The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

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), is a board member of Teen Uprise, and is active in Heeding God’s Call, a gun violence prevention organization. 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. 

Read regular updates from Jarrett about the Parish in his Rector’s Note.

Listen below to sermons by Rev. Kerbel

The Rev. Anne C. Thatcher
Associate Rector

Anne calls herself a native Westerner, having spent her childhood years in Oregon and Colorado. She was sponsored for ordination by the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane and St. Paul’s Church (Walla Walla, WA). She hold a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College.

Anne began her career in camp ministry, working at 11 different Christian camps and completing a graduate certificate in Leadership and Camp Ministry through Wheaton College. Experienced in program planning, ropes course facilitation and wilderness trip leading, Anne worked with people of all different ages and backgrounds. She went on to recruit both nationally and internationally for Whitman College after completing a M. Ed. in Student Affairs Administration.

A recent graduate of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Anne holds a Master of Divinity degree and a diploma in Anglican studies. Her passion for ministry and travel led her to visit an Anglican seminary in Ghana, study for a semester at Cambridge University and build relationships through pilgrimages to the Anglican Dioceses of El Salvador and Panama. When she’s not in the office, Anne loves road cycling, hiking with her labradoodle Leo, reading, singing, international travel and practicing yoga. With humility and gratitude, she is honored to accept the call at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and is looking forward to getting to know the St. Martin’s community.

Listen below to sermons by Rev. Thatcher

The Rev. Carol Duncan

Carol Duncan

The Rev. Carol Duncan attended the Shipley School and William Smith College in Geneva NY, majoring in English Lit. After school, she moved to Canton, Ohio to run the remnants of a family business.

She married her husband Bob, who was Vice President Smyth Systems, a data processing firm specializing in country club and golf tournament systems. Their daughter Christie was born in 1968, Kate in 1973.

At St. Paul’s Canton she served on the vestry and as a church school teacher. With the Diocese of Ohio she served on the Peace and Justice Commission. She received the Betty Leo award for outstanding social justice work.

In 1988 she became the Housing Development Coordinator of ICAN Housing Solutions, a non-profit that developed permanent supportive housing for the homeless living with mental illness. She served as president of the board of Coalition for Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), a nationally respected homeless advocacy organization.

She was ordained to the Diaconate in 1996. Her first parish was Trinity Alliance. In 2000 she returned as Deacon at her home parish St Paul’s where she served until 2011. Bob died in 2009. She retired from ICAN and moved to Philadelphia in September 2011. Her daughter Christie Duncan-Tessmer is General Secretary of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
Carol is Co-Chair of the Economic Dignity Team of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Its primary campaign is to create Philly solutions for Philly Poverty. A main thrust is to raise the minimum wage to $15 while supporting local businesses. Carol also serves on City Council’s Living Wage Committee and on the boards of Deaconess House Foundation, Teen UpRise, and Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library.

Listen below to sermons by Rev. Duncan

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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