The 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.
Deacon 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.
Organist/Choirmaster – Karen Greene
Parish Secretary – Judy Dougherty
Sexton – Maria Yanez
Senior Warden: Retta Sparano.
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.
“My wife, Caitlin, and I knew almost immediately that St. Peter’s would be our faith home after we visited in the fall of 2013. The members make everyone feel welcome and it is a community that each member is proud to be a part of. I was approached early on to help out as treasurer and then ultimately as a member of Vestry. This has been an overwhelmingly rewarding and positive experience.
I have grown as a person and have developed meaningful relationships with other members of St. Peter’s. I chose to participate in this manner because I want to help ensure that St. Peter’s is around in Phoenixville for years and years to come.
St. Peter’s is able to make such an impact on its members and the greater community because of the countless hours that members put into various ministries and I appreciate being a small part of this. It is important to me that future generations, including my children, can have the same rewarding experience that I have been blessed with. St. Peter’s continues to grow by providing a safe place for all with open doors.”
Vestry Member: Karen Martz. “I’ve been a member of St. Peter’s since 2002. My husband and I were drawn to the church initially because of its location and the beauty of the sanctuary. As we continued to attend services we became more sure that when we had a family we would want to raise our children in this church. We felt a sense of community and loved the idea that this church would be part of the “village” supporting us in our journey of raising our children.”
The church offers programs from the very young (Children’s Chapel) up through elementary (Godly Play) and then a Youth Group for the teenagers. Karen’s family also participates actively in the music program with the Treble Choir, Adult Choir and Karen serves as head of the Music Committee and runs the Music @ St. Peter’s Concert Series. “St. Peter’s is a community that welcomes everyone and provides so much for anyone who walks through the door.”
Vestry Member: Julia Sharpe. “St. Peter’s Church and its congregation is my extended family where we function in unity for the good of others. I’m involved in the Monday evening Pantry, New Members Committee, Sunday Counters and I’m head gardener of the church property.” Julia resides in Phoenixville with her husband Eric. Nursing has been her passion and purpose in life for the past 40 years; she’s presently employed at Paoli Hospital.
Vestry Member: Ray Foerster.
Vestry Member: Vincent Giancaterino.
Vestry Member: Jan Wier.