St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
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1188 Ben Franklin Highway East (Rt. 422) Douglassville, PA 19518 | +1.6103853144 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Open Monday Thru Friday
The Rector’s position is currently open. We are working with the Diocese of Bethlehem to start the search for our next Rector. Stay tuned.
Sally Bosler - Deacon/Pastoral Care
Deacon Sally is a Maryland native who settled in Amity Township with her husband Tom after their graduation from Bucknell University. Married for 48 years, they have three grown children and seven grandchildren and their current dog, Isaac, who ministers among them. Sally worked as a teacher and an office manager before returning to the church and later found herself taking graduate courses at Moravian Seminary in response to a call to ordained ministry. She was ordained in September 2007 and assigned to serve at St. Gabriel’s as a vocational deacon. As a deacon she is charged with “making Christ and his redemptive love known, by word and example, to those among whom she lives, works, and worships.” She serves all ages with compassion and humor.
Russ McClellan - Mission Developer
Russ is a native of the South who settled in Pennsylvania in 1986. He has been active in the Diocese of Bethlehem for 30 years and at St. Gabriel’s since 2002. Russ has served as Rector’s Warden, Vestry member, Diocesan Convention Delegate, Adult Church School Teacher, Sacristan, Cursillo Team member among other roles in the church. He studied Theology and Communication at Alvernia University. For the last 11 years, Russ has worked as Executive Director of Hopewell Love, an ecumenical non-profit organization serving those in need.
Russ is the St. Gabriel’s Mission Developer for Common Ground Recovery Community which offers liturgies and classes/workshops for persons in recovery and 12-step fellowships. Common Ground is active at Atonement Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran in Reading and now St. Gabriel’s. He is discerning a call to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church.
Russ lives in Birdsboro and is the partner of Joseph LaBarbera and the father of Ryan. He loves to write and draw, to hike and bike local trails with Joe and friends, and to garden. Russ enjoys spending time at the beach and is an avid practitioner of hot yoga.
Charles Glandorf - Organist/Choirmaster
Charles Glandorf was born and raised in NY and began his musical education at age 10. He held his first position as a church organist at age 16 at Point Lookout Community Church where he had the good fortune of having Dr. T. Frederick Candlyn as his mentor. He had just retired from the prestigious position of organist-choirmaster of St. Thomas Church in NYC and directed the choir at the church in Point Lookout as something to do in retirement. By age 18, Charles held his first position at organist-choirmaster at St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY. He held this position and later one at Grace Lutheran in Forest Hills while he attended Wagner College on Staten Island, NY where he had a duel major of Philosophy and Music. He then went to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he received his Master of Divinity and was ordained in 1970. In 1968 he married Sue Stillings and together they have 3 children.
For most of his professional life he was able to serve in parishes with a staff ministry and then combine his work as a pastor and as church musician. After serving in Lewisburg, PA for 10 years, the family moved to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where he was 1 of 4 pastors serving a parish with 12,000 members from 1980 - 1988. Again he was able to combine his work as pastor and musician and first formed a Boys Choir, and shortly thereafter, a Girls Choir with a combined membership of over 90 young people. As the boys matured, they became the nucleus of the tenor and bass sections. It was a joy to have a choir with 14 tenors and 12 basses!
A few years after returning to the US, he left the ordained ministry and began teaching music in schools as well as maintaining a position as a church organist-choirmaster. For 14 years he served at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where, in addition to his organ and choir duties, was engaged in enlarging and maintaining their fine pipe organ. During this time, he and his wife became members of the Episcopal Church. Although now retired, he continues working both at St. Gabriel's Church and part time as an organ tuner/technician at Emery Brothers Organ Company. Never growing tired of his work as a church organist, he plans and hopes to continue this work as long as his health continues and his fingers continue to move.
To fill any remaining hours with things to do, he is presently building a very large pipe organ in his barn (now converted to a music room and 'carriage house') and traveling to Europe to see old friends as well as his daughter and grandson who live in Belgium.
