One-to-One Relational Meetings: We believe that all ministry begins with relationships. Our clergy and lay leaders intentionally seek opportunities to meet one-to-one with newcomers and long term members to deepen our relationships, and to understand our shared hurts, hopes, and loves. By getting to know you we will be better able to minister to you and connect you to meaningful ministry and community at St. Martin's.
Lay Visitors are volunteers who visit parishioners in the hospital, in their homes, or other places of residence to help maintain their connections to the life of the church. For more information, or if you wish to join this ministry, contact the Rev. Anne Thatcher.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained lay people who bring communion and fellowship to those, who for various reasons, are homebound and cannot attend on Sundays. Team members visit on a rotating basis. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Anne Swoyer. Please also feel free to share the names of anyone who would appreciate being a recipient of these visits.
Clergy Visitation is done by the clergy staff to pray with members or their loved ones who are sick, dying, or are in any type of crisis. Visits may also be done in times of celebration. Please let the office know if you or loved ones need a clergy’s visit by calling 215.247.7466, or email the clergy.
The Rev. Jarrett KerbelRector
(215) 247-7466 ext. 101 |
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.
The Rev. Anne ThatcherAssociate Rector
(215) 247-7466 ext. 105 |
Anne is a native Westerner, having spent her childhood years in Oregon and Colorado. She follows in the footsteps of her great-grandfather from Wales who was an Anglican priest and her uncle who was an Episcopal priest. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College, a M.Ed. from Western Washington University, a graduate certificate in Leadership and Camp Ministry from Wheaton College (IL), a diploma in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and an M.Div. from the Yale Divinity School.
An experienced ropes course facilitator and wilderness trip leader and trained to work with traumatized communities, Anne believes in the power of conflict resolution and peace making through mediation. She has recently spent time with a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to Israel/Palestine and attended a human rights training with Cristosal in El Salvador.Anne currently serves as the secretary of the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Clergy Compensation and Benefits Commission, the Chair of the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Central American Refugee Commission and Chaplain to both the Welsh Society of Philadelphia and the St. George’s Society.