Saint Peter's Episcopal Church . 121 Church St. Phoenixville, PA 19460 . (610) 933-2195

Our People

Our Clergy

Father Samuel Ndungu - Rector
Father Samuel Ndungu
Rector

On the 1st Sunday in Advent of 2019, we joyfully welcomed The Reverend Samuel Kirabi Ndungu as the 19th Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Phoenixville. Our congregation was so happy to welcome Rev. Sam and his wife, Sylvia!

Rev. Sam most recently served as Assistant Rector at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas for four years. He is excited to work with the members of St. Peter’s to promote our missions.

In Father Sam’s words, “I strive not to be a ‘by-stander’ as I minister to others. I feel a strong inclination toward pastoral care. It is at the heart of my ministry. I bring my deep faith in God, in God’s love and God’s presence with us, and I journey with people in their pain.”

 

 

 

Deacon Joe Dietz
Joe Dietz – Deacon

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 and has recently celebrated this 25th year of service at St. Peter’s.  He assists with Sunday services, leads Sunday Bible Study, and serves on the Food Pantry Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

David Hyatt - Assisting Priest
David Hyatt – Retired Priest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Staff

Derek Maninfior - Organist and Choirmaster
Derek Maninfior – Organist and Choirmaster

We are blessed to have Derek Maninfior as our new Director of Music. He joined us in July 2018 as our organist and choirmaster, replacing Karen Greene, who remains a parish member.  Derek leads both the adult choir and children’s “Treble” choir, which had both experienced strong growth in the past 2 years under Karen’s leadership.  Choir music is an essential part of St. Peter’s inspiring and uplifting services.

Derek comes to us with extensive training and experience in piano performance, teaching, rehearsing, accompanying, and leading the musical aspects of worship. He previously served as Director of Music at The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, New Jersey and as principal organist at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Charleston, Illinois, where he provided music for worship services and led the church choirs. He has also served as accompanist and associate instructor of piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as well as collaborative pianist at 3 Eastern Illinois University and associate counselor and coach at the Indiana University Piano Academy.

In 2015, Derek was first prize winner of the Bradshaw & Buono Piano Competition and also performed at Carnegie Hall. In addition to other honors in prior years, Derek was named Gilmore Fellow at the Gilmore Piano Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2014 and was awarded the Artistic Excellence Fellowship at Indiana University in 2012. Derek received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Eastern Illinois University and his Master of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana University. Derek lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife Elizabeth.

Special thanks to our Music Director Search Committee: Marty Bloem, Shelly Brennfleck, Ron Druckenmiller, Emma Martz, Karen Martz, and Catherine Wenger for their help and dedication to finding Derek as our new Director of Music.

 

Judy Dougherty - Parish Administrator
Judy Dougherty – Parish Administrator

Judy has been the Parish Administrator since March 1996. She is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 5, is an avid gardener, enjoys reading books by many authors and spending time at the New Jersey shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lola Barranco - Sexton
Lola Barranco – Sexton

Our sexton, Lola, is originally from Moreles, Mexico, by way of South Carolina. Her husband brought her to the Phoenixville area from SC, because after retiring from a career as a polo player, he became a horse trainer here in PA. They have five children and live in South Coventry township. Lola is a quiet and humble blessing for St. Peter’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Vestry

Diane Hope
Diane Hope – Senior Warden

I’ve attended St. Peter’s since 1984, when my husband and I moved to the area. I have two grown sons who reside in Chicago and Los Angeles. I recently retired after many years as a paralegal, focused in the area of business and real estate. I continue to do some consulting work for business clients. Recently, I have participated in the Stewardship Ministry and as a member of the Discernment Committee. I’ve enjoyed my many years at St. Peter’s due to a strong connection to our congregation and my appreciation for the “faith in action” focus at our church.

 

 

 

 

Mary Jo Wells - Vestry Member
Mary Jo Wells – Junior Warden

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and share my St. Peter’s story. When my son Tate was born I reached out to Father Hyatt who had been my childhood minister at Trinity Church Gulph Mills. I wanted him to baptize Tate and that was our introduction to St. Peter’s. We began attending regularly and have been at the church for about ten years. In that time I have come to appreciate many things about St. Peter’s, but the aspects that stand out to me are the welcoming, friendly, diverse and supportive community. I have come to view St. Peters as part of my family. I am a licensed counselor who has worked in the employee assistance field for over twenty years. I help clients locate resources for emotional issues and work/life stressors.
I decided to run for vestry because we are in a time of transition and I think I can provide some perspective as a parent, pantry volunteer, and Godly Play teacher. I also believe in the mission of the church and want to work to expand God’s presence in each other’s lives and the community. I believe that we accomplish this by our own service and involvement.

