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Leadership

Rector

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After serving as our interim Priest-in-Charge for most of 2022, the Rev. Barbara Ballenger has been called to be St. Peter's new rector.  Previously, she served for seven years as an associate at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, the first five as a lay associate and the last two as Associate Rector. She was ordained in December 2019.  Rev. Barb has worked in ministry settings in both the Catholic and Episcopal Church for nearly 30 years, including youth and adult faith formation, campus ministry, global relief and development, domestic disaster response, performing arts ministry and parish pastoral ministry. She also has a long history in social justice and political advocacy, especially in areas of climate justice and racial repair and healing. Rev. Barb is currently the co-chair of the Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission and is part of the diocese’s Loving Presence Initiative.

 

Rev. Barb plays the guitar and the banjo and is a singer and songwriter. You can find several of her songs, written in her performing arts ministry days, on SoundCloud. Her husband, Jess, is a professor of medical ethics at Drexel University. She has two adult children, Hannah, 21, and Jesse, 27. A dog, Oakley, and cat, Yolandi, also live with the family in their home in Mt. Airy. Rev. Barb loves to read, play cooperative board games, and ride through Pennsylvania with her husband on the couple’s tandem bicycle.

Ministers of Music

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Tim Flaherty, Interim Minister of Music, served as Choirmaster at St Philip-in-the-Fields Oreland for thirty-one years before moving to St Peter’s Glenside in a merger of the two parishes in 2016.  Since arriving at St Peter’s, Tim has been choir member and past interim conductor of the senior choir, and is also a member of the handbell choir.  A graduate of Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where he earned his B. Mus Ed and his M. Mus Ed in vocal music education, Tim was employed for 38 ½  years as an elementary, middle, and high vocal music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, and was the Director of Vocal Music at Northeast High School until his retirement in 2013.  He remains actively employed as Adjunct Faculty/Education Support Professional at Temple University Boyer College of Music where he supervises and mentor’s student teachers pursuing degrees in music education.  While at Temple he sang in the Temple University Concert Choir under the baton of Robert Page and presently performs with the Dr Rollo Dilworth and the Singing Owls of Temple.  Tim is a past Assistant Director of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, and has been a familiar voice with the Ocean City Pops, providing the narrations for past performances of Francois Poulenc’s “”Histoire de Babar” (The Story of Babar), Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”, and the musical adaptation of “Casey at the Bat”, and “Tubby the Tuba”.

 

Kathleen Murphy Flaherty, Interim Minister of Music and Bell Choir Director, is in her 50th year of serving as a church musician. She is an experienced organist, pianist, choir director, choral singer, and handbell director for churches of varied denominations in the Philadelphia area. Mrs. Flaherty was Organist and Handbell Director at St. Philip-in-the-Fields for 31 years, prior to the merger with St. Peter’s Glenside.  As an organist, Kathleen has performed on the great Philadelphia organs; Girard College, Irvine Auditorium and the Kimmel Center. She has also enjoyed accompanying for choir tours to Israel, Germany and Italy, encountering an assortment of very quirky instruments.  Mrs. Flaherty holds a Bachelor of Music Education in keyboard from Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University and a Master’s Equivalency with graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, University of the Arts and Villanova University. She received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers in 2014, prior to her retirement from Girard Academic Music Program and currently supervises Music Education student teachers for Temple University. 

 

Associate for Communication and Administration 

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Charlese Freeman grew up in Philadelphia, where she met her fiancé, Winzy. Charlese graduated from East Stroudsburg University, where she received her Bachelor's in English; she received her Master's of Journalism from Temple University. Charlese and Winzy have an 18-month-old son, Clark.  

She worked for Check Your Fact in 2021 as a National Association of Black Journalists Fellow. Charlese has served as an usher and tech team member at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. She currently helps lead the annual Health and Safety Fair and Hearts of Praise Dance Ministry. Charlese enjoys spending time with her family, writing, watching movies, and baking.  She is also the host of Phone In a Friend Podcast.

 

Charlese is available Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. You can email her at stpeter654@gmail.com.

Caretaker

Tim Valera was born and raised in Glenside. He has worked exclusively for ATD American Co. in the IT department for 30 years. He joined the St. Peter’s community as our caretaker in the summer of 2012. As caretaker, Tim opens and closes all buildings, offers security on the property, and supports all parish, tenant and rental events. He also works on special property projects as needed.

Vestry Members and Liaison Assignments

 

The Vestry is comprised of the Senior Warden, People's Warden, Secretary, and nine other members.

 
Wardens

Linda Toia, Senior Warden, Class of 2024

Dave Kipphut, People's Warden, Class of 2024

Vestry Secretary - to be determined

Class of 2024

Nancy Ironside, Liaison to Faith Formation Ministries

Dave Mosteller

Class of 2025

Jeanné Hannum,  Liaison to Worship Ministries

Amy Michener-Wall, Liaison to Outreach Ministries

Karen Sayer, Liaison to Inreach/Parish Life Ministries

Class of 2026

Meredith Flaherty

Amy Neske

Doug Pneuma

Other Key Leadership Positions

Bob Hartung, Finance Chair

Dave Kipphut, Property Chair

To view the list of our ministries, click HERE.
 
To contact a vestry member, please email the church office:
stpeter654@gmail.com.
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