St. Gabriel's Parish Staff

The Rev. Andrew VanBuren,

Reverend Andrew

The Rev. Andrew VanBuren joined the family of St. Gabriel’s in summer of 2019. Previously, he served at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Springs, New York.


Andrew earned his M.Div. from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2015 and holds an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore.


Andrew and his wife Becca live in the rectory with their two daughters and beloved dog and cat. Becca herself grew up in Pennsburg, PA, attended Boyertown High School, and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with an M.Ed. in Music Education.


In their free time, the VanBurens like to go for “bike-run” outings on the Schuylkill River Trail, sample ice cream from various creameries, and read science fiction and fantasy novels.

Jacob Leonowitz,

Jacob Leonowitz is a true son of St. Gabriel’s, having been baptized and spent his early years as a parishioner there. His grandfather, Deacon Don Howells, served at St. Gabriel’s. Jacob accepted the call to serve as St. Gabriels’ Organist and Choir Director in April of 2019.
Jacob is also a music educator in the Governor Mifflin School District, where he teaches 7-12 Strings/Orchestra, high school music electives, and maintains involvement in theater productions. Jacob earned a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University in 2016 and an M.M. in Music Education (Research Concentration) from West Chester University.
Jacob frequently plays viola and/or keyboard instruments with Berks Sinfonietta, Cherrywood String Ensembles, Genesius Theater, Steel River Playhouse, and various other venues in the greater Reading area. Jacob can be reached at

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.”

Leila (Lee) Hollabaugh,
Parish Administrator


Leila (Lee) Hollabaugh began working as the parish administrator of St. Gabriel’s in early 2022. She is a native of the Boyertown area and a graduate of Eastern University. She comes from a background career in social work and is excited to pursue a new avenue within the church.


Lee’s family at home consists of her boyfriend Ben and all the sweet animals in their care – three cats and three guinea fowl. Apart from animals, Lee loves nature and music. She has enjoyed living in a country setting her whole life, and she is the daughter of  late country singer/songwriter, Roy Hollabaugh.

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. 


She and her husband were married there 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 spoiled cat and is very active in the local and professional theater community. She has been a member here and the Parish Secretary since July 2005.


She 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!

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.


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.

The Good Shepherd Learning Center is one of the most important ministries of St. Gabriel’s, serving Douglassville and the surrounding communities.

Kelly Rothermel, Director,
Good Shepherd Learning Center

Miss Kelly

Kelly has her degree in Early Childhood Management and has worked in the field for 15+ years. She has worked with children of all ages and abilities. In addition to working with the children she also has experience with business management, administrative responsibilities, and leadership in the Early Childhood Education setting.

The part of working in Early Childhood Education that she feels is the most important, is the time spent building relationships with the children and their families. The thing she enjoys most is sharing their excitement when they figure out how to do something new! Her absolute favorite moments are the humorous ones. When children get that belly laugh over something so silly, it reminds her of what life is all about.

Kelly first worked here when in college and completed her student teaching here at Good Shepherd Learning Center many years ago in the Pre-K classroom and is happy to be back!