 

 

 

 

Dennis Reid – Accounting Warden
Dennis Reid – Accounting Warden

I was born and raised in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Following grade school, I attended La Salle College High School and La Salle College. In 1970, I graduated from La Salle College with a degree in General Business. During my years at La Salle College, I was enrolled in the school’s ROTC program, and upon graduation, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Following completion of my two-year active-duty commitment, in early 1973 I embarked on a thirty-three year career in commercial banking, primarily involved in the field of corporate cash management. During my banking career, I worked for Girard, Mellon, and Citizens Banks. In 1982 Karen and I were married and we lived in Lansdale for thirty-seven years. During that time, we were members of Holy Trinity, Lansdale until 2000. In 2000 we moved our church home to Trinity Church, Ambler. In both churches I served on the Vestry, and was the Accounting Warden in each church for many years. In 2019 we downsized and moved into a townhouse community in Royersford. We immediately started a search for our new church home, and after visiting several local churches, our search brought us to St. Peter’s on the Ash Wednesday prior to the pandemic. Following that service, specifically hearing Father Sam’s sermon, both Karen and I decided that St. Peter’s would become our new church home. During the pandemic we participated in many Friday night Zoom meetings with Father Sam, and many others from the congregation, enabling us to get to know many church members. As the pandemic restrictions were relaxed, we became involved in the Saturday morning Pantry activities, and continued that work until the Pantry was eliminated earlier this year. We look forward to continuing in the community service support work by participating as team members working on the Saturday morning breakfasts.

 

 

Lynn Boukalik - Vestry Member
Lynn Boukalik – Vestry Member

I moved to Phoenixville in the summer of 2016 and began to look for a church community that would be inclusive and provide active missions to support others. St. Peter’s has welcomed me and I discovered a church home filled with a sense of community and passion for others. My husband, Bill, and I were married for 47 years and lived in the Cleveland area. We raised three sons, who are all prospering and are spread across the country. I have 7 wonderful (of course) grandchildren. I am now happily involved with the three granddaughters who live here. My decision to move to Phoenixville came after my husband passed away. I had worked for the NASA Glenn Research Center for 30 years and after a fulfilling and creative career, I was ready to retire. I have a Master’s Degree in Library Science and used this to support a wide variety of teams by assisting them to create information, organize and share it internally and via the web. At Peter’s, I have been a volunteer for the food pantry for the last 6 months. I am also a member of the Environmental Ministry, a Lector and support Helping Hands. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the dedicated team members at St. Peter’s. I am a passionate believer in the missions that support both the internal needs of the church and the service to those in the community. I would like to serve on the Vestry to be a part of the team that will have an active role in supporting the continuation of a very positive future for St. Peter’s Church.

 

 

 

Todd Jackson
Todd Jackson – Vestry Member

Todd Jackson lives in East Vincent and has attended St. Peter’s for about 15 years. He has been married to Jyl Harrington for 42 years, and together they raised daughters Eryn and Rachel. Todd was co-chair of the discernment committee that called Fr. Sam to St. Peter’s, working closely with the Vestry. He actively supports the food pantry, producing the state and federal reports of pantry clients served, and is part of the Godly Play staff and the pastoral care committee.

Todd has worked since 1977 in the nuclear power industry, having completed 30 years as a health physicist and project engineer for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He also served as Chemistry Manager at the Limerick Generating Station, and as an emergency responder at Three Mile Island and in Tokyo, Japan after the 2011 earthquake.

 

 

Carl Rennie
Carl Rennie – Vestry Member

My name is Carl Lawrence Rennie. I was born in Monrovia Liberia in West Africa. I grew up in a small town called Monrovia, which is the capital city of Liberia. I attended a catholic school (Cathedral High). After I graduated from high school, I moved to the United States to attend college. I enrolled at West Chester University and graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration.