Phoebe Kelleher - Music Associate
Phoebe has been playing the guitar for over 50 years. Born and raised in the Boyertown area, she took lessons from Green's Music Store in Boyertown. Guitar playing was a hobby until 2001, when she felt called into music ministry. Most of her singing is done in retirement homes, with dementia units as her specialty. When a musician was needed, she started singing at St. Gabe's at the Saturday evening service in 2001. In 2014, she also started singing at the Sunday services and leading music for the Christian Ed. programs and VBS.
Phoebe lives in Boyertown with her daughter, Bonny, and granddaughter, Emily. When not sharing her gift of music, she enjoys crossword puzzles, crocheting, and swimming for recreation. Her motto is, "I can't change anything about the world, but I can play my guitar and make people happy."
Sally Heist - Parish Administrator
An active member of the parish since 1984, Sally has served on staff in the parish office since 1990. A graduate of Boyertown Area High School, she attended West Chester State College (now "University") and previously worked at a savings and loan and as a bookkeeper prior to her ministry at St. Gabriel's. In addition to her work in the church office, Sally has served St. Gabriel's in various ministries through the years, including as a Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, choir member, and a member of The Daughters of the King. Sally is an active instrumental musician, playing (French) Horn at church and with many groups through the years. Sally is currently a member of the Reading Pops Orchestra, the Reading Musical Foundation's Music in the Schools woodwind quintet, Polished Brass quintet, and the Boyertown Alumni Band. She also free-lances and teaches the horn privately.
Sally lives in Douglassville with her husband, Bill, and their two cats, Owen and Derek. Sally & Bill are the parents of two grown children, and grandparents of two "bonus" grandsons.
Barbara Hannevig - Parish Secretary
Barbara moved to this area in the late 1990’s from the upper NY Finger Lakes region. She has been an Episcopalian since the early 1980’s, when she became a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, WV, where she and her husband were married by The Rev. Scott Allen, who serves these days in the Diocese of Bethlehem! It truly is a small world. Barbara lives in Pottstown with her two spoiled cats and is very active in the local and professional theater community. She has been a member here and the Parish Secretary since July, 2005 and currently does the weekly altar flowers and any other flowers as needed during the Church year. She sings in the choir and really loves being a part of this wonderful, active and joyful St. Gabriel’s family!
Pat Owsiany - Good Shepherd Learning Center, Director
Pat graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and began her career in teaching at a Christian Preschool. She then moved on to a local daycare where she began teaching Preschool and Kindergarten and also served as the Educational Assistant. With many prayers and assistance from God and St. Gabriel’s Church the Good Shepherd Learning Center was born in the year 2000 and Pat was hired as the Director. She received her Director’s Credential in 2008 and under her guidance the Learning Center achieved a STAR 4 rating in the Keystone STARS quality initiative in 2014. The Learning Center was named after the Sunday School curriculum the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is an important ministry of St. Gabriel’s serving the Douglassville and surrounding communities.
Pat has been an active member of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church since 1988, serving as a Sunday school teacher for 14 years, serving on the Vestry and later as Senior Warden. She also served on the Campus Master Plan Committee and was received into the Order of the Daughter’s of the King in 2013, where she has vowed to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
She is the mother of three adult married children and a grandmother of four. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and her four furry children; one dog and three cats.
Amy Reed - Good Shepherd Learning Center, Assistant Director
Amy graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Early Childhood. She worked in a center with children aged 1-4, until she returned to school for her elementary education degree from Alvernia. After finishing her certification, she worked as a nanny until she had her first child. She stayed home with her for two years. She then took a position working with two year olds. In 2004, she was hired at Good Shepherd as the kindergarten wrap around teacher. When Daniel Boone switched to full day kindergarten in 2005, she switched to the infant room. In 2009 she switched rooms again and taught Pre-K until 2014 when she was promoted to assistant director.
Amy believes in working with families as part of a partnership in the growth and development of their children. It really does “take a village”. Amy has two teenage daughters.