Celebrating 175 Years
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Our Clergy

FatherKoshyMatthewsThe Rev. Dr. Koshy Mathews, our rector, was born in India and raised in the Mar Thoma tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church. After coming to the United States in the early 1970s, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He and his wife Susan have two grown children: Ranjit, who with his wife Johanna and grandson Dhruv, lives in Long Beach CA and serves as associate rector in St. Lukes Episcopal Church. and Manju, a Social Worker, lives in Danville, CA and serves as the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Axis Community Health in San Francisco Area. Prior to coming here, Fr. Mathews served as interim priest at Epiphany Parish, Walpole and St. Chrysostom, Wollaston, and as associate rector at Christ Church, Needham in the Massachusetts diocese. He accepted the call to serve as rector of St. Peter’s Church Phoenixville in January 2006.

Father David Hyatt has been with St. Peter’s since 2002. He serves as our Priest Assistant and thoroughly enjoys his work with all members of our congregation. Prior to his time with us, he was the Rector of Trinity Church in Gulph Mills. During his tenure, he has received numerous accolades including the Helen Blaylock Prize for excellence in public reading of Holy Scripture and Prayers and Honor Membership in the Chapel of Four Chaplains in Philadelphia for community service to all people regardless of race or faith.

DeaconJoeDietzDeacon Joe Dietz was ordained to the vocational diaconate in October 1994. He served at St. Peter’s for nearly 5 years under the Rev. Thomas Wand and came back for a few years as deacon assistant under the Rev. Marie Swayze and the Rev. Robert Miller. Joe is currently serving St. Peter’s as deacon assistant since 2011. He assists with the Sunday services, leads Sunday Bible Study and serves on the Food Pantry Committee.

Deacon Dennis1 (2)Deacon Dennis Coleman serves as Deacon to St. Peter’s, particularly in the areas of Bible study and all of the food and meal ministries. In addition, the Bishop has assigned him to a street ministry to those that live on the margins in Phoenixville and is Chaplain at the Good Samaritan Shelter, which houses twenty five men. For the Diocese, Dennis serves on the Commission on Ministry, which guides those in process for ordination.

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Our Staff

Organist/Choirmaster – Karen Green

Parish Secretary – Judy Dougherty

Sexton – Maria Yanez

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Our Vestry

Retta Sparano
Senior Warden: Retta Sparano. St. Peter’s has been in my life since 1950, and after raising my family, I returned as an active member in 1998. I serve as Senior Warden on the vestry, am a member of the Worship, Mission, Communication, and Stewardship committees.

Junior Warden: Judith Hans. Judith Hans has found a spiritual home at Saint Peter’s since 1979. Her areas of service are with the New Member Ministry, Greeters, and Community Lunch program.

Accounting Warden: Frank Rothenberger.

Vestry Member: Ray Foerster.

Vestry Member: Vincent Giancaterrino.

Karen Martz
Vestry Member: Karen Martz has been a member at St. Peter’s since 2002. She is an active member of the choir, serves as a lector and serves as the liaison for Music on the vestry. She is currently head of the Music Committee and runs the Music @ St. Peter’s Concert Series. Karen lives in Phoenixville with her husband Brian and their two children who are also active in the Treble Choir, Godly Play, Youth Group and serving as Acolytes.

Brian Prato
Vestry Member: Brian Prato has been a member of St. Peter’s since 2015 when he and his wife Meghan migrated South from the Poconos. A member of the Property Committee and Communications Liaison, he resides in Springfield, Delaware County and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two high energy daughters. Brian is the Special Events Manager at the Tyler Arboretum in Media, a 650 acre facility with many historic buildings. He also works with the Jersey Surf World Class Drum Corps on their administration team.

Vestry Member: Julia Sharpe.

Vestry Member: Jan Wier.

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