about & contact
CLERGY AND STAFF
The Rev. Jeffrey A. Ross
As the Rector and Pastor of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, I would like to welcome you to our parish webpage! We are glad you have found us and want you to know that if you are looking for a spiritual home, you would be most welcome in our community.
Here is a little about me. Since August of 2005, I have served as the Rector of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church which has been in existence for over 300 years and is an active and growing community. We have a strong ministry reaching out to youth, young families, and newly retired adults. We are passionate about our local outreach ministries and our companion relationships with parishes in Mexico and in Haiti. I am a life-long Episcopalian and have been ordained since 1998 (my sister is also a priest!). Prior to ordination, I worked as a family therapist as well as on Bishop's staff for Christian Formation. I am a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and I also hold a Master of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann College. My wife has a PhD in Corporate Leadership and she currently serves as the Executive Director of a local art organization. We have a daughter and a son, in high school and middle school respectively. We enjoy swimming, skiing, and traveling, (especially to our vacation home in Vermont!). Personally, I am trying to enhance my novice skills in photography and playing the penny whistle as my official hobbies (along with loving movies, books and theater!).
The Rev. Canon Mark Harris
Mark has served Saint Peter’s Church since 2003. He continues to be active and involved on all levels of Church life, currently serving as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church as well as a deputy to the 2012 General Convention. Prior to “retirement”, he has served as a Vicar in Puerto Rico, a Chaplain to the University of Delaware, Staff Officer for Ministry to Higher Education and later as Director of Overseas Missionaries for the Episcopal Church. Along the way he has served as a consultant for numerous parishes, dioceses, religious organizations as well as worked on issues of justice and mutual understanding. Mark holds a Master’s of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is also a certified Interim specialist and has also been a parish Rector. For his work with the Episcopal Church in the Philippines he has been recognized as a Canon and received an honorary doctorate. Mark is an avid poet and artist. He and his wife are blessed with two wonderful grown children, two spectacular grandchildren and two very lovable dogs! You can follow Mark on his blog Preludium at www.anglicanfuture.blogspot.com.
The Rev. Carlyle Gill
The Rev. J. Carlyle Gill recently retired after thirty years of ordained ministry. She is among the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Carlyle served as Assistant Chaplain to the College at the University of the South, Associate Rector at St. Augustine-by-the-Sea in Santa Monica, California, Rector of St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Washington, D.C., and Senior Associate and Interim Rector at St. Alban’s, Washington, D.C. Carlyle received her Master's of Divinity from The Virginia Theological Seminary, her Master's in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from Queens University. She is currently a retreat leader and spiritual director.
T. J. THOMAS
Minister of Music
T.J. serves as Minister of Music at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes, DE. Here he oversees a vibrant music program including several choirs, a concert series, and the annual residency of a prominent Anglican Church musician.
Prior to St. Peter’s, T.J. was Interim Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. During his undergraduate career he served on the music staff at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral (Wilkes-Barre, PA) under the direction of his organ teacher and mentor, Canon Mark Laubach. An active member of the Royal School of Church Music in America, T.J. functions as Liturgist and Co-Music Manager for the King’s College Course every summer. He is also active in the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. T.J. received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Marywood University (Scranton, PA).
A native of Rochester, New York, his favorite pastimes include downhill skiing, cooking, and watching British comedy shows on television. T.J. was received into the Episcopal Church on Easter Vigil 2006. When not involved with music activities, he enjoys listening to new CDs, traveling, and spending time with his many friends and family throughout the Northeast.
Youth & Family Minister
Mende is a native Delawarean being born in Wilmington where she attended and was married at St. James Episcopal Church, Newport. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is a certified paralegal. Mende has worked in that field both in Wilmington and in Dover for 35 years. Currently she is practicing part time for the law firm of Gonser and Gonser doing primarily family law.
After marrying her high-school sweetheart, Alan, they moved to Dover and began attending Christ Church Dover. Mende taught Sunday School at both St. James and Christ Church and was the volunteer Christian Ed Director at Christ Church for fifteen years.
Mende and Alan have two sons, Zachary (27) and Garrett (22) both of whom currently reside in Dover. Zachary is an attorney practicing in Dover and is engaged to be married in May 2014. Garrett is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware and is a Music Teacher at William Henry Middle School in Dover. Mende and Alan have a summer home here in Lewes, but their primary residence continues to be in Dover along with their two Labrador retrievers, Molly and Miles (Davis) and their two cats, Demarcus and Beasley.
Adele H. Fluharty