Clergy & Staff

Claire Nevin-Field

Rector

Claire has had a lifelong fascination with Jesus and finds following him to be: joyful, puzzling, funny, frustrating, humbling, deeply engaging, and life giving. Believing that Anne Lamott was right when she called laughter “carbonated holiness,” Claire loves to laugh and finds much humor and joy in life—and in church.

Sean Lanigan

Associate Rector

Ever since childhood, as a Roman Catholic in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sean has been drawn to the images of radically inclusive community portrayed in the Gospels. In Jesus' world, saints and sinners sit side-by-side, with the lost, the lonely and the least always receiving pride of place at God's banquet table.

Joseph Schaller

Assisting Priest

Joe and his husband Phillip Bennett have been actively involved in the life of St. Peter’s for over 20 years. A former Jesuit priest, now an Episcopal priest, Joe is a psychologist in private practice. He also assists at St. Gabriel’s Church in Philadelphia and St. Mary’s Church in Ardmore.

Dr. Darryl Roland

Director of Music

Dr. Roland received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and his master’s in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Throughout 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. She became parish administrator in 1997. 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 & Development

Lauri has a Bachelors in journalism from the University of Richmond. 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, Benjamin and Claire, 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.

Danielle Defassio

Children's Ministry Assistant

Danielle grew up as a pastor’s kid in the Lutheran Church, where her love of music blossomed. She is an actor, primarily focusing on Theatre for Young Audiences, and has performed all over the United States and Canada. Danielle has taught early childhood development classes in New York City, and has also worked as a teaching artist in both NYC and Philadelphia. During our Children & Family Service each Sunday, Danielle leads the music, tells the Bible story, and plans the Faith in Action portion of the service.

Benjamin Bookman

Food Cupboard Manager

Ben moved to Philadelphia in 2006 to serve as a mentor and tutor in a Frankford neighborhood middle school and has a Masters Degree in Education/Lifespan Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Wayne, PA with his wife (a Special Education teacher in West Philadelphia) and, when not working for the Food Cupboard, teaches English as a second language to international adults.

Mary Campbell

Accountant

Mary Campbell is a CPA who has had her own accounting practice in Philadelphia since January 2007. 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. She lives in Center City and has one son who lives near Atlanta.

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