The Rev. W. Frank Allen
The Rev. Frank Allen has served as Rector since 1997. He grew up in Dallas, TX and attended Duke University on academic and music scholarships. After graduating with a degree in History, Frank worked for a large Construction Company in Philadelphia before answering the call to the priesthood. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary and served two years at St. John’s in Roanoke, VA before coming to St. David’s. Frank has served on the Standing Committee for the Diocese of Pennsylvania and other committees and commissions. He has twice served as a Deputy to The General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Frank is a Canon for Mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala and serves on the Board of the Gathering of Leaders. He has developed curriculum for adult baptism and confirmation, as well as a study on the Gifts of the Spirit. Frank and his wife Amy have three grown sons.
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The Rev. Elizabeth W. Colton
The Rev. Elizabeth W. Colton (Liz), grew up in Albany, New York, and had a first career teaching every level from small children to teacher training, except high school! Ordained at first to the Vocational Diaconate, she served St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village, the Cathedral Church of the Saviour and Church of the Holy Spirit as deacon. Later she served on the Bishop’s staff as Coordinator for the Training and Formation of Deacons. After a call to the priesthood, she then served as Rector of Grace Church and the Incarnation, Trinity Gulph Mills, and as Interim Rector of All Saints’ Torresdale. Liz has served the Diocese of Pennsylvania in many capacities over the years. At St. David’s she is Chaplain to the St. David’s Episcopal Day School and works with the Pastoral Care Commission.
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The Rev. Thomas J. Szczerba, Jr.
The Rev. Thomas J. Szczerba, Jr. has been serving at Grace Episcopal Church in New York City the past three years and is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary. Thomas is a lifelong Episcopalian with significant Youth and Children’s ministry experience. He has also been deeply involved in Outreach and Young Adult ministries at Grace Church. Thomas will be supporting our Family Ministries and Outreach Commissions as our Associate. Thomas is married to Marissa, who is a fourth-grade teacher.
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The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud
The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud and her husband, Bill Stroud, raised their children, Julia, William, and Edward at St. David’s, as Bill was the Property Manager here from 1985 to 1998. St. David’s sponsored Nancy for ordination. Nancy served St. Mary’s, Chester while in seminary, and then was Assistant Minister at St. Paul’s, Chestnut Hill in 2005. From 2006-2009, she was Associate Rector at St. Peter’s in the Great Valley. Called as Rector of the Church of the Atonement in Westfield, Massachusetts in 2009, she ministered in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts for 12 and a half years until her retirement in June of this year. In addition to her parish leadership, she was an Assistant Chaplain at Westfield State University, President of the Standing Committee, Vice-President of Diocesan Council, member of the Commission on Ministry, Dean of the Hampden Deanery, and three-time Deputy to General Convention. Nancy and Bill are very happy to be retired and living so close to their sons here in southeastern Pennsylvania and only a couple of hours away from Julia, her wife, Caitlin, and grandsons, Harry and Gus in Brooklyn.
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The Rev. Dr. Peter B. Stube
The Rev. Dr. Peter B. Stube is the grandson, son, and brother of Christian missionaries to southeast Asia and has been a priest himself for 42 years. Peter has served parishes in the Dioceses of Pennsylvania, Eastern North Carolina, Atlanta, Arkansas, and Montana, where he grew up. Peter and his wife Rachael, who sings in our adult choir, have raised three sons who are now all serving in care-related professions. Peter is a magnificent preacher and teacher, a spiritual director, and has developed small group ministries in every parish in which he has served. He also has a magnificent singing voice that you will enjoy hearing during worship.
Buff is the Director of the St. David’s Center for Spiritual Direction. Buff has been on staff at St. David’s in varying capacities since 1999 and has been offering spiritual direction since 2004. She meets for spiritual direction with individuals as well as groups. She has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill College. Companioning others in their lives of faith is a privilege and gentle joy in her life. She is married to James. They have four grown children and six wonderful grandchildren.
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Margaret Biester, M.S.Ed
Head of School, St. David’s Episcopal Day School
Margaret received her B.A. in History from the College of Wooster in Ohio and went on to pursue a Master of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. She has 8 years of experience teaching children from kindergarten through 5th grade, and holds a Pennsylvania certification in Elementary Education, Middle School Social Studies and Middle School Language Arts. Previously, Margaret worked at Germantown Academy and more recently has taught Kindergarten at Mosby Woods Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia where she also served as the Project Based Learning Team Leader. In addition, she is trained in Responsive Classroom and Project Based Learning and earned a Working Professionals Business Essentials Certificate from the Wharton School of Business. Margaret is passionate about bringing education into the 21st century and how technology can be an asset to a school. In her spare time, she loves to bake, dance, and spend time with her two wonderful children, Lucy and Wes.