I am married to Lady A Rennie, and we have two children Brittney 27 and Brandon 23. I am 58 years old,

I was born March 3rd, 1963. Lady and I Joined St. Peter’s in 2003 and I presently serve as an usher. I have seven brothers and two sisters all live in the United States. Both my parents are still alive. My mother lives in Liberia and dad lives in Minnesota.

My family moved to East Coventry Township in 2002 where we presently reside. I presently work for Invision Human Services in Reading Pa.

I love to travel, play a variety of sports and enjoy working with others. I refer to myself as a team player and look forward to joining the vestry and making myself available as needed.

I am honored and humbled to serve with everyone on the vestry and look forward to being a part of the team. Thank you for accepting me as a part of the body.

Sincerely, Carl L Rennie

 

 

Vernon Feather - Vestry Member
Vernon Feather – Vestry Member

I have been attending St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with my wife, Aimee and two daughters Audrey (9) and Ava (7) for a little over two years. I was raised in the Methodist Church and Aimee in the Catholic Church. After moving to Collegeville, we began searching for a church in which we could both be comfortable. We found that on our first visit to St. Peter’s. we were struck by the friendliness and open arms of the congregation as well as the number of missions a church of this size has accomplished. Last year we had our two daughters baptized at St. Peter’s, I have begun serving on the Capital Campaign and Aimee is serving on the Discernment Committee. We have continued to be impressed with Father Koshy Mathew’s spiritual guidance and leadership.
Outside the church, I am a managing principal and architect at a firm that specializes in designing senior living communities, primarily for non-profit mission-oriented organizations. Often in this role, I’m assisting communities in reinventing themselves by building on their strengths.
St. Peter’s is not a community in need of reinvention, however as we transition to a new rector, the next couple of years will be critical to the future of our community and ministry. My interest in serving on Vestry is to help to continue building on the great community and spiritual foundation that has been established here at St. Peter’s.

 

 

 

Danielle Smith - Vestry Member
Danielle Smith – Vestry Member

I have been a member at St. Peter’s for nearly 14 years. My husband Sam and I found our church home just before our son Ethan was born. We were both raised in the Catholic religion and were searching for a spiritual home that better aligned with our desire for a welcoming and inclusive church with a focus on both service and social justice. Both of our children, Ethan and Emmy, were baptized at St. Peter’s and have participated in all of the many children’s programs St. Peter’s offers.

I have served in various roles related to children’s faith formation, including both leader and coordinator of Children’s Chapel and Sunday school teacher. I was also part of the founding Godly Play team and continue to participate in the program in any capacity needed, including teacher. I have volunteered with the food pantry and most recently served on the Discernment Committee.

Professionally I’ve worked as both and elementary and middle school counselor. I currently work as a school psychologist in the Methacton School District and also maintain a small private practice.

 

 

Leo Guen - Vestry Member
Leo Guen – Vestry Member

As a fourth-generation Chinese American son of Boston Chinatown community activists, and the eldest grandson of 1952 Maine and American Mother of the Year Toy Len Goon, I grew up with high expectations of responsibility, leadership and service to others, especially to make life better for immigrants and others lacking a voice at the table.

In 2015, I came to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and immediately knew I had found a spiritual home — full of openness, diversity, music, compassionate outreach, and opportunities for community service.

I jumped into the choir, lectoring, Stewardship, landscaping, and currently play a leading role in upgrading our website. My wife Sherry and I have performed ballroom and Latin dances for Father Koshy’s 10th anniversary celebration and the annual Phoenixville Multi-Cultural Festival. We have 3 adult children who attended our wedding at St. Peter’s in October 2018.

I have 40 years of experience as a bank and software Business Analyst and management consultant, and currently work at JPMorgan Chase in Jersey City and NYC.

 

 

 

Mona Chylack - Clerk of the Vestry
Mona Chylack – Clerk of the Vestry

During the past few years, Mona has very much enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people of St. Peter’s Church. She finds the church welcoming to everyone as it reaches out to the community, both locally and globally, through its many missions. In addition to serving as the Clerk of the Vestry, she has had the good fortune to work with a great group of people on the Stewardship Committee and to serve as a door person to the children’s Godly Play program. At home she enjoys her role as mother to her daughter and son-in-law, as Marmie to four grandchildren, and as caregiver to dogs, chickens, a cat, and a horse.