Staff

Barbara Ballenger
Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care

Barb Ballenger

Barbara is thrilled to be joining St. Martin in the Fields as the Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care. In June Barbara’s family moved from State College to Philadelphia, where her husband is working at Drexel University. They’re excited to be a part of St. Martin’s vibrant faith community.

Barbara’s family includes her husband Jess, son Jesse, 20, and daughter Hannah, 13. Non-human family members include Tara the rat and Oakley the dog.

Barbara hales originally from northeast Ohio, where she grew up and went to school. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Ursuline College.

Barbara’s ministry background is based largely in the Roman Catholic Church where she worked for more than 17 years in a variety of faith-based positions, including parish faith formation director, campus minister, newspaper reporter and program coordinator for Catholic Relief Services. She also worked for eight years in a performing arts ministry as a retreat leader, songwriter and storyteller.

Most recently Barbara worked for Episcopal Relief & Development as a training coordinator in US Disaster Preparedness and Response. She joined the Episcopal Church four years ago, with the long-term goal of priestly ordination.

Woven through her work in ministry is a passion for social, economic and environmental justice. Over the years, Barbara has worked on issues of peace and non-violence, cultural understanding, global and domestic poverty, sustainability and environmental stewardship.

For fun Barbara loves to read, make music, and turn broken things into mosaics. You’ll probably also see her riding her bike around West Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill. She might even stop and ask you for directions.

Barb is headed to seminary in the fall of 2017. Read more here…

Listen below to sermons by Barb Ballenger

Erik Meyer
Music Director

Erik Meyer

Erik grew up across the river in Collingswood, NJ, where his parents still live. His family is very musical - his mother is the choir director at Haddonfield High School and his father is the assistant librarian at Curtis Institute. Erik began playing the organ in church when he was thirteen and studied with the Rev. J. Bert Carlson, who was also his choir director in the Academy Boys Choir of South Jersey. Carlson became a strong influence in his teenage years and pushed him to pursue a career in church music. Erik then attended the Peabody Institute of Music, where Donald Sutherland was his teacher and mentor. Erik also met his wife, Anna, at Peabody, where she was studying flute. After graduation they married and moved to Erie, where Erik served at Luther Memorial Church, an active downtown parish and school, and taught at Mercyhurst College.  Erik has played over 100 organ recitals through the east and Europe, both solo and duo with Anna. He also composes music, primarily of the sacred choral variety, and has some pieces published. Anna was 2nd flute with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, principal flute with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, a regular substitute with the Erie Philharmonic, and instructor of flute at Mercyhurst.

Outside of the church walls, Erik loves to read, especially 19th century literature. Erik is a beer brewer and was named the #1 homebrewer in Erie in 2009 for a schwarzbier made with Starbucks. Erik loves late 19th century opera, programmatic symphonic works, and movies from the 1930s. He also claims to be a gardener (vegetable), though not an especially good one; but, Erik has learned a lot about humanity from cultivating plantlife! Erik has a daughter, Lydia, and a son, Lukas.

Natalee Hill
Associate for Communications & Administration

Natalee Hill

Prior to St. Martin’s Natalee Hill worked for the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for nearly eight years, starting as the Administrative Intern and moving up most recently to Communications Manager. Before her work at the Theatre Alliance, Natalee attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. There, she worked as a Stage Manger for both college productions and the professional Summer Music Theater, and also held a work-study position assisting the Director of Marketing & Development in the Department of Theatre & Dance. Natalee graduated from Muhlenberg in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with concentrations in Stage Management and Performance.

Growing up in Connecticut a member of the UCC, Natalee was an active participant in her church, participating in the choirs, Youth Fellowship, and teaching at Vacation Bible School and for Sunday School. In 2003, upon moving to the Philadelphia area for work, Natalee found a church home at Swarthmore United Methodist Church (SUMC). She began singing with the church choirs and volunteering with the youth program. In 2006, Natalee and her husband took over the Youth Director position part-time. They led the program until 2011, including a weeklong summer mission trip on Appalachia Service Project and various other activities, events and fundraisers throughout the year. With SUMC she travelled to Haiti in 2012 to witness and assist with continued rebuilding after the 2010 earthquake. From January 2013 through December 2015, Natalee served a term as Chair of SUMC’s Administrative Council.