Jamie leads our Sunday morning nursery care team and assists in providing childcare for other events, as needed.
Steve maintains the grounds of St. David’s campus as well as the Rectory. He takes care of mowing the lawns, removing leaves, weeding beds, trimming trees and plowing snow throughout the year.
Geoff is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of video, audio, lighting, and scenic production for church wide events. He provides video and livestream support for the Wednesday and Sunday services, as well as for weddings, funerals, and other special events. Geoff has been a longtime member of St. David’s Church, is a Choir member and a past Rector’s Warden.
Amy Van Sciver Darst
Assistant Head of School, St. David’s Episcopal Day School
Amy received a dual certificate in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Cabrini University. She began teaching as a Gifted Math teacher in the T/E School District, and soon moved into a teaching position at New Gulph Children’s Center, in Villanova, where she taught preschoolers for many years. Shortly after, Amy became involved with Practical Strategies, Inc., an Educational Consulting company, where she primarily correlated state standards to educational textbooks. This position grew to support various areas of the United States and soon school districts were contacting her to create the curriculum for their after-school and summer school programs. Later she spent time as a teacher at St. Peter’s Preschool, in Malvern, and Holy Child school at Rosemont before joining the SDEDS staff. Amy has a passion for helping rescue animals and has fostered many over the years. She shares her home not only with her husband and two teenage daughters, but also with her furry rescues, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.
Parish Receptionist (T,TH)
Roe greets visitors and answers incoming calls. She is the staff liaison for background checks and clearances, memorial flowers, and donations. Roe prints the Sunday bulletins.
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For 20 years Amy has loved helping people find ways to draw spirituality into their daily lives. In addition to being a spiritual director for individuals and groups, Amy offers the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. She teaches Yoga and Philosophy at a local university, is a regular blogger about living a contemplative life, and is a published author. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and an ever-changing mix of three mostly-grown kids. You can find her online at https://yogawithspirit.com/.
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Office Manager/Calendar Coordinator
Diane manages the Church calendar by scheduling all meetings and events and coordinates event set up requests with the Property Department. She also supports Christmas and Lent Holiday Outreach and the Outreach Grant Program. Diane assists the Communication department with branding of Program Brochures and event posters.
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Jo-Ann is responsible for the accounting and bookkeeping functions of the church. She manages payroll and bank reconciliation. Jo-Ann supports the annual Stewardship campaign in cooperation with the Finance and Stewardship Commission. She also organizes financial records for the annual audit, prepares parishioner Giving statements and issues monthly budget reports to the Finance Commission and budget reports to the Department Chairs.
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Director of Christian Formation
Emily Given oversees the ongoing development and implementation of the Christian Formation program for children, youth, and adults, as well as our Sunday, mid-week, and special learning opportunities. She also works with the staff to develop activities for children within each ministry. Emily is a nationally known Christian educator and author of the Building Faith Brick by Brick (Lego-based) curriculum series.
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The Gift Shop
Nereida has been involved with the Gift Shop and Art Gallery at St. David’s, and its connected International Outreach Partners, for many years.
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Matt supervises all of the grounds of St. David’s 40 acre campus. He directs the lawn care, tree work, grass cutting, tree trimming, weeding, gutter cleaning and snow removal on all roads, walk ways and pathways. Matt also maintains the exteriors of the church, chapel and offices, Parish House, Rectory, Day School and sheds as well as the crypts, mausoleums and graves in the graveyard. Matt sells the plots in the Graveyard and manages the card catalog database for the graveyard as well as overseeing all body burials and ash internments. Matt also coordinates all of the tents, tables and chair set ups for the Fair.
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Director of Communications
Natalee is responsible for the development, coordination, and brand consistency of all published electronic and print communications for the Church. This includes oversight of bulletin graphic design and announcements, emails, seasonal publications including Lenten devotional and quarterly Dove publication, the Annual Report, and internal and external posters and banners. She maintains maintains the St. David’s website, parish and community publicity, and the implementation of new technology, as it relates to parish communication.
