The Rev. Jane Wallace Barr, Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Jane Wallace Barr  has been serving as supply priest at Christ Church since December 2016. Jane and her husband, Barry, moved to Orange in 2015 when they both retired. Before moving to Orange, Jane served as the Chaplain at Goodwin House, Bailey’s Crossroads, a large retirement community in Falls Church, VA. Prior to that she served parishes in the Diocese of Virginia, Vermont, and  New York State. Jane is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.


201308MBWThe Rev. Mary Beth Wells, Parish Deacon

The Rev. Mary Beth Wells is a “retired” individual who graciously volunteers her time at Christ Episcopal Church as well as around the community.  Her tenure at Christ Church began in 2009.

She is also an artist and an iconographer.  Click here for more information about iconography,

Please visit her website at:


Office Staff

Cynthia F. Arnold, Parish Administrator


Cynthia Arnold served as Parish Administrator at Grace Church, Keswick for 20 years, Administrative Assistant at Orange Presbyterian Church for 2 years and has been the Financial Secretary for St. Thomas, Orange since 2013. She works as a Title Examiner for Germanna Title Co. also in Orange.

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.

Cynthia’s email is


Music Staff

The music staff can be reached by email:

201412TMThomas E. May, Jr., Organist

Tom May has served as organist at Christ Church for two 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.



2008BenWebBenjamin Armistead, Choirmaster

Ben Armistead has been choirmaster at Christ Church for twenty 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 four cocker spaniels. He enjoys country living and has served several terms on the Christ Church vestry.



The Vestry

Class of 2018: Mandy Boisvert (Registrar), Carolyn Smith (Senior Warden), Nelson Tucker

Class of 2019: Claudia Shiflett (Treasurer), Benjamin C. Armistead, Ann Schwind

Class of 2020: Floyd Hill (Junior Warden), Matt Kight, Gale Martin


Parish Trustees

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