It is my pleasure to welcome Matt Williams as our 2019 Diocesan intern. Matt is engaged in the diocesan process to discern a call to the priesthood, part of which preparation includes an internship in a local parish. He will assist the clergy in areas of liturgy, formation, outreach, and social justice, observing the unique and rich worship life of St. Peter’s. In his professional life, Matt serves on the staff at St. John’s Episcopal Church here in Charlotte as the Family Minister. In this role, he provides pastoral care and church programming for children and families, serves as chaplain to the St. John’s Preschool, and supervises the youth ministry program. Before serving as the Family Minister, Matt spent over 11 years in youth ministry at St. John’s. Matt and his wife, Sharon, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and are the proud parents of two sons, Chris and Ben. Matt will be with us at St. Peter’s on select Sundays and weekdays through the end of 2019. Please warmly welcome Matt.
With Matt’s arrival, now seemed a good time to provide a full update of our own professional and volunteer staff. Their talent and commitment bless and support all that we do at St. Peter’s.
Mother Amanda Stephenson and I are the full-time clergy. Father Keith Lane serves in a part-time position, assisting with pastoral care and occasional liturgies. Mother Sally Johnston and Father Murdock Smith are both retired priests, volunteering their time in occasional formation and liturgical ways. Deacon Robin Sands is assigned to St. Peter’s by the bishop in a part-time and unpaid position.
The program staff includes Anna Hurdle, nationally recognized Catechesis of the Good Shepherd trainer and director of children’s formation, and Lyn Holt, recognized Journey to Adulthood curriculum advisor and director of youth formation. Anna serves in a part-time position overseeing the Sunday morning formation of our youngest members. Lyn serves 30 hours each week, overseeing all youth formation programs for middle and high school-aged parishioners.
The music staff includes Elizabeth Lenti, director of music and choirmaster, and Garrett Law, assistant organist and choirmaster, a position shared with the Choir School at St. Peter’s, a separate non-profit. Rob Burlington serves as an assistant choirmaster in the music department for several hours each week.
The administrative staff includes three full-time positions: Leigh Dixon, parish administrator; Kristie Lauderbaugh, ministry associate; and Brian Whitley, facilities manager. The facilities and administrative staff also includes four part-time facilities assistants and after-hours receptionists. We are fortunate to have Pamela Breedlove, Kevin McDuffie, Toronto McLeod, and Mishaun Mitchell in these roles. We are also blessed with many front desk volunteers, Morning and Evening Prayer Officiants, and office volunteers who assist the staff each week.
Our staff is lean and efficient, and their talent and expertise allow us to do more than I often think is possible. But a model that depends so deeply on volunteer and part-time positions is challenging to sustain. As the 2020 Annual Fund begins, you will be hearing more about our aspirations to evolve our parish’s approach to staffing.
I am grateful to each member of the staff for their commitment to this place. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating their talent and hard work.
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge