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 the president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese and is Co-Chair of the Diocesan Antiracism Team charged with dismantling institutional racism within the Diocese.
Ledlie’s wife Sarah is a Social Worker with the Wissahickon Hospice at the U Penn Health System; their daughter India has recently graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, where their son Nick is also a student.
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. While working as a midwife at a clinic for Mexican migrant women in southern Chester County, Claire felt called to ordained ministry. 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. She was ordained to the priesthood on December 16, 2006. Claire lives in West Chester with her husband. Her eldest daughter Rachel recently graduated from George Washington College where her younger dauther, Ellie, also attends. 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 long–time 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
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 has 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.