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Chris sets up and breaks down the many events at St. David’s. His responsibilities include the preparation and general cleaning of all worship spaces and common areas. He works with the Altar Guild and the Flower Guild to ensure preparation for worship, weddings and funerals. Chris serves up coffee and a smile every Wednesday through Sunday.
Grace Oh Kraybill
Grace supports the music department of St. David’s Church with administrative tasks and maintains the Music Library. She helps with the music portion of bulletins and the hymn slides for our Sunday livestream worship.
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Director of Children’s Formation
Maria oversees the Sunday Formation Program for children in Pre K- grade 5, The Edge 4th and 5th grade fellowship, as well as the Children’s Sermon and Wednesday evening children’s formation offerings held alongside the children’s choirs. Maria is involved in Vacation Bible School, the Shrove Tuesday Supper, the Easter Egg Hunt and a variety of developmentally-appropriate ways for our children, youth, and their families to grow in their faith.
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Parish Receptionist (M,W,F)
Carrie greets visitors and answers incoming calls. She is the staff liaison for the Newcomers Commission, Monday Morning Flowers, and the Sermon and Birthday Card ministries. Carrie proofreads all publications and prepares the announcements and readings section for the Sunday bulletin.
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Eileen is the staff contact for weddings. She assists couples in planning the ceremony and answers questions about the preparation process.
Josiah maintains the grounds of St. David’s campus as well as the Rectory. He mows the lawns, removes leaves, weeds beds, trims trees and plows snow throughout the year. During the months of November through March, Josiah works in the main building setting up and breaking down tables and chairs and sets up AV equipment for the high volume of events during the holiday season.
Leslie manages the financial, property, and personnel resources of the church and graveyard. Along with the Rector, she is responsible for preparation of the annual budget and monitors expenditures to assure compliance with the approved budget. Leslie is a member of the Finance and Property and Stewardship Commissions and provides for the custody and safekeeping of church records.
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Dr. Clair Rozier
Director of Music
Clair is responsible for directing the St. David’s Adult Choir to help lead worship at our weekly Sunday services from September through June. The choir also leads two Taizé prayer services, one in the fall and one in the spring. Clair also directs the Adult Chamber Choir wh sings a cappella motets monthly. Clair also directs the St. David’s Children’s Choir, which presents an annual musical in June.
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Sharon supports the Communications Director with various tasks such as the Sunday bulletin announcements; weekly eNews, Sunday look-ahead, and other emails; Clergy/Rector’s letter posts, sermon posts, website events, and other web content updates; and publication content support. She also designs and posts social media content, creates video content, and assists where needed. Sharon also supports the general ministry of the church.
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Worship Administrative Assistant
Heather maintains the Parish Registry for baptism, confirmation, wedding, and funeral records. Heather produces all worship bulletins, schedules Lay Assistants for participation in services, maintains the Intercessor Prayer List, and interacts with families planning baptisms and memorial services.
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Bill sets up and breaks down the many events at St. David’s. His responsibilities include the preparation and general cleaning of all worship spaces and common areas. He works with the Altar Guild and the Flower Guild to ensure preparation for worship, weddings and funerals. Bill serves up coffee and a smile every Monday through Friday.
Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock
Associate Director of Music
Elaine is responsible for directing the Primary choir (K through grade 1). These young choristers focus on music that communicates a direct message of God’s presence and learn anthems to be sung in worship approximately six times a year. Elaine also directs the Handbell choirs to grow in skill and proficiency and to prepare music for presentation in worship monthly. Elaine presents and Annual Talent Show and directs a Pageant Band.
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Director of Youth Ministry
Elliot is responsible for planning and overseeing all the programs and activities dedicated to the middle and high school students at St. David’s. His mission is to create young disciples in a fun and safe environment. Elliot works closely with the youth choir and family ministries to assist in planning development.
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Kurt works outside May-October assisting the Property Department with groundskeeping. November-April, he works inside completing handyman tasks for the campus buildings, as well as helping with set-ups, custodial tasks, and other projects.
Jay Baldwin, Finance Warden
Finance, Property, Stewardship
Jim Dolan, Rector's Warden
Alison Hastings, Secretary
Edie Lewis, Jr. Warden
Adult Christian Formation
Family Ministries, Outreach
Adult Christian Formation, Property
Outreach, Pastoral Care
Family Ministries, St. David’s Episcopal Day School, Worship
Fellowship, Stewardship, Worship
Adult Christian Formation, Worship
Outreach, Pastoral Care
Adult Christian Formation
Molly Connell Zonino
Fellowship, Finance, St. David’s Episcopal Day School