Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field, Rector

I have had a lifelong fascination with Jesus and find 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”, I love to laugh and find much humor and joy in life—and in church.

I was born in the northeast of England, and I’m delighted that my path has led me to Philadelphia and to St. Peter’s Church. In addition to being rector here, I am also a former nurse midwife and a mother of two daughters, Rachel and Ellie. My husband, Andrew, and I (and our three cats, Shakespeare, Hero, and Little Bits, and dog, Harriet) live near the church in Queen Village.

A lifelong Episcopalian, I love the beauty of worship at St. Peter’s (including the holy chaos that is the children’s and family service), and the Episcopal emphasis on “seeking and serving Christ in all people”, on being the hands and heart of Jesus for the world. I am especially passionate about Creation theology, the idea that all that exists is an expression of God’s own life, that we were created to be in relationship with all of God’s Creation, and the implications that idea has for how we live in this world.

I extend a warm invitation to you and your family to visit St. Peter’s for a Sunday service. Let us walk with you on your journey of faith.

Rev. Dr. 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. 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 joined the choir. She became parish administrator in 1997. She has a Masters in medieval history, most of which she has willfully forgotten to devote any remaining memory to church business.

Lauri Cielo

Director of Communications & Development

Before arriving at St. Peter's, Lauri was a newspaper reporter and directed communications at 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.

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.

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.

Laurel Christensen

Children's Service Musician

Laurel grew up in Colorado and studied Choral Music Education at Brigham Young University. She spent seven years in Virginia teaching choral music and pursued a Master of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2018, Laurel moved to Philadelphia and welcomed her son, Forrest, into the world. She is excited to have found a home in the Episcopal Church and to share her love of music with the children and families of St. Peter’s.

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.

William Lim

Administrative Assistant

William was born and raised in the Philippines. After obtaining a degree in Psychology, he moved to the US to pursue music degrees at Indiana University. He has an active career as a musician—singing for various professional choral groups and opera productions in the region.

Gary Rodriguez

Assistant Sexton