Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field, Rector
The Reverend Claire Nevin-Field is originally from the northeast of England, but spent most of her childhood in northern Delaware. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware and her Master of Science in Nursing with a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania. She attended Lutheran Theological Seminary for two years and The General Seminary of the Episcopal Church for one year, receiving a Master of Divinity degree from General Seminary. Claire has a passion for outreach, particularly for feeding people and for Christian education. In addition to her work at St. Peter’s, Claire serves on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry, the Church Training Deaconess House Board, the Board of the Philadelphia Theological Institute and, as of July 2014, the Board of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Claire lives in West Chester with her husband, Andrew, a systems manager at Vanguard. Her eldest daughter Rachel is a graduate student at Yale and her younger daughter, Ellie, recently graduated from Washington College.
Listen to the Rev. Nevin-Field’s most recent sermon:
July 5, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Schaller, Assisting Priest
Joe and his partner Phillip Bennett have been actively involved in the life of St. Peter’s for over 15 years. He has served on the Vestry and Adult Education Committee, and has designed and led numerous courses in Christian formation. A former Jesuit priest now an Episcopal priest, Joe is a psychologist in private practice. He currently serves at St. Gabriel’s, Philadelphia and St. Mary’s, Ardmore in a manner similar to his new role here.
Listen to the Rev. Dr. Schaller’s most recent sermon:
Do the Ten Commandments Need an Upgrade?
March 8, 2015
Dr. Darryl Roland, Director of Music Ministry
Dr. Roland received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and his master’s in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He came to St. Peter’s from St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, where he started a Choir of Boys and Girls and from St. James School, Philadelphia, where he was a music instructor. Previously, Darryl was the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey, the Canon Precentor of the Cathedral Church of St. John, Wilmington, Delaware, and the Artistic Director of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware. Throughout the course of his career he has focused on bringing children, youth, and adults from a wide demographic background together to grow spiritually and musically as a community.
Kate Randall, Parish Administrator
Kate has been a member of the St. Peter’s community since 1990 when her son Clint, then a third grader at St. Peter’s School, joined the church choir. Kate became parish administrator in 1997 and has served under rectors Tad Meyer, interim Paulette Schiff and, since 1999, Ledlie Laughlin. She has a Masters in medieval history, most of which she has willfully forgotten in order to devote any remaining memory to church business. Her husband, Mark, is a local jazz pianist.
Lauri Cielo, Director of Communications and Development
Lauri has a Bachelors in journalism from the University of Richmond and worked as a newspaper reporter at the Burlington County Times and Press Enterprise. Before arriving at St. Peter’s, she worked as Director of Programs and Communications for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Lauri, her husband, Chris, and children, Eva and Benjamin, have been members of St. Peter’s Church since 2009.
Wayne Simms, Sexton
As sexton at St. Peter’s Church since 1979, Wayne Simms manages the upkeep of the church, its grounds, and the parish house. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wayne and his wife live in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia. When he isn’t taking care of the churchyard and prepping the church for services, Wayne enjoys movies, music, photography, guitar, and is a proud uncle and godfather.
Colin Dill, Administrative Assistant
Colin joined the staff of St. Peter’s Church in 2009, preparing the weekly service bulletins and developing and maintaining the website. When not at the office he is a professional bass-baritone, singing with the St. Peter’s Choir and other Philadelphia area and national ensembles.
Mary Campbell, Accountant
Mary Campbell is a CPA who has had her own accounting practice in Philadelphia since January 2007. Prior to starting her own business, Mary worked in both public accounting and private industry. A native Delawarean, she received her B.S. in accounting from the University of Delaware. Mary provides her clients, primarily non-profits, with accounting, financial reporting and bookkeeping services. St. Mark’s and St. Clement’s are among her clients. Mary attends St. Luke & the Epiphany where she just completed two terms on the Vestry and served as Accounting Warden for two years. She lives in Center City and has one son who lives near Atlanta.
Christine Neville, Servant Year Resident
Christine is our current Servant Year resident under the auspices of the Episcopal Servant Corps. She is serving as the program manager of St. Peter’s Food Cupboard, where she coordinates volunteers and works on expanding and improving operations. Christine graduated from Dickinson College in May of 2014 with a degree in biochemistry. There she was involved in the leadership of the yearbook and campus ministry.
Gary Rodriguez, Assistant Sexton