In 2011, Natalee was drawn to this position at St. Martin’s as an opportunity to combine her desire to work with a faith-based organization with the skills she had developed working as a communications professional. Natalee lives in Delaware County with her husband Nathan and two boys, Liam and Ezra.

Ellen Doster
Ministry Assistant

Ellen Doster

Originally from Brunswick, GA, Ellen Doster graduated in 2014 from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where she studied English and Classics and sang in the University Choir. Since moving to Philadelphia, Ellen has spent the past two years in Servant Year, an Episcopal Service Corps program. She served at St. Mark’s Church, the Office of Family and Young Adult Ministry, Swarthmore College, and the Episcopal Mission Center. Ellen is passionate about empowering youth and young adults in ministry, and working to connect with the LGBT community through faith and healing. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys reading, knitting, and beekeeping.

In her role as Ministry Assistant, Ellen will continue the work of an office assistant, maintaining the calendar and facilities scheduling, preparing the worship leaflets, supply ordering, and assisting in various other administrative and communications tasks with Natalee. In addition, Ellen will take on Youth Ministry work with our Junior and Senior High School youth, and assist with children and youth programming as needed with Anne. Ellen began work with us on August 8, 2016 the first day of Vacation Bible School.

Connie Haggard
Liturgical Coordinator

Connie Haggard

When St. Martin’s Church welcomed volunteer singers into the adult choir 31 years ago (1981), Connie volunteered.  She is still singing, and the choir has grown from nine to 35.  Her St. Martin’s journey has included choir librarian, three soup kitchens, board of Women of St. Martin’s, outreach committee, book room (now out of circulation) reorganizer and coordinator, clerk of the vestry and, her favorite, playing Peppermint Patty in St. Martin’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown in 1986.  Currently she works alongside over 100 parishioners as liturgical coordinator, with hopes that many more will come on board.  A graduate of Cornell University with a major in English, Connie taught in Ithaca High School and in the Wissahickon School District for 17 years.  She and her husband, Dick, a retired research chemist, have lived in their Fort Washington home for 46 years where they raised three sons.  They are fortunate to have three grand-daughters who live nearby.  When Connie and Dick are not busy at St. Martin’s, they enjoy musical events, visits with family and friends, and travel, near and far.

James Kent
Sexton

James Kent

James worked as the weekend Sexton for many years at St. Martin’s assisting with set-ups, special events and Sunday Hospitality before being hired on full time in December 2011. James lives with his wife Avis and dog, Baby. Their adult son Joshua also lives in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

Betsy Wolford
Parish Accountant

Betsy Wolford

Betsy Wolford is originally from Pennington, NJ, attended Albright College in Reading, PA and currently lives in Malvern. She has been married to Mike Wolford since 1990. They have a seventeen-year old daughter, Molly, who is a senior at Great Valley High School, and a nine-year-old adorable Bichon Frisé. Mike and Betsy were both received into the Episcopal Church in 1993 at Christ Church in Reading, PA after being raised Lutheran and Byzantine Catholic, respectively. They have been members of Good Samaritan in Paoli since 1998. Betsy spent 18 years in banking and in corporate accounting at Vanguard prior to working at both Good Samaritan and St. David’s Church in Wayne. For most of her career, Betsy was engaged in software support for commercial lending and corporate accounting. She was the accounting manager at St. David’s for 3 and 1/2 years before forming Wolford Accounting Management, LLC in 2014 to provide accounting services to multiple churches in our diocese including St. Martin’s, Good Samaritan, and Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr. The best part of this vocation is supporting multiple churches in their life-changing ministries within the church walls, in their local communities, and across the world!

For fun, Betsy loves reading, traveling, and outdoor recreation, especially kayaking, camping, and cycling. She has participated in multiple day- and week-long National MS Society bike rides from Maine to South Carolina and has raised close to $50,000 for the cause since 2006.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

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

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

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

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

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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