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.
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
Peter Hopkins, Director of Music Ministry and Choirmaster
Peter has been Director of Music Ministry and Choirmaster at St. Peter’s since 2004, working with his wife, organist Paula Pugh Romanaux. An international–level conductor and educator, Peter leads the St. Peter’s Boy, Girl, and Adult choirs in singing the great choral works of the Anglican tradition; adding to this repertory contemporary American and other anthems, spirituals and other styles as appropriate.
Before arriving at St. Peter’s, Peter’s varied experiences included conducting at other churches, colleges, high schools, and community ensembles, including the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, the Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus, the Michigan Bach Collegium, and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. Currently, he is Music Director of the Reading Choral Society and Assistant Chorusmaster of the Oregon Bach Festival.
Peter received his B.M and M.M. degrees in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and is a longtime student of renowned German conductor Helmuth Rilling. He sings in Rilling’s Gächinger Kantorei and Oregon Bach Festival choruses, and assists Rilling in preparing these professional ensembles for performance. A lyric tenor, he has concertized in Germany, Austria, and England in addition to the United States. A gifted organist and continuo player, he regularly plays for services and performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Paula Pugh Romanaux, Principal Organist and Artist–in–Residence
Paula has brought continued energy, excitement and joy to the liturgies of St. Peter’s Church since her arrival in 2004. As Artist–in–Residence and Principal Organist, she plays for most services, assists with the training of child choristers, and leads the music at the popular Children and Family Worship service.
Paula’s education includes doctoral work at the famed Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and courses at the Royal School of Church Music in England. As organ recitalist, she has concertized throughout Europe and the United States, and has also been guest lecturer at several European conservatories. Prior to St. Peter’s, she was music director at St. Mark’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Churches in Michigan and College Organist at Kalamazoo College. Her performances have been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and Pipe Dreams, and she is currently preparing a recording project on St. Peter’s E.M. Skinner organ.
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
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.