Clergy & Staff
Ledlie I. Laughlin, Rector
The Reverend Ledlie I. Laughlin was installed as the twentieth rector of St. Peter’s Church on May 1, 1999. After graduating from Oberlin College, he attended Berkley/Yale where he received his MDiv in 1987; he has served in urban parishes up and down the East coast. Ledlie is an energetic, enthusiastic, and creative pastor. His preaching is insightful, personal, and stimulating; he is a true evangelist. St. Peter’s Children’s Ministry has blossomed under his leadership, and he is active in seeking avenues for spiritual growth for all ages, and in welcoming newcomers to our parish. Ledlie’s faith is shaped by his deep desire and longing to be attentive to the presence of God; he shares that desire openly, invites others to awaken to their own desire for God, and leads by calling us forth to adventure and journey in the Way of Christ. St. Peter’s continues to grow and thrive under his loving care.
In addition to his ministry here, Ledlie is currently serving on the Standing Committee of the Diocese and is Co-Chair of the Diocesan Transition Team charged with restoring trust and renewing health within the Diocese. Ledlie is also part of the Education Strategy Team of P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphian’s Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), an interfaith community organization comprised of forty-five congregations.
Ledlie’s wife Sarah is a Social Worker with Quaker-based Intervention Associates. Their daughter India is an annual giving officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York and their son Nick, recently graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, is working for Senator Bob Casey in Washington, D.C.
Listen to the Rev. Laughlin’s most recent sermon:
Revelation of Love
April 3, 2015
Claire Nevin-Field, Assistant 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. Claire is thrilled to be part of St. Peter’s Church.
Listen to the Rev. Nevin-Field’s most recent sermon:
April 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
Bruce J. Barber, II, Interim Director of Music Ministry and Choirmaster
We are pleased to introduce Bruce Barber as our new Interim Music Director. Since 2004, Mr. Barber has served as the Director of Cathedral Music at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago. He has extensive master experience leading choirs—boys, girls, and adults—and organ playing. Prior to his position in Chicago, Bruce served for ten years as Canon Precenter & Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and for ten years as Parish Musician at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport, Connecticut. A graduate of Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and Rollins College, Bruce brings a wealth of passion and expertise.
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.