Wicomico Parish Church

Meet the Rector and Staff

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Meet the Rector
The Rev. W. Scott Dillard (M. Div., Virginia Theological Seminary, 1993) was ordained deacon and priest following seminary. He is a retired US Army colonel of 26 years command and staff service during which time he was an active layman, serving on vestries in New York and Virginia and contributing as lector, lay reader, and chalicer in New York, Kansas and Virginia. In addition, he holds a Ph. D. in history from the University of Washington and was tenured faculty in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. While rector at Wicomico Parish Church, he also taught Comparative World Religions at Rappanannock Community College for four years and American History for one year.

Scott believes strongly in gospel based preaching and teaching. He is known for his pastoral care wherever and whenever it is needed - in parishioners' homes, boats, hospital rooms, on street corners, as well as in the church on Sunday. He is also devoted to the concept that the small church is the right size.


In February, 2001 the Bishop of Virginia appointed him to a four year term as Dean of the 22-parish Lower Rappahannock Region (Region 2) of the Diocese of Virginia. That appointment and term has now been completed.


Scott’s wife, Pauli, has revitalized the Sunday School, and every Sunday, our young children follow her out of church during the sermon hymn to their classroom in the Parish Hall.  The number of students often expands during visits of grandchildren to parishioners.


They have four children and five grandchildren. Both are avid sailors on "Venerable", their classic 1966 Morgan 34. They have as companions an English Labrador Belle, who is spoiled but sweet nonetheless, and two other sweet dogs of unknown origin and uncertain ancestry.

Parish Administrator

 Deborah B. Campbell


Debbie was born in Southport, Connecticut and was active in Trinity Episcopal Church throughout childhood. She earned a B.A. in Art History at Wheaton College in Massachussetts and spent her junior year at Dartmouth (before women were admitted fulltime). She moved to Georgia and received her Masters from Emory University. While raising her children she also worked as a consultant at Emory, and on the faculties of Pace Academy and Marist School. 


Debbie and her husband Bob are now enjoying life on their 70 acre farm in Wicomico Church. They have restored their almost 100 year old farmhouse, planted gardens, and established nature trails in their woodlands. The Campbells raise pastured, heirloom chickens for eggs, and have fun with their border collies. Sunny days find them sailing their antique Soverel “Tupelo Honey” on the Chesapeake.

Choirmaster and Organist, Olivia Cockrell

Olivia is a native of the Northern Neck. She has been Organist and Choirmaster at Wicomico Parish Church for almost 20 years. She also plays the harp and has a lovely singing voice.


Olivia, who is the heart and soul of our music program, leads the choir in rehearsals on Tuesday mornings and during the 10 AM service every Sunday. She initiated the Advent Lessons & Carols service, now a wonderful tradition in addition to Christmas Lessons & Carols. The multitalented Olivia also holds a Coast Guard Master's license and has served as crew aboard menhaden fishing vessels in the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Coast, and Gulf of Mexico.