years.  A graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Ben sang with that school’s famed a cappella choir. He was also active in student government serving as president of the student body.

Ben enjoys reading and spoiling his dog and cat. He has served several terms on the Christ Church vestry.


Sharon L. Chapman, Sexton


 The Vestry

Class of 2023: Benjamin C. Armistead, Margaret T. Hill

Class of 2024: Kevin Cordray, Junior Warden, Shepherd P. Parrish

Class of 2025: Lorraine A. Pollard, Claudia S. Shiflett, Registrar, Millicent C. Travis, Senior Warden

Treasurer: Pauline Vismer



Parish Trustees

N. Franklin Fitzhugh, Jr.,  Greta Shaw,   Claudia Shiflett