Meet Our Associate Rector

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Rev. Julia Messer grew up in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2010. She was ordained as a deacon in June 2010, and to the priesthood in December 2010. In the summer of 2010, she was called as Assistant Rector of Emmanuel in Kempsville. She later became their Associate.

In the diocese, she has served as a chaplain for youth weekends, a trustee for Jackson-Feild Home and the Ridley Foundation, and a member of the Young Adults Commission. Growing up she spent her summers at Camp Kanuga where she was a camper, counselor and finally a camp chaplain. She has also served as a camp chaplain at Camp Chanco.

Julia says “Leading a healthy life in mind, body, and spirit is important to me. I am a novice golf player, avid reader, yet the art of cooking still remains a mystery to me.”

Meet Our Affiliated Priest

The Rev. John A. Baldwin retired in May 2014 after 36 years as an Episcopal priest. He served in the dioceses of Western Michigan, Washington DC, Minnesota, and for his last 17 years as Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach. He was a 4-time deputy to General Convention from Southern Virginia and has been active in the ministries of Kairos and Cursillo. John has been married to Ann Scherm Baldwin for 37 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. John enjoys hiking, geocaching, kayaking, and golf. In the Fall of 2015 he walked the 500 mile long Camino de Santiago in Spain. In retirement he serves as a co-chair for the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at Sentara Leigh Hospital, and he is in training to be a docent at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.

Meet Our Rabbi Scholar


We are very excited to have Rabbi Israel “Izzy” Zoberman become Eastern Shore Chapel’s first Rabbi Scholar. His official title will be Honorary Sr. Rabbi Scholar in recognition of his many years of service as the founding Rabbi of Beth Chaverim.

We have enjoyed a longstanding affiliation with Rabbi Zoberman and he is anxious to share his knowledge of the Hebrew Scripture and the Jewish faith with us.

Israel was born in Chu, Kazakhstan (USSR) to Polish Holocaust survivors. He spent his early childhood in Poland, Austria, and from 1947 to 1949, at Germany’s Wetzlar Displaced Persons Camp, American Zone. He grew up in Haifa, Israel where he served in the Israel Defense Forces in the 1960s. Israel and his wife Jennifer have been married for 45 years and are the proud grandparents of Daniel and Andrew.

We look forward to seeing him around the church campus for many years to come and greatly anticipate his mutual ministry with us. There are only a handful of churches in the U.S. that have the distinct honor of having a Rabbi Scholar and we are thrilled to join their company!